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The top 20 childhood films Brits still love to watch

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One of the things that most excited me about fatherhood was the excuse to watch cartoons – hence why I took Roma to see The Incredibles 2 at 15-months-old – then her PAW Patrol obsession happened.








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Thanks very much @vue for having us along to the maiden voyage of the #PawPatrolTakeover on the big screen this morning 🐾🐾 Combined with my cinema test run with Roma a couple of weeks ago and her obsession with @pawpatrol, I was confident she’d love the screening and I was right! She was living the dream guzzling popcorn while sprawled out across mine and @jennashilstfit’s laps. NGL, she did get fidgety right near the end and I was hoping she’d calm down because I was desperate to find out how the episode was going to end. What have I become?! 😅 The Paw Patrol Big Screen Takeover, which comprises six box fresh episodes, will hit @vue cinemas from Friday 19th October 🐶🍿 #DADultLife #Vue #PuppyPremiere #dogsofinstagram


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Still, where possible, I’ve tried to encourage her to watch films and shows in keeping with my own tastes, so that includes anything remotely superheroic or nostalgic. For the former, we’ve now been to MCM Comic Con three times and for the latter I introduced her to Ducktales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp the other day to avoid yet another round of Moana or Finding Nemo.

I’m not alone though. A new UK-wide survey of 2,000 British adults conducted by Vue Cinemas revealed nine out of ten still love watching children’s films. And one in four still hit the pictures to watch them regardless of if they have a kid to take along.

The reasoning from 95% is that movies have the power to bring generations together. I couldn’t agree more. Hitting the cinema has fast become a hobby of mine and Roma’s despite her tender age and over the past month alone we’ve seen Aladdin, Detective Pikachu, The Secret Life of Pets 2 and PAW Patrol: Mighty Pups.

Vue’s poll also discovered that 92% of Brits said embracing their inner child now and again is a good thing, 89% love tuning into family films and 83% of the wistful bunch said they “find huge comfort” in activities linked to being a kid.

“This research proves how much we love family films,” said Johnny Carr, event cinema manager at Vue UK and Ireland. “With the research showing that families love watching films together on the big screen, the next few months will be a treat for kids, and adults, of all ages.”

Carr pointed to the likes of Aladdin, Toy Story 4 and the live-action The Lion King among the films set to sizzle this summer.

But which are the top kids’ films that adults still love to watch today? According to Vue, the top 20 are as follows:  

(1)    Toy Story – 34%
(2)    Home Alone – 33%
(3)    The Lion King – 31%
(4)    Shrek – 31%
(5)    Harry Potter – 31%
(6)    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – 29%
(7)    Mary Poppins – 26%
(8)    Finding Nemo – 26%
(9)    Jungle Book – 25%
(10)  Despicable Me – 25%
(11)  Ice Age – 24%
(12)  Monsters Inc – 24%
(13)  Beauty and the Beast – 23%
(14)  101 Dalmatians – 22%
(15)  Wizard of Oz – 22%
(16)  Frozen – 20%
(17)  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang – 20%
(18)  The Greatest Showman – 20%
(19)  Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs – 19%
(20)  The Incredibles – 18%

However, the report also found women are more likely to appreciate tuning into kids’ films than men at 92% versus 85%. Clearly, Vue needs to pay a visit to our household.

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