Among the options of films for children, the best are those that, besides having fun, teach values about family, friendships and maturity. Following this style, Bula has put together a list of 20 features of different genres and times that all children should watch. For the little ones, these films will open the doors of the cinematographic universe, and for parents, they will be a trip to childhood. Among those selected, “Sitara: Dreaming of the Stars” (2020), by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy; and the award-winning “The Tale of Princess Kaguya” (2013), by Isao Takahata. The films are organized according to the year of release.
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Based on the video game "Dragon Quest", the film follows the life of Luca, a boy who lives in the kingdom of Gotha. Luca's mother was pronounced dead after giving birth, but her father, Pankraz, believes she was kidnapped by the monsters who serve the villain Ladja. Then, he and Luca travel through Gotha with the hope of finding her and defeating Ladja.
In this interactive special, the two friends of the thief Carmen Sandiego, Ivy and Zack, are kidnapped by VILE, a villainous organization that threatens to brainwash the victims. To rescue her partners, Carmen agrees to help VILE in a series of ambitious robberies around the world. The production is a continuation of the series “Carmen Sandiego” and viewers can decide the actions of the protagonist.
The four brothers Tim, Jane and the Barnaby twins are tired of their parents' selfish behavior, who are always busy and do not properly care for their children. Believing that they will be better off alone, they devise a plan for parents to travel and never come back. But the couple hires a nanny, Linda, who teaches children what it means to be a real family.
In Pakistan in the 1970s, Pari is a 14-year-old girl who dreams of flying planes, but her father wants to marry her to an older man to live up to traditions. Pari's story is told from the perspective of his younger sister, Mehr, who is only 6 years old and unaware of the barriers that stand in the midst of the dreams of the women in his family.
Teenager Mia grew up on a lion farm bought by her parents, John and Alice, in South Africa. Since she was a little girl, she has a deep connection and friendship with Charlie, a white lion. Her father sells the cats to hunters who kill the animals just to display them in photos. Afraid that her father will sell Charlie, who is an endangered species, Mia runs away with the lion and tries to take him to a sanctuary.
Worst student at the mailman academy, the spoiled Jasper is sent to Smeerensburg, a remote island located above the Arctic Circle. In this city, the inhabitants fight all the time and show no interest in the cards. To hit his mailing goal and return home soon, Jasper enlists the help of Professor Ava and the mysterious carpenter Klaus. Together, they try to cheer Smeerensburg and introduce residents to the magic of Christmas.
Adapted from the book of the same name by Jack London, released in 1906, the film tells the story of a wolf dog born in the mountains of Canada. Son of Kichi, the tribe's fastest sleigh puller, he is soon adopted by Gray Beaver's family. In his new home, he gains the name of White Canines and becomes an intelligent and strong animal. So a dogfight promoter does everything he can to steal it.
Parvana is a girl who lives in Afghanistan ruled by Taliban forces. When her father is improperly imprisoned, she, her mother and her sister are left destitute. Women cannot work in the country and no one sells them food if they are unaccompanied. So, Parvana decides to disguise herself as a boy to work and provide for her family.
Rocked by the Beatles' songs, Beat Bugs tells the stories of Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz and Walter, five insects who love to play in the yard. In this special episode, they win a local talent show and decide to participate in “The Bug Factor”, the biggest televised singing contest. But for that, they need to travel to the distant Rocket Ship Park.
The film is set in 1869 and tells the story of Félicie, an orphan girl who, in an act of courage, flees the orphanage towards Paris, next to her best friend, Victor. She wants to be a dancer, he wants to be an inventor. To get a place at the Grand Opera in Paris, Félicie uses a false identity. But, soon she realizes that this lie can take her away from her big dream.
To pass a renowned school, a girl is forced by her mother to study all summer. One day, an accident caused by the neighbor causes the propeller of an airplane to fall in his house. Curious as to how the object got there, she goes to interrogate the neighbor and finds out that he is an aviator. The two soon become friends and he tells the girl the story of a little prince who lived on an asteroid. The mother, thinking that friendship is hindering her daughter's studies, tries to keep her from the aviator.
Kaguya, a baby, is found inside a shiny bamboo trunk by Sanuki and his wife, Ona. Believing that she is a divine presence, they take her home and call her "princess". After time, Kaguya turns into a beautiful young woman, who attracts the greed of several nobles, including the emperor himself. As he has no interest in any of the suitors, Kaguya demands impossible gifts from them.
In the suburb of Tokyo, under the floor of an old house, live Arrietty and her family, all tiny beings. They survive by stealing items from human neighbors and placing the blame on cats and mice. But when young Shawn stays at the residence, he discovers Arrietty and the two become friends, putting the secret and life of all the girl's relatives at risk.
Hiccup is a clumsy teenager who lives on the Viking island of Berk, where thieves often steal cattle. He takes classes to learn how to kill dragons and tries to prove that he is a true Viking, but ends up befriending one of the monsters, who is injured. Without the courage to kill the animal, Hiccup decides to train it and becomes increasingly effective in taming the dragons.
Nicholas leads a peaceful life, being loved by his family and having fun with friends. One day, he overhears a conversation between the adults and begins to believe that the mother is pregnant. Nicholas thinks that if the parents have another child, he will be abandoned. Then, the boy summons his friends from school and together they create crazy plans to prevent the birth of his little brother.
Fern is the daughter of a farmer and is determined to save her piglet, Wilbur, from her father's ax. She hides the little animal in her uncle's barn, but doesn't realize that it is only being kept there until Christmas. The spider Charlotte, who also lives in the barn, understands the adults' plan and will try to show the farmer that Wilbur is a different pig and deserves to be saved.
In his youth, Edward Bloom decides to leave his small town, Alabama, to go around the world. On his way, he experiences surprising adventures. Years later, on the day of his son William's wedding, he tells some of the fantastic episodes he lived, fascinating everyone. But, William believes his father is lying and decides to investigate the veracity of the stories he tells.
On the way home from school, Haru saves a kitten who was about to be hit by a truck. On the same night, Haru receives a visit from the animal's father, who claims to be the King of the Cat Kingdom. As a reward, she is invited to visit the place, where animals live free and talk like humans. But, soon Haru realizes that the King's plan is to marry her to his son and tries to find a way to escape.
Shisuku is a student who dreams of being a writer and decides to read 20 books over the summer. Interestingly, all the editions she picks up in the library seem to have been read previously by one Seiji. Delighted, she calls the stranger "Prince of Books". One day, in a violin shop, she meets a boy her age who is very irritating. But as time goes on, Shisuku discovers that he is Seiji.
The sisters Satsuki and Mei move with their father to a house in the countryside, near the hospital where their mother is hospitalized. They discover a small passage in the yard, which leads them to Totoro, a magical being who protects the forest. When Mei tries to visit her mother alone, she ends up getting lost in the woods. Then, Satsuki asks Totoro for help in finding her.