Family Flicks about Nature

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FAMILY TIME — Movies have a way of teaching us essential life lessons, sometimes without us even realizing it. Interestingly enough, some of the best lessons come from films made for children.

With so much technology always at our fingertips, it can be easy to forget how wonderful the world is around us. Most parents would probably agree that they wish their children would spend more time outside instead of in front of a screen. Here are 5 movies that just might get your kids excited about nature and encourage an adventure outside in the beautiful world.

Pocahontas

Pocahontas loves nature, and she spends her time exploring the land. After she falls in love with a man named John Smith, it's up to her to discover her destiny and bring peace to her people.

While “Pocahontas” is based on an actual person, the story Disney tells is obviously not historically accurate. Instead, a creative and colorful world comes to life on screen with beautiful songs like “Just Around the Riverbend” and “Colors of the Wind” that celebrate how gorgeous nature truly is.

“Pocahontas” is 83 percent worth your time and OK for ages 8+. You can stream this movie through Hulu. 

Happy Feet

Mumble, a young emperor penguin, lives in Antarctica. Like others of his kind, he needs to be able to sing to attract a mate, but he has a terrible voice. Instead, Mumble must express himself, and lure a female through his amazing talent for tap-dancing. His dancing also comes in handy when it comes to making friends with other Antarctic animals who are also in danger.

There are not many casts of voice actors as talented and diverse as the cast of “Happy Feet.” Besides Elijah Wood, who voices Mumble, the cast also includes Brittany Murphy, Hugh Jackman and Robin Williams.

“Happy Feet” is 60 percent worth your time and OK for ages 6+. You can stream this movie through Hulu.

Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

Crysta is a fairy living in FernGully, a rainforest in Australia. She has never seen a human before and doesn’t even believe they exist. But when a logging company approaches the rainforest, not only does she see they exist, she even accidentally shrinks one of them. Now the size of a small fairy, Zak sees the damage that the company does and helps Crysta to stop the destruction of the other humans and an evil entity named Hexxus who feeds off pollution.

“Ferngully: The Last Rainforest” might be a little over-the-top in its approach to saving the rainforest, but the movie is simply magical and boasts the voice talents of Robin Williams and Tim Curry.

“Fergully: The Last Rainforest” is 100 percent worth your time and OK for ages 5+. You can stream this movie through Netflix.

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Once Upon a Forest

In this animated tale, a toxic spill from an encroaching construction site threatens the life of a badger so three woodland creatures—wood mouse Abigail mole Edgar and hedgehog Russell—must brave a treacherous journey to find a cure. As the threat of the destructive humans looms ever closer, the animals are in a race against time as their remaining family and friends struggle to survive in the face of disaster.

“Once Upon a Forest” may not be a blockbuster hit, but this movie is an adventure that teaches important lessons while entertaining children. One such lesson is to simply try to see the world from another perspective.

“Once Upon a Forest” is 100 percent worth your time and OK for ages 3+. You can find this movie on iTunes. 

WALL-E

WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he's more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE, and being smitten, WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure with the fate of the human race in his hands.

“WALL-E” has one of the least subtle messages of any Disney movie. It is impossible to miss the moral of the story—that if we don’t take care of the Earth today, it might not be here tomorrow.

“WALL-E” is 88 percent worth your time and OK for ages 3+. You can stream this movie through Amazon. 

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