Six Movies That Have Won Over the Hearts of Kids and Adults Alike

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Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
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April 5th, 2014

Most children's and family movies feature simple storylines, unrealistically cheery characters and a little bit of slapstick humor to keep smiles on children's faces. Although parents often watch these flicks with their children, they are usually not as entertained as they would be watching a romantic comedy or an action thriller. This is not true with all children's movies, however, and the following six blockbusters have captured the hearts of kids and adults of all ages with exciting plots, interesting characters, beautiful animation and even some subtle adult humor.

 

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"Frozen"

This 2013 animated Disney Pixar film carries on the tradition of Disney princesses, but it also features a few twists. Anna and Elsa are two princesses in the kingdom of Arendelle, and Elsa is soon to attend her coronation ceremony and become queen. However, when it is revealed that she has the power to create ice and snow, she runs away from the kingdom while unknowingly cursing it with eternal winter. It is up to her sister Anna, along with a few friends, to find Elsa and help her reverse the winter storm. This film is both beautifully animated and heartwarming, featuring a unique story about sisterly love. The musical score, including the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go," fits the movie perfectly, and the female characters are both strong and complex. This movie also includes enough humor to keep audiences of all ages laughing.

 

 

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"The Incredibles"

Featuring a unique take on the superhero genre, this 2004 Disney Pixar film follows a family of superheroes who must hide their powers from society. Mr. Incredible wants to return to the action-packed days of world-saving that he misses from his youth. He begins working for an unknown company, but when he discovers that he is working for his arch-nemesis Syndrome, the whole family must pitch in to save the world from sure destruction. This film never takes itself too seriously, using the superhero theme to make constant jokes while creating fun, believable characters.

 

 

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"Despicable Me"

This 2010 animated comedy is a spoof of classic villains and introduces over-the-top characters that are sure to keep audiences laughing. Gru, a scheming man who hides his secret hideout in plain sight, has an army of minions and delights in all things evil. However, he encounter his biggest challenge yet when three orphaned little girls adopt him as their father. Like "The Incredibles," this movie uses its source material, in this case the idea of a supervillain, to create humor that appeals to all ages.

 

 

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"Wall-E"

The ideas of global warming and the destruction of the Earth's natural environment, as well as obesity, are problems that people of all ages must face. The 2008 Pixar film "Wall-E" approaches these grave conundrums in a unique way, introducing a sentient robot who lives on the abandoned Earth creating garbage blocks while the human population orbits in an enormous spacecraft. When Wall-E encounters a scouting robot named Eve, it is love at first sight. Wall-E follows Eve into space, unaware that one thing he found on Earth may be the key to mankind's survival. This heartwarming tale is sure to bring a tear to the eye of nearly any viewer, and its message remains with audiences long after the movie ends.

 

 

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"Shrek"

Although this film features some crude humor that is not appropriate for younger children, it is a favorite of older kids and adults of all ages. The 2001 animated classic follows an Ogre who revels in his solitude in a deserted swamp. He soon discovers that the prince has sent a horde of fairy-tale creatures to his once-peaceful abode, so he agrees to rescue a princess in order to get his swamp back. Together with a talking donkey, Shrek must face a fire-breathing dragon, thieves and more to bring the princess back to the kingdom.

 

 

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"Muppets Most Wanted"

This 2014 film brings another story of the classic Muppets to life, entertaining kids and adults with hilarious Muppets and real-life celebrities. When Kermit the Frog is thrown in jail, the evil thief Constantine, who looks identical to him, takes his place among the Muppets to cover up his schemes. The Muppets know something is up, but will they find out the truth before it is too late? This musical comedy stars the Muppets, Tina Fey and Ricky Gervais.

These movies are excellent choices for a family movie night, but they are just as appealing for a group of teenage friends or even a college group. With characters and plots that appeal to all ages, these films have everything it takes to keep viewers entertained from the first minutes to the closing credits.