My first crush.

Disclosure: I am part of the Netflix #StreamTeam so I will be writing one post a month about movies and shows that have made me happy to have in our family queue. To be totally forthcoming, I have been compensated with a streaming device and a one year streaming subscription to Netflix, but this is a service that I have used at minimum four times a week for the past four years (and at many points in the timeline, everyday) so you can say that I am definitely excited to be partnering with them. 

I was scrolling through the Family and Children genre searching for Mulan when I started to jump up and down. "THEY HAVE The Mighty Ducks! ... and D2! ... and D3!" My brother, sister and I loved watching those movies about those little Minnesotan hockey players, and I think the last time I had seen the original Mighty Ducks was on a VHS tape that skipped when we were getting to the good parts. I think I will write more about the series when I do a post on sports movies (including a Harrington fave - Rudy!) 

I was very delighted to continue to scroll through the rest of the movies available and did quite a few more happy dances. Here is one movie that I don't think many have watched, but is one of my favorites:

Swiss Family Robinson. This is a Corcoran past time. For most of my childhood, if we watched a movie at my grandma's, one of my favorite places in the whole wide world, Swiss Family Robinson would eventually get turned on. I mean, my dad is in the movie, after all. 

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Okay, no he isn't. Same name, different guy. But we do love pulling people's legs about that one. 

It's easy to see why this was always chosen and approved. Based on the book by Johann D. Wyss in the 1800s, it follows the tale of a Swiss family (you could have guessed that from the name, huh?) who is shipwrecked in the East Indies. They build the epitome of tree houses, and really make being stuck on an island like the thing to do. There are plenty of feats of survival, rescues, ingenuity and pirate fights for both children and adults to enjoy. I love the themes of family loyalty, hard work and self-reliance. And Fritz? He was my first crush. The origin of the blond haired, blue-eyed tasteof mine. 

Have you seen it? Was it a part of your childhood, too? Did you really believe my dad was in it? ;)

Other great Family and Children movies available:

- Robin HoodMulanHercules, TarzanDumboAristocatsPocahontasThe Fox and the Hound

- The Parent Trap - I have this memorized. We went through a few years where my sister and I alternated between this and Billboard Dad. (And I love the original Hayley Mills version, too!).

- Anastasia

- Flubber

- High School Musical - Judge gently. I know every lyric.  

- Ever After

- Honey I Shrunk the Kids