Family time in front of the box

The kids missed their dad when he was away last week. Big time.

He’d taken a trip across the ditch to New Zealand to surprise his brother for his 40th birthday.

It sounded exciting in theory to the girls, but I don’t think they fully registered at first that he would be gone for one whole week – a lifetime in their eyes.

Each morning Miss Three would ask if he was home yet and Miss Five would dramatically tell me, ‘… I just can’t stop thinking about Daddy’.

Needless to say he was smothered in cuddles when he arrived home and had his ears talked off by two very excited little girls.

Last weekend we were keen for some quality family time together to make up for Dave’s time away, but the weather was completely rubbish and we decided to stay in.

Staying in turned out to be the best thing for us because we were exhausted from a big week and desperately needed a chance to chill.

The four of us cuddled up on the couch – Miss Five nestled into Dave’s nook and Miss Three on my chest – to watch one of two family movies I’d been gifted from Roadshow Entertainment.

We’d never watched a movie as a family before – a movie that we can all enjoy, I mean. There’s only so much Paw Patrol and Frozen that Dave and I can stand.

We thought we’d give Oddball a crack first as Miss Three is dog-mad, plus it’s based on a true story, is Australian, and has that funny guy from Kenny in it.

Oddball had me, Dave and Miss Five glued to the TV with its quirky story of a trouble-making dog intent on protecting a colony of fairy penguins from a sneaky fox. It captured Miss Three’s attention for the most part too.

It was packed with excitement, humour and just the right amount of scary parts – although I’m not sure Miss Three would agree with me – Mr Todd from Peter Rabbit has nothing on the foxes in this movie!

Miss Five loved every second of it and I was chuffed to have her start up a conversation with me about how brave and strong the little girl in the movie was. What a great role model.


Roadshow has kindly given me two copies of new release movies Oddball and two of Pan to giveaway, so you too can have some family time in front of the box these holidays.

Oddball is out now on digital, blu-ray and DVD and Pan is so hot off the press it’s not even available to the public until next week!


To win a copy, all you need to do is tell me in the comments, which movie you enjoyed watching with your family when you were a kid and why.

Terms and conditions

– This giveaway is only open to Australian residents (excluding ACT).

– This giveaway closes at 8pm AEST on Thursday 24 December.

– Winners will be contacted via email on Thursday 24 December.

– This is a game of skill. The most interesting answer as judged by a panel will be deemed a winner.

Mummy, Wife, Me received a copy of Oddball and Pan as part of this giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own. 

Linking up today with Essentially Jess.

47 comments on Family time in front of the box

  1. Amy @ HandbagMafia
    December 15, 2015 at 5:23 am (3 years ago)

    For me, it was The Wizard of Oz. To this day, I’ll drop everything for that!

  2. Natalie @ Our Parallel Connection
    December 15, 2015 at 5:45 am (3 years ago)

    Having quality time with the kids makes my day/week. Doesn’t happen enough. My favourite movie with the kids use to be Monsters Inc.

  3. Raychael aka Mystery Case
    December 15, 2015 at 6:17 am (3 years ago)

    I wasn’t allowed to watch TV as a child and my girls had limited TV time. They were allowed one DVD every other day. Interestingly they would always choose a Jamie Oliver chocolate making DVD that we scored as a freebie in one of the newspapers. They would be glued to the TV for half an hour and then demand to go shopping to purchase the ingredients.

    My girls are slightly older now but still DVD watching as a family is proving difficult as we all have different tastes but I rather like the look of these two films.

  4. Lydia C. Lee
    December 15, 2015 at 6:40 am (3 years ago)

    I watched Flying High at the cinema with my Dad and he laughed so much (he has a loud booming laugh) that the whole cinema kept laughing at him laughing (it was like there was an echo – he’d laugh, there’d be a pause and then the cinema would erupt) and when we left the cinema he said “That was terrible. What rubbish!”

  5. Bec
    December 15, 2015 at 6:44 am (3 years ago)

    Oh I loved Oddball! We saw it at the cinema. It was the first time in ages I got to see the full movie – Mr 3 fell asleep part way through! Usually I have to cut and run when he loses interest and starts screaming up and down the aisles…. #TeamIBOT

  6. Danielle @ Several Kinds of Crazy
    December 15, 2015 at 6:56 am (3 years ago)

    My favourite movie as a child was The Neverending Story, I loved to watch it with my Nan. Now I’m going to have the song stuck in my head all day! Lol.

    With 5 kids home these holidays, Oddball & Pan would get a good workout, we didn’t get to see these 2 in cinema ~ xx

  7. Elisha Ross
    December 15, 2015 at 7:18 am (3 years ago)

    When I was a kid it was the ewock adventure. However I have now just realised its part of StarWars. No wonder I couldn’t find it anywhere. Such an idiot. I don’t even like Star Wars but loved the ewocks!! Anything to do with Peter Pan is always a winner here too. We could watch hook, the cartoon all day.

  8. Bec Senyard
    December 15, 2015 at 7:41 am (3 years ago)

    This is going to sound so strange… But I loved watching anything sci-fi with my brother at my grandparents place so ET and Ewok (from Star Wars) movies were a huge favourite. As a family we’d love the Mighty Ducks movies and this developed my crush on Joshua Jackson which was furthered by Dawson’s Creek. #goodtimes

  9. Annette
    December 15, 2015 at 8:37 am (3 years ago)

    For me, it was Lassie Come Home. Yeah shows my age I know, but when my precious mum and I sat down and cried like mad together it was a moment I’ll never forget – over 40 years later.

  10. Eva @ The Multitasking Woman
    December 15, 2015 at 9:29 am (3 years ago)

    Ooh, this is an easy one. The movie I remember watching, particularly at Christmas time was The Santa Claus. Not the one with Tim Allen, the 1985 one with Dudley Moore. It was this movie that really made our Christmases magical because we truly believed everything in the movie was real. It was this movie that we learned about how to send letters to santa. You had to write the letter, leave it by the fire place and over night while we were sleeping, Santa would suck it up the chimney and it would magically float through the sky all the way to the North Pole. We watched it every Christmas and now I watch it every Christmas with my family.

  11. Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad
    December 15, 2015 at 10:32 am (3 years ago)

    Would you believe my parents were never TV watchers and we didn’t own a VCR so I didn’t really watch movies as a family… sad hey? Making up for it with the Vicklets now! We are loving watching Mr Bean right now!!! We all get to laugh together. The humor appeal to all of us regardless of age!

    PS – I grew up near Warrnambool where Oddball is based! So funny seeing our little town in the lime light!

  12. shannon @my2morrows
    December 15, 2015 at 1:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I love that the kids are now at an age where we can watch a movie together. A whole movie!!
    My fave to watch as a kid was The sound of music as I loved singing along. Xx

  13. EssentiallyJess
    December 15, 2015 at 1:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh my kids really want to see Oddball! I didn’t know it was out yet.
    I don’t really remember watching family movies as a kid, though Dad used to take me to the cinema’s a lot. I remember seeing The Little Mermaid twice and Dad didn’t watch movies twice, so that must have been a favourite of his. 🙂

  14. Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions
    December 15, 2015 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    That Oddball movie looks good, I think Punky would enjoy it. There are three that stick in my mind from childhood… The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music and Mary Poppins (can you see a theme here?!). To this day all three are still at the top of my favourites list. I still remember the first time I saw Oz and Music, on Saturday nights with Mum and my sister A, after the baby had gone to bed. Dad was away and we had popcorn and sat on the lounge together under blankets. My sister and I were absolutely mesmerised by both.

    When it comes to Mary Poppins, Mum always knew which part of the movie we were up to without being in the room, because the part where the old seaman on the roof fire their cannon and all the characters run around the room holding the furniture and pictures, there is a bit where the lady thumps the wall to straighten a picture, and she could hear our running feet as we rushed to hold our own furniture and paintings, and then we all (all 5 of us) would thump the wall to straighten the picture at the same time as the lady in the movie. I still have the urge to do that to this day when I watch it with Punky!

  15. Sasha @ From the Left Field
    December 15, 2015 at 4:30 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s so good to have that chill time with the family, isn’t it? Sometimes the crap weather forces us to stop. I’m going to have to check out Oddball with my cherubs- looks fab! As a kid, hands down the best movie we’d watch together was Labyrinth. What’s not to love about a spikey mullet-clad Bowie and a kick-ass 80’s soundtrack?! 😛 xx

  16. Janet aka Middle Aged Mama
    December 15, 2015 at 5:57 pm (3 years ago)

    I have fond memories of watching the old Elvis Presley movies (in black and white!) on Sunday afternoons with my mum and sisters, I guess I would have been early teens by then. I’d love to see Oddball in particular x

  17. Emily
    December 15, 2015 at 7:39 pm (3 years ago)

    Our local video store let you borrow ten weekly movies for $7 so mum let us pick ten to watch together every school holidays. Return to Oz was a favourite for a while, and Labyrinth was a regular (You remind me of the babe – What babe?), but our all-time favourite was Short Circuit 2. INPUT! IIIIINPUUUUT!

  18. Carly Oliver
    December 15, 2015 at 10:10 pm (3 years ago)

    We only had The Muppets and a Tom & Jerry cartoon (grew up in a cardboard box), but I looooved the muppets dearly and could probably still repeat the script and all the songs now. Miss Piggy and Kermit’s ‘romance’ was the funniest love story ever.

  19. JF Gibson
    December 16, 2015 at 6:32 am (3 years ago)

    I can’t wait to see “Odd Ball”, it’s one that’s been on our list

  20. Karin @ Calm to Conniption
    December 16, 2015 at 7:56 am (3 years ago)

    Very in season but we would all watch Home Alone. One of the great Christmas movies, in my humble opinion! I actually just bought it last week to watch with my 3 and a half year old. We shall see if he makes it through and maybe inappropriate (I can’t really remember everything) but gosh darnit I will pass on a tradition!!
    I can’t wait to see Oddball. My husband and I were only just talking about it when flicking through the junk mail. It is all about his home town and every time we go down we go visit and eat lunch at the restaurant beside the island.

  21. Erika @ Ever-changing Life of a Mum
    December 16, 2015 at 9:56 am (3 years ago)

    My all time favourite movie as a child was definitely Labyrinth. I loved the whole fantasy story, the puppets, the songs. I used to watch it over and over and over again – I must have drove my parents crazy!

  22. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    December 17, 2015 at 12:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh I bet you were all glad when Dave got home! I loved the sign you guys made – super cute!!

  23. Kristy
    December 18, 2015 at 5:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Growing up the never-ending story was one of my favourite movies. My boys also love it. I get so excited showing them movies that I loved as a kid. Annie was another favourite, but my boys prefer the new version of Annie. I used to also watch the sound of music at least once a year.

  24. Heather
    December 18, 2015 at 8:44 pm (3 years ago)

    I just love Anne of Green Gables and still do I can recite all the words I cried when Matthew died and was so happy when Anne married Gilbert such a beautiful storyand makes me smile all the time I watch it especially now when it’s time to myself when Mr H is in bed.

  25. Rosslyn Tadd
    December 19, 2015 at 8:56 am (3 years ago)

    ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ for it’s innocence, music, love, creativity and fun. I watched it endlessly with my family and now I watch it with my three children. A classic indeed.

  26. Christine Barter
    December 19, 2015 at 9:23 am (3 years ago)

    Holiday Inn. I was born in a cold climate. Nothing better than huddling round a roaring fire at Christmas singing White Christmas along with Bing Crosby. A different world now but happy, warm and comforting at the time.

  27. Jenny L
    December 19, 2015 at 10:44 am (3 years ago)

    Any movies with Elvis Presley or Cliff Richard as they were great fun to watch and I loved the music.

  28. Nicole kent
    December 19, 2015 at 11:12 am (3 years ago)

    I loved watching ‘Home Alone’ with my family. It was a Christmas tradition that we all watched it together every Christmas Eve. I loved it so much I’ve now passed this tradition onto my kids

  29. Mick G
    December 19, 2015 at 1:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Hell when I was a kid the only movies to watch were at the cinema but we all enjoyed “The Wizard of Oz” over and over again

  30. Jane Harris
    December 19, 2015 at 3:02 pm (3 years ago)

    The Goonies as I always wanted to hunt for buried treasure as a kid. It really sparked my imagination and my parents played along and organised treasure hunts around the house for my brother and I.

  31. Di
    December 19, 2015 at 3:49 pm (3 years ago)

    The Never Ending Story. Dad had my brother and I convinced that it was true, and how we hung on every word he said and every bit of the film too. One day, when I grew up, I was going to have my very own Luckdragon friend like Falkor……and my brother, boys being boys, was going to befriend the Rock Biters!
    Even now, all grown up, I still adore Falkor.

  32. Amanda
    December 19, 2015 at 4:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I think our family turned The Sound of Music into a sing-a-long years before it was created for the stage publicly. It was and is one of our most often watched, loved and involving movies ever made. Im so thankful Hollywood hasn’t attempted a modern version remake leaving The Sound of Music to be the original classic it will forever be.

  33. teresa hogg
    December 19, 2015 at 6:52 pm (3 years ago)

    it would be pippy longstocking

  34. Kasey E
    December 19, 2015 at 10:32 pm (3 years ago)

    The original Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, to this day I still love it as it’s a kids dream come true (if only).

  35. Laura P
    December 20, 2015 at 12:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh gosh, theres so many I remember. We loved the classics like Mary Poppins (jumping in the chalk picture, best part!), ET, Milo and Otis. But the one we loved the most was ‘Mac and Me’. Recorded from the tv, complete with ads, we loved that movie. Best part, dressing Mac in teddy bear fur. By far the cutest movie alien ever!

  36. Deb K
    December 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm (3 years ago)

    My favourite childhood movie as ET The Extra Terrestrial
    Loved watching it, wore a pink ET t-shirt everywhere at age 8
    And brings back lovely memories of fun times with my brothers and sister.

  37. Amanda
    December 21, 2015 at 7:27 pm (3 years ago)

    Bambi- The opening scene when Bambi’s mum dies- I really appreciated my mum from that day on!

  38. Faye-Murray
    December 22, 2015 at 1:33 pm (3 years ago)

    Watching ‘Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory’ with my siblings generated ‘Snickers’ and a ‘Bounty’ of fun !

  39. Renee
    December 23, 2015 at 11:22 am (3 years ago)

    Mary Poppins I loved as it was fun for all the family even the grand parents when they were over

  40. Val C
    December 23, 2015 at 3:49 pm (3 years ago)

    The Sound of Music, which 50 years later I still watch 3 or 4 times a year and know all the words plus yodelling!

  41. Eva Kiraly
    December 23, 2015 at 5:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Star Wars, yes it was a while ago but I still remember the awe I felt as the words came up on the screen!

  42. Ange
    December 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm (3 years ago)

    The sound of music = we love sitting around singing

  43. Karla Oleinikoff
    December 23, 2015 at 10:43 pm (3 years ago)

    It’s a Wonderful Life. We watched it through the year every year a few times, not just at Christmas. A beautiful, gorgeous movie that has a wonderful message, and an amazing ending.

  44. Kevin Kelly
    December 24, 2015 at 4:16 pm (3 years ago)

    Old Yeller, a dog movie, funny but most of the time sad, I have it on DVD, the kids have watched it over and over again, a bit of Marley and Me in it

  45. james pizzey
    December 24, 2015 at 6:38 pm (3 years ago)

    ET phone home what a movie my children watched this movie at our first visit to the cinema both had ET dolls


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