Top 10 Animated Movies You Should Watch With Your kids

Top 10 Animated Movies You Should Watch With Your kids


The pandemic increased the amount of content consumed by kids drastically. You can use this as an opportunity to bond with them and make sure they are consuming the right content!


As the summer break approaches, the kids get excited to spend time with their friends and finally, take a breather from their studies. This is also an excellent opportunity for parents to connect with their kids and spend quality time with them. It is vital to create a bond with your children during their growing years as it nurtures a healthy relationship between the two. There are various ways of spending quality time with your kid, but one of the most impactful and easiest ways is to watch a movie together. Children learn a lot from the content they consume and a parent needs to make sure their kids are consuming meaningful content. Content that not only entertains them but also teaches them a valuable lesson about life. Animated movies have always been the best source of meaningful content. 

Here is a list of ten such animated movies that you can watch with your kid/s in the coming break:


10) How to Train Your Dragon

How to Train Your Dragon is an amazing tale of friendship between a boy and a dragon. The boy lives on an island where men are raised to be hunters to hunt dragons, however, he has a very different approach towards them for which he is mocked. The movie is more than just their friendship, the movie tells us about the journey of a boy trying to prove himself to his father and  the other island hunters. You can watch the movie on Netflix.


9) DC League of Super-Pets


If your kid is a fan of superhero films, this is a must-watch. DC comics’ Super-pets is undoubtedly one of their best-animated movies. It is the story of how a pet dog with superpowers creates a team of Super-Pets to rescue his owner (Superman) and the rest of the Justice League. You can watch the movie on Amazon Prime Video.


8) Up

Up is a movie about 78-year-old Carl Fredrickson who has lost his wife and is on a journey to fulfil his wife’s last wish. However, when he meets a few people on his journey, he learns more about life, friendship, kindness, and joy. You can watch the movie on Disney+.


7) Ratatouille

Ratatouille is the story of an unusual friendship between Linguini, a simple boy who wants to be a chef, and Remmy, a rat who is an expert in cooking and lives the same dream as the boy. This movie covers some important topics like friendship, greed, respect, and love. You can watch the movie on Disney+.


6) Kung Fu Panda 2

An excellent sequel to an exceptional film. Kung Fu Panda is one of the best-animated franchises existing and has created some remarkable characters. Kung Fu Panda 2 talks about some important issues that are relevant to us at any age. It teaches us one of the most important lessons in life, which is to let go of the past. You can watch the movie on Netflix.


5) Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Spider-man has always been one of the most loved superheroes of all time. We have always known this superhero by the name of Peter Parker, however, this is the story of Miles Morales. When the spider-man in his universe is killed and he (Miles) gets bitten by the radioactive spider, we see his journey of becoming the new Spider-man. The movie talks about courage, friendship, and family. The movie also even talks about depression, but since it is a kid’s film, it is done in a rather subtle way. You can watch the movie on Netflix.


4) Inside Out


Inside Out has to be one of the most creative children’s movies to ever be written. Though it is a kids’ film, it talks about a very heavy topic, which is human emotions through a girl named Riley and how her life changes when she moves to San Francisco with her parents. You can watch the movie on Disney+.


3) Brave

Brave is a perfect choice for a mother-daughter movie night. It is the tale of a courageous princess who is tired of listening to her mother all the time and wants to be free from all the rules. The story gets interesting and rather funny when Merida has to save her mother from a witch’s curse. You can watch the movie on Disney+.



2) Coco

Coco is an Oscar-winning film that tells us the tale of a young boy named Miguel who wants to pursue music but unfortunately, is born into a family that hates music and has a rule of no music. Miguel is banished to the land of the dead when he does not stop playing the guitar and learns about his family’s past as he meets his ancestors. You can watch the movie on Disney+.



 1) Kung Fu Panda

Kung Fu Panda is a perfect example of maintaining a balance between entertaining and teaching when it comes to kids’ movies. Kung Fu Panda is undoubtedly the most hilarious animated movie with an extraordinary lead character Po. The movie teaches us the importance of believing in ourselves, believing in others and most importantly, never giving up. You can watch the movie on Netflix.


Each of the ten movies mentioned above has its unique tale and characters. Movies have always been an important part of our lives movies teach us some of the most important life lessons which we wouldn’t be able to learn in classrooms. I believe it is our duty as parents/adults to make sure our youth is learning these important lessons along with maths, science, and other subjects. Hence, don’t forget to watch these movies with your kid during the holidays and stay tuned for more such content on films.

End of the Black Panther franchise?

The future of Black panther seems uncertain with Director Ryan Coogler and Disney announcing their new live-action series “Kingdom of Wakanda”. It is set to be streamed on Disney+.

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Ryan coogler announced a 5-year television deal between Walt Disney and his company. This collaboration will be working on Black Panther’s series “Kingdom of Wakanda”. His company Coogler’s Proximity Media has been c0-responsible for past movies. There are a lot of questions regarding the future of the franchise. The biggest question is who will be the new King in the series?

Is Black Panther 3 on the cards?

Ryan has expressed interest in directing the third installment of the film but feels that the franchise is currently a lot bigger than him. He couldn’t further comment as nothing is confirmed yet. Currently, his attention lies undivided on the series as doesn’t want to multitask with writing and direction.

Letitia Wright, lead star of Black Panther 2 said in an interview that a sequel is already in the planning but after a brief hiatus. This combined with the fact that the movie Wakanda forever ended with a message that read “Black panther will return” excites fans of the franchise.

In late October 2022, producer Nate Moore said that they were floating ideas around for the pipeline of a potential third film. Nate dint gives out other details as nothing is confirmed yet.
Marvel Studios put out a list of releases for the next 2-3 years, we won’t be seeing the next Black Panther movie for a while.

Will there be another new King in Black Panther 3?


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This is open to interpretation as it could mean that there could be a sequel with Letitia Wright in the lead. It could also be that late King T’Challa’s son Toussaint will take over as Black Panther. In a storyline like this, Letitia Wright who plays Shuri might remain the head of Wakanda.

One thing that fans can be sure of is that the makers would wrap things up with the third part. This will also put an end to a lot of unanswered questions about different characters and the storyline. We might see some of the newer characters making an appearance in the Disney+ series as well.


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Watch “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” now on Disney+ for 11.99$ per month or save on subscription costs by paying $119.99 per year.


By Nikhil Shenoy

The Ballad of Buster Scruggs: The Coen Brothers’ Six Black Fables of the West

If I had to choose one of the most literary American directors of our time, I'd give my top vote to the Coen brothers.

(Left: Joel Coen; Right: Ethan Coen)

Since their debut film Blood Simple, the Coen brothers' films have been strongly postmodern and darkly humorous, with interlocking plots and a "snowballing" story of coincidence that reminds people of these sharp-edged filmmakers.

The Ballads of Buster Scruggs, the film presented at the Venice Film Festival and produced by Netflix, combines six separate short stories into one feature film, winning the Venice Best Original Screenplay. All six stories are set in the 18th-19th century American West, the mysterious and lawless Western world is the perfect stage for the Coen brothers' stories to unfold.

The six stories are distinctive in tone, showing the western world from all levels and perspectives. The distinctive acting style, precise editing rhythm, and the familiar abrupt turn of events in the world. Each story is full of the Coen brothers' whimsy, and each story is a fable full of dark humor.

One: The Ballad of Buster Scruggs

Synopsis: Wearing a white suit, the wanted cowboy Buster Scruggs is a famous marksman, although he is an outlaw but carry out their own principles, never trouble, but also never tolerate. He wandered alone and on horseback, and along the way there was inevitably some bloodshed. Finally he met another marksman and died at the muzzle of his gun.

Buster believes in "willingness to gamble," and it is unnecessary to get angry over something you can't change. After he was in a bar, he sat on a virtual poker game, but the cards laid down were really bad, and after looking at them, Buster regretted. It was a game he "did not want to bet on". But the rest of the group told him, "If you read the cards, you have to play." One man even threatened him with a gun (a violation of the store's rules about keeping weapons). Without the certainty of winning, Buster preferred to quit.

This story is an ironic use of "card games" and "duels": people often lose when they think they have a chance to win, just as Joe, armed with a weapon, and Buster, who is very self-confident, walk to the dueling place. In many cases, this "game of cards" is not the right to choose, you can only do is to choose to be open-minded, as in the beginning of Buster's monologue. At the time of embarking on this road, Buster has already made a good realization.

Two: Near Algodones

Synopsis: A desperate cowboy decides to rob a bank, but fails and is arrested. When he is about to be hanged, a group of Native Americans intercept and kill the enforcers; the cowboy is saved by a passing cattle rancher, but the cattle rancher is actually a cattle rustler, and the cowboy is framed and sent to the town to be executed.

The structure of this story is very simple, is the typical "Seinfeld" mode, with a sudden turn to show the fate of the day, the fate of man.

Before his death, the cowboy also and a girl under the bleachers on the eyes. This is a very cruel thing, after you are ready to accept the fate of death, you have a thirst for life, it is really the death of the torture. But at least, the executioner used a sack to help you close the eyes.

Three: Meal Ticket

Synopsis: A man relies on a handicapped orator with no limbs to make a living. But his increasingly meager income makes him no longer trust the young man, especially after he sees a "chicken that counts" attracting a large crowd, and he decides to replace his "actor".

This is one of the most literary concentrations in the entire film, especially in the lines of the disabled orator, quoting Shelley's "Osmundis", the story of Cain and Job in the Bible - Genesis, Lincoln's Gettysburg Address, interspersed with Shakespeare's commercial poetry and lines from "The Tempest". Such speeches are destined to be baffling pastiches of text, but the orator's vivid Russian rendition still leaves many listeners in awe.

The story develops in increasingly cool blue shades, as the relationship between the man and the teenager undergoes a subtle transformation. In the end, he abandons the boy and gains a "genius castrati".

Four: All Gold Canyon

Synopsis: The old man who was looking for gold came to a land with great scenery, hoping to find a gold mine of his own. Just when he finally found the vein after countless days and nights of hard work, he was attacked from behind with a gun ......

The story is not original to the Coen brothers, but is adapted from the famous American short story writer Jack London's work of the same name, and the sentences appearing in the film are also quotations from the original work.

In this story, the attacker is a person who tries to get something for nothing, but is eventually killed by the old man who panned for gold; and when the old man left the place, the nature that generously gave him the gold mine just returned to peace but did not retaliate against him. Looking at the devastated cave, we need to wake up: not to retaliate, the time has not come.

In terms of technique, the fight between the old man and the raiders is both part of the story and a reflection of the whole story: the old man is weak and plundered, similar to nature; the raiders are strong and violent, similar to the destroyer of nature. Therefore, the story seems to be just a slogan of "green water and green mountain is the silver mountain", but its inner layers are still very rich, which is the charm of the Coen brothers' story.

Five: The Gal Who Got Rattled

Synopsis: Miss Longaberger is about to move to Oregon with a caravan for a potential marriage partner. When her brother dies of cholera on the way, Miss Longaber decides to move on, and wagon leader Billy Napp takes the opportunity to express his intention to marry her. But Miss Longaberger gets separated from the group for the sake of her dog, and drinks a bullet in an Indian attack.

In this short story, Miss Longaberger is in a state of "fright", a state of momentary "fright", such as when she drops her hands over her ears after she thinks her dog has been shot, and then is startled by two gunshots in quick succession.

It's a kind of uncertainty, such as the fact that her brother was supposed to arrange her marriage with her fiancé, but after his death there was no one to introduce her, and she had no family, so she didn't know whether to go to the unknown Oregon or to return to her hometown without any support.

The textual technique of this short story is the "displacement of the beginning and the end", where the opening quotation is actually the end of the story, and the end of the story suggests the beginning of numerous plots: how Mr. Arthur will phrase it, how Billy Knipe will react to it, and so on. The main line of the story is the frightened suicide of Miss Longobard, and the branch line is Billy Knipe's proposal to her, after the main line ends, the branch line is left as the ending to form a "polyphonic" story style, which greatly broadens the reading space of the text.

Six: The Mortal Remains

Synopsis: Five strangers with different identities: a French man, a fur hunter, a noblewoman, a fat and a thin bounty hunter (they want to transport the remains of a wanted man to the police station in town); travel together in a horse-drawn carriage to a common destination. During the noblewoman had a sudden attack of asthma, the French man asked the coachman to stop, but he did not listen. The coachman kept going until he stopped in front of a hotel.

The structure of this story is very simple, but it is very exciting. It shows the Coen brothers' great literary skills, and there are only two scenes throughout: inside the carriage and at the destination, but there is plenty of dramatic tension. The dialogue in the story is very lengthy and rich in meaning, and it is worth reading carefully. Here I would like to focus on two interpretations of the story: (1) The story is a real reference, that is, the five people travel together to a common destination, their identity is clear, and the destination is also clear (the film says it is Fort Morgan), and the coachman's reluctance to stop may only be out of some kind of will. They ended up staying at the same hotel. (2) This story is a false reference, symbolizing the whole process of people going to death. The two bounty hunters are equivalent to the ferryman, and the carriage that never slows down is the "time" that never stops. The end of the final stay is "death".

Let's look at the title of the story: the mortal remains, the original English name is the mortal remains, that is, the remains of mortal man. When the characters in the film realize that their situation is not right, we should also realize that the "remains" refers to the natural not the two bounty hunters to transport the remains, but the three passengers -

To expand a little more, it is everyone: no one will be immortal, all are temporarily active "remains".

This time I would like to focus on where the allegorical nature of the film comes from and where this allegorical nature is directed.

In this film, the Coen brothers use a lot of direct shots of the audience, that is, "breaking the fourth wall" shots, such as cowboy Buster's monologue, bounty hunters tell the "night man" story. The latter has a counterpoint, which we can also see as speaking to the opposite passenger, and is interpreted in both real and imaginary terms. The "fourth wall" is originally a theatrical term, in the three-way drama there is an imaginary wall between the audience and the stage actors, this mode of viewing emphasizes the authenticity of the theatrical performance, so that the audience can believe everything that happens on stage and thus enter the story. In cinema, it is to allow the audience to enter the screen story. "Breaking the fourth wall" is to let the characters on the screen interact with the audience, out of their own story world, so that the audience completely understand that this is fictional and not real, so as to achieve a "strangeness" effect of separation.

With their cold and profound gaze, the Coen brothers see through the absurd nature of the world and express it in their films. Only when we see this can we truly see the Coen brothers' films.

So, when you have been cheated by life again, you may sing "The Ballad of Buster Scruggs" to console yourself.

Sorry, Digital Events Only:
Is This The New Normal?

Heading towards a virtual world where for the sake of convenience, we are locking ourselves in a room.

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Covid-19 has created problems in all of our lives and led towards digitalization, but should we allow it to change the way we socialize and interact permanently?

With Sundance Film Festival shifting its programming to a digital format, the end of coronavirus seems like a faraway dream. Months after announcing in-person screenings when things seemed normal, the Utah-based festival retracted due to the rising covid-19 cases. As a film lover, it is frustrating to transition from a theatre projection to a virtual event on a laptop screen.


Is this the future where digital events are the new ‘normal’ and are there any issues with going digital?


Sundance is one of the thousands of events affected by the pandemic, and small events with not enough resources, unfortunately, had to cancel their lineup. After this announcement, Michel Hazanavicius’ team pulled out Final Cut from the lineup. It indicates how uncomfortable filmmakers are currently with digital showcases due to piracy issues.

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Mary G. Steiner Egyptian Theatre at Salt Late City, Utah, USA | Photo Courtesy: Sundance Film Festival

Are event organizers able to recreate a similar experience by shifting events online?

According to a survey from Bizzabo, there was a 26% increase in respondents commenting that the last virtual event they attended was not fun. People are experiencing ‘Zoom fatigue,’ a problematic state where the experience gets lost online. Even Hot Docs made changes to its plans and hosted its podcast festival online in January. However, they still have planned to go for a hybrid film festival for their audience.  Bands and artists like Aerosmith, Elton John and Rage Against the Machine cancelled their shows instead of shifting it online. It is clear that artists want their audiences to enjoy the art in the way it was meant for consumption.

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Band Members of the Aerosmith | Photo Courtesy: Grammy Awards

Attending digital events from the comfort of homes is a privilege, but is this making you antisocial?

According to a report, people who are feeling antisocial are going out frequently. As a result, they are following fewer social distancing measures in public. Loneliness is making people withdraw from the activities that were of interest before. Narratives have become monotonous where every host opens with the line, “Are you able to see my screen?” Social distancing is necessary to reduce the spread of the virus. Shifting activities completely online would make you lose your audience.

How long do people need to wait and adjust to the virtual space?

People debate that the reason that the virus will stay around is that it is ‘best for business.’ Pharmaceutical companies have made billions by selling drugs and medicines. Most of these companies get research funding from the governments collected from the taxpayers. So where does this money go? Surely, the money is not re-invested to make a plan to end the virus but has funded bonuses of pharma executives, and marketing of the companies.

Governments should invest in technologies to live with the virus around. Solutions may include working on recycling indoor air to reduce transmission during events. By reducing barriers to entry in pharma, and encouraging alternate drugs we can develop more resistance towards the virus.

The benefits of the pandemic include conventional businesses rethinking their strategies to use digital space, but they cannot be a permanent alternative. Before the ‘digital’ events becomes the new normal, we hope to go back to the theatres and concert halls to enjoy events as we did before.

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival | Photo Credits: Pitchfork Media