Monday, December 15, 2014

Some of Our Favorite MGM Family Classics + a Giveaway #MGMInsiders

Let's take a step back in time today and reminisce over our favorite MGM movies.  You might even call them Classics.  This year is the 90th anniversary of MGM and they want to celebrate.  To help MGM celebrate we're going to talk about 3 of our MGM Classic Favorites.  Then be sure and enter our great giveaway below . 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls — start your engines. You’re about to take an
incredible ride with one of the most wonderful family films of all time! With its clever
tunes (including the OSCAR®-Nominated title song*), marvelous cast and
enchanting storyline, this delightful romp is lots of fun and simply “toot sweet” to
pass up! Dick Van Dyke stars as eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, who creates an
extraordinary car called Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It not only drives — but also flies
and floats — as it leads him, his two children and his beautiful lady friend, Truly
Scrumptious (Sally Ann Howes), into a magical world of pirates, castles and endless

Own it today:

Families can discuss…
● Families can discuss which part of the story "really happened" and which was
make believe.
● What would you do with a car like Chitty Chitty Bang Bang?
● What kinds of things would you like to invent?
● For older kids: Why were the people of Vulgaria depicted as fools? How do
real-life political events affect movies? Can you imagine looking back at
today's movies and recognizing how politics influenced them?
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: screenplay by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes, based on the Ian
Fleming novel; directed by Mr. Hughes and produced by Albert R. Broccoli; a Warfied
Production presented by United Artists. At Loew's State 2, Broadway and 45th Street.
Running time: 146 minutes.
Caractacus Potts . . . . . Dick Van Dyke
Truly Scrumptious . . . . . Sally Ann Howes
Jemima Potts. . . . . Heather Ripley
Jeremy Potts. . . . . Adrian Hall
Grandpa Potts . . . . . Lionel Jeffries
Baron Bomburst . . . . . Gert Frobe
Baroness Bomburst . . . . . Anna Quayle
Toymaker . . . . . Benny Hill
Lord Scrumptious . . . . . James R. JusticeChild Catcher . . . . . Robert Helpmann

The Secret of NIMH

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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 Earoth (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 mysterius 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
● Who were the heroes in this movie?
● Talk about animals in laboratories. Why are they there? How does your family
feel about animal testing?

The Pebble and the Penguin
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Can the perfect pebble help a bashful penguin find his true love? Based on the
real-life mating rituals of the Adeli penguins in Antarctica, this “charming” (The New
York Times) animated adventure comes to Blu-ray for the first time. Hubie (Martin
Short) is a hopeless romantic in love with Marina (Annie Golden), the most beautiful
penguin in all the land. But the evil penguin Drake (Tim Curry) also wants Marina and will stop at nothing to get her. With help from his new friend Ricki (James
Belushi)–a penguin determined to fly–Hubie must thwart Drake’s plan and win
Marina’s heart!

Own it today:

Families can discuss...
● Families can talk about the birds aboard the bad ship Misery.
● Can you think of any arguments that people on the opposing side of the
debate might have?
● The movie highlights lots of different types of penguins -- make a trip to the
library or your local zoo to learn more about their habitats and habits.

Movie Details
Theatrical release date: April 11, 1995
DVD release date: April 11, 1995
Cast: James Belushi, Martin Short, Tim Curry
Director: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman
Studio: MGM/UA
Genre: Family and Kids
Topics:Adventure, ocean creatures, wild animals
Run Time: 74 minutes
MPAA Rating: G
MPAA explanation: general audiences

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Now are you ready to play a game.  Lets see how you do. Can you match the classics to their quotes?  Good Luck! 

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Would you like to Win all of these videos on Blu-ray DVD?  Well then please fill out the rafflecopter entry form below for your chance to be our winner!  (Thanks)

WIN: 1 reader will win all 3 MGM titles (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, The Pebble and the Penguin and The Secret Nimh) on Blu-ray DVD.  (US OnlY)

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Living at the Whiteheads Zoo is received a complimentary copies of all of the movies listed here for review.