We have hand-picked the ULTIMATE list of children’s movies for families looking for films with an animal-friendly message. Grab the family, start the vegan popcorn, and watch your way to a more compassionate, animal-loving family.
One of the classic animal rights movies,Babe is a heartwarming tale of a pig who proves that he’s worth more than just ending up as a holiday meal. Taken from his mother on a factory farm when he is only a tiny piglet, Babe is adopted into a family of dogs who are used to herd sheep on a farm. A friend to all, Babe shows everyone on the farm just how smart and sweet pigs can be when they’re only given the chance.
Follow Bambi, a curious young deer, as he and his furry friends Thumper the rabbit, Flower the skunk, and the wise Friend Owl play together and frolic in the woods that they call home. This classic animated tale will teach you lessons about love, life, and the evils of hunting!
Wilbur the pig is in danger of being slaughtered until his friend Charlotte the spider steps in to show everyone just how remarkable he really is! Charlotte’s Web is a classic story that has inspired millions of people around the world to take a hint from Charlotte and take a closer look at the animals they consider to be “food.”
Fish belong in the ocean, not in a tank or on anyone’s plate! Nemo is “fish-napped” from his friends and family by divers who want to stick him in a tank on display. His dad goes on an epic adventure to save him, showing that fish feel pain, want to be free, and love their families—just like all other animals. It even includes one of our favorite slogans: “Fish are friends, not food!”
The Fox and the Hound tackles the cruel issue of hunting and how it isn’t a game for the animals involved. Follow Tod the fox and Copper the dog who is forced to hunt as they form a friendship and grow up in a world that tries to make them enemies.
101 Dalmatians is a perfect introduction to the fur industry for little ones. Cruella De Vil wants to make fur coats out of Dalmatian puppies, just as many furs from China are actually made out of dogs and cats.
Dumbo and his mother are forced to perform in the circus, until his mother goes crazy from the stress and is separated from her baby and kept locked up. Alone and heartbroken, Dumbo is miserable in circus life and desperate to be seen as the special little elephant that he really is.
Ariel is the perfect underwater ambassador to people wondering why they shouldn’t eat our underwater friends! Sebastian the crab and Flounder the fish help her tell a tale of why fish (and shellfish!) are friends, not food!
John Smith comes to the “New World” and meets beautiful Pocahontas, a Native American. She shows him and his men the secrets of the forest and how to respect the land and all the animals living there.
A young Alaskan hunter named Kenai tracks down and kills the bear his brother died fighting. The Spirits decide to teach him a lesson and punish him by transforming him into a bear and setting him off on an adventure to make him more compassionate.
On a farm in England, chickens in a coop lay eggs day in and day out—and if they don’t, they’re the farmer’s dinner. Ginger, the smartest chicken in the coop, wants everyone to escape! Then one day, a chicken named Rocky comes crash landing into the yard, and their luck changes.
A group of animal friends stuck in a New York City zoo must escape to the wild in order to find their missing friend. But since they were all raised in captivity, they have no clue how to survive on their own. Eventually, though, they find that it comes naturally.
Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear, finds himself in the woods three days before open season. So in order to fight back against the hunters, he and his deer friend, Elliot, have to rally the forest creatures to help save each other and make it through hunting season!
Over the Hedge is a funny tale about living in harmony with wildlife and not trying to destroy friendly forest creatures by hiring an exterminator.
The purebred dogs keep the dog park segregated, until lovable Marmaduke steps in to save the day and show his family just how remarkable adopted dogs can be!
A group of beautiful and occasionally hysterical tropical birds in Brazil struggle against exotic-bird smugglers who want to kidnap and sell them! They begin a journey to set up a bird sanctuary, where they can live with their friends and be safe.
A young Viking teen dreams of being a dragon-slayer. But after meeting his first dragon, he realizes that they are intelligent creatures who wouldn’t hurt the Viking tribe if they were only left in peace. He begins a journey to save the dragons and make peace between them and his people.
Horton hears a tiny voice in a flower and knows that he must do something to save the little creature! In Horton’s words “A life is a life, no matter how small.”
Shark Tale teaches us that all animals have feelings and even features a vegetarian character: a shark named Lenny, who refuses to be a killer and teaches his fellow sharks to be compassionate.
Happy Feet is a story about a young penguin named Mumble who gets himself into a bit of trouble when he’s captured from his home and sent to live in an aquarium, where he’s imprisoned and driven mad from the constant confinement. But don’t worry! This music-filled tale has a happy ending and proves that animals belong in the wild—not in captivity!
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