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Travel Guide: Ideal movies to bring during a family road trip

The traveling family should always choose age-appropriate films to bring during road trips.

Making a family road trip fun doesn’t have to start by the time people arrive at their intended destination. The long drive should be a fun time on its own. From young kids to adults, travelers can bring a variety of portable gadgets to make their getaway a more enjoyable one. With a single film that can entertain travelers on the road for about two hours, bringing anywhere from a compact TV, tablet, or even the older but still reliable DVD or Blu-ray player is a good way to keep the family occupied, engaged, and entertained.

These family-friendly movies can be from any genre, depending on the more specific preferences of the viewers. But as a general guide, here are the type of films that many travelers can find pleasurable during a road trip.

Epic and Adventure Movies

Epic and adventure movies generally set an energetic mood for the audience. These cinematic pieces also offer remarkable sound mixes and effects that can really up the ante during a road trip. Because of the travel and adventure aspects of most of them, they also suit the overall state of mind of traveling viewers. As these motion-picture flicks are expectantly big-budget projects, they feature many eye-pleasing scenes and visual effects that can keep the audience quite engrossed on what they are watching while on the roads.

A number of big franchise films coming from different time periods are worth watching even for repeated viewings. These include franchise offerings like “The Lord of the Rings,” “Star Wars,” “Jurassic Park,” “National Treasure,” “Back to the Future,” “Pirates of the Caribbean,” and “Harry Potter.”

Superhero Movies

Because of the dynamic and special effects-driven nature of superhero flicks, they can set a thrilling mood during a road trip. These pictures, whether those adapted from graphic novels and comic books, those that have original stories, or those that serve as sequels or franchise reboots, are typically eye candy offerings. Many viewers are also fans of these movies and superhero characters, which add to their overall appeal. These make them root for the characters during their fight scenes, while they have a long way to go before reaching their travel destination.

Whether reliving them or watching them for the first time, many travelers enjoy a number of movies from the Marvel and DC canon. These can include “Spider-Man,” “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight,” “Superman,” and “X-Men.”

Animation and Family Movies

Animation offerings usually target the children and family audiences. A good number of family-friendly live-action flicks are quite charming to watch as well. At the same time, most of them provide a more magical, fantastic, or fun mood for the traveling viewers. The ideal ones to watch during a road trip are those that are touching and heartwarming as they lead to a certain form of emotional bonding for the family. Some of the best examples of these movies and franchises include “Ratatouille,” “Wall-E,” “Toy Story,” “E.T.,” “The Incredibles,” “How to Train Your Dragon,” “Inside Out,” “Tangled,” and “Night at the Museum.

Musicals and Movies Featuring Music-inspired Moments

As studies show that music lowers stress levels during trips, musicals and other movies that feature music-inspired moments can be good options during a family road trip. They generally provide adventure-filled moments and impressive production values. They also invest in a variety of emotional moments that capture the viewers’ hearts.

Some of these movies include “The Wizard of Oz,” “The Sound of Music,” “Shrek,” “School of Rock,” “The Princess and the Frog,” “Pocahontas,” “Aladdin,” and “The Little Mermaid.”

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Rianne Hill Soriano
Rianne is a director, writer, educator, and consultant in film and commercial productions. From mainstream essentials to independent flair, she knows the drill in making entertaining and well-meaning productions. She can lead a pack passionate about extreme action and technological edge; she can breathe an endearing and sentimental style for a team with a sweet disposition.

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