Memorable Grandparents in Movies

  1. Jack Albertson as Charlie’s grandpa Joe in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971) GIF

Charlie may have lived with all four of his grandparents, but Grandpa Joe was easily the most memorable due to their special relationship. Joe was young at heart so it was a no-brainer that Charlie wanted him as a tag along to Wonka’s factory. As a kid my heart always stopped during the scene when they snuck and drank the Fizzy Pop. ** The HORROR **

2. Rawiri Paratene as Paikea’s grandfather Koro in Whale Rider (2002)

Keisha Castle-Hughes and Rawiri Paratene in Niki Caro’s Whale Rider (2002)

Many of us can relate to having complicated relationships with relatives. Especially those of us who have parents/grandparents/aunts/uncles that are older and much more conservative or traditional. Paikea and Koro struggle to see eye-to-eye. In fact, for most of the movie these two aren’t on the same page. The moment when they reconcile is more than just a family triumph, but one for their entire village and many generations to come.

3. June Foray provided the voice for Mulan’s grandma in Mulan (1998)

Disney’s Mulan (1998) GIF
Disney’s Mulan (1998) GIF

This little lady was ALWAYS telling it like it was. The fact that she was impressed with Shang says a lot because she wanted the very best for Mulan. Shang was strong, disciplined and loyal. All the things that make us girls swoon. And as far as animated characters go, he was pretty cute too! Yup, Mulan’s feisty grandma was really on to something…

4. Grandpa Gene (Robert Hooks) and Grandma Kat (Hope Clarke) as Sydney and Willie’s grandparents in Seventeen Again (2000)

An image from Seventeen Again (2000) 

As a kid, I was obsessed with Tia and Tamera Mowry of Sister, Sister fame (OK I still am)!! They teamed up with younger brother Tahj Mowry (from Smart Guy) for this 2000 film that aired on TV in the states. The basic plot: two kids have to deal with grandparents who mysteriously de-age and become 17 years old again overnight. What makes it even more interesting is that the grandparents are divorced and CANNOT stand one another. The zingers these two shared still make me cackle LOL To this day, I can quote this movie nearly word for word!

5. Queen Julie Andrews as Mia’s grandmotherQueen Clarisse in The Princess Diaries (2001)

Princess Diaries (2001) GIF

Can you imagine waking up one day to find that you’re not only a princess, but your grandmother is the classiest, kindest, most beautiful Queen that ever existed!?! Julie Andrews is a legend onscreen and off in my opinion. This movie? ICONIC. This performance? ICONIC. Not even up for debate people.


Who are some of your favorite grandmas and grandpas in movie history? Let me know in the comments down below! 

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