Sunday, April 20, 2014

Movies for Earth Day... Keep the Conversation Going

Family Friendly

"Fern Gully" 

This movie immediately came to mind when thinking of Earth Day movies worthy of making the top 10 best Earth Day films list. The oil monster "Hexus" and the fairies of Fern Gully along with the crazy bat hard to forget. If you have never seen this animated film I highly recommend you do.

"March of the Penguins" 

Learn about the Emperor penguins of Antarctica, their monogamy, traditional breeding ground and more. Narrated by Morgan Freeman this is a fabulous Earth Day film.

"Into the Wild" 

This Earth Day film represents getting in touch with nature. Based on a true story, Christopher McCandless (Emile Hirsch) leaves his life behind to pursue the freedom of living in the wild.


A computer animated sci-fi, this Pixar/ Disney earth day movie is the story of a future robot that must clean the waste that now covers Earth. Love complicates his mission as he follows his girl to outer space and changes the future.

"Earth" (2009)

This Disney Earth Day movie was released on Earth Day 2009. "Earth" follows the lives of three families for one year; the humpback whales, elephants and polar bears. You will see more than just whales, elephants and polar bears. This is an educational film that reminds us to be environmentally conscience.

"Oceans" (2010)

Another Disney Nature film is in theaters now and is the perfect Earth Day movie. Disney will donate to save our coral reefs in your honor if you see "Oceans" during opening week of April 22, 2010. "Nearly ¾ of Earth's surface is covered by water and Oceans boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath." (Disney)

Big Miracle

 While on assignment in a small town in Alaska, a reporter spots three gray whales trapped in the ice and unable to reach open water. Pretty soon, scores of people show up to help, including his Greenpeace volunteer ex-girlfriend and a big tycoon who wants to drill for oil.

The Lorax 

To win the affection of the girl of his dreams, 12-year-old Ted must track down the impossible in a city where everything is plastic – a real tree. But first, he must learn the story of the Lorax, a grumpy but charming creature who fights to protect the environment.

Happy Feet Two

This sequel to 2006′s Happy Feet stars the dancing penguins, Mumble and Gloria and their new son, Erik, who’s struggling to find his talents in the Emperor Penguin community. But when the penguins discover a new threat to their home — global warming — it’ll take everyone working together to save them.

For More Mature Audiences


Starring a stellar cast, Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Billy Bob Thornton; this Earth Day film is about a group of blue collar drillers sent to NASA to stop an asteroid from colliding with Earth.

"Deep Impact" 

Another all-star cast, Morgan Freeman, Tea Leoni, Robert Duvall and Elijah Wood attempt to prepare for and destroy a comet from hitting Earth to prevent human extinction. A perfect Earth Day movie and great reminder that we should not take mother nature for granted.

"Erin Brockovich" 

A fitting Earth Day movie about a single mom (Julia Roberts) that lands a job as a legal assistant and soon becomes obsessed with helping to fight for victims of poisonous chromium from a gas and electric company that is not environmentally responsible.

"The Day After Tomorrow"

Dennis Quaid stars as a climatologist that must stop global warming and get to his son in New York, which is experiencing the effects of a new ice age.

“An Inconvenient Truth”

A documentary on Al Gore's campaign to make the issue of global warming a recognized problem worldwide.

“Planet Earth” Series

The series comprises eleven episodes, each of which features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth: From Pole to Pole; Fresh Water; Caves; Deserts; Ice Worlds; Great Plains; Jungles; Shallow Seas; Seasonal Forests; and, Ocean Deep . At the end of each fifty-minute episode, a ten-minute featurette takes a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of filming the series.

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