Doesn’t look like winter is letting go of her grip just yet, does it? If you’re settling in for a cosy movie night and considering what will appeal to everyone in the family, check out these 12 animated movies – all highly recommended by moms with young kids. Hopefully you haven’t watched them all – but even if you have, chances are you’ll still enjoy a rerun, even if it’s just for some peace and quiet so that you can put up your feet and chill out.
The Wish Dragon
A modern-day twist of the story of the genie-in-the-lamp, this movie picks up the moral challenges that emerge from the encounter between a boy and a dragon who is able to make wishes come true.
Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father. Like any good adventure, their journey is filled with cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when Mom finds out her sons are missing she teams up with the legendary manticore to bring her beloved boys back home.
Trolls World Tour
Poppy and Branch discover that there are six different troll tribes scattered over six different lands. Each tribe is also devoted to six different kinds of music – funk, country, techno, classical, pop and rock. When rockers Queen Barb and King Thrash set out to destroy the other music, Poppy and Branch embark on a daring mission to unite the trolls and save the diverse melodies from becoming extinct
Miguel pursues his love for singing in spite of his family’s ban on music. He stumbles into the Land of the Dead, where he learns about his great-great-grandfather who was a legendary singer.
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Five years after saving the world, Emmet sets out to rescue his friends from the mysterious planet Duplon and gets help from newcomer Rick Dangervest.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse
After gaining superpowers from a spider bite, Miles Morales protects the city as Spider-Man. Soon, he meets alternate versions of himself and gets embroiled in an epic battle to save the multiverse.
June, a wildly creative girl, accidentally discovers an amusement park in a terrible state. Fortunately, she decides to fix it with her vivid imagination.
When Judy Hopps, a rookie officer in the Zootopia Police Department, sniffs out a sinister plot, she enlists the help of a con artist to solve the case in order to prove her abilities to Chief Bogo.
After discovering a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building, teenage Yi and her two friends embark on an epic quest to reunite the magical creature with his family. But to do so, they must stay one step ahead of a wealthy financier and a determined zoologist who want to capture the beast for their own gain.
Migo, a friendly yeti, faces banishment from his home after he claims that humans exist. However, he embarks on a mission to prove himself and earn the respect of the villagers.
How to Train Your Dragon
On the island of Berk vikings and dragons live together in peace and harmony. Or so it seems. A viking leader, Hiccup finds himself attracted to Astrid, while his dragon Toothless meets an enchanting creature who captures his eye. When the evil Grimmel launches a devious plan to wipe out all the dragons, Hiccup must unite both clans to find Caldera, a hidden land that holds the key to saving Toothless and his flying friend.
A loveable misfit alien named Oh is on the run from his own alien race. He takes shelter on planet Earth and befriends Tip, an adventurous young girl who is on a quest to find her displaced mother Lucy.
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