I am the author of three middle-grade children's books, and I blog on the side. My favorite topics are movies, writing, and pop culture.
Transitioning from winter to spring
Every movie has the feel of a specific season. It could be because a movie takes place in that particular season. Or it's because the movie was released at a certain time of the year. Whatever the reason, movies can get you in the mood for a particular season. And when it comes to escaping the hibernation of winter for the green openness of Spring, movies can definitely help to fuel that transition. Here are a list of movies that can get you in the mood for spring.
Maria teaches the Von Trapp children to sing on a mountain in The Sound of Music
The Sound of Music
It helps that this movie is played on TV at Easter time every year for the past several years, but what really puts me in the spring mood are the mountainous landscapes and grassy fields that backdrop The Sound of Music. The kids are all outside playing and singing, reminding me that I can once again go outside without a coat, gloves and hat, though probably not in clothes made out of bedroom curtains.
Mary Lennox plays in her Secret Garden
The Secret Garden
Nothing says spring like flowers, and The Secret Garden has plenty of them. The tone of this movie starts out dreary and dead, and, like our hero Mary Lennox, transforms into a sunny and colorful landscape thanks to all of the budding plants. It's a good movie to watch when spring is around the corner and the winter thaw is just starting to take place.
The Llewelyn Davies family watches a captivating performance at the park
Personally, this film is an Easter movie to me because I received the DVD as an Easter gift one year. Dressed in their pastel play clothes, the scenes of the Llewelyn Davies boys playing make believe games with playwright J.M. Barrie in their backyard or at the local park gives off a springtime feel. Brightly colored, the look of this film exudes that rebirth element of spring, despite its tragic outcome.
Ferris and his friends go on a joyride.
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
John Hughes’ classic 80’s teen tale takes place towards the end of the school year with the student escapees cruising the streets of Chicago while their classmates are stuck indoors. Graduation is just around the corner, and the unknown world of college life looms in the distance.
Instead of highlighting new beginnings as spring tends to do, Ferris Bueller's Day Off shows how spring can symbolize the end of something. In this case, it’s the end of dodging your school principal as he tries to creep on your bitter sister.
Shaun and Ashley hang out on the beach in Orange County
Keeping with the teen theme, Orange County is set in mid-April with college preoccupying mos of Shaun Brumder’s thoughts. In a town where every day is summer, you can see how these beach kids take advantage of their warm spring weather but still have the same concerns as those of us who live in a four season town.
Pride and Prejudice cover (2005)
Jane Austen Book Adaptations (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma)
If you’re craving more images of the English countryside after watching The Secret Garden, pop in one of these films to get your fix of sun and flowers. Stripped of modern day distractions, it’s easier to focus on how the characters in these movies interact with each other and their simple but beautiful environments.
A little boy gets a surprising bedtime story
The Princess Bride
The colorful adventure story of The Princess Bride awakens the magical spirit of spring. Just like the little boy listening in bed, we are transported to this faraway land full of mythical figures and magical places, expanding our imaginations so that when we do venture outdoors, we seek out adventures of our own.
The chocolate shop is open for business
There aren’t too many movies about Easter, let alone the 40 days of Lent, but Chocolat is one of them. There’s more chocolate eating than a Willy Wonka movie, despite the religious restrictions imposed upon the townspeople.
Spring is a time to bend the rules and go crazy, and these characters run with that premise, even if it is typically done behind closed doors. You're also reminded about how Spring brings gossip as neighbors come out of hibernation to catch up on the latest local scandals.
A scavenger hunt during spring break
My Girl 2
Taking place during her spring break, Vada Sultenfuss is off on an adventure across the country to Los Angeles, far from her familiar, comfortable life in Philadelphia in the sequel My Girl 2. Unlike the rest of us, who spent our spring break catching up on our favorite TV shows and putting off homework, Vada does something extraordinary with her time off and comes into the spring of her own life, being renewed with a better understanding of her mother's history and her own.
Get your copy of My Girl 2 to watch each spring.
Wise words from Forrest Gump
Forrest Gump is an outdoorsy guy. He likes to run, cut grass and sit in trees, giving us real world ideas about what we can do now that the weather is finally warm. He is an ambassador of spring and makes us ready to take off our boots and slip on a brand new pair of Nikes.
Laura Smith (author) from Pittsburgh, PA on May 22, 2014:
Good job! Thanks for reading!
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 21, 2014:
I did better on this list. I've seen all of them except for My Girl 2...great list, Laura.