One of many of my kid’s favorite things is everyone sitting down and having a family movie night. It is a time we enjoy spending quality time together and just unplugging from the outside world. We enjoy watching many different types of movies for our movie night, but the main thing is that they always have to be family friendly.
We have a kiddo who is especially excited when any of our movies are about animals, he is in love with them. He knows more facts about animals and will often pick out animal books at the library just to learn more about any given animal.
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We recently watched an absolutely amazing elephant family movie together that I am so excited to share with you today. Not only was it an amazing film to watch, it was also a great way to bring a subject rarely talked about to light. Elephant poaching.
Some of the statistics about the poaching of these amazing animals are so sad. Did you know between 2007-2014 Africa lost 144,000 elephants? Those numbers astounded me. I cannot believe in a world where we have so many resources available to us, this is something that still happens.
The boys enjoyed spending some time reading elephant books from the library. They learned about an elephants journey from captivity back to the wild. Which was an eye-opener for the kids that the African elephants are one animal that is really picked on.
Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure
Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure was about a 13-year-old boy named Sam, who lost both of his parents in a car accident. He was in a foster home until his sweet and kind Aunt and Uncle decided to take him in. His aunt and uncle have a very different life than most people in the African bush.
The boy was so excited to live there that the day after arriving he went out on safari with his uncle. While they were stopped for lunch the boy wandered off and the caravan of people left without noticing the boy was missing. Sam is left all alone and knows nothing about his environment.
During his time lost he learns much about his environment. He manages to befriend, an Elephant after removing him from a trap he is caught up in. The boy quickly learns about poaching and decides him and the elephant must put a stop to this inhumane act. Along the way the elephant and the boy become amazing friends, Sam even teaches the elephant to follow commands and to let him ride him.
This movie was an on the edge of your seat, type of movie but also was full of laughs for the whole family! When my kids say the poachers running from the elephant they were laughing so loud, it was so hilarious. We were able to talk about poaching and some of the things in our world that isn’t a subject talked about enough. We were able to discuss ways to help the situation and learn more about elephants as well.
This movie did have poachers and in turn guns. They did an amazing job not making the move scary for younger kids. There is no shooting of actual people or animals at all in the movie, they only see the guns in peoples hands or off to the side. If you have an overly sensitive child I would only caution this part, but I have a pretty sensitive kiddo and he did just fine with the entire movie.
This film is starring Elizabeth Hurley and is directed by the same director as Against The Wild films. The film has a pre-show about elephants. It also includes interviews at the end, first with Elizabeth Hurley and second with world-famous conservationist Dr. Richard Leakey.
Elephant Themed Snacks and Activities
Below are some fun elephant activities, games, songs, crafts, and more. These would be a great way to get kids excited for the movie or to learn a little more about elephants.
- We decided to pull out one of our sensory bins and manipulatives from a Safari unit we did with Mother Goose Time. It was our Safari sensory bin we made with cornmeal a while ago, now we used our flubber. It was a great way to get the kids excited about the movie.
- Bring your kids on an African safari, in your own home. We enjoyed this simple yet fun activity!
- Teach kids how to draw an elephant. My kids are always big fans of learning how to draw anything, especially animals!
- 20 Different elephant coloring pages for kids to color. These would be a great pre or post-movie activity for kids of all ages.
- These elephant head snack idea made for a whole group of kids could easily be amended to make a batch just for your family and sound really delicious!
- There is quite a big list of fun elephant activities for kids of all ages on this post. Anything from songs, crafts, and more!
National Elephant Day
This film will be available in theaters on April 16. Make sure you head over to see where it’s playing near you. What better way to celebrate National Elephant Day as a family than watching this amazing movie together!! Below I have shared a preview of the video, to give you just an example of how wonderful of a movie it really is.
Phoenix Wilder: And The Great Elephant Adventure Trailer from Richard DC Boddington on Vimeo.
Giveaway of Tickets
Head over to find the closest theater to you and make sure you get a chance to watch this amazing family friendly film together as a family!
As a bonus, they are offering an amazing giveaway of a pack of 5 tickets to your local theater to see this movie. They are drawing 20 different winners. The giveaway is up and running now!! It started on 3/11/2018 and is up until 3/28/2018 3:00 am. Make sure you head over and enter for your chance to win.
You must be 18+ and be a resident of the USA in order to enter!!