Many go to theatres or spend hours streaming movies to be entertained. Films cover a wide variety of topics and span across multiple genres. The impact it has on people makes it a powerful medium to convey morals and provoke the mind. It is also effective in educating children and introducing them to new concepts.
Educational movies have seen growing popularity among parents and caregivers. Kid-friendly films enable children to understand a concept without any barrier that may hinder learning. These can be used as a visual learning tool to showcase different cultures, histories, and even fundamental values.
We listed our top 5 fresh, educational movies that children, nannies, and parents can watch and learn from together! Enjoy!
Dolittle sees Marvel star Robert Downey Jr. play an eccentric doctor who has the ability to speak to and understand animals. The movie features the story of John Dolittle as he helps the Queen of England while tackling loss, abandonment, and grief.
The movie is inspired by “The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle,” a book written by Hugh Lofting and published in 1922. Children who love animals and fairy tales will enjoy watching this movie.
2. The One and Only Ivan
On August 14, 2020, Disney released the much-awaited movie “The One and Only Ivan.” The movie is based on an award-winning novel by Katherine Applegate, who wrote about the story of a silverback gorilla that headlines at a small circus. Both the movie and book are inspired by animal cruelty.
“The One and Only Ivan” aims to promote animal protection and freedom. It encourages people to help preserve the animals’ natural habitat. This movie also showcases teamwork, empathy, loyalty, and perseverance. The film stars Angelina Jolie, Helen Mirren, Chaka Khan, and Danny Devito.
Onward may be one of the greatest films that Pixar has ever released. The story follows a pair of elf brothers who set out for an adventure to find magic and help their father return to life for a few moments to meet his sons.
The movie received positive reviews after it introduced the first LGBTQ+ character in Pixar history. Onward teaches children the importance of family, confidence, and belief. It stars Tim Holland, Chris Pratt, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer.
4. The Lion King
The story revolves around a lion cub named Simba who struggles with self-image after witnessing his father’s death. The movie helps kids learn about honor and responsibility. It also conveys the powerful message that no matter how difficult the journey is, everyone can still find the way back home.
The 1994 animated film was remade into a live-action movie in 2019. The reboot starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, and Donald Glover.
Coco features the story of Miguel, a child that loves music even when his family does not allow the music of any kind. His eagerness to prove his musical talent sends him to a journey across the Land of the Deaths. There, he learns why music is banned in his family.
The story talks about holding onto hope and staying positive through hard times. It also gives importance to exploring passion that a child may have for the arts.