The Best Animated Sea Movies to watch

Animated sea movies captivate kids’ attention and immerse them into a fascinating world involving the ocean. The exciting stories and are great fun to watch and bring marine life to the screen in a unique way. The humorous characters often become family favorites, while the amazing music with fun sing-a-longs creates memories for young and old. If you are looking for the best-animated ocean movies of all time, here is our top list to start with!

Moana

The lovely characters, catchy music and heartwarming story made the ocean-themed animated movie, Moana (also known as Vaiana) a tribute to Polynesian culture, and one of the biggest Disney successes of the recent years.

A spirited teenager is in the center of the story. Moana, the daughter of the chef sails out to sea on a daring mission to find the demigod, Maui who stole the heart of goddess Te Fitti. Her goal is to save her people. Moana’s parents and family are left behind only to wonder about the young girl’s safety and well-being while she bravely sets out on an exciting voyage.

Moana

  • a Disney movie that highlights strength of character and the importance of family
  • an always moving story that is fun to watch not just for kids
  • with brilliant animation and catchy songs

Moana’s action-packed trip is met with obstacles that she needs to overcome. Her meaningful journey is filled with laughs, challenges and uplifting songs. Her pet chicken named Heihei is along for the ride and serves up lots of laughs along the way. Moana never gives up and tunes into her ancestor’s strength as she navigates the seas and discovers her true self.

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The Little Mermaid

The Little Mermaid is probably of the most popular Disney sea movies and a must to watch for all young girl and boy! Follow Ariel, the beautiful red-haired mermaid on her journey of exploring the life on land. King Triton forbids her daughter from visiting the surface so Ariel rebels against his demands.

She rises to the surface and falls in love with Prince Eric. To be with her handsome Prince, the Little Mermaid makes a mysterious deal with Ursula, the scary sea witch. Watch this exciting movie to find out what happens between Ariel and Prince Eric that causes King Triton to make a serious sacrifice for his lovely daughter.

The Little Mermaid

  • great classic Disney movie
  • a must-see Disney movie to add to your collection
  • Prime video available to rent and buy

If you like the story (I’m sure all kids will do!), make sure to get The Little Mermaid II – Return to the Sea  too. In this sequel, you can learn the adventure of Melody, Ariel’s and Eric’s daughter.

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo is one of the most knowns animated sea movies that finds a little clownfish named Nemo trying to prove himself to his father. He has a shortfin on one side which concerns his father Marlin. However, the little clownfish just wants to be like all of his friends and swim around freely. Sadly, Marlin prevents Nemo from being his best because he’s worried that his son can’t swim as fast as the others.

Finding Nemo

  • a fantastic family-classic animated movie
  • great to watch before bedtime or on a rainy afternoon
  • with bonus content

One day Nemo tries to prove to his dad that he’s just as strong as the others, so he swims to the surface and gets captured by a diver. Along the way, he tries to escape and attempts to find his way back home with the help of his new friend Dory, who has a memory problem. Watch this lovely ocean-themed story and follow these two cute fish on their journey!

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Finding Dory

Dory, the amnesic Blue Tang fish is living on the reef with his new friends after she helped Nemo to get home. Despite she loses her memory every few seconds, somehow remembers one important thing: she was separate from her parents, Jenny and Charlie as a child and sets up the goal of finding them again.

Finding Dory

  • Dory, the forgetful blue tang's story is full of adventure, humor and heart
  • a must-see, funny and meaningful story for young and old
  • excellent sound qulaity, tons of extras

The search becomes an epic adventure for the fish as they navigate through the ocean and the Marine Life Institute in an attempt to reunite Dory with her parents. In a surprising twist, Dory finds herself trying to rescue Jenny and Charlie from the aquarium. To learn how this exciting and adventurous rescue mission goes, watch Finding Dory!

A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures

Are your kids are fascinated by sea turtles? Then they will love the Turtle’s Tale animated sea movies! In 1959, Sammy the sea turtle hatches and spends 50 years exploring the oceans of the world. During his journey, his life is impacted by global warming and forces the sweet sea turtle to go down paths he never imagined.

A Turtle's Tale

  • good story line following the adventures of Sammy the turtle
  • an uplifting movie that teaches problem solving and useful skills to everyday situations
  • holds the attention of even the adult viewers

Along the way, he reunites with his childhood friend, Shelly. However, he has competition because Shelly has other turtles that are interested in her as well. Find out what happens to Sammy and Shelly in this beautiful and exciting animated sea movie.

Sammy also continues his adventures in the Turtle’s Tale 2: Sammy’s Escape from Paradise  where he is forced to escape an aquarium in Dubai with his buddy Ray and Big D, the seahorse.

Tip: Learn some interesting facts about turtles!

Ponyo

A touching animated ocean movie about true friendship. The beautiful goldfish princess goes on a forbidden excursion to the surface to explore the world. She becomes friends with a human boy, Sosuke who names her Ponyo. As they spend time together, Ponyo becomes humanlike.

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Ponyo

  • heartwarming adventure of Ponyo who lives on a clifftop overlooking the sea and rescues a stranded goldfish
  • excellent choice for fans of Japanese Animation
  • with hours of new bonus features

Suddenly, Ponyo’s father brings her back to the ocean where she belongs but she still wishes to live on the surface. Her passion is so strong that she breaks free from the ocean kingdom she grew up in and during the process spills a magical potion that endangers Sosuke’s village.

Song of the Sea

The Song of the Sea is a delightful story based on Irish myths. A young boy, Ben listens closely to his mother who tells him fascinating stories about the sea. After the sudden disappears of the mother, he realizes that his mute sister, Saoirse, is a selkie who can change from seal to human. Her mission is to find her voice and save sea creatures from a terrible spell that was placed by a Celtic goddess.

Song of the Sea

  • animated fantasy based on an Irish myth
  • inspiration story line with enchanting music
  • a film that can be enjoyed by anyone

Ben keeps an eye on his sister as she goes through interesting experiences. He does his best to help her along the way but ultimately, it’s Saoirse who needs to find her true self and the strength to rescue those who are in need.

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Anett Szaszi

Anett is a certified scuba diver, freediver and an expert in snorkeling with more than 10 years experience. She fell in love with the ocean when she put her head underwater in the Red Sea in 2008. Since then , she is traveling all over the world to discover our waters. Wherever she goes, she takes her mask, fins and underwater camera with her. Visiting mega-cities is not her style but getting lost in tiny coastal villages, capturing the beauty of the sea while snorkeling. She is interested in sustainable traveling and marine conservation. She is hoping to inspire people to protect our oceans by sharing her underwater stories. Find her photos on @anett.szaszi Instagram too!