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Top 5 Backyard Movies for the Whole Family

Top 5 Backyard Movies for the Whole Family

Spending evenings outside with the family is always a lot of fun. One way to bring everyone together on a beautiful summer night is by watching a movie in the backyard. It's like going to the drive-in without the car… and a bathroom just inside the house. Whether you invite the whole neighborhood or keep it intimate with just your household, we've put together a list of family-friendly classics that everyone can enjoy. Get that popcorn popping, and grab your favorite blanket! It's movie time.


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1. Toy Story (1995)

Rated G.  Run time: 1 hour, 21 minutes

This charming tale from Disney-Pixar is all about Andy's toys. The colorful cast is led by Sheriff Woody who is at the top of his game as "Andy's favorite." When Andy receives Buzz Lightyear, a cool, new toy for his birthday, Woody is determined to get rid of him before Andy and his family move away. Woody and Buzz must learn to work together on a wild ride to find their way back to Andy before they are lost forever.

2. Charlotte's Web (2006)

Rated G. Run time: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Based on the famous book by E.B. White, a little girl named Fern pledges to protect Wilbur the pig for his entire life. As Wilbur and Fern worry about his fate, Wilbur befriends other barnyard animals, including Charlotte the spider. Their unlikely friendship makes the extraordinary a reality. This live action feature film features cute animal voices and plenty of laughs.


3. Chicken Run (2000)

Rated G. Run time: 1 hour, 24 minutes

For fans of Wallace and Gromit, this clay animation film is about a group of chickens who long to fly the coop to escape mean chicken farmers. After many failed escape attempts of their own, a famous flying rooster accidentally winds up in their camp. He promises to help them escape by flying over the fence. The only problem is he can't fly.


4. Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

Rated G. Run time: 1 hour, 40 minutes

You probably saw this film when you were younger, so it’s perfect to share with your own family now. Charlie is a poor boy who wins the opportunity of a lifetime: to see inside Willy Wonka's secret candy factory. Charlie and his Grandpa Joe can't believe all of the wonderful and weird things they see on their adventure, where important lessons are learned by all.


5. The Princess Bride (1987)

Rated PG. Run time: 1 hour, 38 minutes

When the kids are a little older, or you're hosting a movie night for adults, this classic movie is always a crowd pleaser. A boy is sick in bed and his grandpa offers to read him a story about Princess Buttercup and a farm hand named Westley. Mayhem ensues in this quirky tale of adventure and true love, which is packed with tons of memorable quotes.

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Outdoor Movie Night Essentials

Now that you've selected the perfect film for your family, here are some items to make your outdoor event a masterpiece.

  • Pillows - Make sure you have plenty of pillows, large and small, on hand to ensure everyone is comfortable lounging on the lawn.
  • Picnic blankets - Blankets and throws in lightweight fabrics make a cozy seating option.
  • Patio furniture - If you’re not one to sit on the grass, have comfy chairs and a few side tables for convenience.
  • Popcorn maker - Prepare some fresh, homemade popcorn from your very own popper.
  • Outdoor dishes & cutlery - Popcorn bowls are a must, but if you’re enjoying a BBQ dinner during your flick, plastic plates and flatware are essential.
  • Grills - Whether you prefer gas, electric or charcoal grills, make sure yours is in working order to please everyone with a menu including burgers, steaks, corn, kabobs and s’mores.

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