I honestly have come to believe that the movies that hardly disappoint me anymore are animations. Maybe it’s because of the pure simplicity behind them, or the childish sense of humor, or the heart that is relatable both to a fifty and a five year old but they are worth watching.
I have a six year old brother so I do end up watching a lot of animations whether I wanted to or not, but I honestly can’t complain. Recently, especially there seem to be a lot of good ones that are coming out, so if you have a child and need an idea of a way to bond with them. Take them out to the cinema for these few movies.
Zootopia. This movie is on my to-do list! I watched the trailer and it was fantastic. My cousin also took her seven year old daughter to see it and they both loved it! The ratings were incredible as well as it got 99% Rotten Tomatoes, 8.1/10 IMDb and 78% Metacritic. The story line involves the modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia which is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighbourhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundra town, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when optimistic Officer Judy Hopps arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde, to solve the mystery. I almost guarantee you will not regret this one.
Kung Fu Panda 3! In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, Kung Fu Panda 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters. But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the Kung Fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas! It is a great movie to watch, its funny and interesting with some great twists. Kids especially will love it.
Finding Dory. Ahhh, I am excited about this one. Finding Nemo is a classic childhood memory and it wouldn’t have been what it was without the loveable, forgetful Dory. Finding Dory takes place about a year after the first film, and features returning favourites Marlin, Nemo and the Tank Gang, among others. Set in part along the California coastline, the story also welcomes a host of new characters, including a few who will prove to be a very important part of Dory’s life. “Finding Dory” reunites Dory with friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past.
Here is a fun fact that I never knew because I was too young to care. Ellen DeGeneres, from the Ellen show is actually the voice behind Dory and she has been asking for a ‘Finding Dory’ movie since just after Finding Nemo came out. It will be out on June 17th of this year.
The Angry Birds Movie. I really don’t know what to expect here. Everyone and I mean everyone who had a smart phone has played this game and probably been addicted to it at one point in their life. Though, the game, itself, doesn’t have much of a story line, so they are going to have to be very creative with this one. When their island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.
Ice Age: Collision Course. Ice Age is probably the longest saga of animations that I have ever watched, yet I can’t honestly say that I mind. I love following the adventures of the gang and even though the story line may be similar or remain the same there is a unique aspect to each of the movies that makes it different from the last. In this new one that will hit cinemas on July 22, Scrat’s epic pursuit of the elusive acorn catapults him into the universe where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the Ice Age World. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego, and the rest of the herd must leave their home and embark on a quest full of comedy and adventure, traveling to exotic new lands and encountering a host of colourful new characters.
These are just a few of the great animations you should keep an eye out for this year, especially if you have kids. If you this doesn’t satisfy you check out Moviewebb for a more comprehensive list.
Shingai is an upcoming writer with a passion for words and expression through writing. She lived in Zimbabwe as a child and has traveled to over ten countries. She craves adventure and hopes to be an inspirational writer. She is currently pursuing a degree in English Literature with a minor in Psychology at Daystar University.