The Oscar nominations were just announced, and while you may have seen a few of the Best Picture flicks (thanks date night!), your kid is way more interested in what the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts And Sciences considers to be the best films in animation and visual effects. Here are 7 the whole family can watch right now before the awards are handed out February 26.
Best Animated Feature
Beauty and The Beast was the first to win the honor in 1992. And since then, everything from Toy Story to Toy Story 2 to Rango (seriously, Rango) have won the honor. Luckily, there are no obvious stinkers in the nomination category this year (looking at you Rio). And the nominees are:
Kubo And The Two Strings
Kubo goes on a quest for a magical suit of armor worn by his late father in order to defeat a vengeful spirit from the past. The critics loved it, your kids love it, and if you manage to stay awake after housing half a pizza during move night, you’ll love it, too.
When a curse by the self-absorbed demigod Maui leaves her people starving, Moana, a Polynesian island chief’s daughter sails off on a quest to squash that beef. The best movie Disney made last year proves they can still make epic animated features and The Rock is still the people’s champion.
How To Watch: Unfortunately it won’t be available digitally until February 21, but Disney is re-releasing a sing-along version in select cities this Friday. This is the Rocky Horror Picture Show for 5-year-olds.
My Life As A Zucchini
Just your typical Swedish movie about a boy named Zucchini. You’re thinking, “Why would I subject my afternoon to watching a Scandinavian vegetable?” but the movie is a heartwarming story follows the orphan boy and how he adjusts to new life and new friends at an orphanage. Not a VeggieTale in sight.
How To Watch: Zucchini is currently playing in select theaters.
The Red Turtle
Castaway meets The Blue Lagoon, but instead of volleyballs or naked Brooke Shields, it’s a giant red turtle. Turtle is a wordless film following a castaway’s life on a deserted island — well, deserted except for that red reptile. There’s no talking, no singing animals, but plenty of Oscar-bait.
How To Watch: The film was just released in select cities last week.
Disney goes head-to-head with itself in its second non-Pixar film to get a nomination. The film follows Zootopia’s first bunny cop, who must team up with a cynical fox to uncover a conspiracy. But anyone can see it was nominated for that sloth joke
How To Watch: Zootopia is currently streaming on Netflix.
Best Visual Effects
Somehow Hollywood thinks Visual Effects are deserving of a nod, but stuntmen are just worthless. Other than a Mark Wahlberg movie that your kids shouldn’t watch (unless they’re teens), and Marvel’s latest venture in superhero (Doctor Strange) this years nominees are visually stunning, kid friendly masterpieces.
The Jungle Book
A live-action adaption of the famed Disney cartoon sounds complicated to make, but incredible to watch. As in the original, it follows the classic story of Mowgli growing up as human boy in an animal world. But when you see Baloo stand up and speak like Bill Murray, you know live-action and CGI can now do anything animation can.
How To Watch: The Jungle Book is currently streaming on Netflix.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Say what you will about a CGI Grand Moff Tarkin and young Princess Leia— Rogue One did a heckuva job in the field of visual awesomeness. (Powerful you have become, computers.) Let’s hope you don’t go to the Dark Side and stop casting actors.