By Amy ValmUpdated Jan 25, 2017
Photo: Gebeka Films
The announcement of the 2017 Academy Award Nominees didn’t surprise us (we get it, Ryan Gosling really is talented), but we’re so excited for the slew of kids’ and family titles. It’s been a banner year for kids’ flicks. Here’s what you need to watch with your kids before the big night on February 26.
MoanaBest Animated Feature Film of the Year, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)
From the creators of Frozen, this latest girl power adventure flick has been a big hit with the little ones. Set on a picturesque island, trouble brews beyond the reef and it’s up to local girl, Moana, to seek shape-shifting Demigod Maui, who will help save her home.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemBest Achievement in Production Designs and Costume Design
Taking place 70 years before Harry Potter ever stepped foot at Hogwarts (and read the textbook this film is based on), the story follows Newt Scamander, a magizoologist (a person who cares for magical creatures, obvs) who arrives in New York from England to set one of his creatures free, but things don’t go as smoothly as he hopes. This exciting (and sometimes a little scary) tale has not one but two nods; it’s action-packed, has funny bits and keeps viewers on the edge of their seats.
ZootopiaBest Animated Feature Film of the Year
Starring the vocal talents of Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon a Time) and Jason Bateman (Juno), Zootopia is a sprawling metropolis where predator and prey live in harmony, until some animals start going wild. It’s up to an unlikely bunny cop and her sly assistant, a fox, to crack the case.
Kubo and the Two StringsBest Animated Feature Film of the Year, Best Achievement in Visual Effects
Kubo, a special one-eyed boy who lives with his ill mother, is tasked with finding a magical suit of armour once worn by his late father to ward off the evil spirits from his past that he accidentally summoned. Charlize Theron, George Takei, Rooney Mara and Matthew McConaughey lend their voices.
Ma Vie De CourgetteBest Animated Feature Film of the Year
Translating to “My Life as a Zucchini” this sweet French stop-motion tale follows nine-year-old Courgette who is taken to a foster home following the disappearance of his mother. With easy-to-follow subtitles, it’s a great movie to take your budding linguists to. There’s an English version, too.