Here are 3 fantasy kids movies that I’ve watched this past year that I love. And here’s my warning: they are a little weird, introspective and kind of dark — which is what I love about them (because I hate excessive cheeriness) (for real). But even if you like excessive cheeriness (and know I’m judging you a little), you might like these anyway because they all have a lot of soul. The Last Unicorn is a cartoon film from 1982 and, even though I’m a child of the 80’s, I had never seen this one. I was pleasantly surprised by the voice acting mostly of Mia Farrow. Some of the animation was pretty and there are a few, albeit very dated sounding, good songs. Overall, I love that there is a darker philosophical element. And DaughterOne loves this movie. We streamed the movie from Amazon Prime.
The Secret of Kells is more recent, from 2009, and is a French/Irish/Belgian animate fantasy film that is based on Celtic mythology. Beautiful and intoxicating, it draws the viewer into a magical world. There is some dark-magic element to the plot which might be frightening but DaughterOne was fine. This one we streamed from Netflix.
The Secret World of Arrietty is a Japanese fantasy animated film from 2010 about a Borrower named Arrietty who meets and befriends a human. The American dubbing of the film features Amy Poehler and Will Arnett — but I wouldn’t have realized this if I did not just look the movie up. It isn’t a comedy and their voices do not stand-out as being star-featured.
If you have any recommendations, we’d love to hear them!