Top Five Animated Films of All Time on Satellite TV
The best animated films appeal to all groups. Children love these movies for the shiny animation, while adults can find more interesting and complicated themes and dialogue. For parents taking their kids to the movies, striking this balance is essential. After all, no one wants to pay ten dollars for a movie ticket only to be bored out of his or her mind! If you are a mom trying to find a way to get the husband to ditch the sports channels for a while, check out the following movies for a wholesome, fun family experience.
Shrek: This has to be one of our favorites of all time, and lucky for us, it seems like the sequels will continue to keep rolling. Every little girl can identify with the spirited Princess Fiona, and your children will find it hard not to fall in love with Shrek, the giant green monster. At the same time, the movie serves up some complicated, humorous dialogue that adults will appreciate. Nothing too naughty, but just enough to keep it interesting. Add stunning animation to the mix, and Shrek becomes a must-see, especially now that the film has been re-released in stunning high definition BluRay format.
Aladdin: An oldie, but a goodie. In many ways, Aladdin pioneered this genre. The classic tale of a down on his luck street urchin falling in love with the beautiful, seemingly untouchable palace princess, this movie has something for everyone. Most importantly, there are great lessons for your children to learned, cleverly mixed in along with the singing and dancing.
The Lion King: Another of the animated films from the early 1990s, the Lion King tells the story of a young cub torn from his family far on the African Savannah. Gorgeous scenic vistas set the backdrop for a powerful tale of love, perseverance, and the strength of the family bond. If you’re looking for an entry into this genre, the Lion King could be a great place to start.
Ice Age: What’s not to love in a flick that features a giant wooly mammoth and a sloth with the cutest little lisp? Ice Age weaves its way through prehistoric times, climaxing right as the glaciers begin their unstoppable journey once again. This film is sure to inspire an interesting lesson on climate change, so be sure to have your facts straight! Discovery Kids (available on satellite TV) often features programs detailing this science in terms your children can easily understand, so try to link the two into a three-hour learning bonanza.
Finding Nemo: Follow this clownfish as he tries to reunite with his family off the coast of Australia. Nemo is a powerfully emotional tale, set against the stunning visual of the Great Barrier Reef. The story also serves as a great introduction to environmentalism, and the effects that human beings have on the planet.
Each of these movies provides a great way to bring the family together. Gather ’round the television (warning: to do these films justice, you’ll need an HD set), and let the fun begin!