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What are some recent popular movies with a magical theme?

Asked by Jeruba (48711points) October 12th, 2010

Time frame: past ten years, approximately. Also perennial classics.

Harry Potter, sure. What else?

I’m especially looking for movies that have a merchandising tie-in.

Please mention if the movie is strictly for little kids, as opposed to having a family or all-ages appeal.

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Michael_Huntington's avatar

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
I don’t remember much of it, but I think it’s a family/all-ages appeal

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BarnacleBill's avatar

The Prestige – family, older kids
Hocus-Pocus (perennial)
The 10th Kingdom (perennial)
The Princess Bride (perennial)
The Indian in the Cupboard (perennial, merchandise tie-in, school age)

weeveeship's avatar

The lord of the rings (for all people, lots of merchandising tie-ins)

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Nullo's avatar

The Chronicles of Narnia, as stated above. Has two films released, working on a third, and the contract is to make all seven. Appropriate for all ages. They have at least one video game tie-in, and have sorta been looped back around to tie in with the original novels.

Spirited Away, by Studio Ghibli. Lots of Shinto, so there’s going to be at least some magic. In fact, there’s a lot of it. Not sure about the merchandising. It was kind of a big deal. One of many Ghibli movies re-dubbed and released by Disney, the only one that I can think of (except Ponyo) that was actually made this century.—Ghibli’s stuff is pretty much for all audiences.

mrlaconic's avatar

Person Jackson and the Olympians (great book series also)

MrItty's avatar

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice. Happily Never After. Pirates of the Caribbean.

gasman's avatar

The Nanny McPhee movies.

toaster's avatar

Pan’s Labyrinth although probably a bit too mature for a younger kid. If it doesn’t traumatize them they will at least remember it for the rest of their lives. lol :0

Nullo's avatar

@toaster Heck, I only ever heard the soundtrack and that’s still with me. o_o

toaster's avatar

@Nullo HaaHaa probably a bit much. coraline maybe more appropriate ;)

Nullo's avatar

Shrek. I think that we’re up to four, now. Generally considered to be all-ages, includes examples of Parental Bonus.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

Matilda (1996) PG
Penelope (2006) PG
Practical Magic (1998) PG-13
Pleasantville (1998) PG-13
Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium (2007) G
The Secret of Roan Inish (1995) PG
Last Mimsy (2007) PG

Jeruba's avatar

Thanks for all the great answers! This is preliminary research for my NaNoWriMo story idea.

I’m not looking for kids’ movies. I want to be warned away if they’re aimed at preadolescents.

Pied_Pfeffer's avatar

In that case, I’d consider Pan’s Labyrinth and The Secret of Roan Inish

Jeruba's avatar

Thanks, @Pied_Pfeffer. I loved Roan Inish but abandoned Pan’s Labyrinth no more than 20 minutes in, having no appetite for what I saw being set up. I’m not looking for a viewing list, though. I’m looking for content that has a possible merchandising tie-in, which I want to use as a story element.

Nullo's avatar

I’m thinking that you might also want to avoid TvTropes for the duration.

NaturallyMe's avatar

Prince of Persia.

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