Quick Start Film List - Ages 5 - 7

Shaun the Sheep Movie
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Get started on your film journey as a new club with this list of 20 fun and fascinating titles that we've pulled together to give you an enjoyable, accessible, and stimulating viewing experience from the very beginning. Choose any or all of these films to add to your order list. 

The Gruffalo

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Age group5–11

Duration27 mins

The Gruffalo(2009)

Narrated by Helena Bonham Carter, this is a slick and charismatic animation of a classic tale with a remarkable cast of voices.

This familiar story is charmingly rendered in stop-motion animation and with its short running time is a nice starting point for new clubs.

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Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie

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Age group5–11

Duration74 mins

Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie(2015)

Much-loved Charlie Brown attempts to navigate school life and falls in love with the new girl as Snoopy embarks upon an adventure of his own.

With this classic and charmingly animated film focusing on our shy hero, the experience of school life and its ups and downs, being a new starter, as well as the importance of good friends are great for inclusive discussion.

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Shaun The Sheep Movie

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Age group5–11

Duration82 mins

Shaun The Sheep Movie(2015)

The much loved farmyard creature from Aardman animation finally gets a big screen adventure of his own.

Appealing visuals, expressive creature characters and a buoyant musical score make this an enjoyable romp as well as a lovely introduction to the silent film genre.

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Eleanor's Secret

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Age group5–11

Duration74 mins

Eleanor's Secret(2009)

Lovely-looking animation with a story that really encourages children to read for fun.

This adventure featuring many familiar characters from traditional tales is sure to inspire a love of reading, and emphasises the importance of being supportive towards one another, regardless of ability.

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The House of Magic

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Age group5–11

Duration81 mins

The House of Magic(2013)

An abandoned young cat seeks shelter from a storm and stumbles upon a strange house inhabited by a mysterious elderly magician...

This charming adventure has all the elements for a great club viewing experience, including magic, adventure, and the power of friendship to overcome difficult circumstances.

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Kirikou And The Sorceress

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Age group5–11

Duration70 mins

Kirikou And The Sorceress(1998)

Animation based on a traditional African tale about a headstrong baby whose cleverness is a match for the wicked sorceress that threatens his village.

Featuring catchy songs and beautiful artwork that is sure to inspire creative responses, this adventure will transport viewers to a West African village where the people are under a curse that can only be lifted by a very smart and brave baby!

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Ernest and Celestine

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Age group5–11

Duration77 mins

Ernest and Celestine(2012)

A beautiful animation about an unlikely friendship between a big clown bear and a clever orphan mouse, from the makers of A Town Called Panic!

Viewers will be enchanted by this story about unusual friendships and the importance of judging people on their own merits and making your mind up for yourself. This film is subtitled, but features very little dialogue and is easy to follow.

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Lotte Reiniger: The Fairy Tale Films - Disc 1

CertPG

Age groupAll ages

Duration192 mins

Lotte Reiniger: The Fairy Tale Films - Disc 1(1961)

Collection of Lotte Reiniger's stunning depictions of popular fairy tales using her unique silhouette animation style.

Enjoy your favourite traditional tales, beautifully visualised by master animator Lotte Reiniger. With a short running time for each story, there’ll be plenty of time if you’re inspired to attempt your own silhouettes after the screening!

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Lotte Reiniger: The Fairy Tale Films - Disc 2

CertPG

Age groupAll ages

Duration192 mins

Lotte Reiniger: The Fairy Tale Films - Disc 2(1961)

Collection of Lotte Reiniger's stunning depictions of popular fairytales using her unique silhouette animation style.

Enjoy your favourite traditional tales, beautifully visualised by master animator Lotte Reiniger. With a short running time for each story, there’ll be plenty of time if you’re inspired to attempt your own silhouettes after the screening!

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Peter and the Wolf

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Age group5–16

Duration32 mins

Peter and the Wolf(2006)

Oscar-winning animated version of the timeless folk tale, set to Sergei Prokofiev's classic orchestral composition.

With this familiar folk tale, you can encourage groups to appreciate the stunning animation and listen out for the effect of the stirring musical score. With its short running time, there will be plenty of scope to explore vision off/ sound on pre- or post-screening activities for favourite musical moments in the film.

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Lost and Found

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Age group5–11

Duration24 mins

Lost and Found(2008)

Charming animated tale about a young boy who finds a lost penguin on his doorstep and decides to row him home to the South Pole.

This sweet story about helping friends out is a charming starter film that should leave you plenty of time to hold your own talks about what makes a good friend after the screening.

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The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge)

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Age group5–14

Duration34 mins

The Red Balloon (Le Ballon Rouge)(1956)

One of the greatest children's films of all time, this much-loved (mostly dialogue-free) French movie is about a young boy and his toy balloon.

Enjoy a delightful trip to Paris, discuss what life was like for children in the past, and enjoy a very gentle introduction to French with this simple and charming short film about a young boy befriending a mischievous balloon.

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Two Brothers

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Age group5–11

Duration100 mins

Two Brothers(2004)

The strong bonds of brotherly love are the theme of Two Brothers, the story of twin tiger cubs, who are separated while out playing.

Shot with periods of minimal dialogue that allow audiences to appreciate the wonders of nature, this is a gentle introduction to the documentary genre, with a gripping adventure story to keep children entertained.

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Arctic Tale

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Age group5–11

Duration84 mins

Arctic Tale(2007)

Absorbing documentary about the pressure global warming puts on the arctics inhabitants' daily fight for survival.

This is a great accessible documentary that is also a good starter for discussing issues to do with the natural world and the environment.

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Babe

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Age group5–11

Duration89 mins

Babe(1995)

A heartwarming and very funny family tale of a pig with a penchant for sheep-herding, much to the chagrin of the local sheepdog.

This live-action adaptation of the popular Dick King-Smith story features a delightful cast of talking farmyard animals, and is sure to inspire discussion around what pets at home might be thinking!

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The Borrowers

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Age group5–14

Duration83 mins

The Borrowers(1997)

The tiny Clock family live harmoniously with the full size Lenders, but when Ocious Potter wishes to destroy their home, the 'borrowers' strike back!

This popular story from Mary Norton about the real reason why household objects mysteriously become lost is given a wonderful live action adaptation here which will introduce young viewers to the power of film to bring the imagination to life.

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Nanny McPhee

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Age groupAll ages

Duration94 mins

Nanny McPhee(2005)

With a firm hand and a bit of magic, the nanny of the title helps to bring up the seven noisy and messy children of a father whose wife has died.

This charming comedy sees a no-nonsense nanny face up to a group of children who delight in tormenting adults. There are lots of pranks to be enjoyed, as well an important message about respect.

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Oddball and the Penguins

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Age group5–11

Duration96 mins

Oddball and the Penguins(2015)

Charming adventure about an eccentric farmer and his wayward dog who come up with a plan to help protect their town’s endangered penguins.

This very gentle comedy about an accident-prone dog and his well-meaning owners also provides a good starting point for discussion around pets, the environment, and a very accessible introduction to the idea of experiments.

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Matilda

CertPG

Age group5–11

Duration98 mins

Matilda(1996)

Adaptation of the popular Roald Dahl book about a girl with sunny self-reliance and special powers who attends a school with a bullying headmistress.

This zany version of story about a girl whose intelligence gives her extraordinary powers will inspire young people to read and learn for pleasure.

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Laurel and Hardy - Way Out West

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Age group5–11

Duration65 mins

Laurel and Hardy - Way Out West(1937)

Comic shenanigans from the legendary double-act, who here travel to the Wild West and run into problems with a cunning bar owner.

Enjoy a slapstick session that also serves as a light introduction to the Western genre in this chuckle-worthy classic.

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Duck Soup

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Age groupAll ages

Duration65 mins

Duck Soup(1933)

Hilarious and accessible Marx Brothers comedy which also works as a political satire. The perfect choice for your club's first black-and-white film.

Introduce your groups to the timeless and legendary Marx brothers, their madcap jokes and clowning around in this enjoyable snippet of 1930s cinema.

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