The magical world of animation captivates children and grownups at the same time, with beautiful stories, where everything is possible, where good always triumphs and love and friendship are always real. Here are ten lessons to learn from animated movies.
1. If you put aside fear and accept the challenge, anyone can change their lives – The Croods
The adventures Eep, member of this prehistoric family, are triggered by her curiosity, her desire to venture beyond the rule imposed by her father for the family’s safety. What we learn from Eep’s adventures is that in a world in perpetual change, sometimes the comfort zone can become, without realizing, a prison.
2. The importance of pro-active integration in society and human relations – Epic
Although initially she says she has nothing to do with this fight, MK eventually understands the need to find her place in this vast network of humans and even assume the role of saving her new friends.
3. When you put all your faith and energy into a dream, it can come true in spite of all obstacles – Turbo, Planes
Tubo and Planes followed the recipe of Lightning McQueen from Cars and inspired viewers with a message that becomes the quintessence of their adventures: never give up on your dreams. Big dreams for the ‘small’ characters, but their enthusiasm, determination, sincerity, honesty and friendship will turn their dreams into reality.
4. Whether you’re a genius or a young rebel, you need family and friends to direct your path – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2
In Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 we find the inventor Flint, happy to be included in his idol’s team, far from family and friends. But when his mentor uses him to achieve his own interests, those close to him will help and guide him in an adventure that will change his life forever.
5. Being different is not a handicap. With a brave heart and a noble goal, you can become the hero of all – Finding Nemo, Free Birds
Dumbo, Po from Kung Fu Panda, Nemo and Dory from Finding Nemo, Reggie from Free Birds and many others are first removed from the herd because they are not like everyone else. Along with other “freaks”, equipped with a big heart, they shows that appearance doesn’t matter.
6. Love is priceless and separation from the loved is not the end of your life, but the dawn of a new beginning – Up
This is perhaps the most realistic and full of meaning representation of love ever played in an animation. The moments makes the youngest viewers understand the death of a loved one, but also explains, in a subtle and easy to understand, that such a dramatic moment is part of life and should be accepted as a process of transition to a new phase of existence.
7. You have to see beyond the limitations imposed by society; the benefits are often greater than the risks taken – How to Train Your Dragon
Young Hiccup wants to prove to his father that he can be a fearless dragon slayer. He realizes, however, that it is contrary to his beliefs and his adventures show others that you don’t have to be afraid of what you do not understand and that sometimes you have to see beyond the rules imposed by society.
8. The power is in your hands; you choose your own destiny – Megamind
The 2011 animation tells the eternal tale of good and evil, but in this case, evil is personified by Megamind, who must choose his own fate. After he defeats the hero of the city, Megamind creates a new justice figure. But when his creation turns into an evil figure, he must choose between defending the city he loves and being a villain himself. Although his past is marked by “evil”, Megamind realizes that we should not leave his past define his future.
9. Being open to new contacts and making friends can enrich your life different – Ice Age
A lazy mammal that lives in South America named Sid, a mammoth named Manny and a saber-toothed tiger named Diego, separated from their herds, make friends and become partners in a wonderful adventure in Ice Age. The major differences between them get blurry and they learn an important lesson: often fearful of everything new and different, we comfortably retreat in the shell of the flock.
10. You must not always be the center of attention – Toy Story
The Toy Story series addresses different themes – friendship, love, rivalry – but there is an important point touched by the story, by Woody, the energetic toy cowboy.
Woody is the “star” in Andy’s toy collection, until Buzz Lightyear appear. Woody feels threatened, he becomes insecure, competitive, even jealous. With time, however, he understand that change is inevitable, he understand that you don’t always have to be the center of attention and that you can be as happy as a simple member of the group.