Kids have a wonderful fascination about space and all things space related. The final frontier holds many mysteries for kids and adults alike, so it is no surprise that it is the setting for a lot of well-known movies. Here are some educational and/or entertaining kids' movies that are out of this world.
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This collection contains the following IMAX space documentaries: Hail Columbia
, The Dream is Alive
, Blue Planet
, Destiny in Space
, and Mission to MIR
. The documentary style may not hold younger kids' attention, but kids and adults of all ages will enjoy seeing some of the brilliant photography and space footage. The shows contain great videos of space and a wealth of information about space stations, planets, the space program, and more. (NR. Ages 5+)
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An adventurous young housefly named Nat and his pals, IQ and Scooter, become part of history as they hitch a ride on the extraordinary Apollo 11 mission. Not only is the story entertaining for kids, but it is also educational. The story highlights man's first walk on the moon, and Buzz Aldrin even voices his own character. The DVD contains both the 3D and 2D versions of the film, so kids who don't want to put up with the glasses can still enjoy the movie. (Rated G. Recommended for ages 4-10.)
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Loosely based on the picture book by Berkeley Breathed, Mars Needs Moms tells the story of Milo, a boy who jumps aboard a Martian spaceship to save his kidnapped mother. On Mars, Milo finds a friend in Gribble, a human whose mom was taken when he was a boy. The two work together to try and free Milo's mom before it's too late. Mars Nees Moms is animated using performance capture, and the Blu-ray contains some fascinated behind-the-scenes features. My age recommendation is a little strict on this one due to the whole kidnapped mother issue. Some kids who are younger than 7 may not be bothered by this, but to a lot of young kids, the prospect of mom getting kidnapped and possibly vaporized is not a happy thought. (PG, Ages 7+)
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Ham III -- great-grandson of the famous Ham, the first chimp to travel into space -- is called on an important mission with two other chimps from the Space Agency. The three astronauts find a new planet and must save the interesting inhabitants from their power-hungry dictator. An animated story about chimpanzees in the space program is not a been-there-done-that experience, and it pays tribute to the real Ham, the first chimpanzee to go into outer space. Kids will love watching three chimps discover a new world and attempt to help its inhabitants. (Rated G. Recommended for ages 4-10.)
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When the adorable pups know as the Buddies follow their owners on a school field trip to the space center, the dogs embark on a bigger journey than they had planned. The puppies climb on board a new rocket plane, but as they’re playing astronaut, the ship blasts off. The Buddies are launched into space – on a ship destined for the moon! (Rated G. Recommended for kids ages 4 and up.)
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tells the story of a trash compacting robot left on earth after all of the humans had left the garbage-filled planet. WALL-E may be a robot, but he is full of heart. The film tells a story that is supremely unique, clever, and uplifting. The movie involves space, because all of the humans are living on a huge ship in space. WALL-E even takes a comical little float through space during one scene in the movie. (Rated G. Ages 5+)
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When Danny’s father leaves the brothers in the care of their older sister Lisa (Kristen Stewart), Walter won’t give his brother the time of day. Danny ends up in the basement of his father’s house, where he finds an old metal game called “Zathura.” Unable to convince Walter to play with him, Danny begins on his own, but it doesn’t take the brothers long to figure out the game is not playing around. Although the concept of Zathura
has been done before in Jumanji
, the outer space twist is exciting. The action and adventure are high in this film, and kids, especially boys, will enjoy it. (Rated PG. Ages 7+)
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This animated story from what is probably the most popular space saga in history is geared slightly more toward kids than the other Star Wars
movies. Clone Wars
still contains violence and thematic elements similar to what we see in the live-action movies, but the animation makes the scenes less realistic. The film picks up just after Episode II
, and fills in some of the events that occurred during the Clone Wars. Kids who are fans of the Star Wars
saga will enjoy seeing more of the events play out. (Rated PG. Ages 8+)