After a long day, it’s good to kick back, relax and enjoy a movie with the family. If you’re not sure which movie to choose, here are five good options to watch with your kids.
My Neighbor Totoro (for ages 5+)
You can’t go wrong with this acclaimed animated tale by director Hayao Miyazaki, following the lives of two sisters who, when they move to the country to be near their ailing mother, get whisked away on adventures by the wondrous forest spirits (called Totoros) who live nearby. This classic is sure to have everyone in the family wide-eyed with awe and magic.
Moana (for ages 6+)
This 2016 Disney movie set in Ancient Polynesia follows young princess Moana who answers the call of the Ocean, sets out to return an artifact to its rightful place, and tries to lift the terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui. Moana is an empowering musical that admires Polynesian tradition and, like a lot of Disney movies, conveys important life lessons about respect and resilience through catchy songs.
James and the Giant Peach (for ages 7+)
In Roald Dahl’s classic book adaptation, James is a lonely English orphan living with two cruel aunts. One day, he discovers an enchanted peach and, when it starts to grow, quickly befriends the bugs living inside of it, and embarks on an adventure to New York. This early stop-motion film is full of funny quips, stunning visuals and jazzy musical numbers.
Coco (for ages 7+)
Pixar has done it again! This is a touching tale of an aspiring young musician, Miguel, who is confronted with his family’s ancestral ban of music. When he runs away, he mistakenly enters the Land of the Dead during Dia de los Muertos. Coco is a brilliantly animated film about a kid trying to find his famous great-great-grandfather, the truth about the ancestral ban on music, and himself along the way.
Hidden Figures (for ages 10+)
Hidden Figures follows the story of three African-American women at NASA who served as the brains behind the launch of John Glenn into orbit, which turned the Space Race around for the United States and brought about a new age of space exploration around the world. The movie highlights the achievements of female mathematicians, who are often overlooked, in a compelling and meaningful way.