Yesterday I went to see the new Disney/Pixar movie “Brave” with my mother, and it got me thinking about all the great animated movies that instill a sense of wanderlust, and the best part is that we’re educating children to be adventurous! So, this week’s edition of Wanderlust Wednesday is all about animated movies.
This movie is very cute, and very inspiring. The heroine, Merida, is a princess, who doesn’t like acting like a princess. Instead she has an adventurous spirit. She rides her horse through the woods, climbs mountains and drinks from waterfalls. She is all about changing her fate so she can do all the things that she loves to do. She wants to live what she loves, and hopes her mom can come to terms with this.
Talk about instilling adventure. This movie literally chants “ADVENTURE IS OUT THERE!” What a great lesson. I also love that this movie shows how even though, sometimes our adventures don’t turn out exactly how we want them to, they do teach us something, and give us memories we’ll never forget.
Finding Nemo (2003)
“Finding Nemo” is a movie that teaches us that it’s ok to be afraid of stepping outside our front door- it’s a natural response, but we can’t let it inhibit us or we could be missing out on the adventure of our lives.
“Mulan” reminds us to step out of our ordinary lives, get away from social norms, and take chances. While Mulan wasn’t exactly looking for an adventure, it still ended up being just that, and it changed her life.
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
This movie is one I remember when I was young I thought it was quite strange, but also intrigued with his adventure and the strange creatures he met along the way. I think this is a great lesson, that you meet some pretty great characters when you go on grand adventures, and those people often times teach you more about yourself and make your trip twice as memorable. It makes you want to forget your mom’s advice of “Don’t talk to strangers.” Travel is all about getting out there and meeting your fellow-wanderers!
There you have it, my five favorite animated movies that have inspired travel. I’d love to know what animated movies you have seen recently, or you remember from your childhood that have made you want to get up and go!