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Top 10 Movies For Your Summer Holidays

Top 10 Movies For Your Summer Holidays

Posted 11 January 2012   by Jesse         Permalink | 11 Comments

Tags: movies, holidays, activism

One of my favourite ways to spend holidays (along with speaking up for animals -- of course) is to catch up on some movies. When it's too hot even to hit the beach, there's nothing like kicking back and watching a great movie.
So to help you through the rest of your summer holidays (I know, it's tough work isn't it :P), I've put together a list of movies with animal themes for you to check out:

  1. Earthlings (doco)
    Many people call Earthlings THE animal rights movie. And if you haven't seen this hard hitting doco yet, then it's a must watch. You can watch the full film online for free, here.
  2. The Cove (doco)
    An awesome doco that is like a real life "Mission Impossible". This is the story of a film-making team attempting to document and expose the annual bloody dolphin slaughter in the Japanese town of Taiji. It's equal parts thrilling, saddening and inspiring, as you watch this team using high tech surveillance gear and evading local police to expose this shocking slaughter.
  3. Gorillas in the Mist (drama)
    Movies don't get much more incredible than this true story of Dian Fossey, a scientist who traveled to Africa to study endangered mountain gorillas in the wild, and ended up campaigning to protect them. They actually shot this film in Rwanda, where Dian had done her research, amongst wild gorillas. They were only allowed 6 crew members near the gorillas for one hour each day. The experience inspired star, Sigourney Weaver, to join the campaign to protect these amazing animals.
  4. Chicken Run (animation)
    The fact this was made by the same people who made Wallace and Gromit should be reason enough to check it out. Locked up on a gloomy farm, where hens have their heads chopped off if they don't produce enough eggs, Rocky the rooster and Ginger the hen lead the other chickens on a great escape.
  5. Princess Monoke (anime)
    This movie may be a few years old, but it's still one of the most beautifully animated movies ever. The mysterious Princess Mononoke fights to protect the forests from a local mining village. I have a feeling Avatar was inspired by this movie.
  6. Marley & Me (comedy)
    A newspaper columnist gets more than he bargained for when he brings home an over-enthusiastic puppy, Marley, for his wife. Anyone who's lived with dogs will have plenty of "Oh that happened to me." moments in this funny and adorable film.
  7. Babe (comedy)
    Who could go past the story of Babe, the piglet who doesn't want to be sent to the slaughterhouse and so hatches a plan to save himself from becoming dinner.
  8. Year of the Dog (comedy)
    Peggy's life is unexpectedly transformed after her dog dies. This quirky film is funny and uplifting. Peggy's relationship with her sister-in-law is particularly hilarious.
  9. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (sci-fi)
    When an experimental drug gives Caesar the lab chimp super-intelligence, he starts to question the way humans treat other animals. Seeing the world through his eyes: from animal experiments, to a dodgy ape park, you start to get the picture that animals can often get a raw deal when they're used by humans. What makes this movie particularly awesome is the fact they didn't use any real apes in the film. Instead human actors played the apes, and the CGI they used to transform these actors into apes is just incredible!
  10. Planet Earth
    We live on a pretty amazing planet, full of incredible creatures. No one does a better job of telling their stories than David Attenborough, and this has got to be one of his best docos. Exploring everything from deserts to jungles to ice worlds to the ocean deep and everything in between, this series is full of some of the most curious and unusual animals on the planet. Check it out, it's awesome stuff!

That should keep you busy for a while! Once you've checked these out, let me know what you think. And if you've got any great animal films to recommend leave a comment.

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