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Five for Families: Films portray the power of pets

Posted June 27

"Lady and the Tramp" (Deseret Photo)

Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

No matter whether it's a dog, cat or a pig, four-legged companions often play an important role in families. In anticipation of release of "The Secret Life of Pets" on July 8, here are five pet-friendly films for families to consider.

DVD: 'Lady and the Tramp'

A pampered cocker spaniel meets a streetwise mutt in Disney's classic "Lady and the Tramp." When an aunt and her two cats come to babysit, Lady finds herself out on the street. She is befriended by the spunky Tramp, and a romance begins to blossom. Common Sense Media applauded the "dogs (that) paw their way into hearts of all ages." The website also notes that the film "takes the classic romantic story of two individuals from different sides of the tracks and turns it into a delightful musical kids' tale" with "memorable songs and sweet characters," and "issues that will resonate with kids." Common Sense Media says with “no clear villain” in the movie, younger children can enjoy it without getting too scared. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Babe'

A pig raised by sheepdogs learns how to herd sheep. MovieGuide.org praises “Babe” for its message of kindness toward others and for its animation, stating, “With seamless computer animation, the animals appear as if they are talking quite naturally." The website also calls the film "winsome and heartwarming because it is created with care and tenderness" and highlights "moments of purity and pleasure that will compel its viewers to love their neighbors." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 4 and older.

iTunes: 'My Dog Skip'

In this coming-of-age film, a shy boy grows up with his dog by his side.The Dove Foundation award the film its "Family Approved" seal for ages 12 and over, noting the film's "Norman Rockwell ambiance" that is engaging for young children and involving enough for older children and adults. The website notes that the film "reminds (viewers) of what a great gift man's best friend really is." Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 10 and older.

iTunes: 'Marley & Me'

A newly married couple move to Florida and get a puppy. Pluggedin notes that the film "is not a lighthearted kids' movie" as it deals with adult issues that the couple must work through, but the movie ultimately shows "all the enriching joy that marriage, kids and a nutty dog can deliver." The film is rated PG for thematic material, some suggestive content and language. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Bolt'

The canine star of a sci-fi television series believes his owner has been kidnapped and sets out to find her, but his superhero powers don't work in the real world. The Dove Foundation awarded “Bolt” its “Family-Approved” seal, stating that the film is likely to appeal to children and adults: “Follow Bolt on his journey and you will laugh all the way to the credits.” The website warns that the film contains a few intense scenes. Ok.com recommends the film for viewers ages 9 and older.

Email: crandall@deseretnews.com

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