Best Easter Movies for Children
A great way to relax and spend time with the family, while at the same time keeping the spirit of Easter, is to gather around the television and watch an Easter movie. There are many great films that have been made over the years, but not all are appropriate for everyone. While Passion of the Christ was well done, it might be considered too violent for young children. For families with little ones however, the following Easter movies are definitely worth checking out.
It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown
While it may not be on par with the Peanuts Christmas and Halloween specials, It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown is certainly enjoyable for the whole family, especially the little ones. Despite all his wisdom, Linus once again has difficulty convincing the others to believe in an imaginary character. This time, instead of the Great Pumpkin, it’s the Easter Beagle. The special could probably do without the tedious interactions between Marcie and Peppermint Patty, but the scenes with Snoopy and Woodstock are downright hilarious.
Here Comes Peter Cottontail
Rankin-Bass may be the masters of Christmas specials, but their Easter classic, Here Comes Peter Cottontail is just as well done. The stop-motion animation will remind children of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the film features the talented voices of Casey Kasem, Danny Kaye, and Vincent Price. The story involves a young Peter Cottontail who accepts a challenge from villain, January Q. Irontail to see who can deliver the most Easter eggs in order to be named the new Chief Easter Bunny. This movie holds up as well today as any other Rankin-Bass special and is pure entertainment for kids of all ages.
Veggie Tales: An Easter Carol
The Veggie Tales are known for using their sharp animation and witty humor to teach bible stories to young children. An Easter Carol is a clever twist on the Charles Dickens classic story, A Christmas Carol. Ebenezer Nezzer is a producer of such things as plastic eggs and is in the midst of launching a campaign to help increase his profits during Easter. He is then led by an angel on a journey to witness the death and resurrection of Christ and discover the true meaning of the occasion. With an excellent soundtrack that will invite viewers to sing along, this film is one of the best children’s Easter movies that cover the religious aspects of the Holiday.
The one thing that these three films have in common is that while they are geared towards children, they have appeal for adults as well. That’s why watching them can be such a great way for families to spend some time together and celebrate the Easter season.