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. lastunicorn-10

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. kells_hires_14

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!

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Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from SUNY Binghamton and a Juris Doctorate from Seton Hall Law School. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, creative endeavors, and photographing mushrooms. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), holds a seat on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, and is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance.