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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Ranking of the 5 Best Kids Movies Set in San Francisco

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 12:05 PM

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5. All Dogs Go to Heaven 2

Pets dying is pretty much the worst thing that could ever happen in a kids movie. (Old Yeller still makes you cry, admit it.) But, maybe to lessen the blow to the inevitable circle of life, All Dogs Go to Heaven showed our canine friends in the afterlife, and in the sequel they head to San Francisco to retrieve the device that made it possible for them to interact with the world outside of heaven. It ranks lower for being a sequel (The dogs are already dead at the start of the film!), but if you were a '90s kid you know you watched it a few times while splayed across the living room floor. (Nevermind how Charlie Sheen turned out.)

4. Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco

This family really loved San Francisco; in the first film they leave the pets at the kennel while taking a vacation to the Bay Area, and in this sequel, they bring the pets with them. The shenanigans the pets were up to in the first movie unfolds again, but of course to the backdrop of every S.F. landmark you can think of. After the movie was over you begged your parents for a pet.

3. Dr. Dolittle

Okay, so if you were actually a kid when this came out in 1998 you had to have had a really cool babysitter or a parent who didn't pay attention to the PG-13 rating. And you know you loved the semi-crass jokes and the animals making Eddie Murphy's character look crazy. You likely haven't watched it since the early '00s, but still own a dusty VHS copy that's in some box at your mom's house.

2. The Love Bug

You likely watched The Love Bug because you were cooler than the kids watching Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. A race car driver finds a magical car named Herbie, who ends up gets drunk on Irish coffee; then the race car driver sells him and buys a Lamborghini. Herbie gets mad and trashes Chinatown and is about to make himself a statistic by throwing himself off the Golden Gate Bridge when the race car driver comes to his senses and saves him. Maybe the most realistic element of this kids movie is Herbie has a run in withe SFPD and gets impounded. Oh, and there's a bunch of car race too.

1. Mrs. Doubtfire

Was there really any competition for the first place spot? No. You still love this movie.

Honorable mentions: Monsters vs. Aliens, and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (because it was actually based off shore).

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