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Mary Poppins (1964)
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Mary Poppins (1964)

When Jane and Michael, the children of the wealthy and uptight Banks family, are faced with the prospect of a new nanny, they are pleasantly surprised by the arrival of the magical Mary Poppins. Embarking on a series of fantastical adventures with Mary and her Cockney performer friend, Bert, the sib…lings try to pass on some of their nanny's sunny attitude to their preoccupied parents. (Read More)

Subgenre:
live action and animation stop motion animation 
Themes:
magic dance marriage 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
rooftop farm london england 
Characters:
girl female protagonist brother sister relationship boy mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Period:
1910s 
Story:
chimney sweep carousel horse cartoon penguin bank of england tween girl sliding down a banister cartoon horse one man band cartoon reality crossover measuring tape siblings living together wind storm cartoon pig fox hunt cheerfulness β€¦suffragette virtual set lifting an adult into the air cartoon duck constable tea party lullaby nursery chimney job promotion lifting female in air snowglobe street musician cockney accent admiral carousel famous score cathedral kite quitting a job cloud banker horse racing dual role penguin new job levitation nanny uncle laughing housekeeper rainstorm medication job interview child's point of view cannon part animation blockbuster lifting someone into the air cook hat fireplace fireworks bank actor playing multiple roles umbrella drawing bird apology brunette joke neighbor cafe mirror title spoken by character character name in title based on novel f rated dog  (See All)

Peter Pan (2003)
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Peter Pan (2003)

In stifling Edwardian London, Wendy Darling mesmerizes her brothers every night with bedtime tales of swordplay, swashbuckling, and the fearsome Captain Hook. But the children become the heroes of an even greater story, when Peter Pan flies into their nursery one night and leads them over moonlit ro…oftops through a galaxy of stars and to the lush jungles of Neverland. Wendy and her brothers join Peter and the Lost Boys in an exhilarating life--free of grown-up rules--while also facing the inevitable showdown with Hook and his bloodthirsty pirates. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
girl brother sister relationship boy father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
tween girl nursery cloud banker nanny child's point of view cannon lifting someone into the air hat drawing title spoken by character character name in title based on novel dog 

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Peter Pan (1953)
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Peter Pan (1953)

An adaptation of J. M. Barrie's story about a boy who never grew up. The three children of the Darling family receive a visit from Peter Pan, who takes them to Never Land, where an ongoing war between Peter's gang of rag-tag runaways and the evil Pirate Captain Hook is taking place.

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
girl brother sister relationship boy mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
cloud dual role nanny blockbuster lifting someone into the air umbrella title spoken by character character name in title based on novel dog 

Hook (1991)
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Hook (1991)

Peter Pan (Williams) has grown up to be a cut-throat merger and acquisitions lawyer, and is married to Wendy's granddaughter. Captain Hook (Hoffman) kidnaps his children, and Peter returns to Never Land with Tinkerbell (Roberts). With the help of her and the Lost Boys, he must remember how to be Pet…er Pan again in order to save his children by battling with Captain Hook once again. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
girl brother sister relationship boy mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
lifting female in air child's point of view blockbuster lifting someone into the air drawing title spoken by character character name in title based on novel dog 

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Eccentric actor Daniel Hillard is an amusing and caring father. But after a disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda draws the line and files a divorce. He can see his three children only once a week which doesn't sit well with him. Daniel also holds a job at a TV studio as a shi…pping clerk under the recommendation of his liason. But when Miranda puts out an ad for a housekeeper, Daniel takes it upon himself to make a disguise as a Scottish lady named Mrs Doubtfire. And Daniel must also deal with Miranda's new boyfriend Stu Dunemyer. (Read More)

Characters:
mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
tween girl lifting female in air quitting a job new job nanny housekeeper child's point of view blockbuster lifting someone into the air title spoken by character character name in title based on novel 

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Beauty And The Beast (2017)
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Beauty And The Beast (2017)

Disney's animated classic takes on a new form, with a widened mythology and an all-star cast. A young prince, imprisoned in the form of a beast, can be freed only by true love. What may be his only opportunity arrives when he meets Belle, the only human girl to ever visit the castle since it was enc…hanted. (Read More)

Themes:
magic dance 
Locations:
rooftop 
Characters:
girl female protagonist father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
cockney accent famous score rainstorm blockbuster fireplace drawing bird mirror title spoken by character character name in title dog 

Jumanji (1995)
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Jumanji (1995)

After being trapped in a jungle board game for 26 years, a Man-Child wins his release from the game. But, no sooner has he arrived that he is forced to play again, and this time sets the creatures of the jungle loose on the city. Now it is up to him to stop them.

Themes:
magic 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
tween girl blockbuster lifting someone into the air fireplace actor playing multiple roles apology title spoken by character 

The Secret Garden (1993)
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The Secret Garden (1993)

Living in India, Mary Lennox, a young, privileged girl, is left orphaned when her parents are killed in an earthquake. She is sent back to England where she goes to live on her uncle's estate. It is a fairly isolated existence and she has to find things to keep herself occupied. She finds a sickly y…oung boy...and a secret garden. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
girl boy father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
uncle housekeeper child's point of view lifting someone into the air neighbor title spoken by character based on novel f rated dog 

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Home Alone (1990) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Home Alone (1990)

It is Christmas time and the McCallister family is preparing for a vacation in Paris, France. But the youngest in the family named Kevin got into a scuffle with his older brother Buzz and was sent to his room which is on the third floor of his house. Then, the next morning, while the rest of the fam…ily was in a rush to make it to the airport on time, they completely forgot about Kevin who now has the house all to himself. Being home alone was fun for Kevin, having a pizza all to himself, jumping on his parents' bed, and making a mess. Then, Kevin discovers about two burglars, Harry and Marv, about to rob his house on Christmas Eve. Kevin acts quickly by wiring his own house with makeshift booby traps to stop the burglars and to bring them to justice. (Read More)

Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Characters:
brother sister relationship boy husband wife relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
famous score uncle child's point of view blockbuster lifting someone into the air hat fireworks apology neighbor mirror title spoken by character 

Mamma Mia! (2008)
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Mamma Mia! (2008)

Set on a colorful Greek island, the plot serves as a background for a wealth of ABBA songs. A young woman about to be married discovers that any one of three men could be her father. She invites all three to the wedding without telling her mother, Donna, who was once the lead singer of Donna and the… Dynamos. In the meantime, Donna has invited her backup singers, Rosie and Tanya. (Read More)

Themes:
dance 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
rooftop 
Characters:
female protagonist father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship 
Story:
lifting an adult into the air lifting female in air blockbuster lifting someone into the air drawing mirror f rated dog 

Alice In Wonderland (1951)
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Alice In Wonderland (1951)

Alice is a daydreaming young girl. She finds learning poems and listening to literature boring. She prefers stories with pictures and to live inside her imagination. One day, while enduring just such a poetry reading, she spots a large white rabbit...dressed in a jacket and carrying a large watch. H…e scurries off, saying he's late, for a very important date. She follows him through the forest. He then disappears down a rabbit hole. Alice follows, leading her to all manner of discoveries, characters and adventures. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
girl female protagonist 
Story:
tea party child's point of view blockbuster hat fireworks umbrella bird title spoken by character character name in title based on novel dog 

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Pocahontas (1995)
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Pocahontas (1995)

Pocahontas, daughter of a Native American tribe chief, falls in love with an English soldier as colonists invade 17th century Virginia.

Locations:
london england 
Characters:
female protagonist father daughter relationship family relationships 
Story:
famous score dual role blockbuster lifting someone into the air actor playing multiple roles brunette title spoken by character character name in title f rated dog 

Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone (2001)

This is the tale of Harry Potter, an ordinary 11-year-old boy serving as a sort of slave for his aunt and uncle who learns that he is actually a wizard and has been invited to attend the Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Harry is snatched away from his mundane existence by Hagrid, the gro…unds keeper for Hogwarts, and quickly thrown into a world completely foreign to both him and the viewer. Famous for an incident that happened at his birth, Harry makes friends easily at his new school. He soon finds, however, that the wizarding world is far more dangerous for him than he would have imagined, and he quickly learns that not all wizards are ones to be trusted. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
girl boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
levitation uncle blockbuster lifting someone into the air hat bank mirror title spoken by character character name in title based on novel dog 

Bridge To Terabithia (2007)
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Bridge To Terabithia (2007)

Jesse Aarons trained all summer to become the fastest runner in school, so he's very upset when newcomer Leslie Burke outruns him and everyone else. Despite this and other differences, including that she's rich, he's poor, and she's a city girl, he's a country boy, the two become fast friends. Toget…her, they create Terabithia, a land of monsters, trolls, ogres, and giants and rule as king and queen. This friendship helps Jess deal with the tragedy that makes him realize what Leslie taught him. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
farm 
Characters:
girl brother sister relationship boy mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
tween girl child's point of view lifting someone into the air drawing based on novel dog 

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The Parent Trap (1998)
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The Parent Trap (1998)

When two pre-teens named Hallie and Annie meet through their summer camp, their two lives are rattled when they realize that they are identical twins. With parents, British mother aka famous dress designer Elizabeth and American father, a wine maker named Nick, living in two different sides of the u…niverse, the girls decide to make an identity swap in hopes of spending time with their other parent. The girls later choose to aware their guardians of the swap while at a hotel in NYC, which late reunites the divorced pair and sends them back into remarriage with each other. (Read More)

Themes:
marriage 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
girl female protagonist mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship family relationships 
Story:
tween girl dual role nanny child's point of view bird based on novel f rated dog 

A Little Princess (1995)
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A Little Princess (1995)

When her father enlists to fight for the British in WWI, young Sara Crewe goes to New York to attend the same boarding school her late mother attended. She soon clashes with the severe headmistress, Miss Minchin, who attempts to stifle Sara's creativity and sense of self-worth. Sara's belief that "e…very girl's a princess" is tested to the limit, however, when word comes that her father was killed in action and his estate has been seized by the British government. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
girl female protagonist father daughter relationship 
Period:
1910s 
Story:
chimney sweep chimney lifting female in air rainstorm child's point of view lifting someone into the air based on novel 

Coraline (2009) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Coraline (2009)

When Coraline moves to an old house, she feels bored and neglected by her parents. She finds a hidden door with a bricked up passage. During the night, she crosses the passage and finds a parallel world where everybody has buttons instead of eyes, with caring parents and all her dreams coming true. …When the Other Mother invites Coraline to stay in her world forever, the girl refuses and finds that the alternate reality where she is trapped is only a trick to lure her. (Read More)

Subgenre:
stop motion animation 
Characters:
girl female protagonist boy mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
snowglobe cannon lifting someone into the air fireplace neighbor mirror title spoken by character character name in title based on novel dog 

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The Science Of Sleep (2006)
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The Science Of Sleep (2006)

Following the death of his father in Mexico, Stephane Miroux, a shy insecure young man, agrees to come to Paris to draw closer to his widowed mother Christine. He lands a boring job at a calendar-making firm and falls in love with his charming neighbor Stephanie. But conquering her is no bed of rose…s for the young man and the only solution he finds to put up with the difficulties he is going through is escape into a dream world... (Read More)

Subgenre:
stop motion animation 
Themes:
magic 
Locations:
rooftop 
Characters:
boy father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
cloud new job part animation hat drawing apology joke neighbor mirror 

Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)
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Home Alone 2: Lost In New York (1992)

Kevin McCallister is back. But this time he's in New York City with enough cash and credit cards to turn the Big Apple into his very own playground. But Kevin won't be alone for long. The notorious Wet Bandits, Harry and Marv, still smarting from their last encounter with Kevin, are bound for New Yo…rk too, plotting a huge holiday heist! Kevin's ready to welcome them with more battery of booby traps the bumbling bandits will never forget! (Read More)

Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Locations:
rooftop 
Characters:
brother sister relationship boy husband wife relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
cartoon reality crossover uncle blockbuster lifting someone into the air fireworks bird apology 

Alice In Wonderland (2010)
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Alice In Wonderland (2010)

Alice, an unpretentious and individual 19-year-old, is betrothed to a dunce of an English nobleman. At her engagement party, she escapes the crowd to consider whether to go through with the marriage and falls down a hole in the garden after spotting an unusual rabbit. Arriving in a strange and surre…al place called "Underland," she finds herself in a world that resembles the nightmares she had as a child, filled with talking animals, villainous queens and knights, and frumious bandersnatches. Alice realizes that she is there for a reason--to conquer the horrific Jabberwocky and restore the rightful queen to her throne. (Read More)

Subgenre:
live action and animation 
Themes:
magic marriage 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
female protagonist father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
tea party blockbuster lifting someone into the air hat actor playing multiple roles bird character name in title based on novel f rated dog 

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Spanglish (2004) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Spanglish (2004)

John Clasky is a devoted dad whose skills as a chef have offered his family a very upscale life, including a summer home in Malibu and a breathtaking new Mexican housekeeper, named Flor. She and her daughter Cristina have recently emigrated to L.A. from Mexico and are trying to find a better life. W…hen they move in with the Claskys for the summer, Flor has to fight for her daughter's soul as she discovers that life in a new country is perilous! (Read More)

Themes:
marriage 
Characters:
girl boy mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
housekeeper job interview cook cafe dog 

Home Alone 3 (1997)
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Home Alone 3 (1997)

Four high-tech industrial spies, Beaupre, Alice, Jernigan and Unger, steal a top-secret microchip, and, to fool customs, hide it in a remote-control toy car. Through a baggage mix-up at the airport, grumpy old Mrs.Hess gets the toy and gives it to her neighbor, 8-year-old Alex. Spies want to get the… toy back before their clients get angry and decide to burglarize every house at Alex's street to find the chip. But Alex is prepared for their visit... (Read More)

Themes:
marriage 
Locations:
rooftop 
Characters:
brother sister relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
child's point of view lifting someone into the air fireplace bird apology neighbor dog 

My Girl (1991)
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My Girl (1991)

1972. Vada Sultenfuss (played by Anna Chlumsky) is an intelligent, bubbly, hypochondriacal 11-year old girl. Her father, Harry (Dan Aykroyd), is a mortician and a widower. Her best friend is Thomas J Sennett (Macaulay Culkin). Then her father hires a new receptionist, Shelly (Jamie Lee Curtis), and …life will never be the same again. (Read More)

Themes:
dance marriage 
Characters:
girl boy father daughter relationship family relationships 
Story:
tween girl uncle lifting someone into the air hat fireworks neighbor 

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Pinocchio (1940)
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Pinocchio (1940)

Inventor Gepetto creates a wooden marionette called Pinocchio. His wish that Pinocchio be a real boy is unexpectedly granted by a fairy. The fairy assigns Jiminy Cricket to act as Pinocchio's "conscience" and keep him out of trouble. Jiminy is not too successful in this endeavor and most of the film… is spent with Pinocchio deep in trouble. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
boy father son relationship 
Story:
famous score blockbuster lifting someone into the air umbrella mirror title spoken by character character name in title based on novel 

The Tailor Of Panama (2001) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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The Tailor Of Panama (2001)

John LeCarre's spy thriller is brought to the big screen. A British spy is banished to Panama after having an affair with an ambassador's mistress. Once there he makes connection with a local tailor with a criminal past and connections to all of the top political and gangster figures in Panama. The …tailor also has a wife, who works for the canal administrator, and a huge debt. The spy's mission is to learn what the President intends to do with the Panama Canal, but he's really in business for himself, blackmailing the tailor into spinning a fantastic tale about the canal being sold to China and former mercenaries ready to topple the current government. (Read More)

Themes:
marriage 
Locations:
farm 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
banker fireworks bank umbrella neighbor cafe mirror based on novel 

Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

In 1944 falangist Spain, a girl, fascinated with fairy-tales, is sent along with her pregnant mother to live with her new stepfather, a ruthless captain of the Spanish army. During the night, she meets a fairy who takes her to an old faun in the center of the labyrinth. He tells her she's a princess…, but must prove her royalty by surviving three gruesome tasks. If she fails, she will never prove herself to be the the true princess and will never see her real father, the king, again. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
girl female protagonist mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship 
Story:
tween girl lullaby housekeeper child's point of view lifting someone into the air cook fireplace umbrella mirror character name in title 

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Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)
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Bedknobs And Broomsticks (1971)

During WWII in England, Charlie, Carrie, and Paul Rawlins are sent to live with Eglantine Price, an apprentice witch. Charlie blackmails Miss Price that if he is to keep her practices a secret, she must give him something, so she takes a bedknob from her late father's bed and places the "famous magi…c traveling spell" on it, and only Paul can activate it. Their first journey is to a street in London where they meet Emelius Browne, headmaster of Miss Price's witchcraft training correspondence school. Miss Price tells him of a plan to find the magic words for a spell known as Substitutiary Locomotion, which brings inanimate objects to life. This spell will be her work for the war effort. (Read More)

Subgenre:
live action and animation 
Themes:
magic dance 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
boy 
Story:
tween girl cartoon reality crossover nursery cockney accent part animation lifting someone into the air mirror 

Young Frankenstein (1974)
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Young Frankenstein (1974)

A young neurosurgeon (Gene Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor, a pretty lab assistant named Inga and the old housekeeper, frau Blucher -iiiiihhh!-. Young Frankenstein believes that the work of h…is grandfather is only crap, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind... (Read More)

Themes:
marriage 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Characters:
husband wife relationship 
Story:
lifting an adult into the air kite housekeeper blockbuster lifting someone into the air fireplace mirror character name in title based on novel 

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

An eccentric professor invents wacky machinery but can't seem to make ends meet. When he invents a revolutionary car, a foreign government becomes interested in it and resorts to skulduggery to get their hands on it.

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
family relationships 
Period:
1910s 
Story:
tween girl admiral famous score cannon umbrella based on novel dog 

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The Addams Family (1991)
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The Addams Family (1991)

The Addams step out of 'Charles Addams' (qv)' cartoons. They live with all of the trappings of the macabre (including a detached hand for a servant) and are quite wealthy. Added to this mix is a crooked accountant and his loan shark and a plot to slip in the shark's son into the family as their long… lost Uncle Fester. Can the false Fester find his way into the vault before he is discovered? (Read More)

Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships 
Story:
tween girl uncle blockbuster lifting someone into the air character name in title 

Arthur And The Invisibles (2006)
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Arthur And The Invisibles (2006)

Arthur is a spirited ten-year old whose parents are away looking for work, whose eccentric grandfather has been missing for several years, and who lives with his grandmother in a country house that, in two days, will be repossessed, torn down, and turned into a block of flats unless Arthur's grandfa…ther returns to sign some papers and pay off the family debt. Arthur discovers that the key to success lies in his own descent into the land of the Minimoys, creatures no larger than a tooth, whom his grandfather helped relocate to their garden. Somewhere among them is hidden a pile of rubies, too. Can Arthur be of stout heart and save the day? Romance beckons as well, and a villain lurks. (Read More)

Subgenre:
live action and animation 
Themes:
magic marriage 
Locations:
farm 
Characters:
brother sister relationship boy father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
chimney child's point of view apology character name in title based on novel dog 

Imagine Me & You (2005)
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Imagine Me & You (2005)

Rachel is a nice girl who is going to marry with Hector ('Heck'), her longtime boyfriend. While she is working in the wedding preparations she meets Luce, wedding's florist, unexpectedly falling in love to her and discovering what is having love feeling to another woman. Unable to stop her Rachel me…ets Luce a few times hiding it to her family, specially her mother Tessa because she contracted Luce. At the same time that Heck tries to win the affection of his parents-in-law, above all the eccentric father-in-law Ned, Rachel tries following with the daily life and marriage with her husband, but the love and passion she feels for Luce causes a secret affair between both women, and a doubt in Rachel about the life she wants for herself. (Read More)

Themes:
marriage 
Locations:
rooftop london england 
Characters:
girl boy father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship family relationships 
Story:
fireworks umbrella cafe dog 

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Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Four Weddings And A Funeral (1994)

The film follows the fortunes of Charles and his friends as they wonder if they will ever find true love and marry. Charles thinks he's found "Miss Right" in Carrie, an American. This British subtle comedy revolves around Charlie, his friends and the four weddings and one funeral which they attend.

Themes:
marriage 
Locations:
farm london england 
Characters:
brother sister relationship husband wife relationship 
Story:
cockney accent rainstorm blockbuster apology cafe dog 

Terms Of Endearment (1983)
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Terms Of Endearment (1983)

Aurora and Emma are mother and daughter who march to different drummers. Beginning with Emma's marriage, Aurora shows how difficult and loving she can be. The movie covers several years of their lives as each finds different reasons to go on living and find joy. Aurora's interludes with Garrett Bree…dlove, retired astronaut and next door neighbor are quite striking. In the end, different people show their love in very different ways. (Read More)

Themes:
marriage 
Characters:
mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
famous score banker housekeeper blockbuster neighbor based on novel 

Oliver! (1968)
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Oliver! (1968)

Musical adaptation of 'Charles Dickens (I)' (qv)'s classic tale of an orphan who runs away from the orphanage and hooks up with a group of boys trained to be pickpockets by an elderly mentor.

Themes:
dance 
Locations:
rooftop london england 
Characters:
family relationships 
Story:
famous score new job child's point of view blockbuster character name in title based on novel dog 

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The Witches (1990)
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The Witches (1990)

A young boy, recently orphaned, is taken to England by his grandmother. At a hotel in which they are staying, a group of witches have gathered to prepare a plot to rid England of all children.

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
girl boy father daughter relationship mother daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
lifting someone into the air cook hat fireworks drawing based on novel 

Aladdin (1992) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Aladdin (1992)

Aladdin is a poor street urchin who spends his time stealing food from the marketplace in the city of Agrabah. His adventures begin when he meets a young girl who happens to be Princess Jasmine, who is forced to be married by her wacky yet estranged father. Aladdin's luck suddenly changes when he re…trieves a magical lamp from the Cave of Wonders. What he unwittingly gets is a fun-loving genie who only wishes to have his freedom. Little do they know is that the Sultan's sinister advisor Jafar has his own plans for both Aladdin and the lamp. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Mood:
breaking the fourth wall 
Characters:
girl father daughter relationship 
Story:
blockbuster lifting someone into the air fireworks actor playing multiple roles bird title spoken by character character name in title based on novel dog 

Nanny Mcphee (2005)
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Nanny Mcphee (2005)

Mr. Cedric Brown has just lost his wife and is now left with his seven children who misbehave so much that all the nannies have run away. Now he is told by a mysterious voice that he should get Nanny McPhee who is a magical woman with special powers.

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
family relationships 
Story:
kite nanny lifting someone into the air title spoken by character character name in title based on novel f rated 

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My Fair Lady (1964)
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My Fair Lady (1964)

Pompous phonetics professor Henry Higgins is so sure of his abilities that he takes it upon himself to transform a Cockney working-class girl into someone who can pass for a cultured member of high society. His subject turns out to be the lovely Eliza Doolittle, who agrees to speech lessons to impro…ve her job prospects. Higgins and Eliza clash, then form an unlikely bond -- one that is threatened by an aristocratic suitor. (Read More)

Themes:
dance 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
girl father daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Period:
1910s 
Story:
horse racing rainstorm blockbuster apology 

Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012)
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Beasts Of The Southern Wild (2012)

Hushpuppy, an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink, in the Bathtub, a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink's tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he's no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness…, nature flies out of whack, temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink's health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. (Read More)

Characters:
girl female protagonist mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship family relationships 
Story:
tween girl rainstorm child's point of view fireworks drawing bird f rated dog 

Cheaper By The Dozen (2003) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Cheaper By The Dozen (2003)

The Bakers, a family of 14, move from small-town Illinois to the big city after Tom Baker gets his dream job to coach his alma mater's football team. Meanwhile, his wife also gets her dream of getting her book published. While she's away promoting the book, Tom has a hard time keeping the house in o…rder while at the same time coaching his football team, as the once happy family starts falling apart. (Read More)

Characters:
brother sister relationship mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship 
Story:
quitting a job new job blockbuster neighbor mirror based on novel dog 

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Toy Story 2 (1999)
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Toy Story 2 (1999)

While Andy is away at summer camp Woody has been toynapped by Al McWiggin, a greedy collector and proprietor of "Al's Toy Barn"! In this all-out rescue mission, Buzz and his friends Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog, Rex and Hamm springs into action to rescue Woody from winding up as a museum piece. They …must find a way to save him before he gets sold in Japan forever and they'll never see him again! (Read More)

Characters:
husband wife relationship 
Story:
cartoon penguin penguin blockbuster hat apology mirror dog 

The Sound Of Music (1965)
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The Sound Of Music (1965)

In 1930's Austria, a young woman named Maria is failing miserably in her attempts to become a nun. When the Navy captain Georg Von Trapp writes to the convent asking for a governess that can handle his seven mischievous children, Maria is given the job. The Captain's wife is dead, and he is often aw…ay, and runs the household as strictly as he does the ships he sails on. The children are unhappy and resentful of the governesses that their father keeps hiring, and have managed to run each of them off one by one. When Maria arrives, she is initially met with the same hostility, but her kindness, understanding, and sense of fun soon draws them to her and brings some much-needed joy into all their lives -- including the Captain's. Eventually he and Maria find themselves falling in love, even though Georg is already engaged to a Baroness and Maria is still a postulant. The romance makes them both start questioning the decisions they have made. Their personal conflicts soon become overshadowed, however, by world events. Austria is about to come under the control of Germany, and the Captain may soon find himself drafted into the German navy and forced to fight against his own country. (Read More)

Themes:
marriage 
Characters:
female protagonist brother sister relationship father daughter relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
cheerfulness lifting female in air cathedral new job blockbuster lifting someone into the air title spoken by character based on novel f rated 

Addams Family Values (1993)
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Addams Family Values (1993)

When an adorable baby boy is added to the Addams household, Wednesday and Pugsley do not hate the baby, they just aren't necessarily excited about his existence. Ok, yeah they do hate the baby. So Wednesday and Pugsley must get rid of the new addition one way or another. Meanwhile a new nanny is add…ed to the household who overtakes Fester. The Addams must stop the nanny, but how? (Read More)

Characters:
brother sister relationship boy husband wife relationship family relationships 
Story:
sliding down a banister nanny uncle lifting someone into the air character name in title 

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Castle In The Sky (1986) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Castle In The Sky (1986)

A young boy stumbles into a mysterious girl who floats down from the sky. The girl, Sheeta, was chased by pirates, army and government secret agents. In saving her life, they begin a high flying adventure that goes through all sorts of flying machines, eventually searching for Sheeta's identity in a… floating castle of a lost civilization. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Locations:
farm 
Characters:
girl boy mother son relationship 
Story:
cloud levitation laughing 

Nim's Island (2008)
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Nim's Island (2008)

Nim Rusoe is a girl who joins her father, a scientist, when he does research on marine life on an island. It's just the two of them but she spends her time making friends with all the animals she encounters, chatting on the computer and reading the adventure books of Alex Rover. When her father goes… to do some research but when a storm strikes the island he doesn't come back, she gets worried and frightened. She then e-mails Alex Rover hoping that he will come but what she doesn't know is that Alex Rover is a woman who is agoraphobic and germaphobic. But her creation comes to life and eggs her to go. Unfortunately she has never gone anywhere before and is denied her necessities like her sanitary gel by the customs officer at the airport. In the meantime, Nim tries to be strong while waiting for Alex to arrive. (Read More)

Locations:
rooftop 
Characters:
girl boy mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
tween girl rainstorm child's point of view lifting someone into the air actor playing multiple roles character name in title based on novel f rated 

The Brothers Grimm (2005)
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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requir…ing genuine courage. (Read More)

Themes:
magic 
Characters:
girl boy father daughter relationship mother son relationship 
Story:
laughing cannon lifting someone into the air hat fireworks drawing mirror title spoken by character character name in title dog 

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Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)
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Kind Hearts And Coronets (1949)

In prison awaiting execution the next morning Louis, the 10th Duke of Chalfont, sets down on paper the events that led him to his current situation. His mother has been banished from her family, the D'Ascoynes, after she married Louis' father who was considered far beneath her. After her death, the …D'Ascoynes refused permission for her to be buried in the family crypt. Louis then plots his revenge - and kills all those ahead of him in the succession until he becomes the Duke. Along the way, he becomes involved with the married Sibelia who, when spurned, makes sure he ends up in prison. The day before his execution Sibelia recants her testimony saving him not only from the gallows but also sets him free. Once outside the prison however, he realizes he's forgotten one little thing........ (Read More)

Themes:
marriage 
Locations:
london england 
Characters:
boy husband wife relationship father son relationship mother son relationship family relationships 
Story:
suffragette admiral banker fireplace bank umbrella bird 

Old Dogs (2009) is one of the best movies like Mary Poppins (1964)
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Old Dogs (2009)

Charlie and Dan have been best friends and business partners for thirty years and their Manhattan public relations firm is on the verge of a huge business deal with a Japanese company. With two weeks to sew up the contract, Dan gets a surprise; a woman he married on a drunken impulse nearly nine yea…rs before (annulled the next day) shows up to tell him he's the father of her twins, now seven, and she'll be in jail for 14 days for a political protest. Dan volunteers to keep the tykes, although he's uptight and clueless. With Charlie's help is there any way they can be dad and uncle, meet the kids' expectations, and still land the account? (Read More)

Characters:
girl brother sister relationship boy father daughter relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
tea party penguin uncle medication title spoken by character dog 

Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)
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Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory (1971)

The world is astounded when Willy Wonka, for years a recluse in his factory, announces that five lucky people will be given a tour of the factory, shown all the secrets of his amazing candy, and one will win a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate. Nobody wants the prize more than young Charlie, but as… his family is so poor that buying even one bar of chocolate is a treat, buying enough bars to find one of the five golden tickets is unlikely in the extreme. But in movieland, magic can happen. Charlie, along with four somewhat odious other children, get the chance of a lifetime and a tour of the factory. Along the way, mild disasters befall each of the odious children, but can Charlie beat the odds and grab the brass ring? (Read More)

Themes:
magic dance 
Characters:
girl boy mother daughter relationship father daughter relationship husband wife relationship mother son relationship father son relationship family relationships 
Story:
famous score child's point of view lifting someone into the air character name in title based on novel 

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