Come summer vacations and it is time to watch classic kids movies at my house. With the heat being unbearable, kids usually get bored in the afternoons and it is really not a great idea to send them downstairs. Earlier we would watch one movie on a weekend with all their friends. It was a movie afternoon time for kids. They would take turns to go to each one’s house and have fun watching classic movies together. This way they had access to a lot of content as well as each family had their set of movie collections from which children could pick their favorites.
Sadly with COVID lockdown in place, kids haven’t been able to meet their friends nor have their annual movie watching festival. The younger one was actually on the verge of crying after seeing some pictures from the last vacation. I had to do something and do something really quick. That’s when ZEE5 came to my rescue.
They have a complete section dedicated to classic kid’s movies called ZEE5 Kids where they have animated versions of all-time favourites like Cinderella and Robinhood. As you know I have a girl and a boy and both have very different tastes in movies. I have picked two from each favourite list here.
Cinderella – the eternal classic
This is the retelling of the all-time favourite fairytale Cinderella. This is not the Disney production that we are all too familiar with but the animation is well done. This is a movie that is produced in Italy, hence it has a lot of Italian influence in it. The movie is dubbed in Hindi and that made it easy for my younger child to follow the storyline. This Cinderella version has a lot more twists and turns as compared to the classic. This version has the Prince Charming fighting to save his kingdom from some villains. He is also Prince Charles and not Prince Charming as in the original tale. Loved seeing this one.
Robinhood was next on our list. Both my kids hadn’t seen a movie on Robinhood and it was a revelation to them. After the movie they were playing Robinhood at home for nearly a week!! Both of them wanted to be Robinhood and they made us the rich arrogant king and nobles from whom Robinhood stole the money and gave to the poor!
This is a famous Greek mythology story which is presented in an animated version here. Both my kids know very little about Greek mythology and stories, so this was an interesting story for them to view.
The story synopsis goes like this. Hercules takes on the Amazons to obtain the precious girdle of Hyppolyta, captures the Oxen of Geryon and the Horses of Diomedes, and then steals the golden apples of Hesperides. He lastly captures Cerberus, the fiendish three-headed dog who guards the entrance to the underworld…
The Three Musketeers
This is a French adventure novel which is adapted into an animated movie. The movie is in English, hence it is interesting for kids above 8 years. This is complete with sword fights, adventure, sub-plots and a lot of twists and turns.
These and many more form a part of our summer vacation rituals now. I am glad that lockdown summer vacations are equally fun. They even video call their friends and share their recommendations now!
How about your kids? How are they spending their summer vacations and are they into animated movies? Share your thoughts in the comments below.