It’s Thanksgiving weekend! Well, at least up here in Canada it is. The harvest is in, the snow has begun to collect, and it is time to gather with the loved ones and eat your faces off. I was lucky enough to get enough crab apples off the tree yesterday to make a couple delicious pies, and the cooking bonanza has just begun. And, while I am arms deep in the delicious harvest delights, someone has to distract the kids. Oh, good ol’ television, babysitting children since the late 20’s. I thought I would compile a quick list off movies to get into the festive mood, let’s take a gander…
5. Son in Law (1993)
The brandish comedic stylings of Pauly Shore may be out dated for children these days, but for 90’s kids, Son in Law is pure nostalgia. Featuring Crawl (The Weasel), as he attempts to get in good with the girl, heads to her farming home in South Dakota for Thanksgiving. His urban, slack attitude puts him in more grief than originally planned as values clash with her family.
4. Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)
Another nostalgic comedy for the pre-millennials, Planes, Trains and Automobiles is one of the greatest films from the late, great John Candy. Control freak Neal Page, played by the always wonderful Steve Martin, is trying to get home for Thanksgiving weekend. After a plane reroute and a dastardly snowstorm, Neal is forced to bunk and travel with the extremely annoying and talkative character played by Mr. Candy.
3. Addams Family Values (1993)
They just don’t make Thanksgiving movies like they used to. This movie makes the list for one specific scene that I am always reminded of come the season. A revenge for the native Americans is played out in a graphic scene portrayed by Wednesday (Chritina Ricci) and Pugsly Addams (Jimmy Workman). The dark children create a mutiny in their camp play and even put councillors on the spit to prove their point.
2. Free Birds (2013)
Modern animated film, Free Birds, takes a unique perspective on the feast of the holidays, as we look at things from the turkeys view. Pardon turkey, Reggie (Owen Wilson) and his dim witted peer, Jake (Woody Harrelson), travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving dinner in an attempt to save their species from the horrible fate of the yearly ritual. And it turns out that their kind have not always been the brainless idiots they are today.
1. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
Leave it to The Peanut Gang to create a classic holiday film. This classic television special features Charlie getting in another sticky situation as Patty takes it upon herself to invite the neighborhood over for Thanksgiving dinner. Obviously, morals are learned, as is a must with a Charlie Brown special. And, everyone enjoys a great dinner together with their closest friends. Leaving fans happy just to hear the awesome Charlie Brown theme song.
Thanks booknerds, and happy eating to my Canadian brethren.