In these difficult times, everyone could use a pick-me-up. And what better way to turn than family films? Something people of all ages can sit down and enjoy together for an hour or two of getting away from it all.
With that in mind, here are five uplifting family movies that are currently free to stream:
Popeye – 1980
A blockbuster movie that initially failed, popeye is an original musical version of the popular cartoon.
Starring Robin Williams and Shelley Duvall as Popeye and Olive Oyl, this surreal film follows its namesake as he seeks to settle into his new Sweethaven home. After falling in love with Olive and adopting a child called Swee’Pea, the film takes a turn after the gifted little one is kidnapped, after which Popeye’s attention turns to rescuing the child.
If nothing else, this film serves as a further reminder of the brilliance Williams brought to the screen.
popeye can be streamed for free via YouTube movies.
The Pirates! Gang of Misfits – 2012
One of Aardman Animations’ most overlooked gems, this charming comedy is an easy watch for the whole family. Led by an all-star cast including Hugh Grant, Selma Hayek and Martin Freeman, The Pirates! Bunch of misfits follows… well, a group of misfit and eccentric pirates who venture to win Pirate of the Year awards.
Along the way, they pick up Charles Darwin, his pet dodo and trained chimpanzee, and do their best to avoid being stopped in their tracks by a pirate-hating Queen Victoria.
Yes, you read that right.
The Pirates! Bunch of misfits can be streamed for free on Tubi TV.
Shark’s Tale – 2004
If you’ve always wanted to have Christina Aguilera’s Car Wash in your head for months, then this is the movie for you.
Your typical rags to riches story, shark story follows Will Smith’s Oscar Fish, who works in a whale bath. Above his head, Oscar survives a half-hearted attack by Lenny, a misfit vegetarian shark played by Jack Black, and his gang before tricking the reef into thinking he’s a shark killer, which leaves him worth the fame and fortune he had. always wanted.
With Robert De Niro, Renée Zellweger and Angelina Jolie, shark story is a fun, family-friendly animation, available to stream for free on Freevee via Amazon Prime Video.
The Goonies – 1985
A true classic of the genre, everyone should watch The Goonies at least one time.
After finding a treasure map in their attic, Sean Astin and baby-faced Josh Brolin follow the trail to find the hidden fortune in hopes that it can save their home from the wrecking ball. Every kid’s dream adventure, they must follow underground caves and tunnels, while avoiding traps and a crime family, to find the pirate’s lost treasure.
The Goonies can be watched for free via Tubi TV.
The Princess Bride – 1987
Another fantasy family comedy from the mid-’80s, The Princess Bride is another must-see.
Sick and stuck in bed, Fred Savage’s anonymous young character has a story read to him by his grandfather, played by Peter Falk. The story it tells follows the trials and tribulations of a young farmhand (Westley – played by Cary Elwes) and his true love (Buttercup – played by Robin Wright) whose path to happiness is strewn with pitfalls.
Starring Mandy Patinkin as outlaw Inigo Montoya, Chris Sarandon as Prince Humperdinck and Andre The Giant as outlaw Fezzik, The princess to be married is another original and fun family adventure.
The princess to be married can be streamed for free via Freevee on Amazon Prime Video.
Local manager – Pegasus Film Festival
Billed as the largest student-run film festival in the United States, the Pegasus Film Festival has been around since 2015 and “seeks to bridge the gap by giving filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their craft to both audiences and a panel of judges”, through which “they will learn invaluable lessons, make meaningful connections with industry professionals and gain insight into the film festival experience”.
The festival is set to take place Monday, May 30 at the Angelika Film Center in Dallas from 5-9 p.m. Tickets are available on their website.
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