Five essential wholesome animated films to binge on Netflix this weekend
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Five essential wholesome animated films to binge on Netflix this weekend

Are you looking for some heartwarming and entertaining animated films to dive into this weekend? Netflix (and we) have got you covered with a diverse selection of delightful movies that cater to both young and adult audiences. 

Whether you’re in the mood for a magical fantasy adventure or a touching exploration of the human condition, these five essential animated films offer something for everyone to enjoy. This is only the latest in our ongoing essential binges series, so make sure to check out our other suggestions.

From enchanting adventures to poignant tales, here are five essential animated films that are sure to make your weekend binge-watching session a memorable one.

So, settle in and let the weekend binge-watching begin.

Five essential animated films to binge on Netflix this weekend:

Orion and the Dark

Delve into the whimsical world of Orion, a young boy who harbours a fear of the dark, even some of us grown-ups can relate to. 

Directed by Sean Charmatz and based on Emma Yarlett’s beloved children’s book, this DreamWorks Animation production takes viewers on a magical journey where Orion confronts his deepest fear head-on. With a star-studded voice cast including Jacob Tremblay and Angela Bassett, Orion and the Dark is a visually stunning adventure filled with heartwarming lessons about bravery and self-discovery.

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

In Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, a father’s wish brings a wooden boy to life in Italy amid rising fascism. 

This visually stunning film explores themes of fatherhood and identity against a backdrop of political turmoil. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film, it’s a poignant tale of love and courage in a world consumed by fear.

If Anything Happens I Love You

Prepare to be moved by this emotionally resonant animated short film that is as wholesome as it is heartwrenching. 

Directed by Will McCormack and Michael Govier, If Anything Happens I Love You explores the grief and healing process experienced by parents after a tragic loss. Through its evocative storytelling and striking visual style, this Academy Award-nominated film offers a powerful meditation on love, loss, and the enduring bonds of family.

Chicken Run

Next on our list of wholesome animated gems is an all-time classic. With Chicken Run embark on a hilarious and daring escape plan with a group of determined poultry. 

Directed by Peter Lord and Nick Park, Chicken Run follows a spirited chicken named Ginger as she leads her fellow feathered friends in a daring bid for freedom from their egg farm prison. Filled with witticisms, memorable characters, and thrilling action sequences, this film is a delightful treat for audiences of all ages.


Join Leo, a charismatic tuatara with a thirst for adventure, in this charming animated comedy. 

Directed by Robert Marianetti, Robert Smigel, and David Wachtenheim, Leo follows the titular character, a class pet lizard, as he embarks on a journey filled with unexpected friendships and valuable life lessons. With a voice cast led by Adam Sandler and Bill Burr, this heartwarming film celebrates the joy of embracing new experiences.