Friday, 10 June 2016

Top Kids’ Movies with an Eco-Friendly Message

These days, more and more children’s movies are based around a plot which carries at least one significant lesson, whether that is about friendship, the power of pure love or the bonds of family. In this day and age of global warming, deforestation and endangered species, environmental messages are also being subtly but powerfully broadcast by kids’ films. Here’s a selection of the top kids’ movies which promote a powerful eco-friendly message as well as just being highly enjoyable to watch. 

Lion King

The Lion King
Telling the story of a pride of lions torn apart by the lies and cruelty of the king’s conniving scar-faced brother, this film’s environmental message is made abundantly clear from the start thanks to the lyrics of the opening song, ‘Circle of Life’. The much later images of Scar’s defacement of the Pridelands due to the selfishness and wilful blindness of his rule is also strong message, making us see quite clearly why we should take better care of our own environments.

This adorable story of a robot with heart begins 700 years in the future, with lonely Wall-E sorting out masses of everyday human junk that has been left behind by humankind. People have abandoned the planet and now lead an utterly artificial life of leisure in monstrous space ships - a lifestyle which makes them fat and comfortable and does not make them happy. Could the message be any clearer?

Homeward Bound: An Incredible Journey
This highly enjoyable film, following on from the success of the delightfully sappy original, beautifully promotes both the glories and the dangers of the natural world, helping both kids and their adults to appreciate our planet all the more.

This much-loved classic was released in 1942, and its eco-friendly message is two-pronged. On the one hand, it gloriously evokes the beauty of nature and its wild beasts while at the same time demonstrating the cruelty of men. The scene where Bambi’s mother dies is exquisitely subtle but heart-rending at the same time and, together with the scene where Faline is chased by hunting dogs, really ought to be enough to put anyone off hunting.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
In this family-friendly sci-fi film, the iconic Spock and his team return to Planet Earth in a bid to help save the whales. Children are sure to enjoy this film, both for its profound message and its action sequences!

Free Willy
This much-loved movie about a killer whale tells the story of a boy called Jesse and the bond he forms with a whale named Willy, who lives in a local amusement park. The whale is supposed to perform tricks but refuses and as a result is threatened with death by the cruel park owner. But Jesse manages to rescue him and help him return to the wild in an act which clearly demonstrates the importance of leaving wild animals alone to live in their natural environment and shows us just how cruel it is to stop them from doing just that.

Watership Down
Be warned: this film is not for the faint of heart among children and adults, so it is advisable not to show it to younger children, who may be left disturbed and upset. Telling the story of a warren of displaced rabbits, it somewhat brutally demonstrates the impact of man - and man’s ways - on the environment and its inhabitants.

FernGully: The Last Rainforest
Last but not least, this slightly unusual 1992 film, which features the vocal talents of the much-loved Robin Williams, has an eco-friendly message made clear to viewers right from the start. It tells the story of a rainforest inhabited by fairies and nature spirits which is threatened by an evil spirit called Hexxus and the destructive logging of man. The main protagonists are Crysta and her new friend Zak, a human she shrinks to fairy-size, who, along with her friends, manage to stop Hexxus destroying the forest.

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