Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider, as recommended by the Deseret News features department and Ok.com. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.
The recent release of "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," enters a world of wonderment, magic and other talking creatures. Here are five films that feature magical characters for families to consider.
In theaters: "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them"
In this prequel to the Harry Potter films, "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" centers on Newt Scamander, a magizoologist and author who studies magical creatures. He arrives in New York City and encounters the city’s secret community of witches and wizards. Parent Previews states that "fans of the Harry Potter franchise are sure to be enchanted by this opportunity to re-enter his magical world. Special effects render the strange and unusual beasts in realistic wonder." The website notes the film contains messages of being misunderstood and a longing to be accepted for one's true self but the website cautions that "depictions of detailed danger, deaths and destruction" may be too much for younger viewers. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 11 and older.
Amazon Video: "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian"
The Pevensie siblings return to the magical world of Narnia and with the help of a talking mouse and badger, help restore the rightful heir to the throne. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its "Family-Approved" seal for ages 12 and over, stating that "the film's themes of perseverance, loyalty and the fight against evil are to be applauded." The website adds the despite the intense scenes, the film contains humor as well. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.
Amazon Video: "Rise of the Guardians"
Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman join together to stop the boogeyman when he threatens to take over the world. Common Sense Media notes the “ingenious plot and surprisingly substantive messages,” "dazzling" visuals, "fantastic" voice performances and humorous dialogue that make the movie a “refreshing treat.” Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.
Amazon Video: "Shrek"
When an ornery ogre's swamp is invaded by homeless fairy tale creatures, he makes a deal and must rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona in order to win back his land. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its "Family-Approved" seal for ages 12 and over, stating that the movie "has some meaningful messages such as looking on the inside of a person and not the outside." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.
A young farm boy finds a dragon egg and takes it home, not knowing that by doing so he is chosen to fulfill the ancient prophecy and liberate his people. Parent Previews says the "fantasy tale is more than just a classic epic of good versus evil," adding that the film "is a reminder that fulfilling your destiny isn't dependent on having all the answers. Sometimes you just have to grab the saddle by the horn and hang on." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.