Saturday morning entertainment, a welcome weekly distraction for your constantly on-the-go kids, and admit it, brain fluff for you, the adult, when life is overwhelming – kids movies never go out of style. Here’s 20 of the best kids movies on Netflix right now, featuring everything from talking animals to Jamaican bobsled races.
In a community of Emperor Penguins who find their soul mates through singing, a baby penguin — Mumble — is born who is unable to sing, but is a talented dancer. As he grows up, the community struggle with his unorthodox practices and Mumble goes on a journey to win the love of his crush, Gloria. The fantastic voice cast includes Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood and Robin Williams.
2.Disney’s Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
A kid’s classic for the ages, this is the story of two dogs and a cat who set out across the country to be reuinted with their beloved owners. Voiced by Michael J. Fox, Don Ameche and Sally Field, it’s heartwarming, tearjerking, funny and timeless.
3.Ice Age: The Meltdown
This animated movie (the second in the franchise) was a massive success at the box office, bringing in over six hundread and sixty million. Quirky, funny, and endlessly lovable, the characters shine, as Manny the mammoth, Sid the sloth and Diego the saber tooth tiger discover the truth that the ice age is coming to an abrupt end, and join a host of different living creatures in a pilgrimage to higher ground.
4.The Sound of Music
A crowd-pleasing family film, this combines humor and heart in one of the most famous musicals of all time. It’s a coming-of-age and a romance story for all ages set in stunning Austria. Your kids will be humming this for days.
5.The Jungle Book
A live action adaptation of Disney’s classic animated movie, this stars Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken. It’s funny yet dark, hopeful, and has one of Disney’s best villains in years. It was wildly successful at the box office, and is easily one of the stars of the Netflix kids movies selection.
Disney’s 55th animated feature film, and of its most popular recent films, Zootopia is the story of sweet but spunky rabbit Judy Hopps who becomes the first rabbit police officer in the animal kingdom of Zootopia. It stars the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba and Jenny Slate.
7.Kung Fu Panda 3
Kung Fu Panda 3 is arguably the best Kung Fu Panda movie and continues the adventures of Po as he has his friends battle Kai, a supernatural bull that has been menacing the whole of China. It featured the all-star cast of Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogan, Kate Hudson and Jackie Chan.
Paddington Bear is a beloved character and hero of many children’s stories, created by Michael Bond in the late ’50s. The movie stars Julie Waters, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman. Paddington travels to London in search of a new home, and is adopted by the Brown family after they stumble upon him in Paddington Station.
9.D2: The Mighty Ducks
Quite simply one of the best sports-movie series out there, this second installment in the Ducks trilogy is almost as fun and satisfying and heartwarming as the first. Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) returns to ice hockey to coach the USA Hockey Team for the Junior Goodwill Games, a team that brings the Ducks members back together.
10.Honey I Shrunk the Kids
An absolute must for any kid’s movie-watching childhood, this was an unexpected hit and instant classic for Disney. It’s the story of eccentric scientist Wayne Szalinski who accidentally shrinks his two teenage children and some neighbor kids when he leaves his shrinking machine unattended. How do the kids get Wayne to realize they haven’t disappeared, but are just the size of insects?
Nominated for seven Oscars, this Australian-American movie is the story of a pig who is raised by a Border Collie and decides he wants to round up sheep like his dog peers. But instead, he starts bonding with the sheep. A feel-good film for everyone.
12.The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe adapts C.S. Lewis’s classic and epic children’s fantasy series. After being sent off to the country to escape the bombings in London during World War II, four children discover a magic wardrobe that transports them to another land. They get pulled into the conflict between a lion called Aslan and the evil White Witch.
13.Cats & Dogs
This funny and smart smash hit portrays a world in which an age-old war of espionage is ongoing between cats and dogs across the world. It stars Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins and Alexander Pollock and made two hundred million at the box office. An offbeat entry in good kids movies on Netflix.
14.Disney’s Pete’s Dragon
Disney’s Pete’s Dragon stars Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford. 5-year-old Pete suddenly finds himself orphaned when his parents’ car goes off the road. He’s rescued by a dragon called Elliot. Soon, however, they run into trouble from the local town’s residents.
15.The Secret Life of Pets
Max, a terrier, discovers his life is turned completely upside when his owner Katie takes in a stray mongrel called Duke who Max instantly takes a disliking to, especially since Katie’s affections are now divided between the two dogs. Cute and quick-paced, it was received well by critics and was a huge box office hit. Stars Louis C.K., Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper and Kevin Hart, and is one of the best kids movies on Netflix.
Loosely based on the true story of the 1988 Winter Olympics Jamaican bobsleigh team, Cool Runnings is an uplifting, hugely enjoyable movie about the triumph of the human spirit. After a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he decides to enlist the help of a disgraced coach and start up the first ever Jamaican Bobsled Team.
17.The Emperor’s New Groove
No list of good kids movies on Netflix is complete without this one! An arrogant Peruvian emperor gets turned into a llama in this endlessly entertaining movie that is somehow one of Disney’s best. A lovable peasant and the newly-turned llama team up in a buddy comedy with a hilarious villain. Oodles of fun.
18.Lilo & Stitch
The team behind Mulan and How to Train Your Dragon did this wonderful tale of a little girl who wants a dog and an alien who fulfills her wish. Funny, sweet, and an instant classic, with a killer Elvis soundtrack.
With stunning visuals and action sequences, and solid songs from Phil Collins, this won everyone’s hearts and earned its place in the Disney canon. The voice cast includes Minnie Driver, Glenn Close, Rosie O’Donell and Tony Goldwyn. Highly rewatchable.
What’s not to love about the sequel to one of the most-loved animated films of all time? Ellen DeGeneres returns to voice the forgetful, lovable Dory, as she searched for her parents alongside Nemo and Marlin. Emotional depth and fully-developed characters make this as winning and almost as memorable as the first one.