Have you ever wondered what films for kids reflect a green theme regarding earth and the environment? There are 10 high-quality green movies that touch on a delicate balance of animals, forests, oceans, Antarctica, and earth’s future. Nine of these films are animated either in computer technology, utilizing clay, or the classic Disney animation. The last remaining movie out of the 10 is live action. These are sure to entertain and educate children of all ages. Each one has an important environmental message about the planet.
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
To start things off right is an animated film that actually teaches about conservation. “Ferngully: The Last Rainforest” is about the animals and spirits or fairies who reside in an Amazon forest. There’s eminent danger of their homeland is about to be destroyed.
Over the Hedge (2006)
On the flipside is a computer animated comedy about some furry, and not so furry, forest friends. After their long winter hibernation, they get a rude awakening. That’s because their habitat has become a suburban housing development. Now starts the adventure of getting close to humans in “Over the Hedge” and realizing the benefits it may bring after all.
This is a historic tale of the New World when Captain John Smith falls in love with the Native American maiden, Pocahontas. “Pocahontas” is also an animated musical featuring one song that brings up consequences of destroying the land. It’s a beautiful number titled “Colors of the Wind.” The lyrics have a strong green point of view.
Chicken Run (2000)
Using clay animation this claymation comedy is all about chickens at a poultry farm. Even they know about their ultimate fate as ending up someone’s chicken dinner. That’s when they all devise an escape out of their dreary and literal dead-end situation in “Chicken Run.”
Free Willy (1993)
Here’s the only live animation film on the list. It’s about an orphaned boy who does community service at a marine amusement park. He discovers a young Orca in captivity there. Intuitively he bonds with the killer whale named Willy, realizing he’s been separated from his parents. That’s when he devises a way for Willy to be where he truly belongs, hence the title “Free Willy.”
Children and adults are going to love the incredibly vivid colors in this animated action adventure movie titled “Rio” about a domesticated exotic macaw named Blu. He happily lives with his owners in Minnesota. The pet parents want to find a mate for their bird Blu. They all head off to Rio de Janeiro for an incredible comedy adventure touching on subjects of animal smuggling and domestic animals in the wild.
Happy Feet (2006)
Set in the South Pole of Antarctica is the story of Emperor Penguins who are so happy they simply feel like dancing or be lonely. “Happy Feet” is another animated musical with messages about commercial overfishing and pollution that is destroying the magnificent beauty of the Antarctic.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Go on this high-seas adventure of a clown fish named Nemo. You’ll be dazzled by this brilliantly colorful animation filled with other tropical fishes. “Finding Nemo” is set in the incredible Great Barrier Reef of Australia. Poor Nemo is separated from his home and loved ones. He ends up in an aquarium at a dentist office. Here’s where the real action begins.
The year is 2700 in this futuristic film about a Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-Class (WALL-E) robot that collects trash for a living. Earth is now uninhabitable and filled to the brim with garbage due to man’s destructive habits and obscene consumerism. It may sound depressing, yet “WALL-E” is a love story too. There are a lot of strong environmental messages that cannot be overlooked.
It’s been reported to be Walt Disney’s favorite animated film of all time. After viewing “Bambi” it still generates many people to become conservationists. When former Beatle Paul McCartney viewed this movie it later inspired him to get involved in animal rights. There is the infamous and unforgettable scene when Bambi’s mother is killed that may be upsetting for children. However, this is a classic and the best of the best green movie.