Summer can be a time for movie watching, but it doesn’t have to lean on blockbusters that are all style and no substance. There are many overlooked movies that can inspire, educate, and entertain children of all ages. If you have concerns about the type of movies your kids watch this summer, why not find a few classics that inspire as much as they entertain?
Here are 6 Educational Movies
The Sound of Music, directed by Robert Wise
The first one is considered a timeless musical by many. The Sound of Music tells the story of life during the early stages of World War II. It keeps kids entertained with comic relief and enjoyable songs, but it also offers historical insight at an older child’s level. The musical explores themes of love, family, and learning to find joy during difficult times.
Spellbound, directed by Jeffrey Blitz
A movie about a spelling bee may not sound too exciting, but this one will likely surprise you. Spellbound is a thrilling documentary about eight young Americans competing for the title of National Spelling Bee Champion. The story extolls hard work, perseverance, and the value of sacrifice in pursuit of achieving your goals. These are all fantastic inspiration for younger viewers.
Planet Earth, several directors
The Planet Earth series is a marvel of cinematography! It offers a glimpse into the natural world few other nature documentaries can offer. Visuals shot using highly sophisticated IMAX cameras mounted on helicopters offer some of the most stunning views into our planet that have ever appeared on screen. A fantastic musical score accompanies narration from either Sir David Attenborough in the original BBC version or Sigourney Weaver in the Discovery Channel version.
Bend It Like Beckham, directed Gurinda Chadha
Kids who enjoy sports are sure to like this one. Everyone can find something to love about Bend It Like Beckham. This film tells the story of a young Indian girl living in England trying to reconcile her parents’ traditional values with her love of soccer. The movie carries a strong and relatable message to follow your dreams in spite of adversity, even from those closest to you.
Wall-E, directed by Andrew Stanton
Disney and Pixar are well-known for making fantastic family-friendly movies. Wall-E is one of the most beloved films of the past several years for many reasons. Not only does the movie feature an adorable and funny titular protagonist but also a very well done commentary on social excess, environmentalism, and friendship.
The Iron Giant, directed by Brad Bird
This is an often-overlooked animated Disney film set in the 1950s. The Iron Giant is a fantastic story of the clash between technology and nature. It tells the tale of a boy who befriends an enormous benevolent robot. They learn from one another despite their differences. The film explores themes of acceptance, friendship, and respect for the natural world.
Unlike other movies that revolve around special effects and flashy action scenes, these films offer insightful experiences that many younger viewers will find relatable and affirming.