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89 Incredibly Wonderful Movies You Need To Watch With Your Kids

Get some snacks and settle in for family movie night.

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1. Apollo 13 (1995)

Lift off.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Imagine Entertainment

Lift off.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

2. Now and Then (1995)

An A+ mother/daughter girl's night option.Rated: PG-13Buy it here.
New Line Cinema

An A+ mother/daughter girl's night option.

Rated: PG-13

Buy it here.

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3. A Little Princess (1995)

Long before he directed Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón made this film based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic book.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Baltimore Pictures

Long before he directed Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón made this film based on Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic book.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

4. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)

Into the wardrobe you go.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures / Walden Media

Into the wardrobe you go.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

5. Matilda (1996)

Read Roald Dahl's Matilda to your kids and then compare it with this adaptation.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Jersey Films

Read Roald Dahl's Matilda to your kids and then compare it with this adaptation.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

6. Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Another (suitably fantastic) Roald Dahl adaptation to watch.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
20th Century Fox

Another (suitably fantastic) Roald Dahl adaptation to watch.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

7. The Witches (1990)

And one more movie based on a Roald Dahl book. This one is rather scary... but so is the book.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Warner Brothers

And one more movie based on a Roald Dahl book. This one is rather scary... but so is the book.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

8. Pride & Prejudice (2005)

To introduce your daughter (or son) to the wonderful world of costume dramas.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Focus Features

To introduce your daughter (or son) to the wonderful world of costume dramas.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

9. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)

Join the fellowship.Rated: PG-13See where you can stream it here.
New Line Cinema

Join the fellowship.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

10. Bridge to Terabithia (2007)

The Hunger Games wasn't the first book adaptation that Josh Hutcherson starred in.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Walden Media / Walt Disney Pictures

The Hunger Games wasn't the first book adaptation that Josh Hutcherson starred in.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

11. The Sword in the Stone (1963)

After it's over you can discuss whether you'd rather be turned into a fish, squirrel, or bird.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Productions

After it's over you can discuss whether you'd rather be turned into a fish, squirrel, or bird.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

12. Muppet Treasure Island (1996)

While The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) may be slightly better, it's not really made for year-round viewing. Besides, this has Tim Curry!Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Jim Henson Productions / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

While The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992) may be slightly better, it's not really made for year-round viewing. Besides, this has Tim Curry!

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

13. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Learn the most wonderful thing about Tiggers and how to play Pooh Sticks.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Productions

Learn the most wonderful thing about Tiggers and how to play Pooh Sticks.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

14. Hugo (2011)

Martin Scorsese's first movie for children.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Paramount Pictures

Martin Scorsese's first movie for children.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

15. Freaky Friday (1976)

The Lindsay Lohan version is decent, but it just doesn't beat the original (starring a young Jodie Foster). Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Productions

The Lindsay Lohan version is decent, but it just doesn't beat the original (starring a young Jodie Foster).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

16. The Harry Potter Movies

Of course you need to watch these. OF COURSE.Rated: PG and PG-13See where you can stream them here.
Warner Bros. Pictures

Of course you need to watch these. OF COURSE.

Rated: PG and PG-13

See where you can stream them here.

17. Little Women (1994)

Sisterhood.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Columbia Pictures

Sisterhood.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

18. Coraline (2009)

Not for the easily creeped-out.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Focus Features

Not for the easily creeped-out.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

19. The Princess Bride (1987)

You haven't shown this to your kids yet? Inconceivable!Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
20th Century Fox

You haven't shown this to your kids yet? Inconceivable!

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

20. Where the Wild Things Are (2009)

Maurice Sendak approved.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Warner Bros.

Maurice Sendak approved.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

21. Holes (2003)

Just look at Shia. So young, so happy.... so uncontroversial. Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Buena Vista Pictures

Just look at Shia. So young, so happy.... so uncontroversial.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

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22. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Head on down that yellow brick road.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Head on down that yellow brick road.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

23. Mary Poppins (1964)

If your children are older, you could pair this with Saving Mr. Banks (2013).Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Productions

If your children are older, you could pair this with Saving Mr. Banks (2013).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

24. School of Rock (2003)

It'll make you sad to think about all the lame xylophone playing you did during your own time in music class.Rated: PG-13See where you can stream it here.
Paramount Pictures

It'll make you sad to think about all the lame xylophone playing you did during your own time in music class.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

25. The Muppets (2011)

The Muppets + ridiculously catchy tunes = a movie that will make you smile (a lot).Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The Muppets + ridiculously catchy tunes = a movie that will make you smile (a lot).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

26. Labyrinth (1986)

It's important to educate your child. Educate your child about David Bowie.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Tri-Star Pictures

It's important to educate your child. Educate your child about David Bowie.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

27. Enchanted (2007)

The role Amy Adams was born to play.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures

The role Amy Adams was born to play.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

28. Singin' in the Rain (1952)

It's on dozens of movie lists for a reason.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

It's on dozens of movie lists for a reason.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

29. Annie (1982)

Don't be surprised if your children start singing "It's the Hard Knock Life" when you ask them to do their chores.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Rastar

Don't be surprised if your children start singing "It's the Hard Knock Life" when you ask them to do their chores.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

30. Funny Face (1957)

Have a teenage (or "tween") daughter who loves fashion? Watch this. A perfect introduction to Audrey Hepburn.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Paramount Pictures

Have a teenage (or "tween") daughter who loves fashion? Watch this. A perfect introduction to Audrey Hepburn.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

31. Tangled (2010)

Because you're so, so sick of Frozen (and this is just as good).Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures

Because you're so, so sick of Frozen (and this is just as good).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

32. Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)

La la la, la-la, la-la.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Touchstone Pictures

La la la, la-la, la-la.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

33. Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

There's no way you can watch this movie and not want to visit the factory (even if it means falling into the chocolate river or getting chastised by an Oompa Loompa).Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Paramount Pictures

There's no way you can watch this movie and not want to visit the factory (even if it means falling into the chocolate river or getting chastised by an Oompa Loompa).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

34. Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971)

It's wonderful... but long - play a board game as you watch to keep younger children from getting too antsy. Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Productions

It's wonderful... but long - play a board game as you watch to keep younger children from getting too antsy.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

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35. Ratatouille (2007)

It's a shame that Ratatouille doesn't get as much attention as some of the other Pixar movies: it's as enjoyable to watch as that omelette would be to eat.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Studios / Pixar

It's a shame that Ratatouille doesn't get as much attention as some of the other Pixar movies: it's as enjoyable to watch as that omelette would be to eat.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

36. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

Let your pets sit on the couch with you as you watch Sassy, Shadow, and Chance on their journey through the wilderness.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures

Let your pets sit on the couch with you as you watch Sassy, Shadow, and Chance on their journey through the wilderness.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

37. Fly Away Home (1996)

A girl + her geese.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Columbia Pictures

A girl + her geese.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

38. The Lion King (1994)

Timon and Pumbaa think you should eat bugs while you watch the movie... Simba is skeptical. Rated: GBuy it here.
Walt Disney Pictures

Timon and Pumbaa think you should eat bugs while you watch the movie... Simba is skeptical.

Rated: G

Buy it here.

39. The Rescuers Down Under (1990)

The original The Rescuers is delightful, but there's more adventure (and humor) in The Rescuers Down Under.For more mouse fun, check out The Great Mouse Detective.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures

The original The Rescuers is delightful, but there's more adventure (and humor) in The Rescuers Down Under.

For more mouse fun, check out The Great Mouse Detective.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

40. Chicken Run (2000)

The family version of a prison escape movie.Rated: GSee where you can see it here.
DreamWorks Pictures

The family version of a prison escape movie.

Rated: G

See where you can see it here.

41. The Ugly Dachshund (1966)

For dog lovers (it's about a Great Dane who thinks he's a dachshund).Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Productions

For dog lovers (it's about a Great Dane who thinks he's a dachshund).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

42. Robin Hood (1973)

The best adaptation of the legend of Robin Hood just so happens to feature him as a fox.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Productions

The best adaptation of the legend of Robin Hood just so happens to feature him as a fox.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

43. Babe (1995)

After you watch Babe, check out his friend (they would totally be friends) Wilbur in Charlotte's Web.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Universal Pictures

After you watch Babe, check out his friend (they would totally be friends) Wilbur in Charlotte's Web.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

44. Finding Nemo (2003)

Start counting down the days until the sequel comes out.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios

Start counting down the days until the sequel comes out.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

45. Turner & Hooch (1989)

The best buddy cop movie of all time.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Buena Vista Pictures

The best buddy cop movie of all time.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

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46. Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)

A sweet movie that takes place during the Great Depression (and can easily be enjoyed by anyone - not just fans of the American Girl dolls).Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Warner Brothers Pictures

A sweet movie that takes place during the Great Depression (and can easily be enjoyed by anyone - not just fans of the American Girl dolls).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

47. A League of Their Own (1992)

To watch during baseball season.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Columbia Pictures

To watch during baseball season.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

48. October Sky (1999)

An "inspirational" movie that isn't absurdly sappy (and stars a very young Jake Gyllenhaal).Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Universal Pictures

An "inspirational" movie that isn't absurdly sappy (and stars a very young Jake Gyllenhaal).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

49. Remember the Titans (2000)

For sports fans.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Buena Vista Pictures

For sports fans.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

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50. The Toy Story movies (1995, 1999, 2010)

It's impossible to choose a favorite.Rated: GSee where you can stream them here.
Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studio

It's impossible to choose a favorite.

Rated: G

See where you can stream them here.

51. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

Who wouldn't want a friend like Totoro?Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Studio Ghibli

Who wouldn't want a friend like Totoro?

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

52. Aladdin (1992)

Join him on a magic carpet ride.Rated: GBuy it here.
Walt Disney Pictures

Join him on a magic carpet ride.

Rated: G

Buy it here.

53. WALL-E (2008)

The most lovable robot in the history of cinema.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios

The most lovable robot in the history of cinema.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

54. Kiki's Delivery Service (1989)

Too bad you can't have Kiki deliver your movie night pizza.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Studio Ghibli

Too bad you can't have Kiki deliver your movie night pizza.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

55. ParaNorman (2012)

A horror movie for kids (and a very good one).Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Laika

A horror movie for kids (and a very good one).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

56. How to Train Your Dragon (2010)

You'll enjoy your trip to Berk no matter how old you are.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
DreamWorks Animation

You'll enjoy your trip to Berk no matter how old you are.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

57. Monsters Inc. (2001)

The prequel (Monsters University) is swell as well.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studios

The prequel (Monsters University) is swell as well.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

58. The Iron Giant (1999)

Here's a beautiful version of the book to read before or after you watch the film.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Warner Bros.

Here's a beautiful version of the book to read before or after you watch the film.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

59. Shrek (2001)

Shrek's legacy has been tainted (due to the many sequels), but the first film in the series is a treat.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
DreamWorks Pictures

Shrek's legacy has been tainted (due to the many sequels), but the first film in the series is a treat.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

60. Wreck-It Ralph (2012)

For people who love video games and/or people who would like to wander around in a world made of candy.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

For people who love video games and/or people who would like to wander around in a world made of candy.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

61. The Incredibles (2004)

What super powers would *your* family have?Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures / Pixar Animation Studio

What super powers would *your* family have?

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

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62. Swiss Family Robinson (1960)

The movie that almost makes you *want* to get shipwrecked (if only for the tree house).Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Productions

The movie that almost makes you *want* to get shipwrecked (if only for the tree house).

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

63. Mulan (1998)

Watch Mulan get down to business defeating the Huns.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here and here.
Walt Disney Pictures

Watch Mulan get down to business defeating the Huns.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here and here.

64. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

During the movie your feelings whip back and forth between, "Getting shrunk would be AWESOME!" to "Oh dear god don't shrink me and swallow me with your cereal!"Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures

During the movie your feelings whip back and forth between, "Getting shrunk would be AWESOME!" to "Oh dear god don't shrink me and swallow me with your cereal!"

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

65. The Brave Little Toaster (1987)

Toy Story meets Homeward Bound (appliances trying to find their owner).Rated: GBuy it here.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

Toy Story meets Homeward Bound (appliances trying to find their owner).

Rated: G

Buy it here.

66. National Treasure (2004)

Rather ridiculous? Yes. Highly entertaining? Also yes.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Buena Vista Pictures

Rather ridiculous? Yes. Highly entertaining? Also yes.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

67. The LEGO Movie (2014)

It's awesome.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Warner Bros. Pictures

It's awesome.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

68. Pee-wee's Big Adventure (1985)

Let Pee-wee ride his red bike into your heart.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Warner Bros.

Let Pee-wee ride his red bike into your heart.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

69. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Fact - E.T. and WALL-E would get along: they'd watch Hello, Dolly! together and share a bag of Reese's Pieces.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Amblin Entertainment

Fact - E.T. and WALL-E would get along: they'd watch Hello, Dolly! together and share a bag of Reese's Pieces.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

70. Hook (1991)

Poorly reviewed, but beloved by everyone who grew up watching it. Let your kids grow up watching it too.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Amblin Entertainment

Poorly reviewed, but beloved by everyone who grew up watching it. Let your kids grow up watching it too.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

71. The Goonies (1985)

Goonies never say die.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Amblin Entertainment

Goonies never say die.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

72. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

...or any of the other Star Wars movies. Honestly, if you love them, adding them to this list is somewhat redundant - you've probably already shown them to your kids!Rated: PGBuy it here.
Lucasfilm

...or any of the other Star Wars movies. Honestly, if you love them, adding them to this list is somewhat redundant - you've probably already shown them to your kids!

Rated: PG

Buy it here.

73. The Mummy (1999)

Escaping mummies.Rated: PG-13See where you can stream it here.
Universal Pictures

Escaping mummies.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

74. Super 8 (2011)

Escaping aliens.Rated: PG-13See where you can stream it here.
Paramount Pictures

Escaping aliens.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

75. Jurassic Park (1993)

Escaping dinosaurs.Rated: PG-13See where you can stream it here.
Amblin Entertainment

Escaping dinosaurs.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

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76. The Great Muppet Caper (1981)

After this, make it a triple feature and watch The Muppet Movie and The Muppets Take Manhattan.Rated: GSee where you can stream it here.
Henson Associates

After this, make it a triple feature and watch The Muppet Movie and The Muppets Take Manhattan.

Rated: G

See where you can stream it here.

77. The Parent Trap (1998)

This remake is better than the original. It's also Lindsay Lohan's crowning achievement (sorry, Mean Girls fans).Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Walt Disney Pictures

This remake is better than the original. It's also Lindsay Lohan's crowning achievement (sorry, Mean Girls fans).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

78. The Truman Show (1998)

Most movies that get nominated for a ton of awards are rated R, but this is one you can watch with your older children that's only rated PG.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Paramount Pictures

Most movies that get nominated for a ton of awards are rated R, but this is one you can watch with your older children that's only rated PG.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

79. Meatballs (1979)

Who wouldn't want to have Bill Murray as a camp counselor? Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Paramount Pictures

Who wouldn't want to have Bill Murray as a camp counselor?

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

80. Home Alone (1990)

As entertaining in July as it is in December.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
20th Century Fox

As entertaining in July as it is in December.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

81. Elf (2003)

Another holiday hit that shouldn't be confined to viewing for only a single month of the year.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
New Line Cinema

Another holiday hit that shouldn't be confined to viewing for only a single month of the year.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

82. Big (1988)

A boy's wish to become "big" comes true.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
20th Century Fox

A boy's wish to become "big" comes true.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

83. Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

This movie will make you ashamed of your own spelling skills.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Lionsgate Films

This movie will make you ashamed of your own spelling skills.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

84. Millions (2004)

What would you do if a bag of money fell into your life?Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

What would you do if a bag of money fell into your life?

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

85. Uncle Buck (1989)

Watch this the next time your children's favorite uncle drops by (they may force him to make enormous pancakes after the movie finishes).Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Universal Pictures

Watch this the next time your children's favorite uncle drops by (they may force him to make enormous pancakes after the movie finishes).

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

86. Whip It (2009)

A good choice for a girl's night with your teenage daughter.Rated: PG-13See where you can stream it here.
Fox Searchlight Pictures

A good choice for a girl's night with your teenage daughter.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

87. 13 Going on 30 (2004)

And one more selection for girl's night.Rated: PG-13See where you can stream it here.
Columbia Pictures

And one more selection for girl's night.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

88. Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (1988)

An early introduction to noir.Rated: PGSee where you can stream it here.
Touchstone Pictures / Amblin Entertainment

An early introduction to noir.

Rated: PG

See where you can stream it here.

89. Disturbia (2007)

Can you convince your kids to watch Rear Window? Debatable. They'd probably watch this remake, though. Don't scoff! It's actually pretty darn great. Rated: PG-13See where you can stream it here.
Paramount Pictures

Can you convince your kids to watch Rear Window? Debatable. They'd probably watch this remake, though. Don't scoff! It's actually pretty darn great.

Rated: PG-13

See where you can stream it here.

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