animated moviesGifted children enjoy animated movies as much as other children do, but the ones they like best are those that feature the characteristics they admire like loyalty, honor, friendship and courage. The movies they enjoy also tend to feature gifted characters, like Belle in Beauty and the beast. The movie Inside Out may not be about gifted kids or about the qualities they admire, but it is a wonderful movie to help them understand emotions. That is especially useful for highly emotionally sensitive gifted kids. All ten movies on this list will appeal to gifted kids.

 


Shrek (DVD)


You've never met a hero quite like Shrek, winner of the first Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The endearing ogre sparked a motion picture phenomenon and captured the world's imagination with…the Greatest Fairy Tale Never Told! Critics have called Shrek "not just a brilliant animated feature, but a superb film on any level" (Larry King, USA Today). Relive every moment of Shrek's (Mike Myers) daring quest to rescue feisty Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), with the help of his lovable loudmouthed Donkey (Eddie Murphy), and win back the deed to his beloved swamp from scheming Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow). Enchantingly irreverent and "monstrously clever" (Leah Rozen, People Magazine), Shrek is an ogre-sized adventure you'll want to see again and again.
Shrek 2 is also a fun movie to watch. The movie’s themes are those that appeal to gifted children: friendship, acceptance of differences, loyalty, and honor. The satiric references to fairy tales make these movies enjoyable to the adults, while children love the characters and the story. The soundtrack of each movie is wonderful.
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Beauty And The Beast (DVD)


Belle, the beautiful daughter of an eccentric inventor, is not well understood by the people in her village. They think she is odd because she is always reading and dreaming of far-off places. They are concerned with outer appearances, while Belle, her father, and eventually the Beast, are more concerned with what is on the inside. Gifted children will be able to relate to the theme of feeling different and not fitting in. The movie has some serious moments, but also some very funny ones, and the songs are a pleasure to listen to.
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LION KING, THE (DVD)


Lion King is one of the best animated films ever made. It combines humor with serious themes, which is difficult to do well. Timon and Pumba provide much of the comic relief. Some sensitive gifted children may get upset when Simba’s father dies, but it also introduces the idea of the circle of life, which parents can use to discuss the issues their children might have with life and death. The movie covers many favorite themes of gifted children: loyalty, friendship, and honor. It also covers issues of responsibility and forgiveness. The soundtrack and songs are excellent.
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Mulan / Mulan II (DVD)


Mulan is a young Chinese girl who can’t seem to do what she is supposed to do in order to bring honor to her family. She is too independent to be the kind of submissive woman that the matchmaker will accept as an acceptable bride. Feeling terribly out of place and ashamed, Mulan sneaks off to take her father’s place in the Chinese army. Her intelligence, skill, and non-conformity help save China from the invading Mongols, which ends up bringing her family more honor than she could have brought them by becoming a submissive bride. Gifted kids will love Mulan’s triumph and everyone will love the music.]
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The Brave Little Toaster by Walt Disney Home Entertainment by Jerry Rees (DVD)


Brave Little Toaster doesn’t get the credit it deserves. It is about a toaster and his appliance friends who set off on a journey to find their young “master.” They dwell in a vacation cottage, and when a “for sale” sign goes up in the front yard, they realize that their master and his family are never coming back. Some people focus on concepts of obsolescence and abandonment, but the main themes of the movie are friendship, loyalty, and courage. Some children may be upset at the “nightmare” scene, but probably only those already afraid of clowns. The movie isn’t as glitzy as some, but it is well worth watching.
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The Great Mouse Detective (Mystery in the Mist Edition) (DVD)


The Great Mouse Detective is another underrated movie. The title character is Basil of Baker Street, the Sherlock Holmes of the mouse world. He is hired by a little girl mouse to find her father, who has been abducted by the evil Ratigan. Adults will enjoy the cute references to Sherlock Holmes, including the name Basil. (Basil Rathbone was the actor who played Sherlock in film of the 1940s.) Many gifted children enjoy mysteries, so they will enjoy this movie on that level. But they will also enjoy the story and the triumph of good over evil.
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An American Tail (DVD)


From director Don Bluth and creator David Kirschner, this critically acclaimed full-length animated triumph chronicles the wide-eyed adventures of a courageous little mouse named Fievel. Journeying by ship from Russia to turn-of-the-century America, Fievel is lost at sea during a ferocious storm. Washing ashore in New York Harbor, Fievel braves the perils and wonders of a strange new world in a thrilling quest to find his family. Featuring the voices of Dom DeLuise, Madeline Kahn and Christopher Plummer, it's a rousing, heartwarming animated adventure for the entire family!
Fievel, a Jewish Russian mouse, and his family emigrate to America after their village is burned, but then tire of their life running and hiding from cats in New York City. Tricked with many other mice by cats who convince them that there are no cats in the west, Fievel and his family begin a trip out west, but on the way Fievel gets lost. The story then covers Fievel’s attempts to reunite with his family and save them and the rest of the mice from the unscrupulous cats who plan to eat them. Fievel is joined by a mouse-loving vegetarian cat. This movie’s themes of friendship, family and courage appeal to gifted kids.
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Toy Story (DVD)


In this 3D computer animated feature, a pull-string cowboy doll is the leader of the toys until the latest, greatest action figure enters the picture. When the toy rivals are separated from thei rowner, they ultimately learn to put aside their differences and work as a team to get back home to the boy they love.

Bonus Features include: Toy Story 3 Sneak Peek: The Story, Buzz Lightyear Mission Logs Blast off, Paths to Pixar Artists, Studio Stories: John's Car, Baby AJ, Scooter Races, Buzz Takes Manhattan, Black Friday The Toy Story You Never Saw
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Antz (DVD)


In an anthill with millions of inhabitants, Z 4195 is a worker ant. Feeling insignificant in a conformity system, he accidentally meets beautiful Princess Bala, who has a similar problem on the other end of the social scale. In order to meet her again, Z switches sides with his soldier friend Weaver - only to become a hero in the course of events. By this he unwillingly crosses the sinister plans of ambitious General Mandible (Bala's fiancé, by the way), who wants to divide the ant society into a superior, strong race (soldiers) and an inferior, to-be-eliminated race (the workers). But Z and Bala, both unaware of the dangerous situation, try to leave the oppressive system by heading for Insectopia, a place where food paves the streets. --Written by Julian Reischl
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Inside Out (1-Disc DVD) (DVD)


From the imaginative minds of Disney-Pixar comes a major "emotion" picture beyond compare. Experience the hilarious and heartwarming film Peter Travers of Rolling Stone calls "a flat out masterpiece." Do you ever look at someone and wonder what's going on inside their head? Disney-Pixar's INSIDE OUT takes a rollicking journey into the mind to find the answer. Based in Headquarters, the control center of 11-year-old Riley's mind, five emotions are hard at work, led by lighthearted optimist Joy. She strives to make sure Riley stays happy as she operates alongside fellow emotions Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. It's "an instant classic," raves Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times.
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Gifted children enjoy animated movies as much as other children do, but the ones they like best are those that feature the characteristics they admire like loyalty, honor, friendship and courage. The movies they enjoy also tend to feature gifted characters, like Belle in Beauty and the beast. The movie...