Movies that teach kids about climate change (part 2)

A Fish Tale (Help! I’m a Fish)

A Fish Tale – an inventive, animated Danish film (nicely revoiced for English-speaking audiences) – includes some suspenseful moments and some moderately scary visuals (an angry octopus, a toothy shark-villain, a raging storm, a battling army of crabs). Although no one is hurt or killed, the kids (and fish) are threatened with physical harm and/or death, warfare in several scenes, so it might not be right for young kids or those who are easily frightened. One chubby boy is a stereotypical nerdy kid, teased because of his weight and smarts, but he’s ultimately very likable and proves to be someone the others can rely on.

Arctic Tale

Although Arctic Tale is basically kid-friendly, there are parts that might be disturbing, especially for kids under six. For example, a male polar bear nearly captures (and eats) one of the cuddly baby bears with which viewers may identify.

Ice Age: The Meltdown

This film is a sequel to Ice Age. Because of global warming, the heroes are in peril from rising waters and they are stalked by somewhat scary-looking underwater creatures. There is comic slapstick violence (the acorn-chasing muskrat is squashed, splatted, attacked by a vulture, etc.), sad memory of a mother’s death, and a flood, and the tiger’s fear of water is rendered in a couple of “nightmare” images (his point of view underwater, with big music).

To the Arctic

To the Arctic is an educational 3-D nature documentary telling the story about the animals that thrive in the world’s harshest climate. There’s nothing objectionable in the documentary, but some very young kids might be disturbed by the tense scenes when a male polar bear pursues a mother and her cubs or when the white cubs get bloody from eating hunted meat. The narrator also explains that some cubs and caribou newborns have died because of the elements or starvation.

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