Animation, fairy tales, and stop-motion films often appeal to children, but it would marginalize animations to view them only as “children’s entertainment.” Animated films are often directed to, or appeal most to children, but easily can be enjoyed by all.
The Boss Baby (2017)
A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.
FULL MOVIE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oRP3ByBZro
A young circus elephant is born with comically large ears and given the cruel nickname Dumbo.
One day at a show, he is taunted by a group of kids, inciting his mother into a rage that gets her locked up. After Dumbo’s ears cause an accident that injures many of the other elephants, he is made to dress like a clown and perform dangerous stunts. Everything changes when Dumbo discovers that his enormous ears actually allow him to fly, and he astounds everyone at the circus with his new talent.
FULL MOVIE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BfWljW3ogDA
Jungle Book (1942)
Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli must leave the only home he’s ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan returns to the area.
Guided by a no-nonsense panther (and a free-spirited bear, the young boy meets an array of jungle animals. Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.
FULL MOVIE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCFbRebWc2w
Finding Nemo (2003)
After his son Nemo is captured by a diver in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish named Marlin sets out on a journey to bring him home. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist’s fish tank.
FULL MOVIE: https://www.netflix.com/in/title/60027705
The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Life always seems complicated for Charlie Brown. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy world.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)
Sebastian Cabot narrates the adventures of bumbling bear Winnie the Pooh as he battles a nest of vicious bees over a trove of honey, weathers a terrible wind storm and endures the foibles of the hyperactive tiger Tigger, all while singing and bumbling his way through the Hundred Acre Wood.
Kanga, Piglet, Owl, Rabbit and Eeyore round out the menagerie in this trio of animated tales adapted from A.A. Milne’s celebrated series of children’s books.
Frosty the Snowman (1969)
A discarded magic top hat brings to life the snowman that a group of children made, until a magician, professor Hinkle, wants it back, and the temperature starts to rise.
Frosty will melt or no longer be a jolly soul, if the kids cannot get him away from Hinkle and warm weather, so he hops a train to the North Pole with young Karen.
How The Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
The Grinch lives alone in a cave above the village of Whoville. The Grinch is an anti-sociable character with a heart “two sizes too small” who especially hates Christmas. One Christmas Eve, he finally has enough and decides to stop Christmas Day from coming to Whoville at all.
Lambert The Sheepish Lion – Short (1952)
The 8-minute film focuses on Lambert, a lion cub that is mistakenly left with a flock of sheep by a stork.
Lambert lives his life thinking he is a sheep, but is ostracized by his peers for being and acting different until he is forced to defend his adoptive mother from an attack by a hungry wolf. Thereafter, the now-adult Lambert is wholeheartedly accepted by the other sheep as one of the flock.
Ferdinand The Bull – Short (1938)
The children’s book converted to a short movie tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. He sits in the middle of the bull ring failing to take heed of any of the provocations of the matador and others to fight.