Planning a Labor Day or late-summer trip that will keep the kids stuck in the car for hours on end? Yes, back in our day, we toughed it out with license-plate games and I Spy (and actually talked to each other), but today's portable and in-car DVD players offer up other options for when you just can't stand the back-seat bickering one more second.
Here are five great bets. Just make sure the driver keeps eyes on the road.
Not the best-rated Pixar movie ever, but what better film for a road trip than a movie about a race car? It also reminds viewers that speed and winning aren’t everything, an essential lesson when in the midst of a seemingly endless trip.
A classic choice, especially if you're carting around multiple generations of vacationers. Not only is it something that engages all ages and has lots of songs to sing along with, it takes up a lot of time. With a running time of nearly two and a half hours, it makes a long traffic jam go by as quick as magical Mary can snap her fingers.
'The Princess Bride'
A great film if you have a car filled with kids in different age groups. It’s a classic with a narrator that steps in to alert the fretful viewer that nothing bad is going to happen, and features swordplay, jokes, a pirate, and true love.
Any film in the trilogy is a great choice, but the original is the film that started it all for Pixar. Some moments are a little scary for youngsters (those mutant toys of Sid's!) but it all turns out fine in the end, and will keep kids riveted until you arrive at your destination.
Just released on DVD and Blu-Ray Aug. 2, "Rio" features a rare bird traveling from Minnesota to Brazil, finding love, learning to fly, and saving the day. The only catch? You’ll wind up very jealous of the adults partying down at Rio's famed Carnival when you’re stuck behind a minivan in bumper-to-bumper traffic.
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