Shhhh. Don’t tell the kids, but these movies are not just fun to watch, they’re good for them. However, do note that not all of these may be appropriate for wee ones or sensitive kids. Make sure to read details on film before screening for your child.
Ferngully: The Last Rain Forest (1992)
Ferngully is a rain forest filled with fairies that believe humans exist only in stories. That is until a human tries to destroy the rain forest. Look for a logging machine called “The Leveler” and the evil Hexxus who gets his power from “drinking” pollution. Ugh.
Stars Tim Curry, Robin Williams, Samantha Mathis, Christian Slater, Cheech and Chong and others.
Finding Nemo (2003)
A clownfish is taken from his coral reef home and his fretful father braves the Australian waters to find him. Best line from Bruce the shark: “I am a nice shark, not a mindless eating machine. If I am to change this image, I must first change myself. Fish are friends, not food.”
Stars Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Brad Garret, Geoffrey Rush, Elizabeth Perkins and others.
Over The Hedge (2005)
TV Guide called this movie about creatures that wake from hibernation to find their forest half gone, “A sly satire of American ‘enough is never enough’ consumerism and blind progress at the expense of the environment.”
Stars Bruce Willis, Gary Shandling, Steve Carell, Wanda Syke, William Shatner, Nick Nolte and Avril Lavigne.