Sometimes the easiest way to get children to pay attention to environmental issues is to let them watch something that will make them really care. In honor of World Environment Day, here are a few fun animated flicks with an eco-message to watch with the kids.
Pixar’s film follows the story of Wall-e, a lonely robot living in a futuristic Earth covered in towering trash piles, which he is designed to clean up. Aside from the touching love story between Wall-e and EVE, another futuristic robot with her own programmed task who he meets, the film tackles themes of the environment and consumerism.
Happy Feet (2006)
This musical family film follows Mumble, a male penguin who is unable to sing but can tap dance. The catchy music and choreographed dance numbers as well as cute, furry characters will appeal to kids. As the film progresses, the plot puts increasing emphasis on environmental problems, showing how commercial overfishing and ocean pollution have devastated the Antarctic region.
Over the Hedge (2006)
Over the Hedge follows a bunch of forest creatures whose wildlife habitats are put at risk because of suburban development. The movie satirizes consumerism and progress at the expense of the environment in a humorous way.
Finding Nemo (2003)
Finding Nemo follows an overprotective clownfish / single father and his journey to to find his abducted son Nemo in the vast Pacific Ocean. The film contains several eco-messages and portrays keeping of fish as pets in a negative light. Overall, the film raises environmental awareness on the ill effects of humans on ocean wildlife.
Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
While the animation can be very dated for kids of this generation, Fern Gully is one of the classic animated films with a strong environmental theme. The film depicts a magical rainforest inhabited by fairies which is threatened by destructive loggers. It urges viewers to do what they can to preserve the wilderness areas still left on Earth.