The 10 Best Eco-Themed Movies for Kids

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.

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How Green Celebrities Helped Save Our Planet This Summer

Don’t get us wrong — we’re fully aware that a plethora of celebs took pauses for causes this summer. There were Myanmar fundraisers, stars entertaining the troops, Miley Cyrus helping children and the Jonas Brothers working for diabetes. Even Leonard Nimoy championed thin-challenged women with a book of his photographic collection called “Full Body Project.”

While Spock was lending his support to the fleshiest, who was helping save the environment?

Harrison Ford whipped in to Oceana‘s SeaChange Summer Party where, he and actor Sam Waterson were honored for their conservation efforts. The evening’s event raised a cool million, and played host to Ford’s longtime gal pal Calista Flockhart, eternal Annie Hall-turned L’Oreal model Diane Keaton, Jurassic Jeff Goldblum (whose new flick “Adam Resurrected” just wowed at the Telluride Film Festival), Diane “Unfaithful” Lane and “My Name is Earl” Daddy Beau Bridges.

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Ford, fresh off his “Indiana Jones” blockbuster, was joined by sustainability entrepreneur John Picard and Oceana board member Ted Danson, who divulged to Variety that 70% of the world’s fisheries are on the brink of collapse.

Danson, who’s heading to HBO in the new show “Bored to Death,” also cites seafood contamination as an Oceana concern: “One out of every six women of childbearing years has too much mercury in her system to safely give birth to a child without the possibility of neurological damage.” Scarier than a Sci-Fi horror tale.

Sci-Fi queen Sigourney “Leave her alone, bitch!” Weaver emceed a New York City Audubon Society lunch honoring Bette Midler. Each year, Midler throws a Hulaween bash in support of the New York Restoration Project.

Weaver, who voiced the space resort’s omnipotent computer in the summer smash “WALL-E,” told the UK Mirror: “[The movie] is very entertaining but it does have this important message to us Earthlings, that not only MUST we do something but we CAN do something about the fate of the planet. Everyone should see it — it’s not just for kids.”

Weaver calls President George W. Bush‘s environmental record a disgrace and says, “Thank God we are getting a new administration… but it will be a challenging job for whoever takes over. I hope it will be President [Barack] Obama. We must work together and be part of a global approach.”

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How Bill Nye the Science Guy Makes Green “Stuff Happen”

Bill Nye is a long-time environmentalist with a motto: “Leave the world a better place. (Sometimes you gotta pick up somebody else’s trash.)”

After a successful run on PBS with “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” the multi-hyphenate comedian-TV host-science educator-mechanical engineer is now finding out how “Stuff Happens” on Planet Green‘s new half hour show (catch it on Tuesdays at 9PM ET). In it, Nye traces where the things we eat, wear, and use come from, and what impact that has on our entire planet.

If anyone’s equipped to find links to our stuff and make the information fun, it’s this 53-year-old who once had a day job as an engineer and spent nights doing stand-up comedy. “My family is funny,” Nye said. “I mean funny in the sense that we make people laugh, not just funny looking.”

We talked to Nye about his “feud” with neighbor Ed Begley, Jr., why breakfast matters and got him to confess his biggest eco sin.

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TDG: One of your first “Stuff Happens” episodes is about breakfast. What’s so special about breakfast and the environment?
Are you kidding? It’s the most important meal of the day. It had the iconic story that North American pigs – from where we get bacon – I presume unwillingly are fed feed made with South American anchovies (and herrings and sardines). Farmers say eating fish helps their animals grow to that wonderfully ample size consumers want. Because of this, we’re accidentally destroying an ecosystem. It’s the story of stories.

How so?
We’re seriously depleting the world’s anchovy population and leaving the penguins and South American seabirds with nothing to eat. These birds are dangerously close to starving because the anchovy and sardine populations have been decimated.

What can we do?
Strange as it may seem, you could eat more anchovies. This would raise the price of the fish and make anchovy fish feed more costly and less desirable to pig farmers. Also eat organic bacon from pigs raised on 100% agricultural feed. If you’re looking for the true organic meat products, make sure it’s grass-fed only.

Let’s talk about your green competition with neighbor Ed Begley, Jr. On a show last year, he put up a wind turbine and you said you were doing the same … did you?
No. His didn’t work. There were problems with it. But I’ll jump back on the bandwagon. To have 500 kilowatts running through my house is well worth it.

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