Five-Star Family DVDs 7 - 10
7. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, 25th Anniversary Edition
(Disney, ages 2 and up)
Included are the peerless original 1960s animated shorts -- "The Honey Tree," "The Blustery Day," and "Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too" -- nicely woven together in storybook chapters. A true treasure.
8. Dr. Seuss: The Cat in the Hat Plus Another Seuss Story
(Sony Wonder, ages 18 months to 5 years)
This bare-bones read-along adaptation couldn't be more faithful to the good doctor's 45-year-old picture book. Let's hope Mike Myers's big-screen version of Cat, due next fall, is better than Jim Carrey's Grinch.
9. The Best of the Muppet Show: 25th Anniversary Edition
(Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment, two volumes, ages 4 to 11)
Many of the hilarious highlights of those wacky but droll Muppets from the original TV series (1976-1981) can now be enjoyed on these two DVDs. The first volume features guest stars like Elton John, Julie Andrews, and Gene Kelly, while the second volume boasts Mark Hamill, Paul Simon, and Raquel Welch.
10. The Rookie
(Disney, ages 8 and up)
Possibly the best family-friendly baseball movie ever made, The Rookie is based on an inspirational (and near-miraculous) true story about a 35-year-old high school chemistry teacher who discovers he can throw a fastball in the 97-miles-per-hour range. And you don't have to be a sports fan: The film is as much about never giving up and following your dreams as it is about baseball.