This week’s family movie suggestion is The Velveteen Rabbit..
As a child, I loved the book The Velveteen Rabbit. My mom would read it to me over and over again and I imagined that I owned the soft floppy-eared velvet bunny. When our family watched this movie, I was again taken back to a time of imagination and delight.
Toby, who recently lost his mother, is sent by his father to live with his grandmother. Unfortunately, Grandmother has a busy social life that doesn’t include spending time with Toby. He is seen (at first) as a mere inconvenience. His father has no time for him either, and is eager to be relieved of his son so he can tend to his work.
Toby soon discovers the attic and the toys that were played with by Grandmother and his father. Not only that, but he also discovers a very special toy – a velveteen rabbit. He soon becomes attached to the rabbit and, in his imagination, Toby travels to a land of fun, adventure, and camaraderie amongst he and his imaginary friends.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Velveteen Rabbit, which goes back and forth between a movie and animation. It is a tear-jerker and I found myself reaching for a tissue more than once. There are some valuable lessons/discussions to be learned from this movie, including the importance of love and showing that love to those we care about, the importance of priorities (especially for a father who, unable to cope with his wife’s death, is quick to push Toby aside in favor of his work), and the delight of an imagination.
There are a couple parts that very young children will likely find scary; namely, when Toby is mourning the loss of his mom, when Toby loses Rabbit, and when Toby becomes ill. Other than that, I highly recommend this movie to families with children of all ages.
Don’t forget to visit my Mom-Approved Movie Listing page for a long list of wonderful movies for your next family night at https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/movies-for-families/ For more reviews, be sure to click on the popcorn bowl at the top of this post. 🙂