Why Animated Movies Are Good for Children

Do you ever wonder why animated movies are so moving and memorable? Think about your child’s favourite Disney or Pixar movie, remember how obsessed they were with the movie when they first saw it. Chances are they still are! No matter how many times they have seen it, they never get bored of seeing the same stories. 

Why we respond better to visuals

Did you know? 
Vision is our primary sense. About 70% of all the sensory receptors in the body are in the eyes and 40% of the cerebral cortex (part of the brain responsible for higher-level processing such as reasoning, memory, language, etc.) is involved with processing visual information and making sense of what we’re seeing.

Animated characters often portray the traits and quirks of a character in ways that are more creative and memorable than real-life ones. The stories are simple yet evocative because of the visual metaphors that help the viewer form a connection with the character. Animated videos lead to greater engagement and improved discussion. Here’s how the value of animation goes beyond entertainment.

Teach Life Lessons

We have come far beyond watching the Disney movies wherein the Princess meets her Prince Charming and lives happily ever after. There are a number of extraordinary animated movies that impart moral lessons and inspire you to take action. Not only children but also adults have a lot to learn from these ordinary animated movies.

Assist Learning

One hundred years of animated cinema is full of rich learning resources. Videos are flexible tools that enable various cognitive responses. They increase the viewers’ awareness and assist learning. According to research by Lauricella, Howard-Gola, and Calvert (2011), when the animated character is socially meaningful, toddlers under the age of two learn logical reasoning skills. Animated movies have the power to stimulate children in ways traditional teaching methods cannot. 

Help Learn a New Language

Learning a new language can be complex in an academic setting, especially if you haven’t had much practice in your personal life. Animations motivate a child to learn English. As most animated movies are written for children, they use words that are simple and easy to remember. The best way to learn a language is not by learning the grammar, but by practicing speech and listening skills. Repeating the dialogues from the movie can be an effective learning method and also improves cultural awareness.

Here are a few lessons we learned from our favourite movies. If you haven’t already watched them, you can pick one to watch this week.

Finding Nemo- Never give up

In Finding Nemo, the character Dory drops the mask which would help them find Nemo. This leads to distress. However, Dory sings and drags Marlin through the depths of water and finds the mask after being chased by sharks. This story teaches us that when one is faced with adversity, one should never give up. Everything works out in the end.

Up- Never too late to achieve your dream

The movie Up begins with the story of a young couple, Carl and Ellie. Years after Ellie’s death, Carl meets wilderness traveller Russell. Together, they start on an adventure and fulfil Carl and Ellie’s dream by making it to Paradise Falls. This teaches us that time and age are just a number.

Wall-E- Caring for the planet

Wall-E (waste allocation load lifter Earth-class) is the last robot on the planet. His main job is to pick up trash from a bygone era, but when he meets a female robot named EVE, he discovers a new passion. They embark on an exciting galactic adventure that leaves children with an important message about the importance of protecting our planet.

The Incredibles- Embrace your true self

The Incredibles is about how to believe in yourself and not be afraid to be yourself. This is an all-time classic film that inspires everyone to stay focused on their goals and not get sidetracked by looking back.

Moana- Be brave, explore the unknown

Moana lives on Motunui island. Her father is the chief of the village. She is an adventurous spirit and is drawn to the Ocean. She travels to places that are unknown and gives you hope to take new risks and be brave. 

In the film, Moana is seen failing a few times before finally succeeding. This makes her character humane. Moana must be patient to be able to sail. The entire film promotes the belief that patience is always beneficial.

Coco- Follow your passion

Miguel’s family is against his dreams of being a musician. He makes all ends meet to pursue his passion. The movie depicts the power of believing in oneself. It encourages us to never give up. The movie tells us to seize the moment and follow our dreams.

Frozen- Let go of your self-doubt

The past is in the past. Elsa said it best. The protagonist encourages us to let it go. The film is about two sisters, Elsa and Anna. Anna is a free spirit and has a cheerful personality whereas Elsa bottles up her emotions due to her self-doubt. It’s a story about courage, love and family. It teaches you how to do the right thing even when it’s difficult.  

Cartoons have been a significant part of families for a long time. Animated movies from Pixar, Disney & Studio Ghibli and anime have become the best way to educate children about important life lessons. 

Animated audio-visual productions are also increasingly being used to enhance learning experiences – be it at home or at school. Kids struggling to grasp the curriculum are being assisted by animated videos. Learning through movies also becomes an entertaining and fun experience that motivates children to explore complex subjects. Tekie has created the world’s first animated series on Coding to make learning to code a movie-like experience. You can watch a free episode here. If you would like to book a free class with a computer science expert, register here.