Classic children’s films are not only entertaining, but come with positive messages and inspiring role models that have left a lasting impact on generations of children. Some of these must-see masterpieces feature unforgettable characters, imaginary worlds, and lovable aliens. These movies will bring joy, laughter, and even a few tears to our young audiences. Here are some must see films for children and adults alike.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
A timeless favourite directed by Steven Spielberg, E.T. the Extra Terrestrial tells the story of an adorable alien, E.T., and a young boy named Elliot (Henry Thomas), who along with his brother, Michael (Robert Mac Naughton), and sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), try to help E.T. get back home after he is left stranded on earth. Being on earth has a devastating effect on E.T.’s health, so the three siblings are racing against time to reunite E.T. with his family. The movie is an emotionally rich and cinematically vibrant fairytale that touches the hearts of all ages. It still remains one of the most successful and loved films of all time.
Finding Nemo (2003)
This stunning animated underwater adventure is a delightfully funny story of a young clown fish, Nemo (voiced by Alexander Gould), and his overly protective father, Marlin (voiced by Albert Brooks). The two are separated when Nemo is captured by a diver in the Great Barrier Reef and dumped into a fish tank in a dentist’s office in Sydney Harbour. Marlin frantically tries to find Nemo with the help of a cheerful-but-forgetful juvenile tang, Dory (voiced by Ellen DeGeneres). Finding Nemo is a wonderful movie with memorable characters and humour for all ages.
Toy Story (1995)
In a joint venture, Pixar and Disney created the first fully computer-animated feature film, making it one of the greatest achievements in animation history. It is a story about the adventures of a young boy’s (Andy) toys that come alive when humans are not present. Andy’s favourite toy, Sheriff Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks), a pull-string cowboy doll, is afraid of being replaced by the sudden arrival of Buzz Lightyear (voiced by Tim Allen), a modern space action figure. The strength of the movie lies in the distinctive characters, the voice performances, and the laugh-out-loud witticisms. Toy Story is followed by two great sequels with the third one, Toy Story 4, expected to release in June 2019.
Harry Potter (film series: 2001-2011)
The highly successful eight-film series is based on the fantasy novels by renowned British author J.K. Rowling. The series begins when a young boy, Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), learns that he is the orphaned son of powerful wizards. Following his parent’s footsteps, Harry is accepted by the Hogwarts School of Wizardry. Soon Harry befriends Ron Weasley (Rupert Grint) and Hermione Granger (Emma Watson), and together they share mystical encounters in a quest to learn more about Harry and his parents. Millions of devoted fans have watched Harry and his friends grow up in a magical world of love, mystery, and magic, and the film series has earned nearly $8 billion at the box-office.
The Jungle Book (2016)
Disney’s live-action film, with computer generated imagery, is an adaptation of the legendary 1894 children’s fable by Rudyard Kipling. This is the fourth remake of the film since 1942, with the idea remaining the same as its predecessors. Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is a young, orphan boy who is raised by wolves in the jungle after being rescued by the kind-hearted black panther, Bagheera (voiced by Ben Kingsley). Mowgli is safe and happy in the animal world, until the nefarious tiger, Shere Khan (voiced by Idris Elba), threatens to kill him. Mowgli has to decide whether he should stay in the jungle or return to his own in a nearby village. The Jungle Book is an all-time classic, a heart-warming adventure that still captivates children all over the world.