Best Family Movies of 1963
The Sword in the Stone
Wart is a young boy who aspires to be a knight's squire. On a hunting trip he falls in on Merlin, a powerful but amnesiac wizard who has plans for him beyond mere squiredom. He starts by trying to give him an education, believing that once one has an education, one can go anywhere. Needless to say, it doesn't quite work out that way.
Jason and the Argonauts
Jason, a fearless sailor and explorer, returns to his home land of Thessaly after a long voyage to claim his rightful throne. He learns, however, that he must first find the magical Golden Fleece. To do so, he must embark on an epic quest fraught with fantastic monsters and terrible perils.
The Nutty Professor
A timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.
The Three Lives of Thomasina
Thomasina is the pet cat of Mary McDhui, the daughter of Scottish veterinarian Andrew McDhui. When Thomasina falls ill, McDhui declares that the pet should be put down. But when Mary and her father try to bury the cat, Lori MacGregor (Susan Hampshire), who is said to be a witch, shows up and attempts to steal it.
The Incredible Journey
The story of three pets, a cat and two dogs, who lose their owners when they are all on vacation. Can they find their way home?
Disney musical about Mother Carey, a Bostonian widow and her three children who move to Maine. Postmaster Osh Popham helps them move into a run-down old house and fixes it up for them. It's not entirely uninhabited, though; the owner, a Mr. Hamilton, is a mysterious character away in Europe, but Osh assures them he won't mind their living there, since he won't be coming home for a long time yet. The children and a cousin who comes to live with them have various adventures before an unexpected visitor shows up
The Courtship of Eddie's Father
Although he's only seven, Eddie's got it all figured out. He wants his father, a widower, to get remarried — to the girl next door. Unfortunately, she's not one of the women that his dad's been dating.
Cornet at Night
Based on a short story by Sinclair Ross, this short film recalls rural life on the Prairies in the 1930s. In the film a farmer's young son, sent to town to hire a man for the harvest, readily accepts when an itinerant trumpet player, down on his luck, begs a chance. He is hardly the kind of man the boy's father had in mind, but that night his trumpet speaks from the shadows and everyone pauses to listen.
A dramatized episode from Robert McCloskey's book "Homer Price." Shows Homer's resourcefulness in managing the dilemma created by a doughnut machine with a mind of its own.
Many kids might say their best friend is a puppy or a pony. But for 12-year-old Sandy, the most special pet of all is the exuberant dolphin he rescues and who returns the favor by rescuing Sandy from sharks.
Son of Flubber
Beleaguered professor Ned Brainard has already run into a pile of misfortunes with his discovery of the super-elastic substance "Flubber." Now he hopes to have better luck with a gravity-busting derivative he's dubbed "Flubbergas." Ned's experiments, constantly hampered by government obstruction, earn the consternation of his wife, Betsy. But a game-winning modification to a football uniform may help Ned make the case for his fantastic new invention.
Two bear cubs, Tuffy and Tubby, are separated from their mother and spend an entire summer romping through Yellowstone National Park. In the meantime, the mother bear follows their trail as she searches for them.
Mad as a Mars Hare
Marvin the Martian is monitoring through his telescope a rocket launch on Earth. The rocket heads straight for him and lands on Mars. The only occupant is Bugs Bunny, lured into Cape Canaveral by a carrot and sent to Mars as an expendable "astro-rabbit". Bugs is to claim Mars in the name of the Earth, but Marvin won't allow an Earth creature to contaminate his atmosphere. He trains a time-projector gun on Bugs and reverts the bunny to a Neanderthal Rabbit, who crushes Marvin with one hand.
Travis, Arliss, and Lisbeth are captured by Apaches while Old Yeller's son, Sam, tracks their trail.
Dr. Syn, Alias the Scarecrow
English vicar Dr. Syn becomes a scarecrow on horseback by night to thwart King George III's taxmen.
In a spoof of TV's "Untouchables" Rocky and Mugsy chase "Elegant Ness" (Bugs) through the ACME cereal company.
The Million Hare
Bugs races Daffy to get to the TV station first and win the prize on the "Beat Your Buddy" show.
Fast Buck Duck
Daffy Duck reads in the local newspaper that a millionaire seeks a loyal, entertaining, and trustworthy boon companion.
After completing his voyages Sindbad the Sailor and his hearty crew have come home to find a palace coup d'etat has occurred and his home city is being run by a brutal dictator played by Pedro Armendariz. He's got designs on the beautiful young princess, Heidi Bruhl both lustful and political.
When Bugs takes Wile E. Coyote's place in a cartoon, the Bugs/Coyote roles and rules become confused.
Wings of Mystery
Sheffield, England: someone in the steelworks is selling details of a new alloy to a foreign agent. The children lead to his capture with the help of a prize pigeon.
Miracle of the White Stallions
In WWII Austria, Col. Alois Podhajsky must protect his beloved Lipizzaner stallions and make sure that they are surrendered into the right hands. But Patton's something of a horse fancier and can help...if he sees the stallions perform.
Devil's Feud Cake
Another in a series of Warner's economy cartoons featuring clips from previous Bugs Bunny-Yosemite Sam cartoons. After Sam is killed in each pursuit, he meets with the devil, who goads him into continuing to chase the bunny. Eventually, Sam balks and, donning a devil's outfit, tells the devil, "If you want him, you can get him yourself! I'm staying!"
The Wahoo Bobcat
A bobcat returns to it's area of origin after a seven year absence. He is befriended by a elderly man who used to be the top bobcat hunter around. His new pal tries to protect him but a case of mistaken identity puts Wahoo's life in jeopardy.
Funny Side of Life
A compilation of clips selected by Harold Lloyd that highlight his career.
Three Wise Boys
It's almost Christmas and three boys are discussing various aspects of the big day, such as Santa Claus and the positioning of the figures in the manger scene beneath the tree, all in typical children's fashion. The next day, still excited by Christmas they go into town with their parents hoping to catch a glimpses of Santa in the store. Their parents tell them that Christmas isn't just about presents but also the birth of Jesus, but the boys are too excited about Santa.
Uncle Jim's Dairy Farm
Two city kids spend a summer on Uncle Jim's dairy farm. They tend to the animals, climb a rope, and learn all kinds of fun farm facts
A Visit to Santa
One of the cheapest Santa films ever produced. Shot in Pittsburgh, with blurry home movie footage of Santa parades (on one float he sticks out of a giant chimney, on another he stands in the cockpit of a rocket ship). Santa sits in a vinylite Laz-E-Boy as he orders his elves (kids dressed in leotards) around. Features a trip to a department store and endless footage of a large toy train setup. (archive.org)
Adventures in Space with Scott McCloud
The adventures of law enforcer Scott McCloud, the one-man Marine Corps for the Earth Bureau of Investigation. Working in utmost secrecy, Scott McCloud takes assignments involving the security of our solar system. The video contains three segments: "Power Failure," "The Went Thatta Way" and "Scratch One Chimp."
A promotional film about the latest releases from Gilbert Toy Company in 1963, including remote controlled planes, Erector Sets, toy race cars, electric trains, kitchen play sets and "Tuggy Turtle."
Eight youngsters are cut off by the East Anglian floods in a farmhouse with no grown-ups to help them. The story tells how they deal with the situation until they are rescued.
The Young Detectives
Adventure of stolen jewels and the kidnapping of a little boy who saw the robbery. Serial in 8 episodes.