Top 10 Feel Good Films!
We wanted to know what films kids were watching in lockdown to keep happy and positive... so we asked them! Here's the top 10 films, picked by children themselves:
Trolls (U), mild comic threat
There are a number of scenes of mild, but comic, threat as the Trolls are chased by predators, both plant and animal.
There is very mild rude humour in a couple of scenes, including when a Troll appears to poop out three or four mini Trolls when he feels threatened.
Frozen (PG), mild threat
Characters become involved in adventures which place them in danger, for example being chased by a pack of wolves and being threatened by a giant snow ogre who flings soldiers around. However, the mild threat is balanced by comic moments and a focus on bravery and resourcefulness.
The film also features an evil character being punched, as well as some mild rude humour, such as the dialogue, "What if he picks his nose? And eats it?".
The Boss Baby (U), very mild comic threat, rude humour
A young boy frequently imagines he is being chased by wild animals, pirates or space aliens and pretends he is fighting them off. He also imagines he is ninja creeping through spooky, dark houses with pictures of demons on the walls. This is all established as taking place in a child's fertile imagination. A young boy and baby are also comically chased by some villains, with slapstick action as they ride and throw toys at each other.
There are occasional moments of rude humour including a dog sniffing the bottom of a baby who is dressed as a puppy, and two characters emerging from the bottom of a giant inflatable dog as if they are dog poo. There are lots of naked baby bottoms seen as babies move through a factory, with one facing the wrong way when dummies are put in the babies' mouths; the baby realises the dummy might be pushed into his bottom instead so turns around. There are also jokes about how babies are made, with the details whispered between characters and left unheard by the audience.
The Greatest Showman (PG), brief mild threat, violence
Scenes of mild threat include people running out of a burning building. A man runs back into the building to rescue someone. He escapes with mild injuries just as it collapses, having saved the person's life.
Scenes of violence include bar brawls and punches being exchanged.
There is use of the derogatory term 'spook'. There is also very mild bad language ('Oh my God', 'prig', 'flopdoodle') and a character referring to herself as being born "out of wedlock".
There are scenes of alcohol consumption by adults.
The Lego Movie (U), mild fantasy violence, very mild bad language
There are lots of fight sequences in which the good characters take on various baddies, including Lego robots and Lego skeletons. The Lego figures kick and punch at each other, while leaping around in fantastical style. Very few of the blows are clearly seen to land and all the action involves toy figures rather than humans. Occasionally the heads of the Lego figures pop off during fights, and one character's head is knocked off by a flying coin but continues to talk to his friends. Other sequences have science fiction space ships and robots shooting laser beams at others, causing explosions and crashes. No one is seen to get hurt and the fact that all the fighting involves animated toy figures means that the fantasy nature of the violence is very clear.
There is some very mild bad language, with uses of 'butt', 'bum', 'darn' and 'heck'.
Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle (12), moderate violence, infrequent moderate sex references, language
Occasional moderate fantasy violence includes heavy punches, kicks, headbutts and a head-twist neck break. Video game characters are killed with explosives, without realistic detail. A character sees a small amount of blood on her chest and realises she's been shot; she then disappears in a splash of red liquid before immediately regenerating.
Infrequent moderate sex references include a joke about penis size and another about an implied, off-screen erection.
There is infrequent use of moderate bad language ('bitch'). Milder terms include 'fricking', 'shit', 'ass', 'butt', 'screwed' and 'damn'.
Infrequent crude humour includes a scene in which a female character who has been transformed into a man requires instructions on how to urinate while in her current body. Scenes of mild threat include ones in which characters encounter dangerous animals such as snakes, jaguars and stampeding rhinos, and another in which a character hangs onto the side of a helicopter. A scorpion crawls out of a villain's mouth and attacks another man.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (PG), Contains mild scary scenes, violence and language
There are moments of mild threat, including a scene in which a boy falls into a python pit, a scene in which three friends defeat a troll and another in which a character is chased through a spooky forest. The scary scenes are resolved quickly and moments of tension are balanced by periods of relief or humour.
After a boy is threatened by an evil wizard, the young boy presses his hands on the wizard's head and it starts to burn, causing his body to disintegrate. There is also a fantastical chess match, where one of the main characters is attacked with a sword. However, no blows make contact and the character emerges uninjured.
There are infrequent uses of mild bad language such as 'bugger' and 'bloody'.
It is suggested that a young boy doesn't have a particularly enjoyable home life, but none of these scenes are upsetting.
Inside Out (U), very mild threat
Very mild threat in several scenes where characters have to avoid danger, including where the ground is falling away beneath them, and a scene where they have to avoid a slightly scary clown character. These sequences are quickly resolved.
There are some sad moments, but the overall message of the film emphasises that sadness is an important and essential emotion and that it is normal to feel sad sometimes. The character Anger mentions several times that he knows "a curse word" but we never hear him say it. Bad language is very mild and includes the terms 'sucker', 'what the heck' and 'moron'.
Finding Nemo (U), Contains mild threat
Scenes of mild threat include meeting a shark with lots of sharp teeth, encountering an angler fish who tries to eat a character, and getting lost in a swarm of jellyfish. One fish also finds himself in danger when he tries to escape from a rotating fan and from a large trawler fishing net.
There is very mild bad language ('butt'). There is also one implied, but unspoken, use of 'shit' when a fish in an aquarium says that they are 'swimming in our own...' and another fish tells him to 'Shhhh’.
There is also a sad scene near the beginning of the film when one character realises that all of his young family have been taken away by a shark.
Spider-man - Into The Spiderverse (PG), moderate fantasy violence, mild threat, injury detail, innuendo
There are scenes in which heroes and villains headbutt and punch one another; however these are infrequent, undetailed and within a fantasy context.
An intimidating masked villain with a metal fist pursues the hero; however, these scenes of mild threat are well balanced with more comic moments.
A man has a black eye, and a villain has a bloody nose which is shown briefly.
There are references to a teenager hitting puberty, and a scene in which his uncle tries to advise him how to speak to girls.