These Animal-themed Movies Are Perfect to Watch with Your Kids
07th December, 2020
20th Century Studios
Looking for an animal-themed movie to watch with your children? Here are ten movies that you can watch on a lazy afternoon. Don’t forget your popcorn! If there is one thing that we all love, it is cute animals. It doesn't matter if you’re fond of animals or not; they are adorable. So, what better way to spend an afternoon with your children than to watch an animal movie? If you cannot decide what to watch, we have a list of some of the best animal-themed movies. Whether you are looking for adventurous plots, adorable animations, or catchy soundtracks, these flicks have it all.
The Secret Life of Pets
The plot follows the life of Max, a Jack Russell Terrier, and a group of pet friends as they try to deal with Duke, a Newfoundland mix, who has recently been adopted. Things take a turn for the worse when Duke and Max get captured by Animal Control. It is the first film of the franchise and was directed by Chris Renaud.
Directed by Simon Wincer, Free Willy is a 1993 film based on a story by Keith A. Walker. It later grew to become a hit franchise. The film is based on a boy named Jesse, who builds an unusual friendship with an orca named Willy. When it is revealed that Willy’s life is in danger, Jesse is prepared to do whatever it takes to save his best friend.
This movie follows a few animals from the Ice age, including a wooly mammoth, a sloth, and a sabertooth tiger, as they navigate through the snow to return a human baby to its family. The story is occasionally interrupted by comical clips of a saber-toothed squirrel and his attempts at securing his acorn. Directed by Chris Wedge, Ice Age is based on a story by Michael J. Wilson.
A 1999 film, Stuart Little is roughly based on an eponymous book by E. B. White. The story revolves around a family that adopts a mouse named Stuart. Stuart struggles to warm up to his new family after being received coldly by his step-brother, George, and their pet cat, Snowbell. This film is the first one of what became a successful franchise.
Directed by Betty Thomas, Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 American comedy film starring Eddie Murphy. Based on a children’s book of the same title written by Hugh Lofting, this film tells the story of a doctor who can talk to animals. As he navigates his life with this newfound talent, he finds himself in strange and comical situations.
The Jungle Book
Based on Rudyard Kipling’s stories, The Jungle Book is the live-action rendition of the classic tale. The story follows the life of Mowgli, a human child, who gets stranded in the jungle. He is brought up by a pack of wolves until a Bengal tiger threatens to kill him. Alarmed by this threat, a black panther helps Mowgli find a way to escape.
Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo is an animated film that tells the story of Martin, the clownfish, as he travels across the sea to find his son, Nemo. Along the way, he goes through several adventures. He also meets a forgetful blue tang named Dory, who helps him in his quest to find Nemo.
Hachi – A Dog’s Tale
Based on a true story, this 2009 film directed by Lasse Hallström, is a rendition of Hachikō Monogatari, a Japanese film. It tells the story of a lost puppy who catches the eye of Parker Wilson, a college professor who adopts it. Eventually, as the puppy grows old, it falls into a routine of dropping and receiving Parker from the station, until Parker fails to return.