Top 15 movies with Environmental Theme. Earth Day.

Dear friends, today I was planning to write an article about the best places to visit in Europe, or something similar, just to keep you updated with new information on the blog. And as well keep moving, as during these days of lockdown we have to keep pushing ourselves and try new things, and not to let the fear take over us.

But, when I began to write the post, I received the homeworks for Damian and it was on the theme ¨Save the planet¨.

I thought that it would be a great idea to reinforce the knowledge from homeworks with some educational movies. I have already told you that we subscribed to Disney+ Channel, and we have at our disposal all the movies whenever created by Disney, Pixar, Marvel, National Geographic. And yes, it is a blast! We are so happy with the subscription. 

Below, I have completed a list of 20 movies to be watched on Environmental Theme with your kids or alone. I think we will watch only a few of those till we will present the homework.

Let´s go with the list:

  • WALL-E 

Film from 2008 and takes place 700 years in the future, when the Earth has been reduced to a deserted, trash-covered ghost town. Robot WALL-E seems to be the last sentient being on the planet, as all the humans have fled to gigantic space ships that hover in outer space. One day, one of those ships comes to Earth, bringing advanced robot EVE, with whom WALL-E falls in love. He follows her back to space, and his adventures there eventually convince the humans they must return to Earth. The state of the Earth in the movie urges viewers to take notice of how their actions are affecting the environment and warns of what might happen if they don’t. Kids enjoyed the movie, and every day asked to repeat it.

  • Bambi

Animated film from 1942, about magical rainforest inhabited by fairies but threatened by destructive loggers. When the loggers cut down a tree and release the evil spirit Hexxus, Crysta, the fairy protagonist, and her friends (including lumberjack Zak, whom Crysta shrunk down to miniature size to save his life) must find a way to defeat the pollution-loving demon and save their home. The movie’s message is overtly conservationist, villainizing destructive humans and urging viewers to do what they can to preserve the wilderness areas still left on Earth. This film also has part II, but we haven’t watched it.

  • Avatar

This movie we watched like 3 times before having kids, and 2 times with them. I don’t know any better story that would relate the human impact any better.  A paraplegic soldier travels to the planet of Pandora, where he, in the form of his avatar, integrates with the indigenous Na’vi people. He is supposed to help conquer the foreign land, but soon finds himself siding with the Na’vi. There are many themes in this 2009 film, but among them are a respect for the environment (demonstrated by the graceful Na’vi), our ultimate reliance on nature and the destructive nature of humans and how it affects the planet.

  • Disneynature’s Oceans 

Though a bit more subtle than some of the other films on this list, Oceans still makes an impact. A documentary released on Earth Day in 2010, the film explores the underwater world that covers three-quarters of our planet. While it spends much of its time depicting the weird, wonderful and beautiful life forms that the oceans have to offer, the documentary doesn’t miss its chance to show the negative effects human actions can have on wildlife and urge viewers to respect nature.

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  • Jane a film by Brett Morgen

Today, before writing this post I have watched this documentary and think it is an amazing movie to watch. The director Brett Morgen tells the story of Jane, a woman whose chimpanzee research revolutionized our understanding of the natural world. The film offers an intimate portrait of Jane Goodall – a trailblazer who became one of the world’s most admired conservationists.

  • Sea of Hope

A real life underwater, how much people are changing the underwater environment. In this documentary Sylvia Earle sets out to inspire a new generation to create ¨blue parks¨ to protect the ocean realms. I began to watch it and am still in it.

  • Wild Russia

It is a series of movies about the wildest part of Russia. I began to watch these series from the first day of subscription, and really enjoyed it. From mountains to desert, volcanoes to ice, all about Russia´s scenic beauty and iconic wildlife.

  • Elephant

It is a new addition in the Disney+. A movie about African elephant Shani and her spirited son Jomo set out on an epic journey with their herd, traveling hundreds of miles across the vast Kalahari Desert from the Okavango Delta to the Zambezi River.

  • Finding Nemo

I think it is needless to say that this is one of the favorites movies for kids ever watched. Young clownfish Nemo is unexpectedly captured from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef and taken to a dentist´s office aquarium, it´s up to Marlin, his worrisome father, and Dory, a friendly but forgetful regal blue tang fish, to make the epic journey to bring him home.

  • Drain the Oceans

Another series that I began to watch recently, and have already watched several episodes. It is about pulling the plug on the ocean to reveal hidden secrets and lost worlds, using groundbreaking technology, breathtaking photography and insight from top marine archeologists.

  • Free Solo

Free solo climber Alex Honnold prepares to achieve his lifelong dream: scaling the 3,200-foot EL Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope.

  • Into the Grand Canyon

A movie about the timeless beauty of one of America’s most sacred spaces – and a story of physical hardship that stretches the bonds of friendship. Two colleagues who set out to traverse the Grand CAnyon by foot, in hope to understand the landscape of this.

  • A bug’s life

A movie by pixar, where you can embark on an incredible journey with one little ant, searching for a band of warriors to help him battle the bullying grasshoppers who threaten his home. A perfect movie for an evening with your kids.

  • Born in China

Who is a panda lover here? Then, this movie is for you. A documentary movie about the stories of 3 families of pandas. Featuring stunning, never-before-seen imagery, the film navigates China’s terrain from the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest.

  • Ghost of the Mountains

A behind the scenes of an ambitious mission to China to find and film the elusive snow leopard. The air is thin, the weather is brutal, the terrain tricky and the subjects nearly impossible to locate.

I hope this list will motivate you to watch more documentaries, and find a way you can help the Earth to stay healthier and better for us and creatures that live with us. Wish you a wonderful watching.

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