From The Prince of Egypt to the Little Prince, here is a list of animated films to see with children during the period of Lent.
Movies to watch with children in Lent
There Lent begins today, February 17th, with Ash Wednesday and will end on Easter Sunday, April 4th. A period that families and children are called to live in a completely different way from previous years, without the usual routine due to the Coronavirus emergency that has been gripping us for a year now.
Parents, even following the advice of psychologists, educators and pediatricians, are organizing the days of the little ones in the best possible way, with activities suitable for them, free play, moments in the kitchen together. But in this time it can be a good idea too see together with the children some perfect films to experience Lent.
Animated films inspired by biblical stories and more. Messages of hope, of courage, useful in a moment like the one we are all experiencing. We have enclosed in this article the most interesting titles to see in Lent with children.
The Prince of Egypt
DreamWorks animation film, “The Prince of Egypt” was released in 1998 and is an adaptation of the book of Exodus intended for children. The story centers on the character of Moses, as prince of Egypt leading the people of Israel to the Promised Land. A film suitable for kindergarten and elementary school children, to learn about the history of the Jewish Passover.
Joseph the King of Dreams
“Joseph the King of Dreams” is another DreamWorks movie that tells children a story from the Bible. This is the biblical account of Joseph, narrated in Genesis. This well-made film, and ideal to see in Lent, is the prequel to The Prince of Egypt. It might be a good idea, then, to see this first and then The Prince of Egypt.
The little Prince
“The Little Prince” is an animated film released in 2015, a film adaptation of the novel by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. The story of an elderly aviator and his new neighbor, a more mature child of her age, who has recently moved. Together the two will make a journey through the pages of that old gentleman’s diary, to discover the Little Prince. An exciting story full of profound meanings, of hope. A film suitable above all for elementary school children and, why not, even a little older.
Iqbal children without fear
Another film, perhaps less well known than the previous ones, but really nice to see with elementary and middle school children is “Iqbal, children without fear”, freely inspired by the novel “History of Iqbal” by Francesco d’Adamo. The protagonist of the story is Iqbal, a 10-year-old boy who lives in Kardù, a very poor village. One day Iqbal will end up working in the carpet factory and meet other enslaved children like him. Iqbal will begin to work out a plan to restore freedom to him and all his little friends.
Once upon a time there was Jesus
“Once upon a time Jesus” is an animated feature film that tells the story of Jesus in a way that is faithful to the biblical tradition, but at the same time current. A suitable film for kindergarten and elementary school children, well done thanks to the most modern model animation, graphics and computer effects.