9. Disney Princesses in Action
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(2019, PG) Frozen 2 is a sequel that doesn’t disappoint. The catchy tunes, engaging storyline, and a sisterhood that is inspiring. Elsa, Anna, Christof, and Olaf go on a journey to uncover the truth about the past. Along the way, Olaf humorously comments on his growing maturity.
Christof struggles with finding the right way to propose marriage to Anna. Elsa and Anna have differing views on how to uncover the truth but in the end, they work together to save each other and Ardondale.
The movie has some fighting, talks more about the loss of their parents, and there are some grim truths to be uncovered about the past. Some positive messages include family loyalty, teamwork, true love, sisterhood, and shows two strong women working together to save their community.
Common Sense Media approves it as a family selection for ages 6+
10. A Story with a Strong Female Lead
(2016, PG) Moana tells the story of a Polynesian island chief’s daughter who loves the ocean. When her island appears to be in danger, she follows the advice of her grandmother and goes on a quest to find the demigod Maui in hopes that he will help her restore the Heart of Te Fiti.
With Maui’s help and a fearless attitude, he is able to right the wrongs of the past and restore life to Te Fiti and her village. Moana faces some obstacles along the way but overall the action is fairly mild and kid-appropriate.
The movie conveys messages of bravery, resilience, and curiosity. The picture of creation “restored” at the end is a great reminder that God will restore our fallen world and a chance to talk about redemption, restoration, and forgiveness with your kiddos.
Common Sense Media approves it as a family selection for ages 6+.
The silver lining of more time spent together at home is the chance to make some amazing family memories. Movies can be a low cost way to turn a normal evening at home into an event that everyone will love. Turn some of these lemons into lemonade by making the mundane memorable in your home.
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