One of the greatest Disney animations, Bambi is a young deer learning love, friendship and tragedy. A timeless classic for all ages.
A rite of passage for dealing with subjects such as loss and tragedy, Bambi is a Disney classic. Though mother and son are cruelly torn apart, it is tactfully done with the death occurring off-screen, and so can be used as an introduction to these themes. The film also shows how Bambi gets through a tough time in his life with a little help from his friends.Read more
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Pixar animation in which an elderly widower attaches thousands of balloons to his house and sets off on his dream adventure to South America.
Pixar took tearjerking animation to another level with Up, a superb feat of storytelling which incredibly manages to get the overwhelm the viewer within the first ten minutes through a wonderful montage. The rest of the film is about dealing with grief and moving on from it, reminding us that you’re never too old to follow your dreams.Read more
Toy Story 3(2010)
The third outing for Buzz and Woody in a tale every bit as funny, touching and exciting as it's predecessors.
From experiencing loss in the first few moments to a film which reverberates with it throughout its entire running time, Toy Story 3 has much to say on this and the nature of friendship. The whole story revolves around growing up, letting go and moving on – with characters like Bo Peep gone but not forgotten – culminating in a powerful, heart-wrenching climax.Read more
Into The Woods(2014)
The Grimm Fairytales are brought to life in this musical about a couple who venture into the woods to break a spell that has been cast on them.
An even more sombre tone is struck at times in this adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s much-loved musical, suitable for upper-primary students. The film explores the darker side of fairy tales and the characters who inhabit them, asking what happens after the traditional “happily ever after” moment, showcasing complex individuals which hold a mirror up to our own lives.Read more
Song of the Sea(2014)
A beautiful and touching animation based on an Irish folktale about a little girl who turns into a selkie.
A different sort of folklore is explored in the enchanting Song of the Sea, an Irish tale from the creators of The Secret of Kells. Full of spellbinding animation, this is a sensitive foray into family bonds and the trials of growing up. This is superb storytelling, reminiscent of charming titles such as Studio Ghibli’s Ponyo.Read more
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