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10 Gentle Family Movies For Sensitive Children

10 Gentle Family Movies For Sensitive Children

It’s challenging to find movies for soft-hearted children. This curated MOVIEGUIDE® list contains gentle films that sensitive children can enjoy. From the sweet animals in the Hundred Acre Wood to the singing veggies in VeggieTales, these animated films feature familiar faces that could put the most nervous child at ease.

 

THE PIRATES WHO DON'T DO ANYTHING

Quality:
****
Content:
+4 Biblical, usually Christian, worldview, with no questionable elements whatsoever.
THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING is a fun VeggieTales movie that even the most sensitive child can enjoy. Everyone’s favorite vegetables Elliot, George and Sedgewick are busboys at a pirate-themed restaurant who travel back to the 17th century. The gang embarks on an adventure to discover what it means to be a true hero. The movie contains a strong biblical worldview with light action and slapstick violence. THE PIRATES WHO DON’T DO ANYTHING has many positive messages for kids 4+.

THE PEANUTS MOVIE

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
THE PEANUTS MOVIE is a charming animated film based on the iconic comic strip by Charles Schultz. The beloved character Charlie Brown sets his sights on a pretty new redhead at school and works hard to make a great first impression. This gentle movie has a very strong redemptive worldview with only minor slapstick violence. Morals include compassion, honesty and bravery. Most importantly, it’s a sweet story with an old-fashioned feel that kids will love. THE PEANUTS MOVIE is a family-friendly flick for children 4+.

THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND

Quality:
***
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND centers around Elmo, the beloved Sesame Street character. Elmo embarks on a rescue mission when a game of tug of war with a friend sends his favorite blanket to Grouchland. There he learns the importance of not being greedy. The film contains a moral worldview with an emphasis on sharing. There is light action, but the villains aren’t too scary, making THE ADVENTURES OF ELMO IN GROUCHLAND a perfect viewing option for sensitive children ages 3 and up.

WINNIE THE POOH

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
WINNIE THE POOH is a darling film about Pooh and his friends’ latest adventure in the Hundred Acre Wood. Pooh’s pal Eeyore has lost his tail, and all the friends come to the rescue to search for a replacement. Whoever finds the best tail wins the coveted jar of honey. WINNIE THE POOH features redemptive moments about helping a friend in need. It contains light cartoon violence that is mostly Tigger related. All in all, it’s a tender movie for the whole family.

CARS

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
CARS is an action-packed Disney/Pixar movie about the hot shot race car Lightning McQueen who finds himself stranded in the small town of Radiator Springs. Forced to rebuild the road he wrecks, he becomes friends with the cars in the town and learns that winning isn’t everything. The film has a strong moral worldview and celebrates American values. There is light language and some cartoon violence, but it’s mostly slapstick comedy. CARS is a high-octane thrill ride that’s not too intense for the 5+ crowd.

CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG

Quality:
***
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG is a live-action movie based on the popular children’s book about Clifford, a lovable oversized dog. It tells the story of a little girl named Emily whose love for her puppy transforms him into a massive dog. The film contains light violence (mostly puppy antics), so it probably wouldn’t frighten children. Parents should know there is some potty humor but no foul language. CLIFFORD THE BIG RED DOG is a heartfelt movie about caring for others that is appropriate for kids 6+.

BABE

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
Kids who like calm movies will enjoy watching BABE. The plot centers around a piglet who learns to herd sheep with the guidance of Farmer Hogget. It’s a charming story (with talking animals) set on a rural England farm. The film contains a strong moral worldview focusing on loving your neighbor. Parents should know there is light profanity and mild violence but nothing too salacious. MOVIEGUIDE® suggests caution for kids under 6. BABE is the perfect film for all animal lovers that the whole family can enjoy.

SING 2

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
SING 2 is the sequel to the animated movie SING. While the original movie is enjoyable, SING 2 is one of the rare cases when the second movie is better than the first. The gang is back together with their intrepid leader Buster Moon and must convince the hottest performer, Clay Calloway, to join them for the performance of a lifetime. The film contains a strong Christian worldview about faith conquering rejection. There is mild cartoon violence and a villain that may be scary for children under 7 years old.

TROLLS

Quality:
****
Content:
+2 Moderately questionable elements.
TROLLS is a musical animated comedy based on the beloved Troll dolls. Princess Poppy must rescue her friends from the troll-eating Bergens and gets help from a cranky troll named Branch. It’s a fun and lighthearted movie that sensitive children will enjoy. The film contains a redemptive worldview that teaches kids the importance of bringing joy to others. TROLLS contains light peril and mild cartoon violence but is otherwise a feel-good romp. The amazing soundtrack will have the whole family dancing with Poppy and her friends.

THE TIGGER MOVIE

Quality:
****
Content:
+3 Some minor questionable elements. (Media-wisdom is suggested to discuss.)
THE TIGGERS MOVIE takes viewers to the Hundred Acre Wood with Pooh and his friends. Tigger feels sad that he’s the only Tigger and wishes he had someone like him to bounce with. Despite his friends trying to help him, Tigger sets off on a journey to find his family. The film contains a strong moral worldview extolling caring and friendship. Parents should know there is very mild slapstick violence but nothing too scary. MOVIEGUIDE® suggests caution for kids under 3.

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