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Five for Families: Films to celebrate National Tell a Fairy Tale Day

Posted: February 21, 2016 8:19 a.m.
Updated: February 21, 2016 8:19 a.m.
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Shrek (2001)

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Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider as recommended by the Ok.com. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

"Once upon a time," a phrase traditionally used to start a story, can take readers to a place of make-believe with ogres, talking frogs and ROUS's. Celebrate National Tell a Fairy Tale Day on Feb. 26 with a good book of fairy tales, many of which have been made into movies. Here are five films that end "happily ever after" for families to consider.

Amazon Video: 'Shrek'

Loosely based on the fairy tale picture book by William Steig, Shrek, an ornery ogre whose swamp is invaded by homeless fairy-tale creatures, makes a deal with the evil Lord Farquaad. In exchange for his home, Shrek and his sidekick, Donkey, must rescue and deliver the beautiful Princess Fiona. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its "Family-Approved" seal for ages 12 and over, stating that the movie "has some meaningful messages such as looking on the inside of a person and not the outside. It also shows how forgiveness is necessary." The website also mentions toilet humor, general ogre bad manners and eating habits, great music and "a mystery surrounding the princess." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

iTunes: 'The Princess Bride'

Common Sense Media calls the film a “quirky, funny fairy tale” and warns that it has “quite a bit of action-style violence,” including sword fights and a torture machine. “But the movie’s skewed humor and its storybook feel lessen some of the impact of the violent scenes,” the website says. It also notes “a bit of language,” one scene of drunkenness and "some kissing." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Enchanted'

The Dove Foundation awarded the movie its “Family-Approved” seal for all ages and refers to the film as “a fun-filled family fantasy” and praised it for its “wonderfully produced and ably performed” music and occasional scenes using “exquisitely rendered” 2-D animation. The website notes that the film is rated PG and contains “a fair amount of peril.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

iTunes: 'The Princess and the Frog'

Tiana is transformed into a frog after she kisses a talking frog who claims to be a prince. The two must brave the bayous of New Orleans to find a cure for the curse. Parent Previews notes that while the "film includes some fun jazz music and a strong message about the ethics of work," there are some dark scenes of voodoo. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Pinocchio' (1940)

Common Sense Media says the classic tale "handily passes the test of time for a beautiful and effective lesson on the perils of doing wrong when you know better." The website also notes some scenes may be intense for young or sensitive viewers, as "bad boys" are turned into donkeys. The film features the Disney classic song, "When You Wish Upon A Star." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

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