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Top Family Films for a Cozy DVD Day

July 29, 2013

Oonagh Robinson

Whatever the weather over the school holidays, there will be times when the whole family simply needs to chill out in front of a good movie.

So be prepared now and make sure you've got some decent films to hand.

Update your LoveFilm list, search Netflix, scour Amazon and eBay, borrow from the library, buy brand new BluRay discs or swap with your friends.

Then snuggle up on the sofa with a box of choccies or some homemade popcorn and create your own cinema at home.

Here's our top ten must-have family films to watch if you can: Brave (2012) Stirring tale with the best movie heroine in ages, as Highland Princess Merida must use her cunning skills to undo a curse on her poor mum. Starring Billy Connolly and Emma Thompson.

Tangled (2010) Modern take on the fairytale Rapunzel, with one of the funniest scenes ever thanks to some ale-drinking thugs and the rousing show tune I've Got a Dream. Starring Zachary Levi and Mandy Moore.


Hairspray (2007) Tuneful story about a pleasantly plump teen who teaches 1960s Baltimore a thing or two about racial integration after landing a spot on a TV dance show. With John Travolta and Michelle Pfeiffer.

Monsters Inc (2001) Another one with a follow-up out in cinemas now, this daft caper features scary monsters Sulley and Mike Wazowski, who power their world with the screams of frightened children.

Then they meet cute little girl Boo. With John Goodman and Billy Crystal.

Toy Story Trilogy (1995, 1999 and 2010) Funny, exciting and incredibly moving - join Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang for a glimpse into the secret life of the toy box. Keep your tissues handy for the scene featuring the song When Somebody Loved Me in number two, sob. Starring Tom Hanks.

Despicable Me (2010) With the follow-up in cinemas now, watch the superior original about a would-be super-criminal whose meeting with adorable orphan sisters Margo, Edith and Agnes reveals his softer side. With the voices of Steve Carell and Russell Brand.

Finding Nemo (2003) When his son goes missing on the beautiful Great Barrier Reef, a timid clownfish embarks on a mission to bring him home, aided by the rather forgetful Dory. With Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres.

Up (2009) Another tearjerker, this unusual tale about an old man who ties balloons to his house and goes off to see the world (accompanied by a daft dog and a young boy) is truly uplifting. Starring Edward Asner and Christopher Plummer.

Ratatouille (2007) A culinary genius who happens to be a rat teams up with a kitchen worker at a famed Parisian restaurant and becomes one of the greatest chefs of all time. With Peter O'Toole and Ian Holm.

A Bug's Life (1998) Underrated classic about a misfit ant who teams up with a bug circus troupe to save his colony from greedy grasshoppers.

With the voices of Kevin Spacey and Dave Foley.

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