When looking for great nature films for kids, we focus on five areas:
– Appreciation of nature
– “Just say no to drugs” education
– The science of nature
– Spiritual values
– Family values
Here are the best in each of these important categories:
5. Wet Hot American Summer (2001) – It’s about having fun at a summer camp in a place where it’s quite warm and probably rains a lot.
4. Alice in Wonderland (1951) – Good warnings for kids about the gateway drugs tea and tobacco, as well as hallucinogenic ‘rooms and pills, and gambling, all in a natural setting.
3. Godzilla (1954) – A reminder for kids that there used to be dinosaurs and that they might come back if we just keep fracking around with radiation like we are.
2. 2012 (2009) – What could happen if God gets mad enough.
1. Good Morning… and Goodbye! (1967) – Not strictly for kids, according to Russ Meyer, but it’s full of heavy-breasted women running around naked in the woods, which to me says “Mom.”