Best Family Movies of 1996


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

7.0/10 IMDB

At the urging of his gargoyle pals, Quasimodo leaves Notre Dame tower against the wishes of his guardian, the evil Judge Claude Frollo. He ventures out to the Festival of Fools and finds his first true friend, a Romani woman named Esmeralda, who entrusts him with a secret. When the secret is revealed, Quasi soon finds himself fighting to save the people and city he loves.

Starring: Tom Hulce, Demi Moore, Tony Jay, Kevin Kline, Paul Kandel, Charles Kimbrough, Jason Alexander, Mary Wickes, David Ogden Stiers, Mary Kay Bergman ..
Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Release date: 1996-06-21


7.0/10 IMDB

An extraordinarily intelligent young girl from a cruel and uncaring family discovers she possesses telekinetic powers and is sent off to a school headed by a tyrannical principal.

Starring: Mara Wilson, Danny DeVito, Embeth Davidtz, Rhea Perlman, Pam Ferris, Paul Reubens, Tracey Walter, Brian Levinson, Kiami Davael, Jimmy Karz ..
Directed by: Danny DeVito
Release date: 1996-08-02

Space Jam

6.5/10 IMDB

Jokes fly as the Tune Squad takes on the Nerdlucks in a hardcourt game to decide if the Looney Tunes remain here... or become attractions at a far-off galactic off-ramp called Moron Mountain. The Nerdlucks have a monstrous secret weapon: they've stolen the skills of top NBA stars like Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing and become Monstars. But that's not all, folks. The Tune Squad’s secret weapon just happens to be the finest player in this or any other universe. He's outta this world. So's the fun.

Starring: Michael Jordan, Wayne Knight, Billy West, Dee Bradley Baker, Theresa Randle, Danny DeVito, Brandon Hammond, Larry Bird, Bill Murray, Charles Barkley ..
Directed by: Joe Pytka
Release date: 1996-11-15

James and the Giant Peach

6.7/10 IMDB

When the young orphan boy James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands.

Starring: Paul Terry, Miriam Margolyes, Joanna Lumley, Pete Postlethwaite, Simon Callow, Richard Dreyfuss, Jane Leeves, Susan Sarandon, David Thewlis, Steven Culp ..
Directed by: Henry Selick
Release date: 1996-04-12

Aladdin and the King of Thieves

6.3/10 IMDB

Legendary secrets are revealed as Aladdin and his friends—Jasmine, Abu, Carpet and, of course, the always entertaining Genie—face all sorts of terrifying threats and make some exciting last-minute escapes pursuing the King Of Thieves and his villainous crew.

Starring: Scott Weinger, Linda Larkin, Robin Williams, John Rhys-Davies, Gilbert Gottfried, Jerry Orbach, Val Bettin, Frank Welker, Jim Cummings, CCH Pounder ..
Directed by: Tad Stones
Release date: 1996-05-20

Fly Away Home

6.9/10 IMDB

Amy is only 13-years-old when her mother is killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life... until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when a local forest is torn down. The eggs hatch and Amy becomes "Mama Goose". When Winter comes, Amy, and her dad must find a way to lead the birds South….

Starring: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney, Holter Graham, Jeremy Ratchford, Michael J. Reynolds, David Hemblen, Carmen Lishman, Christi Hill ..
Directed by: Carroll Ballard
Release date: 1996-09-13


5.8/10 IMDB

Jack Powell suffers from an affliction that makes him grow four times faster than normal, so the 10-year-old looks like a 40-year-old man. After years of being tutored at home, Jack convinces his overprotective parents to send him to public school. The children don't know what to make of Jack, but with the help of his fifth-grade teacher, he makes an effort to win them over.

Starring: Robin Williams, Diane Lane, Brian Kerwin, Jennifer Lopez, Bill Cosby, Fran Drescher, Adam Zolotin, Irwin Corey, Jurnee Smollett, Ashlee Lauren ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1996-08-09

Muppet Treasure Island

6.9/10 IMDB

After telling the story of Flint's last journey to young Jim Hawkins, Billy Bones has a heart attack and dies just as Jim and his friends are attacked by pirates. The gang escapes into the town where they hire out a boat and crew to find the hidden treasure, which was revealed by Bones before he died. On their voyage across the seas, they soon find out that not everyone on board can be trusted.

Starring: Tim Curry, Kevin Bishop, Jennifer Saunders, Billy Connolly, Dave Goelz, Frank Oz, Steve Whitmire, David Nicholls, Frederick Warder, Harry Jones ..
Directed by: Brian Henson
Release date: 1996-02-16

101 Dalmatians

5.7/10 IMDB

An evil, high-fashion designer plots to steal Dalmatian puppies in order to make an extravagant fur coat, but instead creates an extravagant mess.

Starring: Glenn Close, Jeff Daniels, Joely Richardson, Joan Plowright, Hugh Laurie, Mark Williams, John Shrapnel, Tim McInnerny, Hugh Fraser, Frank Welker ..
Directed by: Stephen Herek
Release date: 1996-11-27

Jingle All the Way

5.7/10 IMDB

Howard Langston, a salesman for a mattress company, is constantly kept busy at his job, disappointing his son. After he misses his son's karate exposition, Howard vows to make it up to him by buying an action figure of his son's favorite television hero for Christmas. Unfortunately for Howard, it is Christmas Eve, and every store is sold out of Turbo Man. Now, Howard must travel all over town and compete with everybody else to find a Turbo Man action figure.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Phil Hartman, Sinbad, Rita Wilson, Jake Lloyd, Martin Mull, Laraine Newman, Jim Belushi, E.J. De la Pena, Robert Conrad ..
Directed by: Brian Levant
Release date: 1996-11-21

Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

5.9/10 IMDB

When the pets accidentally get separated from their vacationing owners, Chance, Shadow, and Sassy navigate the mean streets of San Francisco, trying to find their home across the Golden Gate Bridge. But the road is blocked by a series of hazards, both man and beast.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Sally Field, Ralph Waite, Robert Hays, Kim Greist, Michael Bell, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Al Michaels, Tommy Lasorda, Bob Uecker ..
Directed by: David R. Ellis
Release date: 1996-03-08

Harriet the Spy

5.9/10 IMDB

When the secret notebook of a young girl who fancies herself a spy is found by her friends, her speculations make her very unpopular! Can she win her friends back?

Starring: Michelle Trachtenberg, Rosie O'Donnell, J. Smith-Cameron, Eartha Kitt, Vanessa Lee Chester, Gregory Smith, Robert Joy, Dov Tiefenbach, Taylor Ogdens, Charlotte Sullivan ..
Directed by: Bronwen Hughes
Release date: 1996-07-10

Sgt. Bilko

5.8/10 IMDB

The US army is known for churning out lean mean fighting machines intent on protecting our great nation. Sergeant Ernie Bilko is the leader of a ragtag group of the sorriest soldiers ever to enlist in the armed forces.

Starring: Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd, Phil Hartman, Glenne Headly, Daryl Mitchell, Chris Rock, Mitchell Whitfield, Eric Edwards, Austin Pendleton, Debra Jo Rupp ..
Directed by: Jonathan Lynn
Release date: 1996-03-29

A Very Brady Sequel

5.8/10 IMDB

A man claiming to be Carol Brady's long-lost first husband, Roy Martin, shows up at the suburban Brady residence one evening. An impostor, the man is actually determined to steal the Bradys' familiar horse statue, a $20-million ancient Asian artifact.

Starring: Shelley Long, Gary Cole, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Christine Taylor, Paul Sutera, Jennifer Elise Cox, Jesse Lee Soffer, Olivia Hack, Henriette Mantel, Tim Matheson ..
Directed by: Arlene Sanford
Release date: 1996-08-23

The Preacher's Wife

5.7/10 IMDB

Good natured Reverend Henry Biggs finds that his marriage to choir mistress Julia is flagging, due to his constant absence caring for the deprived neighborhood they live in. On top of all this, his church is coming under threat from property developer Joe Hamilton. In desperation, Rev. Biggs prays to God for help - and help arrives in the form of an angel named Dudley.

Starring: Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, Courtney B. Vance, Gregory Hines, Jenifer Lewis, Loretta Devine, Shari Headley, Lionel Richie, Victor Williams, Justin Pierre Edmund ..
Directed by: Penny Marshall
Release date: 1996-12-13

D3: The Mighty Ducks

5.4/10 IMDB

The Ducks are offered scholarships at Eden Hall Academy but struggle with their new coach's methods and come under pressure from the board to retain their scholarships before their big game against the Varsity team.

Starring: Emilio Estevez, Jeffrey Nordling, David Selby, Heidi Kling, Joshua Jackson, Joss Ackland, Elden Henson, Shaun Weiss, Vincent Larusso, Garette Ratliff Henson ..
Directed by: Rob Lieberman
Release date: 1996-10-04
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Wish Upon a Star

Wish Upon a Star

6.6/10 IMDB

A younger sister wishes to switch places with her popular older sister and the two bickering siblings awaken to find the wish has come true.

Starring: Katherine Heigl, Danielle Harris, Donnie Jeffcoat, Scott Wilkinson, Mary Parker Williams, Lois Chiles, Ivey Lloyd, Matt Barker, Jacque Gray, Karin Petersen ..
Directed by: Blair Treu
Release date: 1996-11-12


5.3/10 IMDB

Sandy Ricks is sent by his mom to Coral Key, a rustic island in the Florida keys, to spend the summer with his uncle Porter Ricks. Sandy dislikes everything about his new environment until a new friend comes into his life, a dolphin named Flipper, that brings uncle and nephew together and leads Sandy on the summer adventure of a lifetime.

Starring: Elijah Wood, Paul Hogan, Jonathan Banks, Jason Fuchs, Robert Deacon, Luke Halpin, Chelsea Field, Mark Casella, Isaac Hayes, Allison Bertolino ..
Directed by: Alan Shapiro
Release date: 1996-05-17

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

6.1/10 IMDB

A girl, sent by her parents to live with her two eccentric aunts, finds out on her sixteenth birthday that she is a witch.

Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Sherry Miller, Charlene Fernetz, Michelle Beaudoin, Ryan Reynolds, Tobias Mehler, Lalainia Lindbjerg, Laura Harris, Kea Wong, Jo Bates ..
Directed by: Tibor Takács
Release date: 1996-04-07

First Kid

5.2/10 IMDB

Some say that to be the leader of a country is one of the loneliest jobs in the world. But being the child of a world leader can be doubly so. Constantly surrounded by security officers, restricted in movements and having almost every waking moment carefully monitored makes normalcy an impossibility. No one knows this better than young Luke Davenport, the son of U.S. President Davenport. He vents his loneliness, frustration and feelings of isolation from family and friends by being a brat to his private Secret Service agent. When the agent snaps from the strain in front of the First Lady, a new agent is assigned to Luke. He turns out to be the enormous Sam Simms, a bit of a rogue who managed to rise through the ranks by sheer determination rather than strict adherence to Secret-Service protocol. At first, Luke tries all his old tricks upon Sam. But instead of getting angry, Sam seems to actually understand.

Starring: Sinbad, Brock Pierce, Blake Boyd, Timothy Busfield, Art LaFleur, James Naughton, Lisa Eichhorn, Erin Williby, Zachary Ty Bryan, Fawn Reed ..
Directed by: David Mickey Evans
Release date: 1996-08-30

Dunston Checks In

5.3/10 IMDB

Hotel manager Robert Grant is forced by his boss to postpone his family vacation when a hotel critic checks in. Trouble is, the critic is really a villainous jewel thief with an orangutan assistant named Dunston. When Dunston gets loose and tries to escape a life of crime -- aided by Robert's sons -- havoc, hijinks and lots of laughs abound!

Starring: Jason Alexander, Faye Dunaway, Eric Lloyd, Rupert Everett, Graham Sack, Paul Reubens, Glenn Shadix, Nathan Davis, Jennifer Bassey, Judith Scott ..
Directed by: Ken Kwapis
Release date: 1996-01-12

Superman: The Last Son of Krypton

7.6/10 IMDB

Clark Kent, the last survivor of the dead planet Krypton, uses his amazing powers to defend people of his adopted world, Earth, and become Superman.

Starring: Tim Daly, Dana Delany, Clancy Brown, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher McDonald, Finola Hughes, Mike Farrell, Shelley Fabares, Tony Jay, Corey Burton ..
Directed by: Curt Geda, Dan Riba, Scott Jeralds, Bruce Timm
Release date: 1996-09-06


5.7/10 IMDB

Jake Barnes and his two kids, Sean and Jessie, have moved to Alaska after his wife died. He is a former airline pilot now delivering toilet paper across the mountains. During an emergency delivery in a storm his plane goes down somewhere in the mountains. Annoyed that the authorities aren't doing enough, Jessie and Sean set out on an adventure to find their father with the help of a polar bear which they have saved from a ferocious poacher. Conflict ensues.

Starring: Thora Birch, Vincent Kartheiser, Dirk Benedict, Ben Cardinal, Kristin Lehman, Stephen E. Miller, Dolly Madsen, Don S. Davis, Charlton Heston, Duncan Fraser ..
Directed by: Fraser Clarke Heston
Release date: 1996-08-14
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Adventures in Odyssey: Someone to Watch Over Me

Adventures in Odyssey: Someone to Watch Over Me

7.6/10 IMDB

Dylan and Jesse are on a smashing safari in the Imagination Station until a glitch in the computer program causes it to end prematurely. But when Dylan goes aboard to retrieve a forgotten backpack, he's catapulted into a series of bizarre events that would amaze even inventor John Avery Whittaker. Will Dylan survive his enemy's relentless pursuit? Can anyone lead him out of this labyrinth?

Starring: Tabitha St. Germain, Frank Welker, Kathleen Barr, Scott McNeil, Jim Cummings, Brian Drummond ..
Release date: 1996-04-16
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight

Goosebumps: The Scarecrow Walks at Midnight

7.5/10 IMDB

There something funny about Jodie and Mark's grandparents' farm, but nobody's laughing, especially when twelve strange new scarecrows scare more than just the crows! Don't Go To Sleep: Matt Amsterdam wishes his family were different - until he wakes up from a nap in the attic to find that things are suddenly very different. Calling All Creeps: Ricky Beamer hopes for revenge when he puts a mean girl's phone number in a personal ad. But when he starts getting scary midnight calls, he's the one getting the creeps!

Starring: Heather Bertram, John E. Campbell, Bob Clout, Louise Nicol, Michael Copeman, Kris Lemche ..
Directed by: Randy Bradshaw
Release date: 1996-11-09

All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

5.5/10 IMDB

Charlie and Itchy return to Earth to find Gabriel's Horn, but along the way meet up with a young boy named David, who ran away from home.

Starring: Ernest Borgnine, Bebe Neuwirth, Charlie Sheen, Hamilton Camp, Steve Mackall, Dan Castellaneta, Dom DeLuise, Tony Jay, Jim Cummings, Wallace Shawn ..
Directed by: Larry Leker, Paul Sabella, Snoop Dogg, Dogs Are, Adorable, Larry Ligma
Release date: 1996-03-29

The Land Before Time IV: Journey Through the Mists

5.6/10 IMDB

Littlefoot and his dinosaur pals go in search of a medicinal flower that will cure his ailing grandfather.

Starring: John Ingle, Candace Hutson, Heather Hogan, Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett, Scott McAfee, Kenneth Mars, Linda Gary, Frank Welker, Carol Bruce ..
Directed by: Roy Allen Smith
Release date: 1996-12-10
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy II

Goosebumps: Night of the Living Dummy II

7.8/10 IMDB

Amy thinks her father has bought her the perfect gift: a new ventriloquist's dummy. However, it soon becomes apparent that there is more to this dummy than meets the eye.

Starring: Maggie Castle, Caterina Scorsone, Shadia Simmons, Ron Stefaniuk, Gina Clayton, Richard Fitzpatrick, Andrew Sardella, Kerry Duff ..
Directed by: Ron Oliver
Release date: 1996-01-12

Gulliver's Travels

6.9/10 IMDB

Gulliver washes ashore on Lilliput and attempts to prevent war between that tiny kingdom and its equally-miniscule rival, Blefiscu, as well as smooth the way for the romance between the Princess and Prince of the opposing lands. In this he is alternately aided and hampered by the Lilliputian town crier and general fussbudget, Gabby.

Release date: 1996-02-04

Larger Than Life

5.6/10 IMDB

Motivational Speaker Jack Corcoran is determined to get his career off the ground, but the biggest gigs he can get are the ones nobody wants. Then one day, he receives a telegram that his circus clown father has passed away, and has left a "huge" inheritance. When he gets there, he finds that his inheritance has come in the form of an elephant that was his father's pride and joy in circus acts. His main intention is to sell the pachyderm off. Jack must choose between loud and rude zookeeper Mo or attractive animal show owner Terry. As the two treks through the country Jack and the elephant develop a bond, and it changes his approach on life for the better.

Starring: Bill Murray, Tai the Elephant, Jeremy Piven, Janeane Garofalo, Pat Hingle, Linda Fiorentino, Matthew McConaughey, Keith David, Tracey Walter, Harve Presnell ..
Directed by: Howard Franklin
Release date: 1996-10-31
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die

Goosebumps: Say Cheese and Die

7.3/10 IMDB

Greg and his friends break into an old warehouse, where they find an unusual camera. However, the photographs Greg takes with it seem to predict disaster, and he becomes convinced the camera is cursed.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Karen Robinson, Dan Petronijevic, Scott Speedman, Renessa Blitz, Caley Wilson, Karen Robinson ..
Directed by: Ron Oliver
Release date: 1996-02-09

The Paper Brigade

6.7/10 IMDB

A 14 year old boy named Gunther moves to a small town with his parents and little brother. He meets up with a group of overly charitable paper boys who want him to sub for their friend while he's out of town. Gunther agrees so he can get enough money for concert tickets to take his blonde and beautiful crush too, all the while dealing with Chad, her wannabe boyfriend and his bully friends. All in all, Gunther learns to respect himself and other people and to have fun during it all.

Starring: Kyle Howard, Robert Englund, Travis Wester, Chauncey Leopardi, Ethan Glazer, Matthew Ness, Bibi Osterwald, Kylee Cochran, Matthew Best, Michael 'Mikey' Peterson ..
Directed by: Blair Treu
Release date: 1996-09-25


5.3/10 IMDB

Recently orphaned, a young boy is taken in by his godmother who is shocked to realize that she can see the boy's imaginary friend: a flamboyant, French magician named Bogus.

Starring: Whoopi Goldberg, Gérard Depardieu, Haley Joel Osment, Ute Lemper, Andrea Martin, Nancy Travis, Denis Mercier, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Barbara Hamilton, Al Waxman ..
Directed by: Norman Jewison
Release date: 1996-09-06

Susie Q

7.2/10 IMDB

The ghost of a girl who died in 1955 appears to a troubled teen living in her old house.

Starring: Amy Jo Johnson, Justin Whalin, Shelley Long, Chris William Martin, Tasha Simms, Bentley Mitchum, Brian Arnold, Ernie Prentice, Allan Morgan, Andrea Libman ..
Directed by: John Blizek
Release date: 1996-09-30
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Goosebumps: Monster Blood

Goosebumps: Monster Blood

6.8/10 IMDB

Evan's visit to his great aunt Katherine's house turns eventful when he finds a jar marked "Monster Blood". He and his new friend, Andy, decide to try it out, but are horrified to find that it is growing.

Starring: Kyle Labine, Sarah Podemski, Corinne Conley, Joy Tanner, Janet Land, Mark Melymick, Mark Benesh ..
Directed by: Timothy Bond
Release date: 1996-11-16

A Halloween Hassle at Dracula's Castle

7.8/10 IMDB

While shopping at an old costume shop, the gang wins a trip to a creepy old castle.

Release date: 1996-09-10

House Arrest

5.7/10 IMDB

High-schooler Grover Beindorf and his younger sister Stacy decide that their parents, Janet and Ned, are acting childishly when they decide to divorce after 18 years of marriage, so they lock them up in the basement until they'll sort out their problems.

Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Pollak, Kyle Howard, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Jennifer Tilly, Christopher McDonald, Wallace Shawn, Ray Walston, Herbert Russell, Colleen Camp ..
Directed by: Harry Winer
Release date: 1996-08-14
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Goosebumps: The Headless Ghost

Goosebumps: The Headless Ghost

6.8/10 IMDB

Best friends Duane and Stephanie regularly attend the tour of Hill House, a local haunted house, pulling pranks on unsuspecting visitors. However, when they decide to look for the head of a ghost, they get more than they bargained for.

Starring: Dennis O'Connor, Andreanne Benidir, Kenny Vadas, Daniel Goodfellow ..
Directed by: Brian R.R. Hebb
Release date: 1996-09-21
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Goosebumps: Ghost Beach

Goosebumps: Ghost Beach

6.7/10 IMDB

While visiting their elderly cousins in a remote coastal town, brother and sister Jerry and Terri are told about an apparently haunted cave by two mysterious teenagers. However, when they explore the cave, the mystery deepens.

Starring: Sheldon Smith, Jessica Hogeveen, Bill Turnbull, Dorothy Gordon, Hardee T. Lineham ..
Directed by: Steve DiMarco
Release date: 1996-10-19
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant

Goosebumps: Attack of the Mutant

6.5/10 IMDB

While on his way to an orthodontist appointment, comic book enthusiast Skipper spots a building which resembles his favorite villain's headquarters. However, when he and new friend, Libby, venture inside, they have no idea what awaits them.

Starring: Dan Warry-Smith, Melissa Bathory, Maurice Godin, Mag Ruffman, Adam Schofield, Bill Lake ..
Directed by: William Fruet
Release date: 1996-09-07

Mrs. Santa Claus

6.6/10 IMDB

Neglected by her husband during the pre-Christmas rush, Mrs. Claus takes the reindeer and sleigh out for a drive, only to end up stranded in the neighborhood of Manhattan's Lower East Side.

Starring: Angela Lansbury, Michael Jeter, Lynsey Bartilson, Bryan Murray, Terrence Mann, Debra Wiseman, Charles Durning ..
Directed by: Terry Hughes
Release date: 1996-12-08
Best Family Movies of 1996 : A Rugrats Chanukah

A Rugrats Chanukah

7.5/10 IMDB

The story of the Jewish holiday Chanukah through the eyes of the Rugrats, who imagine themselves as the main characters. Meanwhile, Grandpa Boris and his long-time rival, Shlomo, feud over who will play the lead in the local synagogue's Chanukah play.

Starring: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Kath Soucie, Cheryl Chase, Michael Bell, Melanie Chartoff, Jack Riley, David Doyle, Fyvush Finkel, Tress MacNeille ..
Directed by: Raymie Muzquiz
Release date: 1996-12-04
Best Family Movies of 1996 : The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows

6.3/10 IMDB

Jailed for his reckless driving, rambunctious Mr. Toad has to escape from prison when his beloved Toad Hall comes under threat from the wily weasels, who plan to build a dog food factory on the very meadow sold to them by Toad himself.

Starring: Terry Jones, Steve Coogan, Eric Idle, Nicol Williamson, John Cleese, Stephen Fry, Bernard Hill, Michael Palin, Julia Sawalha, Victoria Wood ..
Directed by: Terry Jones
Release date: 1996-10-16

The Evening Star

5.9/10 IMDB

Continuing the story of Aurora Greenway in her latter years. After the death of her daughter, Aurora struggled to keep her family together, but has one grandson in jail, a rebellious granddaughter, and another grandson living just above the poverty line.

Starring: Shirley MacLaine, Jack Nicholson, Bill Paxton, Juliette Lewis, Miranda Richardson, Ben Johnson, Scott Wolf, George Newbern, Donald Moffat, Jennifer Grant ..
Directed by: Robert Harling
Release date: 1996-12-25

The Adventures of Pinocchio

5.2/10 IMDB

One of puppet-maker Geppetto's creations comes magically to life. This puppet, Pinocchio, has one major desire and that is to become a real boy someday. In order to accomplish this goal he has to learn to act responsibly. This film shows you the adventures on which he learns valuable lessons.

Starring: Martin Landau, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Geneviève Bujold, Udo Kier, Bebe Neuwirth, Rob Schneider, Corey Carrier, David Doyle, Dawn French, Oliver Barron ..
Directed by: Steve Barron
Release date: 1996-07-26
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story

Dying to Be Perfect: The Ellen Hart Pena Story

5.4/10 IMDB

Story about a runner whose bulimia and anorexia threatens both her dream of competing in the Olympics and her marriage to Denver's mayor.

Starring: Crystal Bernard, Esai Morales, Casey Sander, Tom Atkins, Amy Reece, Shirley Knight, heila Ivy Traister, Liz Jury ..
Directed by: Jan Egleson
Release date: 1996-11-24
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Christmas Every Day

Christmas Every Day

6.2/10 IMDB

Billy Jackson is not having a good Christmas. He got a basketball for Christmas and just cannot make a jump shot. His Uncle David is coming to town to open a Valu-Mall, which will put his Dad's store out of business. When he tells his little sister Sarah that there is no Santa she makes a wish that it would be Christmas every day. Billy now has to relive Christmas Day over and over again.

Starring: Erik von Detten, Robert Hays, Bess Armstrong, Yvonne Zima, Robert Curtis Brown, Robin Riker, Julia Whelan, Tyler Mason Buckalew, Terrence Currier, Kara Woods ..
Directed by: Larry Peerce
Release date: 1996-11-30
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken

Gargoyles: The Heroes Awaken

8.5/10 IMDB

After a magic spell in 10th century Scotland turns them to stone, a group of gargoyles that turn to flesh and blood when the sun goes down are resurrected by an opportunistic billionaire with sinister intentions.

Starring: Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Ed Asner, Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, Jeff Bennett, Frank Welker, Thom Adcox-Hernandez, Clancy Brown, J.D. Daniels ..
Directed by: Saburo Hashimoto, Takamitsu Kawamura, Kazuo Terada
Release date: 1996-05-02
Best Family Movies of 1996 : Goosebumps: It Came from Beneath the Kitchen Sink

Goosebumps: It Came from Beneath the Kitchen Sink

6.5/10 IMDB

When her family moves into a new house, Kat finds a sponge which appears to be alive, but no-one will believe her. After the discovery, the family is besieged by bad luck, and Kat is convinced the sponge is behind it.

Starring: Katharine Isabelle, Tyrone Savage, Amanda Tapping, Howard Hoover ..
Directed by: David Winning
Release date: 1996-02-02

The Canterville Ghost

6.2/10 IMDB

When a teenaged girl moves to England, with her brothers and parents into the ancient Canterville Hall, she's not at all happy. Especially as there's a ghost and a mysterious re-appearing bloodstain on the hearth. She campaigns to go back home, and her dad, believing the ghost's pranks are Ginny's, is ready to send her back. But then Ginny actually meets the elusive 17th-century Sir Simon de Canterville (not to mention the cute teenaged duke next door), and she sets her hand to the task of freeing Sir Simon from his curse.

Starring: Patrick Stewart, Neve Campbell, Joan Sims, Donald Sinden, Cherie Lunghi, Leslie Phillips, Daniel Betts, Edward Wiley, Ciarán Fitzgerald, Raymond Pickard ..
Directed by: Sydney Macartney
Release date: 1996-01-27

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