Thursday, December 11, 2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide: MGM Family Classics Reader Giveaway! #MGMInsiders - CLOSED!

***This is a sponsored post.  I will receive the product(s) mentioned in exchange for this post.  All opinions are 100% my own!

Most of us will remember these classic films from MGM.  This year MGM is celebrating 90 years of great family classics!  These DVDs would make a great gift or stocking stuffer for just about anyone on your list!  I was able to choose three to review for myself and to give away to one of my lucky readers as a bundle!  I chose All Dogs go to Heaven, The Secret of NIMH and Legally Blonde!  I have fond memories of all three of these classic movies and I can't wait to share them with my kiddos!  We will have some time off together over the holidays and I think they will love watching these MGM classics together in some much needed family time.  We try to have a Family Movie Night every weekend but sometimes with our schedules we are unable to work it in.  Look at the graphic above and see if you can match the quote with the film!
All Dogs go to Heaven
Set in 1939 New Orleans, this colorful, song-filled story centers on Charles B. Barkin, a roguish German Shepherd with the charm of a con man and the heart of a marshmallow. Out for revenge against his double-crossing former partner, a cigar-chomping pit bull known as Carface, Charlie finds himself guardian to a lonely little orphan named Anne-Marie. Her astounding ability to talk to animals leads this unlikely pair on an adventure packed with thrills, laughs, tears and true love.
Own it today:

Families can discuss..
● Forgiveness and earning trust.
● Families may also want to discuss why it's important to keep your word, as Charlie eventually did in the film.
● Why did Charlie change his ways?
● Why is it important to forgive people who earn your trust back?
● Also, how could Anne-Marie's friends make her feel more loved and wanted?
● How do we make our friends feel loved every day?

Movie Details
Theatrical release date: January 1, 1989
DVD release date: March 6, 2001
Cast: Burt Reynolds, Dom Deluise, Loni Anderson
Director: Don Bluth
Studio: MGM/UA
Genre: Family and Kids
Topics: Music and sing-along
Run Time: 84 minutes
MPAA Rating: G
The Secret of NIMH
Get ready to meet some runaway rodents with an earth-shattering secret!  Suspenseful and heartwarming, this beautifully animated odyssey stars Mrs. Brisby, a mild-mannered mother mouse with a plan to move Heaven and Earth (or at least her house and home) to save her family from Farmer Fitzgibbon's plow! Along the way she gets some help from a lovelorn Crow, a busybody neighbor mouse and a fearsome Great Owl. Unfortunately, Mrs. Brisby will need an engineering miracle to hoist her home, and for that she must face a mysterious rat, fend off a ferocious cat and claim a magic amulet! But when Mrs. Brisby discovers the astounding secret of could change her life forever! This timeless tale of love, courage and determination will transport the whole family into an enchanting world where the bravest hearts live in the meekest of mice.
Own it today:

Families can discuss...

● The scariness in movies: Which parts were the scariest? What made these scenes scary? Would the movie have been more or less scary if it weren't animated?
● Who were the heroes in this movie?
● Talk about animals in laboratories. Why are they there? How does your family feel about animal testing?

Movie Details
Theatrical release date: January 1, 1982
DVD release date: March 23, 1994
Cast: Derek Jacobi, Dom DeLuise, Elizabeth Hartman
Director: Don Bluth
Studio: MGM/UA
Genre: Family and Kids
Topics: Magic and fantasy, adventures, book characters, holidays
Run Time: 83 minutes
MPAA Rating: G
MPAA explanation: all audiences
Legally Blonde
She's a California sorority girl who'll do anything to keep her man. Even if it means going all the way to law school! Reese Witherspoon (Election) stars with Luke Wilson (Charlie's Angels), Selma Blair (Cruel Intentions), Matthew Davis (Pearl Harbor) and Victor Garber (Titanic) in a knock-out comedy with a heart of gold and hair to match! Elle Woods (Witherspoon) is a California blonde with couture clothes, fabulous friends and the hottest boyfriend on campus. So when Warner Huntington III (Davis) suddenly dumps her and heads for Harvard Law School, Elle takes matters into her own perfectly manicured hands. She enrolls too! Now getting Warner back should be a snap, right? Wrong! Elle's about to begin the toughest fight of her life for love, honor, justice and respect for blondes everywhere!
Own it today:

Families can discuss...
● Families can discuss why Elle did not have higher aspirations for herself, and the role her parents played in shaping the way she thought about her future.
● They might also want to discuss Elle's choice to keep her client's secret, even when it put her defense at risk, and about the mistakes people make when they judge other people based on appearances. What made Elle succeed when more experienced lawyers did not?
● What did the way Elle responded to a practical joke show us about her?

Movie Details

Theatrical release date: July, 13 2001
DVD release date: November 6, 2001
Cast: Luke Wilson, Reese WItherspoon, Selma Blair
Director: Robert Luketic
Studio: MGM/UA
Genre: Comedy
Run Time: 96 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13
MPAA explanation: some crude humor and language


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Ann Fantom said...

Legally Blonde is my favorite

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Mandy Kauffman said...

I remember loving Secret of the Nimh as a kid. Thanks for the giveaway! :)

momo said...

I would love to see this movie again; All Dogs Go To Heaven, It's been a long time since I have seen it-

Austin Baroudi said...

All Dogs Go To Heaven!

Karin said...

I like All Dogs Go To Heaven.

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All Dogs Go to Heaven.

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Kris said...

I love All Dogs go to Heaven!

ReggieMann said...

The Secret of NIMH

Jessica said...

legally blonde

Daniel M said...

the princess bride is my fav - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

Unknown said...

My favorite movie is the Princess Bride, Thank you!
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