Following last week’s list of recommendations of animated movies, here’s Volume II of best animated movies for families to watch together and make memories that’ll last forever!
Finding Nemo (2003)
With oodles of humour and quirky characters aplenty, Finding Nemo is one of Pixar’s best offerings which can be enjoyed by the whole family together. The tale centers around a young clownfish named Nemo and his over-protective father Marlin who reside in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. When Nemo is captured by scuba divers during an attempt to explore the reef, it leads both, father and son, on a journey to beyond their wildest dreams. While Nemo navigates the unfamiliar, alien world of humans, Marlin ends up exploring the vast expanse of the ocean in his desperate bid to find his son. Accompanied by an irrepressible regal blue tang fish with short-term memory loss named Dory, Marlin encounters many memorable sea creatures in his journey, who are sure to leave you and your children with a smile on your faces. Charming and hilarious in equal parts, this is a movie that is sure to perk up a boring day and provide you and your children with a great movie experience.
Shrek is the name of the eponymous ogre with a grumpy demeanour but a heart of gold, who find his life of happy solitude in a swamp disturbed by a horde of fairy creatures exiled by Lord Farquaad. In a bid to reclaim his life and home, Shrek embarks on a perilous quest to rescue Princess Fiona from her prison tower, so that she and Lord Farquaad may be wedded. With a fast-talking, loose cannon donkey for company, Shrek manages to rescue the princess. But when the ogre and the princess form an unlikely bond, a comedy of errors ensues. Replete with tongue-in-cheek humour that will be appreciated by adults and children alike, Shrek is a zany, anti-fairy tale with heart about the acceptance of unconventionality with ample doses of wit and pop culture references that will leave its audiences thoroughly amused.
Set in medieval Scotland, Brave is the story of a feisty, wild-maned princess by the name of Merida. A skilled archer and rebel at heart, Merida is often at odds with her mother, Queen Elinor, over their conflicting views on the proper etiquette and expectations of a princess.
When confronted with the prospect of being forcibly betrothed to one of the royal clans of Scotland, Merida takes her future into her own hands and decides to convince her mother of her need for independence by dabbling in a bit of magic conjured by a ditzy witch. As luck would have it, Merida’s strategy backfires and ends up transforming her mother into a giant bear. Fated to remain trapped as a bear unless the bond between mother and daughter can be healed in two days. Merida and Elinor work together to break the curse and rebuild their relationship. Brave is a movie that will resonate with parents as well as children because it is a story about their bond with each other, complete with conflicts and imperfections and above all, unconditional love.
The highest-grossing animated film of all time, Frozen is a classic Disney film with songs, stunning visuals, and a heart-warming story at its core. This is the story of two sisters, Elsa and Anna, who are thick as thieves during their childhood but drift apart in their later years due to Elsa’s ability to manipulate ice and snow which causes a rift between the siblings.
Frozen is a tale that people of all ages can relate to, about the ups-and-downs of relationships, between family or friends. With rousing power ballads like the now-iconic “Let it Go”, and beautiful graphics of a winter wonderland, this is a movie that has already cemented its status as a classic and firm favourite across generations of viewers.
The Incredibles (2004)
The last movie on this list is an action caper featuring a family of superheroes, the Parrs or the eponymous ‘Incredibles’. Mr. and Mrs. Parr are retired superheroes who had been forced out of the public eye due to civilian lawsuits filed against them for the damage caused by their crime-fighting activities. To their children, Violet, Dashiell and baby Jack-Jack, they are nothing more than a typical, bland suburban family; but the arrival of a new super-villain in town causes the family to embrace their superpowers and accept each other for who they really are. This is a movie with underlying themes of accepting uniqueness, and allowing individual expression in one’s children, and encouraging them to realize their potential.
With stellar visual effects, and a zingy script, The Incredibles is one of Pixar’s best works and a great choice for a movie night with your kids.