Movies engage viewers emotionally. They are a wonderful medium of entertainment and can also serve to introduce great thoughts and values in young minds. We have hand-picked six movies that we are sure will be both entertaining and educational for your child and, hopefully, for you too!
1. Finding Nemo (2003)
After his son Nemo is captured by human beings, Marlin, the clownfish, sets out on a journey to find his son and bring him back home. Finding Nemo is all about conquering your fears and believing in yourself. This brilliantly animated masterpiece is sure to capture not only your child’s imagination but yours as well.
2. The Lion King (1994)
The Lion King is about finding your true self despite what others say about you. A young lion prince is duped into believing that he had brought about his father’s death and is banished from the kingdom. The young cub moves out of the kingdom, finds friends and grows up with a carefree attitude (Hakkuna Matata!). As he grows up, he needs to shake off what others have made him believe of himself and find his true identity. He needs to reclaim his kingdom. This masterpiece is sure to thrill your child!
3. Toy Story (1995)
This is the story of Andy whose toys come alive when he is not around. One day Andy receives an action superhero toy for his birthday. Woody, the cowboy toy who is Andy’s favourite, is jealous of the new toy and tries to eliminate him. However, both the toys end up in the room of a toy killer. They need to forget their enmity and work together to escape. The Toy Story series has three sequels and is a hot favourite among children worldwide.
4. Harry Potter series (2001-2011)
Pass through platform number 9 ¾ and board the Hogwart’s Express! Welcome to the magical world of talking hats, flying cars, Quidditch games, moving staircases, headless ghosts and much more. This is Hogwarts, and the world of the boy wizard - Harry Potter. This movie series is about the adventures of Harry Potter and his friends, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, and is sure to take you and your child on a magical roller-coaster ride!
5. Charlie and the Chocolate factory (2005)
A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world's most unusual candy maker, Willy Wonka. Willy is so impressed with Charlie that he hands over the keys to the factory to the little boy. Does Charlie accept the offer? Find out in this movie, an adaptation of a story by the same name by the popular British writer, Roald Dahl.
6. Children of Heaven (1997)
This heart-warming Iranian movie is about a boy called Ali who accidentally loses his little sister Zahra’s only pair of shoes. He confesses what he has done to Zahra and begs her not to tell their parents, who cannot afford to get new shoes for her. Though Zahra is angry at first, she eventually agrees to help her brother by sharing his shoes. Ali comes to know about a race in which the second prize is a pair of shoes. He participates in the competition hoping to win the second prize! Children of Heaven shows the warm world of young children and makes you believe in life and to look at the world with love.
Here’s hoping that you and your child have a wonderful time watching these movies together. Surely, this has to be one of the most enjoyable ways of bonding with him!