As a parent, I have been subjected to more than my fair share of animated kid's movies and shows that do nothing but numb my brain into a television induced coma. This is especially true when it comes to some classic animated films.
But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Sometimes one of these movies aimed specifically at kids is just so good, that we as adults can get away with watching it, and enjoying it, as adults even without our children.
If you happen to be a parent in the same boat as me, I assure you that these are worth watching.
1. Sing - 2016
This movie was absolutely spectacular. I sat down with my kids when they were already half way through the movie. Once it was finished and I had put my daughters to bed I went back downstairs and started it over from the beginning. I was constantly laughing, the characters are well developed, the story is believable, and the music from this movie is amazing. Even if you don't have any kids this is worth watching.
2. How to Train Your Dragon, franchise - 2010
This movie was actually nominated for two academy awards, and those nominations were well deserved. The film's animation is amazing, the story is great, and the recognizable voices (Craig Ferguson, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, and starring Jay Baruchel make it all the more enjoyable. There is just enough adult humor that the kids won't understand to have us laughing constantly and the fight scenes are also great. And really, who has never dreamed of riding a dragon?
3. Cars, franchise - 2006
Lightening McQueen's character was written extremely well. You start off hating him but end up going on a roller coaster ride until we can't help but root for him. The secondary character and the setting make for a very entertaining watch. It plays well on the small-town "hillbilly" attitude as well. I recommend watching movies 1-3 in a single shot, if you have the time for it that is.
4. Zootopia - 2016
If there was only a single reason to give this movie a watch, is that it has a 98% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Critics' Choice Movie Award, and the Annie Award for the Best Animated Feature Film. It is a clever movie aimed at looking at the diversity of the world through the journey of the first Bunny Cop on the Zootopia police force. I laughed constantly throughout the movie. I highly recommend this flick for any adult out there.