Animated movies are a family favorite for a reason. Their light-hearted plots still manage to impart important lessons, making them the perfect medium for children. Watching animated movies with grandkids is one great activity that lets you spend some family time together. Keeping socially active and spending time with your loved ones is a great way to keep a happy retirement. Here are our suggestions for animated movies to watch the next time your grandkids are over.
The Lion King
Let’s start with a classic. The Lion King is Disney’s 8th highest-grossing film and remains a favorite for good reason. Don’t let the fact that it’s a cartoon fool you – the movie has rich themes and well-rounded characters, and it conveys its messages in a way that remains family-friendly. Its iconic soundtrack is the only soundtrack for an animated film to be certified Diamond by the Recording Industry of America. The movie’s lush, hand-drawn artwork also brilliantly evokes the landscape of the African savannah. Equal parts heart-wrenching and triumphant, The Lion King is a feast for the senses.
Ratatouille is about a rat with a unique talent. All Remy wants to do is cook, but – being a rat in Paris – it’s not so simple. So, Remy teams up with the human Alfredo Linguini, and Ratatouille follows them on their adventures through the City of Lights. The movie is a barrel of laughs for the family, but it is also a poignant exploration of determination, self-worth, and following your dreams. This light-hearted movie is well worth the watch.
This is the story of an older man named Carl, who falls into a lull after the death of his wife. One day, a boy scout named Russell shows up on Carl’s doorstep, looking to earn his Scout badge. While cranky Carl tries his best to dissuade Russell, adventure ensues when Carl ties a bunch of balloons to his house and sails away… only to find that Russell has tagged along. Don’t be fooled by the story’s strange premise. It’s a touching and honest look at companionship, loyalty, and friendship – spiced by some heady adventure and an adorable doggy sidekick.
The Prince of Egypt
One of the more serious offerings on our list, The Prince of Egypt is nonetheless well worth the watch for the whole family, although this might be better for grandkids who are slightly older. This 1998 musical drama brought together a strong cast and features a soundtrack led by Hans Zimmer. Its fraught moral dilemmas and richly-textured characters are presented in a way that remains family-friendly, while also offering the opportunity for discussion. Exquisite artwork and detailed research make this period film one to remember. Almost 30 years since its release, The Prince of Egypt remains a milestone of animated film.
For something a bit more recent, Coco is a touching and funny cartoon that teaches its viewers about the power of imagination and friendship. Join Miguel as he journeys through the realm of the dead to search for a musical ancestor to answer an important question. Set against the Day of Dead, an important day in Mexican tradition, Miguel connects with other relatives on his journey, showing us that the bonds of love are long-lasting and powerful.