TOP TEN FAMILY MOVIES TO WATCH DURING THE QUARANTINE by Anthi Papadimatou (SolidA.I.R. volunteer)

During the quarantine things can get quite difficult. Staying at home all day long is really frustrating for some people, especially people who have plenty of energy and they need to be occupied most of the time. Kids belong for sure to the previous category! But, there are still some things you can enjoy from the comfort of your home, and more specifically, from your sofa! So in this article, I will suggest a list of ten family movies, that both parents and kids can enjoy, during these times of home isolation. Don’t forget that staying at home can be fun and educative at the same time, if we can find alternative ways of entertainment.

Let’s begin!

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10.Homeward Bound: The incredible Journey (1993)

Three pets escape from a Californian ranch to find their owners in San Francisco. I used to love this film when I was a child. It’s a very sensitive film about friendship and I think it can be very educative for kids. It is also super funny. I mean, imagine talking animals! Also, the relationship between the three animals is adorable and it can give very valuable lessons to the kids.

9. Beethoven (1992)

A classic film about a super cute St. Bernard dog being raised -and becoming the center of attention- by a loving family. It’s a very nice movie about love and intimacy in families. And if your family owns a dog then I cannot imagine a better movie to watch! I think most kids will find this movie really nice and they will want to adopt a puppy later!

8. Stuart Little (1999)

The Little family adopt a charming young mouse named Stuart, but the family cat wants rid of him. I really loved how this movie explores the meaning of friendship. It shows that even if two people don’t like each other at the beginning, if they go through the same difficulties and bond then they can start appreciate each other and even become best friends! It’s a wonderful film about kids and it’s really educative and funny.

7. Babe (1995)

Babe, a pig raised by sheepdogs, learns to herd sheep with a little help from Farmer Hoggett. Another, favorite film of mine, Babe, has a wonderful meaning about diversity and integration and it has a really strong message about the importance of friendship and respect for each other. Babe, shows that even when you are being considered as the different and even weak one, you can always overcome the difficulties and surprise the others, but most importantly yourself!

6. Shrek (2001)

A mean lord exiles fairytale creatures to the swamp of a grumpy ogre, who must go on a quest and rescue a princess for the lord in order to get his land back. This movie uses a classical fairy tale concept to make a different kind of story. In this movie, the monster is actually the protagonist, instead of being portrayed as the bad character. It’s a wonderful movie about love and also friendship (the relationship between Shrek and his donkey friend is adorable and super cute!

5. Up (2009)

78-year-old Carl Fredricksen travels to Paradise Falls in his house equipped with balloons, inadvertently taking a young stowaway. In my opinion this is one of the best recent animated movies. The story of the old couple, Carl and his wife, is wonderful and really moving and it gives a lot of valuable lessons about the meaning of love and care especially in elder people. In general, the movie has very strong messages about kids, like being environmentally conscious, taking care of each other and believing in yourself.

4. Inside out (2015)

After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions – Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness – conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. The premise of this movie is truly unique and super interesting! I think it is a very nice movie for kids to start introducing them to the importance of feelings in a funny and entertaining way!

3. How to train your dragon (2010)

A young Viking who aspires to hunt dragons becomes the unlikely friend of a young dragon himself, and learns there may be more to the creatures than he assumed. I absolutely love this film and I consider it as one of the best animation films of the last decade. It is an amazing animation for kids and not only since it perfectly depicts the injustices of prejudices and stereotypes in a society about a minority. In this movie, the discriminated ones are the dragons, and the human society is the prejudiced one. The friendship that develops between the dragon and the boy is a wonderful story!

2) The Aristocats (1970)

With the help of a smooth talking tomcat, a family of Parisian felines set to inherit a fortune from their owner try to make it back home after a jealous butler kidnaps them and leaves them in the country. This is a very personal choice, I must admit! I love cartoons with animals and my favorite animals are cats so I couldn’t skip this movie. I think it’s a wonderful and super entertaining movie about kids and it shows that even if you face the most difficult situations with a bit of hope and of course the help of your friends and your loved ones, in the end you will make it!

1) Lion King (1994)

A Lion cub crown prince is tricked by a treacherous uncle into thinking he caused his father’s death and flees into exile in despair, only to learn in adulthood his identity and his responsibilities. One of the most classical animation movies and, in my opinion, the best animation movie ever, a true masterpiece! It’s a movie about life and about discovering your self, forming your own identity and achieving your dreams even if the whole world seems, at first, against you. It’s a movie about fulfillment and happiness. And, finally, it’s a movie who introduced us to the philosophy of Hakuna Matata! So, Hakuna Matata, or live with no worries, and enjoy this movie!

This Article was written by Anthi Papadimatou (Greece)

SolidA.I.R. Volunteer

This project has the support of European Solidarity Corps

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