Ten Great Children Movies

Updated on May 21, 2016
The Incredibles
The Incredibles | Source

10) THE INCREDIBLES

The Incredibles is an animated delight for children and adults alike. Centered on a time following the placement of superheroes into 'civilian relocation' we are introduced to the Parr family.

Bob Parr, also known as Mr. Incredible, is a super strong hero who is middle-aged and struggling to put the cape down to live life as an average Joe. His wife, Helen, who was the once daring Elastigirl, has settled in nicely as the mother of their three children.

Under the radar, as the world in which the Parr's live is one where superheroes are no longer welcome, Bob tries to continue saving people. It is through Bob's longing to reclaim the glory of his youth that the family is thrown into an adventure of their own, one in which they almost lose their lives, but in the end learn to appreciate one another for who they really are.

The kid aspects of the movie are great. People have super powers and ride around in fancy airplanes and jets. It's totally right up any ten-year-old's alley. The adult aspects are equally hard hitting. The themes of having to give up on ones dreams to work a 9 to 5 are addressed. Marital issues, such as when one partner wishes to embrace the mundaneness of middle-aged existence, while the other pines for the excitement of youth, is also hit upon. I think the best part about this movie is how it takes everyday problems faced by middle-aged parents and puts it against the oh-so-fun superhero backdrop.

The animation in this movie is quite good. The dialogue is very realistic and the characters are well-rounded. This is one animated flick I have enjoyed watching dozens of times and I am sure will watch a dozen more.

I give this movie 5 out of 5 stars. I'm sure you will too.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo | Source

9) FINDING NEMO

Finding Nemo is a beloved favorite of kids and adults alike. Set against a breathtakingly beautiful animated ocean backdrop, we follow Marlin the clown fish as he sets off to retrieve his son Nemo, who has been taken by a diver.

The characters in this animated delight all have fun personalities. Dory, a blue tang fish with short-term memory loss, has a bubbly and bright attitude. Marlin, after suffering the crushing loss of his wife and their eggs, approaches life from a pessimistic and fearful point of view. Then you have Nemo, a young fish, who is trying to explore all that life has to offer, despite his dad's efforts to keep him sheltered at all costs.

Some great parts of the movie include sharks that are going to group meetings to refrain from eating fish, "Fish are friends, not food" and surfer-dude turtles that travel the ocean with a light-heart and philosophical perspective on life.

Finding Nemo is one of those movies you cannot help but watch again and again. The theme to the movie is that sometimes in life you need to just have faith that things will work out (Dory) and that you need to let go of fear and have confidence in yourself and others (Marlin and Nemo).



Source

8) TOY STORY

Toy Story was the first computer-animated movie to ever be made. It came out in 1995 and is voiced by big-time actors Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. Until this very day it can stand its own against newer made movies.

In the movie, toys are actually cognizant beings who choose to go 'inanimate' when being handled by humans. The plot revolves around cowboy doll Woody vying to be the favorite of his owner Andy following the acquisition of new astronaut doll Buzz Lightyear. Tensions run high between Woody and Buzz, as Woody is resentful that Buzz has replaced him as #1, but eventually the two action-figures become friends.

The movie has some sadder aspects. Andy's neighbor is an angry and unhappy kid who enjoys mutilating and blowing up toys. Buzz Lightyear, who believes he is a real astronaut, is devastated when he comes to learn he is but a toy. It is through these adversities that Buzz and Woody become united as friends and can overcome what they face. The main theme in this movie is of acceptance, love and self-worth.


7) MONSTERS, INC.

Monsters, Inc. has a great and unique premise. It came out in 2001 and is voiced by John Goodman and Billy Crystal. Goodman lends his voice to the large and furry monster Sully. Crystal is the voice of the much smaller monster Mike.

Sully and Mike are the best of friends and they both work for the largest scare factory in the monster world. It is through the screams of frightened children that the energy needed to run their monster universe is generated. In order to retrieve these screams specific doorways are made. When the monsters walk through them they enter a child's bedroom in the human world.

Monsters are led to believe that children are toxic to them, that one touch can harm or kill them, but Sully and Mike accidentally let a young girl into their world, and they come to find out that things are not as they seem. The movie is adorable and sweet and produces plenty of laughs as you watch the two friends try to deal with the toddler they have let loose. It is very sweet and funny.


6) BARNYARD

Barnyard is a funny movie with a great moral behind it. Don't back down from what's right, stand your ground, and stand-up for those weaker then you.

The movie is set on a barnyard filled with animals that talk when their farmer is not around. They throw parties, tend to one another, and seem to live an altogether pleasant existence. That is until a group of vicious coyotes decide to set their sights on the chickens, and the group needs to stand-up to them.

Although the movie itself is not jaw-dropping the morals it wishes to purvey makes it a favorite of mine. It teaches a valuable moral lesson to children in a fun and clear way without beating you over the head with the message.

5) SHREK

Shrek is a mean and green ogre who lives on a smelly swamp and eats raw onions as a snack. He enjoys his solitude and has no real desire to mingle with others. When his swamp is overrun with fairy-tale creatures who have gone on the run from Lord Farquaad he is forced into traveling to Dunlap to address the matter with the Lord himself. The two end up striking a deal. Shrek is to rescue Princess Fiona from the tower in which she is being held captive so that Farquaad can marry her, and Farquaad will clear out Shrek's swamp. As one would expect, things do not go quite as planned.

This movie is original, funny and contains the message that one should accept who they are. Another point raised by the movie is how one should not judge a book by its cover. Overall its a fantastic movie that has gone on to generate 2 sequels and several shorts.

4) WRECK-IT RALPH

I cannot say enough about this movie. I love it. It's original and it speaks to me on a deep level. Here you have arcade game characters that are self-aware and when their games are not being played. The movie opens with Fix-it Felix's villain, Wreck-it Ralph, sitting in a support group for game villains.

This movie is all about accepting yourself, striving to be a better person, and not allowing other peoples perception of you to hold you back. It is both funny and touching. There is not a dull moment as you'll either be laughing or anticipating what will happen next.


3) CORALINE

Coraline is a Tim Burton movie that is as dark and atmospheric as all the other movies he has made. Based on the Neil Gaiman novella, it is unlike the rest of the movies on this list. Although the movie can be dark at times there is a beauty to it. The message behind the movie being that you should beware when the grass looks greener on the other side for you should appreciate what it is you have.

This is the type of movie that one absolutely loves or hates, as most of Tim Burton's films are, but it is well-made and the story is interesting and the ending quite clever.

2) CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS

This is a fun and sweet flick that revolves around a quirky inventor who is desperate to make his father proud.

Set in a small seaside town that has fallen on hard-times after the local sardine cannery has shut its doors, failed inventor Flint Lockwood develops a machine that can create food from water, which falls from the sky like rain. Things take a turn for the unexpected though and Flint finds himself in quite the predicament.

Bill Hader and Anna Faris voice the two main characters alongside a very impressive group of A-list actors and actresses. The animation is well done and movie is quite funny. The best part of the movie being when Flint sculpts a mansion out of Jello and proceeds to jump around in it like a bouncy house. Too cute.


1) MADAGASCAR

Madagscar is a great movie about a group of animals who reside at the Central Park Zoo. They end up being put stranded in the wild. With no idea what it's like to be free in nature, the four friends (a hippo, zebra, lion, and germaphobe giraffe) get tangled up in some mischief, their lives and friendship hanging in the balance. Ultimately, it is their friendship and love for one another that pulls them through.

This is a very funny movie. The lemurs are a joy to watch. The characters are voiced by Jada Pinkett Smith, Chris Rock, David Shwimmer, and Ben Stiller.

Which animated children's movie do you think is the best for both adults and children to enjoy?

See results

Questions & Answers

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment

      No comments yet.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, reelrundown.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://reelrundown.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)