10 Best Children's DVDs of 2009

The Wizard of Oz
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We teamed up with the pros at Common Sense Media, a kids' media and technology ratings Website, to share the feature-length films that are worthy of your child's DVD collection. Visit commonsensemedia.org for full reviews.
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Julie Gang

Bolt

A dog who thinks he has superpowers goes on a journey to reunite with and "save" his owner (voiced by Miley Cyrus) in this fun animated feature.

Ages 5 and up, $30

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Julie Gang

Coraline

This darkly cool animated fantasy has the power to wow viewers, but some kids may be scared by the story of a girl (voiced by Dakota Fanning) who discovers a creepy parallel world.

Ages 9 and up, $35

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Julie Gang

Earth

A dazzling wildlife documentary that follows different animal families, from birth to death -- which might be upsetting to some sensitive kids.

Ages 6 and up, $30

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Julie Gang

Monsters vs. Aliens

With its group of freaky heroes, the movie is an animated homage to alien flicks from the '50s. The 3-D version may be too intense for younger kids.

Ages 7 and up, $30

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Julie Gang

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian

The fun, fast-paced sequel, starring Ben Stiller, is more upbeat than the original blockbuster.

Ages 7 and up, $35

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Julie Gang

Pinocchio 70th Anniversary Platinum Edition

Another Disney masterpiece, the digitally restored film introduces kids to timeless lessons of bravery, honesty, and selflessness.

Ages 6 and up, $30

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Julie Gang

Princess Protection Program

A sweet Disney tale about a princess-in-hiding (starring Demi Lovato) and the girl who takes her in (played by Selena Gomez) has great messages for kids about the power of friendship.

Ages 7 and up, $30

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Julie Gang

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition

Still a delight after 70-plus years, the new remastered edition will enchant kids (and parents) with classic songs and characters.

Ages 4 and up, $30

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Julie Gang

Up

Pixar's stunning animated adventure (in 3-D) about an unlikely trip is an upper for the whole family.

Ages 6 and up, $30

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Julie Gang

The Wizard of Oz 70th Anniversary Special Edition

Without a doubt, the re-release of this family classic will send kids over the rainbow.

Ages 6 and up, $25 for DVD, $70 for the collector's set

Originally published in the December 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

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