Children's movies are a dime a dozen. Major studios seem to turn out an endless amount of kid's movies, with plenty of tie-in toys and marketing, every year. But not all movies aimed at children are solely set only selling toys. Films that project a positive or uplifting message can actually help your child learn to be a better person. So in the case of these 7 movies, you can let your child watch a movie knowing that while they're being entertained, they're also being fed subtle and important life lessons.
FernGully: The Last Rainforest
This animated fantasy movie follows Crysta, a fairy who lives in a rainforest in the beginning stages of being deforested. Crysta and Zak, a human shrunk to her fairy-size, dedicate themselves to stopping the destruction of the forest, giving your child a look into the importance of environmentalism and protecting the earth.
The young Mulan protects her father by taking his place in the Chinese army disguised as a boy. By overcoming many physical obstacles and saving the the Emperor, Mulan proves that girls can do anything boys can do.
The Wizard of Oz
This classic and colorful movie follows Dorothy, and her friends, as she tries to find a way back to her home in Kansas. By the end of the movie, the gang learns the true meaning of friendship along with what it means to have heart, courage, and a brain.
Your child will learn the importance of wildlife preservation as Jesse goes from a life of meaningless trouble-making to finding purpose with the help of a captive Orca named Willy. Realizing that his oceanic friend is unhappy in a tank away from the wild, Jesse and Willy's trainer, Rae, release him into the ocean so he can reunite with his pod.
Akeelah and the Bee
Akeelah makes her way to the Scripps National Spelling Bee after being discovered for her knack for language at the Crenshaw Schoolwide Spelling Bee. The movie shows children the problems often faced in African American communities as well as the importance of perseverance.
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
A ten-year-old Timothy with leaves on his legs shows up at the Greens' house claiming to be their son. The movie uses magical realism to explore themes of parent-child connection, adoption, and loss.
Andy's favorite toy, Woody, is unhappy about Buzz, the brand new toy in town. The two fight and get into trouble, giving children insight into the jealousy, competition, and ultimate acceptance that they will face in life.