We are not proposing that you raise your child by plonking them in front of a screen every day to absorb subconscious moral lessons (that’s what our parents did and look what happened – we spend all our time writing this stupid film blog!). However, there’s no reason why having fun can’t be combined with learning, so here’s our pick of the top 10 animated kid’s films since the 00’s that will stop your offspring becoming murderers! You’re welcome:
1) Bee Movie (Simon J. Smith & Steve Hickner, 2007)
Moral Lesson: Have pride in your job, whatever it is, and however small it seems. You make the world go round.
2) Wreck-It Ralph (Rich Moore, 2012)
Moral Lesson: If you can be important to even just one person, then it’s all worth it.
3) The Princess & The Frog (Ron Clements & John Musker, 2009)
Moral Lesson: You have to work hard to get what you want. Privilege is not something to be jealous of because it doesn’t bring out the best in you.
4) Frozen (Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, 2013)
Moral Lesson: Don’t hide your flaws away – deal with them or they will control you.
5) Ratatouille (Brad Bird & Jan Pinkava, 2007)
Moral Lesson: Not every single one of us can be great, but great people can come from all walks of life.
6) Tangled (Nathan Greno & Byron Howard, 2010)
Moral Lesson: Follow your instincts, and your dreams.
7) How To Train Your Dragon (Dean DeBlois & Chris Sanders, 2010)
Moral Lesson: Be nice to animals. Don’t accept the preconceptions you’re born with as the absolute truth and learn by experience instead.
8) Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs (Chris Miller & Phil Lord, 2009)
Moral Lesson: You can make your parents proud by making yourself happy. Don’t necessarily just do what they expect.
9. Up (Pete Docter, 2009)
Moral Lesson: Let go of the past so you can have a future. There’s love to be found in the world in the strangest of places.
10. Finding Nemo (Lee Unkrich & Andrew Stanton, 2003)
Moral Lesson: One day you’ll be surprised at how strong you are when you have to be.