There is something joyous about the family watching a film together, but when you have younger children their movie preferences are not always fun for adults. In fact, they generally range from just plain boring to excruciating to watch (I am looking at you ‘Frozen’). Fortunately, around the mid-nineties aminated movie makers started to consider the parents in the mix, creating some kids' movies with some subtle mature content to keep us entertained. Here is a range of clever animated classics the whole family will (actually) enjoy.
Toy Story (1995) –
This was one of the first animations to cater to adults as well as children. The movie is based on the life of the toys that come to life when no one is looking. I know what you are thinking. Sounds creepy, but somehow they manage to make it an adorable tale of friendship and acceptance. Not only that they made three more so you can turn it into a serious movie marathon.
Sing (2016) and Sing 2 (2021) -
Loosely based on the American Idol phenomenon, these movies are genuinely fun to watch and have cracking soundtracks that include Elton John, Taylor Swift and U2. Even if you are not a fan of musicals you can keep yourself busy trying to guess who the character voices belong to. It is a seriously star-studded cast with the likes of Reese Witherspoon and Scarlett Johansson showing off their singing talents.
Zootopia (2016) -
Not a fan of musicals? This is the movie for you. Set in a world where all animals are living in supposed harmony in a place called Utopia. It follows a young bunny (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) determined on becoming the first rabbit police officer. It is a lively jaunt well worth a watch or two. I must admit Jason Bateman voices the devious fox, and I would watch Jason Bateman in anything, even a cartoon.
Encanto (2021) –
Now if you love a good musical then Encanto is a seriously upbeat story set in a magical Colombian village, where every member of the Madrigal family has a special power - except for one, Mirabel. Mirabel sets out on a journey to discover her unique talent to save her family and their home. It is a heartwarming story about embracing your gifts and working together as a community. All of the songs were written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and I warn you they will say in your head for weeks afterwards.
Finding Nemo (2003) –
I could watch this movie a hundred times. It follows the journey of a clownfish named Marlin who sets out on a quest to find his son Nemo who was taken by divers and ends up in the fish tank of a Sydney dentist. It has great characters it is very Australian and most importantly after facing many challenges and near misses, Marlin and Nemo are reunited. A true feel-good movie for slightly younger kids.
So next movie night choose one of the above and the whole family, add popcorn and turn off your phone and settle in, you might find yourself so engrossed that you watch on after the kids fall asleep.
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