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Everyone loves a bit of sunshine in the UK, however, we're not always treated to scorching hot weather.

Here are six films that will have you reaching for the sunscreen lotion, regardless of the weather outside.

Rio 2011

Produced by Blue Sky Studios, known for their work on the Ice Age series, Rio is a musical adventure-comedy packed with bright colours, larger-than-life characters and plenty of sunshine. When Blu, the domesticated blue macaw, is sent to Rio de Janeiro to mate with another blue macaw, he finds himself falling in love with her.

When they find themselves caught up in a rare bird smuggling plan, Blu finds that some of the talents he's picked up from being domesticated can help his new wild friends. In order to get the colourful style of the animation up to par, animators visited Brazil to see the various locations that would be used in the story.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen 2011

Starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt, this is a romantic comedy with a difference.

The film was shot in Morocco, London and Scotland between August and October in 2010, premiering at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. Based on a Paul Torday novel of the same name, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen follows the story of a fishing expert who is recruited to bring fly fishing to the Yemen desert. It's a story of making the impossible possible, set on the backdrop of a beautiful, sun-drenched desert.

Yemen has a subtropical dry and hot climate that enjoys very little rainfall. In the summer, the temperatures can reach 40 degrees or more. During autumn and winter, temperatures range between 25 and 35 degrees. Sandstorms can occur during the early summer months, thanks to a dusty wind blowing in from the mainland. It's a far cry from the summer of the UK - Salmon Fishing in the Yemen will make you think of sunscreen, sunglasses and sunburn.

The Mummy 1999

Filmed in Marrakech, Morocco, The Mummy is an adventure film starring Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. The story, which was originally intended as a low-budget horror series, is the gripping story of one adventurer who stumbles across a map leading to Hamunaptra, where high priest Imhotep is said to be buried. When he and his companions accidently raise Imhotep from his grave, they've got one very angry mummy to deal with. The film crew had to deal with everything that sweltering weather brings during filming - dehydration, sunstrokes and sunburns were abound in the team. The Sahara also brought snakes and sandstorms onto the set.

The Lion King 1994

Set in the plains of Africa, this is a story influenced by the story of 'Hamlet' by William Shakespeare. In order to get a proper understanding of the way lions moved, the production team of The Lion King visited national parks to study the animals in a naturalistic environment. Starring a young lion cub named Simba, the film tells the story of his rise to the throne as he prepares to be a king. On the way, he's knocked off track by the actions of his evil uncle Scar. One of the most successful Disney films of all time, animators utilised computer animation to create realistic movements of the animal characters.

Full of catchy songs and some beautiful colourful, sunny animation, The Lion King is fun-filled and surprisingly poignant in places.

Madagascar 2005

This computer-animated film was produced by DreamWorks and released in 2005 and has since spawned a series of sequels and spinoffs. Featuring the voice talent of Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and David Schwimmer, Madagascar is set on a tropical island packed with bright colours and memorable characters. Marty the Zebra and his friend Alex the Lion live in Central Park Zoo and have done so all their lives. When their plan to escape their enclosures goes terribly wrong, the pair and their two friends - a giraffe and a hippo - end up being shipped to a Kenyan wildlife preserve. When the crates holding them are knocked off the ship, they end up washed up on the shore of Madagascar.

Even if you can't really feel that sunshine through the screen, you'll enjoy seeing cartoon versions of all the animals that make the country of Madagascar such a desirable holiday hotspot.

Crocodile Dundee 1986

Set in the Australian Outback and New York City, Crocodile Dundee was intended to make a commercial Australian film that would appeal to an American audience. Made with a budget of £6.7 million ($10 million), it would go on to become the second-highest grossing film worldwide in the year of its release.

The story follows one Sue Charlton, played by Linda Kozlowski, a feature writer who is engaged to her editor. She travels to the Australian Outback to meet one Michael J. 'Crocodile' Dundee, to make a feature story about him. A fish out of water story, the film first follows her misplacement in the tough environment of Australia and later Dundee's own struggles when visiting her home in Los Angeles. The Australia scenes were filmed in an abandoned uranium mining camp in Kakadu National Park, located in the Northern Territory of Australia.

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