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Movies to Inspire Kindness

 

Looking for something to spark a discussion of kindness, or even to inspire you or your family to commit more acts of kindness? Try one of these movies. Titles geared to younger audiences are listed first.

Kids will learn to keep it kind with these six pleasing Nick Jr. play dates. They'll work with Wally to make his grumpy neighbors smile, help the Bubble Guppies learn royal manners, say 'por favor' with Dora, and help Kai-Lan's friends master the art of the apology.

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Other children are afraid of Ghoulia. But when Halloween rolls around, the little zombie girl hatches a brilliant plan to make new friends.

Watch as Mister Rogers helps children learn the importance of being kind to others, appreciating what makes everyone unique, and much more in these 30 episodes of the classic series! In addition, a bonus episode: the series premiere, in original black and white!

Tells the story of Oblio, a round-headed boy living in the land of "Point," where everything and everybody has one. Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, is banished to the Pointless Forest. Once there, the adventure begins. 

A young boy named Sosuke rescues a goldfish named Ponyo, and they embark on a fantastic journey of friendship before Ponyo's father forces her to return to the sea. Ponyo's desire to be human upsets the balance of nature and only Ponyo's mother, a beautiful sea goddess, can restore nature's balance and make Ponyo's dreams come true.

Carl Fredericksen is a curmudgeon determined to live life to the fullest. When he finally sets off on his ultimate adventure, Carl finds he has a stowaway: a well-meaning Wilderness Explorer Scout named Russell. In the tropical jungle, Carl and Russell find more than they bargained for, including friendship.

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When misfit alien Oh crash lands on Earth, he forms an unlikely friendship with seventh-grader Tip as they journey together to find her mother.

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Shrek, an ogre, agrees to rescue a beautiful princess and bring her back to Lord Farquaad, in exchange for the return of his land. Along the way he learns some important lessons.

Kindness Is Contagious is a film about being nice and the benefits of being nice. The film profiles cutting-edge scientists and best-selling authors as well as people from all walks of life; illustrating their incredible discovery: NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST!

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A boy with a facial deformity, who enters a middle school after being homeschooled for his whole life, struggles to fit in and get accepted by his classmates.

After losing his mother, a young boy is sent to a foster home with other orphans his age where he begins to learn the meaning of trust and true love.

This documentary takes a closer look at the person behind the show, persona, and personality that helped define what it meant to be a good person and be a part of a healthy community. Mr. Rogers would go on to inspire generations by not skirting real world issues, and by confronting issues of social justice with frank gentleness.