Top 20 DVDs for kids
DVDs are always a great gift idea for kids. Here's a list of family-friendly DVDs, from popular children's movies to holiday classics. You can find these DVDs on JR.com and amazon.com. --Compiled by Jennifer Berger
"Planes" Rated: PG (Out Nov. 19)
Join Dusty and his fellow plane pals as he works to overcome his fear of heights in order to compete in the greatest air race ever.
"SpongeBob SquarePants: A SpongeBob Christmas" Not Rated
Join SpongeBob, Patrick and all his pals for Nickelodeon's first-ever full-length stop-animation special.
"Despicable Me 2" Rated: PG (Out Dec. 10)
Gru and the minions are back for a new adventure in this fun sequel.
"Dora the Explorer: Dora's Ice Skating Spectacular" Not Rated
Join Dora and Boots as they help rescue the Snow Princess, Snow Fairy and other forest friends.
"Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" Rated: G
The modern Christmas classic is brought to life in this stop-motion animated feature. Rudolph is shunned by the other reindeer because of his strange red nose. Rudolph and Herbie the Elf decide to run away and wind up having a series of adventures, meeting the Abominable Snowman and making their way through the Land of Misfit Toys before coming back in time to help Santa on Christmas Eve. ($12.99; jr.com)
"Barbie: A Pony Tale" Not Rated
Join Barbie and her sisters as they travel to a special horse academy in the Swiss Alps. As they bond with the horses, they also bond with each other, making it an experience to remember.
"A Christmas Story" Rated: PG
This vignette-laden, nostalgic view of Christmastime in 1940s Indiana follows nine-year-old Ralphie, who desperately wants a Red Ryder BB Gun for Christmas. Played frequently during holiday broadcasts that turned its schoolyard "triple-dog" dares, family neuroses, and childhood indignities into a Yuletide tradition. ($23.99; jr.com)
"Miracle on 34th Street 1947" Rated: G
A classic story about a department-store Kris Kringle who brings joy to Christmas, by making Susan, a cynical little girl and her mother believe in Santa Claus. ($14.98; amazon.com)
"The Smurfs 2" Rated: PG (Out Dec. 3)
Everyone's favorite blue buddies are back for another adventure as they try to rescue a kidnapped Smurfette.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" Rated: G
Boris Karloff narrates and stars as the odious Mr. Grinch, the sinister green monster who plots to steal all the Christmas presents in the town of Whoville. All goes well with his dastardly plan until little Cindy Loo Who (who was no more than two) gums up the works with her innocent Christmas spirit.
"Frosty the Snowman" Rated: G
A collection of two stories detailing the adventures of Frosty the Snowman. In the classic original program, Frosty comes to life thanks to an old magician's hat and must make his way to the North Pole. In "Frosty Returns" a lonely girl helps Frosty defeat a tycoon who has invented a machine to eliminate snow. ($12.99; jr.com)
"The Croods” Rated: PG
In this cute comedy voiced by superstars like Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds, a prehistoric family embarks on a wild adventure after their cave is destroyed.
"Bubble Guppies: Into the Snow We Go" Not Rated
Everyone is getting ready for the holidays, except for Mr. Grumpfish. In this winter adventure, the Guppies do their best to show him the joy of the holiday season.
"Turbo" Rated: PG (Out Nov. 12)
Ambitious snail Turbo is obsessed with speed and has always wanted to compete in the Indy 500. After a freak accident gives him super speed, Turbo sets out on an adventure to achieve his dream.
"A Charlie Brown Christmas" Rated: G
One of the most endearing of all Peanuts' specials finds Charlie Brown nurturing the thinnest, scraggliest Christmas tree ever. Everyone realizes in the end that a little affection can make all the difference in the world... even to a tree. ($17.99; jr.com)
"Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups" Rated: G
The mischievous Santa Pups stow away on Mrs. Claus' shed during a trip to Pineville, and stir up trouble when they start granting wishes to the children around town in this adorable fantasy adventure for the entire family. As the boys and girls of Pineville find their wishes coming true, the Christmas spirit slowly starts to fade away. Now, in order to save the holiday season for children around the globe, Mrs. Claus and the pups must set out on a magical adventure of epic proportions. ($16.99; jr.com)
"The Muppets Christmas Carol" Rated: G
With Kermit as the dutiful Bob Cratchit and Miss Piggy as his feisty wife, the Muppets do Dickens with Michael Caine as the miserly Scrooge. ($17.99; jr.com)
"Monsters University" Rated: G
Find out how Mike and Sulley first met in this sweet and family-friendly follow-up to "Monster's Inc."
"Home Alone" Rated: PG
Eight-year-old Kevin MacAllister (Macaulay Culkin) gets lost in the shuffle as his large, upper-middle class suburban family rushes to make a plane that will ferry them off to their Christmas vacation in France; Kevin, having been banished to an attic room as punishment, is subsequently forgotten. ($14.90; jr.com)
"Arthur Christmas" Rated: PG
Imagine what the inside of Santa's workshop looks like in this CG-animated family comedy. Peter Baynham and Sarah Smith provide the screenplay, with Smith and Barry Cook taking on co-directing duties. ($26.99; jr.com)