The Iron Giant from The Iron Giant
Titles:The Iron Giant(1999)

The Iron Giant might seem slightly dated for modern audiences; it was made in ye olden 1990s, after all. But the titular character’s warmth, generosity, and heroism are what make the movie stand the test of time. The film is about a young boy’s friendship with a robot from space who sacrifices himself to save his friends. And before you start welling up, know that the lesson in kindness and selflessness is well worth its semi-sad ending. ”
“ Mrs. Incredible fromThe Incredibles
Titles:The Incredibles(2004)

Obviously, all the Incredibles are, well, incredible. After all, they’re a family of superheroes. But while Mr. Incredible is arguably the film’s focus, it’s Mrs. Incredible whom we want to shine a light on. Thanks to her bravery, young girls have a strong female role model to remind them that women are just as capable of heroism as men. ”
“ Hiccup from How to Train Your Dragon 2
Hiccup gets his hero on in the Academy Award-nominated sequel to How to Train Your Dragon, saving his village from a crazed conqueror and becoming chieftain as a result. The story resonates strongly with older kids as Hiccup transitions into adulthood and becomes the embodiment of heroism. So, the film is a great pick for slightly more mature elementary schoolers. ”
“ Hiro Hamada from Big Hero 6
Titles:Big Hero 6(2014)

There’s a reason Big Hero 6 has the word “Hero” in the title. The movie is about an inventive and insanely smart teen named Hiro who’s determined to become an actual superhero with the help of his friends and a robot named Baymax. Together, they bring down a masked villain. But the best part about Hiro isn’t his success; it’s his failure. He doesn’t always make the right decision — which makes him way more relatable to young audiences. ”

“ Batman from Batman: Mask of the Phantasm

No list of heroes would be complete without a superhero from DC Comics, and Batman is as good as it gets. He’s a little more emotionally complex than some of his DC friends, lending an element of authenticity to the character. In 1993’s cult favorite, Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, Batman realizes that his enemy is actually his old girlfriend, and he’s forced to reconcile his heroism with his conflicting personal feelings. ”

“ Emmet from The Lego Movie
Titles:The Lego Movie(2014)

First of all, The Lego Movie is just the absolute best, and Emmet Brickowski is as great a hero as there ever was. This unassuming construction worker might be a somewhat unlikely leader. But he has all the right qualities: the desire to make the world (or in this case, the Lego Universe) better, guts, bravery, and the ability to self-sacrifice. And yes, he gets the girl in the end — by which we mean a lego lady with plastic hair. ”

“ Po the Panda fromKung Fu Panda
Titles: Kung Fu Panda(2008)

Po the Panda wasn’t born a hero, but he defied the odds and became a master of Kung Fu — all because he refused to give up on himself. Po was initially mocked and shamed by his band of fellow heroes but realized that he’s special because he chooses to be. A truly great message for kids. ”
“ Tintin from The Adventures of Tintin

One of the most beloved children’s comics of all time, “Tintin” follows the escapades of a young reporter and his adorable dog, Snowy. The best part about Tintin in both print and on screen is his true zest for adventure and unflinching bravery. Your kids might want to be an investigative reporter when they grow up, that’s all we’re saying. Oh, and it should be noted that this movie was made bySteven Spielberg. So, expect great things. ”

“ Megamind fromMegamind
Titles:Megamind(2010)

Unlike the other heroes on this list, Megamind used to be a villain. His heroism was born out of a desire to find a superhero whom he could destroy, making it all the more intriguing. Megamind’s journey is a great teaching moment about how anyone is capable of doing the right thing, as long as you put your (mega)mind to it. ”

“ The Karate Kid fromThe Karate Kid
Titles: The Karate Kid(1984)
How could The Karate Kidnot be on this list? The circa-’80s teen learned how to fight like a bona fide hero, how to stand up for himself in the face of extreme bullying, and — more importantly — the importance of being fair. Also, he had amazing hair, which is a huge bonus. ”
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