We love family movies that have a hidden message, whether it be cute little pandas who teach children to never give up, or robots who highlight the importance of friendship and loyalty. Here’s our list of great little heart warmers to snuggle up and enjoy with the whole fam.
DOPLHIN TALE (2011) | RATED: PG | 1HR 53MINS
Based on an incredible true story, this film is sure to leave the whole family inspired. After a dolphin named Winter is trapped in a crab trap, strangers become united to save its life. Although children may feel upset during the scene where Winter is trapped, the film is nothing but heartwarming and positive. Dolphin Tale encourages children to show empathy and not let anything get in the way of their passions.
ZOOTOPIA (2016) | RATED: PG | 1HR 50MINS
Cute animals with unique personalities? Check and check! Zootopia follows the story of young rabbit Judy Hobbs on her action-packed quest as the cities first ever bunny cop. Comedic, unpredictable, and awe-inspiring, this movie is a must-watch. Throughout the film, children will be taught to chase their dreams, work hard for success, and be who they want to be no matter what others expect of them.
TANGLED (2010) | RATED: PG | 1HR 40 MINS
The iconic character Rapunzel is reimagined as an inspiring, empowering, and optimistic female lead in Tangled. A fairytale filled with adventure, strong friendship, and unpredictable twists and turns, this film will inspire both boys and girls to look past their peers’ appearances and never give up when chasing their dreams.
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE (2010) | RATED: PG | 1HR 25MINS
Ideal for audiences of all ages, Shaun and his fellow sheep will make you laugh with their humorous and mischievous actions. Although this sometimes leads them into trouble, Shaun is willing to fix their mistakes through leadership and teamwork. This film inspires curiosity and being a positive role model to peers.
BIG HERO 6 (2014) | RATED: PG | 1HR 42 MINS
Diverse characters, thrilling challenges, and uplifting messages are what makes Big Hero 6 one-of-a-kind. A lovable robot, Baymax, and a determined young boy, Hiro, create a strong bond highlighting the power of brotherhood, teamwork, and support. Despite this film tackling touchy subjects including grief exceptionally, it still has plenty of humorous and inspirational moments to enjoy.
LILO & STITCH (2002) | RATED: PG | 1HR 25MINS
Lilo and Stitch are some of the most lovable characters in animated film history. Funny, adorable, and sometimes aggressive, the characters showcase how children can turn their anger into productivity and grief into optimism. Along the way, audiences will also watch Lilo and Stitch experience moments of pure joy, frustration, and achievement. This film not only inspires kids to express their emotions, but also highlights the importance of family.
DUMA (2005) | RATED: PG | 1HR 40MINS
An unexpected bond between a brave young boy and wild cheetah sets the pace for an exciting and touching adventure. Although this film has moments that stimulate feelings of sadness and empathy, it also inspires children to learn more about animal behaviour and show compassion to their furry friends.
CHARLOTTE’S WEB (2006) | RATED: PG | 1HR 37MINS
Who would’ve guessed a young girl, a spider, and a piglet could connect and become the best of friends. The compassion and integrity shown throughout Charlotte’s Web highlight the importance of being determined, generous, and accepting of everyone’s differences. This story is captivating, emotional, and ever so charming, guaranteed to leave the whole family satisfied.
THE IRON GIANT (1999) | RATED: PG | 1HR 26MINS
Robots, trains, cars, and a tonne of action – many young boys (and girls) will love this film. What makes The Iron Giant unique is the fantastic messages it communicates including anti-violence, individuality, and the importance of friendship. It is sure to inspire children to be courageous and proud of their identity.
THE GOOD DINOSAUR (2015) | RATED PG | 1HR 40MINS
Clever humour, enthralling action, and awesome characters will ensure the whole family is entertained during The Good Dinosaur. Other than the amazing dino-world visuals, children will be inspired constantly throughout this film. The characters, including young and brave Arlo, encourage audiences to overcome their fears, face new challenges, and be courageous on an everyday basis.
By Finn Jelicich