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Top 10 Movies Based On Kids’ Books

by Char|October 21, 2012|in Best & Worst Lists, News|

Top 10 Movies Based On Kids Books

From Watch Movie Trailers

As Harry Potter will waddle off the page and into theaters and about to say goodbye, WATCH MOVIE TRAILERS takes a look at other beloved children’s books that made it to the big screen.

Top 10 Movies Based On Kids’ Books

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Harry Potter

If you would’ve asked me, this is the most successful children’s books that turned out really good when they made movies. The hardest parts of director Chris Columbus’ job probably, in adapting the beloved Harry Potter series to the big screen was in casting its young stars. If he chose wisely, he would have a protagonist capable of anchoring the eight films based on J.K. Rowling’s seven books. If he chose poorly, millions of loyal fans may have written off the films entirely. Luckily, he struck gold in Daniel Radcliffe (Harry), Rupert Grint (Ron) and Emma Watson (Hermione). But then again, so did the then-unknown kids who now rank among the world’s most famous — and highly paid — and included in A-list actors.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 film adaptation of the 1964 book of the same name by Roald Dahl. The film was directed by Tim Burton. The film stars Freddie Highmore as Charlie Bucket and Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka. The storyline concerns Charlie, who takes a tour he has won, through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by Wonka. When Roald Dahl drafted his scrumdidilyumptious 1964 tale, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory he offered a golden ticket to Hollywood movie makers who turned the story line into not one, but two hit film adaptations. Although the first film originally received lukewarm approval from audience — and Dahl himself was reportedly unimpressed — several years later, thanks to regular television airings, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory became a family fave. The author was dead by the time the 2005 film hit box offices, which is a shame because we wonder what he would have thought of Johnny Depp’s creepy portrayal of the candy man.

Charlotte’s Web

I love Dakota Fanning. She’s absolutely perfect to portray Fern Arable. Fern learns that her father plans to kill the runt of a litter of newborn pigs. She successfully begs him to spare the piglet’s life. The farmer gives the tiny pig to Fern, who names him Wilbur and raises him as her pet. To Fern’s regret, when Wilbur grows into an adult pig, Fern is forced to take him to the Zuckerman farm, where he is to be prepared as dinner in due time.

E.B. was not a fan of the movies based on his 1952 tale, Charlotte’s Web. He once told The Boston Globe, “The story is interrupted every few minutes so that somebody can sing a jolly song. I don’t care much for jolly songs.” White’s bitterness aside, audiences found much to love about the 1973 and 2006 film portrayals of the ridiculously smart spider’s successful attempt to save her pig friend from slaughter. For one, seeing Wilbur’s quivering pleas for help on-screen only made them all the more convincing.

Diary of the Wimpy Kid

There are two types of a kid in the world – a bully and one who’s been bullied. Whimpy Kid is something that most childhood stories can relate from, regardless if you are bullied by one of the big kids in school or worse, your own brother. But then, the movie adaptation Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules didn’t meet the audience expectation to be humorously conscious kid Greg Heffley. No doubt, Zachary Gordon is conscious but not on portraying the unlikely mischievous kid – he’s conscious on his acting!

The Chronicles of Narnia

I’m not a great fan of C.S. Lewis – but The Chronicles of Narnia is a good children’s book. I believe that it was the timing when the saga has been decided to be shown on big screen, like right after the booming popularity of Harry Potter.

When C.S. Lewis first wrote The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe he reportedly had no plans to draft a sequel. Thankfully for book stores and box offices worldwide, he did. The author went on to pen six additional books in The Chronicles of Narnia series, three of which that have been made into movies that, all told, grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide. With ticket sales that high, Aslan the lion and the Pevensie children are bound to be fighting for the good of Narnia in movie theaters for years to come.

How The Grinch Stole Christmas

In his 1957 How the Grinch Stole Christmas, the word-twisting Dr. Seuss gave us more than just a Christmas classic, he gave us a lyrical tongue lashing on the commercialization of Christmas. The whimsical Whoville is haunted by the “Bah, humbug!” pursuits of The Grinch, the bitter, green-skinned villain who plots to cancel Christmas. In 1966, the legendary “Looney Tunes” animator Chuck Jones created a 26-minute television special that became an instant hit. Already a beloved piece of the American holiday tradition, it’s not surprising Hollywood took on the Grinch in 2000. In actor Jim Carrey, the grumpy Grinch was introduced to a new generation of children. The film, directed by Ron Howard, went on to become the highest-grossing Christmas movie of all-time. Fahoo fores, indeed.

The NeverEnding Story

Apart from my hidden crush with Jonathan Brandis which he starred the second The NeverEnding Story, the story itself is liberating and appalling that I always cry every time. I can describe the story as a combination of Diary of Wimpy Kid and Harry Potter. Do you agree?

The Princess Diaries

Meg Cabot one of the most adorable American author I have on the shelves. The surprising thing about her – I still find her enigmatic that on one hand she can write those sweet-teen-like stories of princess and on the other, she’s writing about paranormal plots that scare out of me.
The Princess Diaries made Anne Hathaway’s debut as an actress and a comeback movie of Maria of Sounds of Music, Julie Andrews.

Little Women

Before we knew that this story was one of the children’s books – the animation made a great deal of encouraging young-little-girls to actually go to the library and look for the classic story by Louisa May Alcott. Little Women movie received positive feedback, especially the actors – who became popularly acclaimed, long gone before Winona Ryder went to jail for shop-lifting; Kirsten Dunst enjoyed Tom Cruise blood in Interview with the Vampire or Claire Danes played the Capulet lady who cannot fall in love with a Montague.

Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll’s enrapturing story of Alice and her curious journey down the rabbit wasn’t even on bookshelves for five years before film makers tried to recreate the tale on-screen. And why not? With the colorful characters such as the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts, the book was perfect for theaters. After a silent film, an early version with voice and an adaptation with puppets, Disney made its animated classic in 1951. Their take shaped the public’s view of Alice in Wonderland until 2010 when Tim Burton’s 3D version added some creepiness to the tale. We prefer the former version — it is a children’s story after all.


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