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6 movies that celebrate peculiar kids

Posted October 12

Seated on the floor: the twins (Thomas and Joseph Odwell), Fiona (Georgia Pemberton) and Hugh (Milo Parker), Left to right: Emma (Ella Purnell), Jake (Asa Butterfield), Horace (Hayden Keeler-Stone), Miss Peregrine (Eva Green), Enoch (Finlay Macmillan), Claire (Raffiella Chapman), Bronwyn (Pixie Davies) and Olive (Lauren McCrostie) - are the very special residents of MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. (Deseret Photo)

If you haven’t seen Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children in theaters yet, you don’t know what you are missing.

We all have our own unique attributes. Some people are double-jointed, and others can wiggle their ears. These unusual characteristics are what make us all different and special, right? Well, wait until you see how special the children who live at Miss Peregrine’s are.

This isn’t the only movie to celebrate kids who are different. Check out these five movies all about kids with peculiar and impressive abilities.

Matilda

Have you ever wanted to move things with your mind — like when the remote is across the room and you just don’t want to get off the couch? Well, one little girl named Matilda can do just that.

Telekinesis isn’t the only thing that makes Matilda special, though. She also has a voracious appetite for books, something only her first-grade teacher seems to appreciate.

“Matilda” teaches us about magic, books and the importance of good parenting. This movie has a 71 percent worth your time rating on ok.com and is appropriate for ages 7+.

Lilo and Stitch

Lilo is a 6 year-old girl who lives on the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i with her sister, Nani. If you have ever felt left out of a group, then you can relate to little Lilo who struggles to be understood. But when an alien named Stitch crash lands near her home, Lilo quickly finds a friend.

“Lilo and Stitch” is an adorable movie that portrays both sides of being kind. As this unique family comes together, they realize how much both giving and receiving kindness can mean. There’s nothing more important than the people you love, even if one of them is literally an alien.

“Lilo and Stich” is 100 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 8+.

Dumbo

If there is one place full of peculiarities, it’s the circus. But even with all of the extraordinary people and animals in the circus, it can be hard to fit in. Dumbo, an elephant born with extremely large ears, learns this first hand when the other animals and visitors ruthlessly bully and mock him for being different.

Luckily, Dumbo encounters a charismatic mouse named Timothy who helps him discover that his ears also allow him to fly — something none of the other elephants could ever do.

“Dumbo” shows us how embracing and celebrating our differences can make us all stronger than we ever could be on our own.

“Dumbo” is 92 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 6+.

Tangled

We all know Rapunzel has beautiful long hair, right? “Tangled” takes the story one step further. Not only is her hair extremely long, but it also has magical healing powers. It’s something her friend Flynn Rider struggles to understand at first, but once the shock wears off he sees that she’s not so different after all. In fact, Rapunzel even helps Flynn learn to accept his own differences and be who he truly is without pretending.

This comical retelling of such a well-known fairy tale is a refreshing story of friendship, love and courage.

“Tangled” is 98 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 4+.

How to Train your Dragon

On the island of Berk, the only things more consistent than the terrible weather and grumpy Vikings are the pesky dragons that attack the village almost nightly. Luckily, Hiccup has a different view of things when he meets a mysterious Night Fury. Instead of attacking it, Hiccup helps the dragon and calls him Toothless. The two become unlikely friends, and it’s up to Hiccup to convince the village that dragons are far more than just pests to get rid of.

“How to Train Your Dragon” shows us that anyone can be a friend if you show them some kindness and understanding.

“How to Train Your Dragon” is 94 percent worth your time and appropriate for ages 6+.

Sarah Bringhurst is a graduate of Utah Valley University and the content manager of OK.com. She loves movies, speculative fiction and her beautiful baby girl. Email: sbringhurst@deseretdigital.com

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