ByElle McFarlane, writer at Creators.co
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

With so many new films being added to the ever growing Netflix catalogue, it can be difficult to know where to start when choosing a film that’s both engaging but still appropriate for the younger audience. But have you checked out the must see movies for kids and families recently added to Netflix?

To make things a little easier, we’ve scoured through the best new, popular flicks for kids to watch online, meaning that those relaxing Sunday family film-watching afternoons, or those moments when all toddler-entertainment options appear to have been exhausted, become ever easier to handle.

So sit back, relax and let our child-friendly guide of kid movies on Netflix take full responsibility for the next couple of (hopefully, peaceful) hours. Oh and if you were wondering, this list of good kid friendly movies is currently streaming on Netflix right now in May 2017.

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37. Happy Feet (2006) Available May 1

  • Director: George Miller
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Elijah Woof, Brittany Murphy & Hugh Jackman
  • IMDB score: 6.5 / 10

Earning Warner Bros. their first Oscar for an animated feature, Happy Feet won over critics and audience members alike, even spawning a sequel in 2011. With an all-star cast including the likes of Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood and Robin Williams, this delightful tale is a treat for both adults and kids.

Plot: 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.

Why it's great for kids:

  • The central themes are embracing who you truly are, and accepting others despite of their differences — both of which are really great messages for young children.
  • Environmental issues are also briefly touched upon as one of the penguins has a plastic beer can holder stuck around his neck for most of the movie.
  • The main character, Mumble, teaches kids the importance of striving to overcome adversity, and that strength comes from within.

Things to be cautious of:

  • The penguin group are attacked by a group of elephant seals who could appear rather terrifying for younger children. They also have to battle the freezing elements.
  • Racial stereotypes are also mildly reinforced with the African-American penguin being a fundamentalist preacher and the Latin penguins being portrayed as party loving.

36. Kubo And The Two Strings (2016)

  • Director: Travis Knight
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: 7.9/10
  • IMDB score: Charlize Theron, Art Parkinson & Matthew McConaughey

Animation power house, Laika's, fourth feature length movie (Coraline also being available on Netflix - see 'number 32' below), Kubo and the Two Strings features voiceover work from Charlize Theron, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara, George Takei and Matthew McConaughey.

Plot: A kind hearted young boy, Kubo, who lives with his disturbed and widowed mother in an idyllic sea side town has his life turned upside down after he accidentally summons a spirit from the past — which results in his mother losing her life. Kubo consequently sets out to avenge his mother's death and revive his father's legacy.

Why it's great for kids:

  • Kubo reiterates the idea that anyone can be a hero, even young children who have all the odds stacked against them.
  • It's also really great for any children who have lost loved ones as it embodies the idea that loved ones live on in our hearts and minds long after they pass.
  • Themes of friendship, love of family and doing the right thing even when it seems difficult are also very prevalent throughout.

Things to be cautious of:

  • There are quite a few scenes of danger and peril, especially early in the film. As a baby, Kubo's evil grandfather plucks out one of his eyes, his father is killed and then shortly later his mother also dies. However, all these tragedies are what encourage Kubo to become the hero of his own story.
  • The 'Moon Sisters' are a particularly haunting duo, and so if watching with young children, you may want to pay vigilance to when they come on screen.

For A More In-Depth Analysis Check Out 'Is 'Kubo And The Two Strings' Scary For Kids?'

35. Disney's Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey (1993)

'Disney's Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
'Disney's Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
  • Director: Duwayne Dunham
  • Rating: G
  • Who's in it: Sally Field, Michael J. Fox & Don Alder
  • IMDB score: 6.9/10

The first in the iconic Homeward Bound two-part franchise, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a remake of the 1963 original which was based on a novel of the same name by Sheila Burnford. With voiceover actors including Michael J. Fox, Don Ameche and Sally Field, Homeward Bound is a timeless classic that kids and adults can enjoy again and again.

Plot: After Chance, a cheeky American Bulldog, Shadow, a wise Golden Retriever and Sassy, a quick-witted Himalayan cat, are left behind by their family on a ranch as they relocate to San Fransisco, the furry trio set out on an epic mission to track their beloved family down again.

Why it's great for kids:

  • The film advocates sticking together and the importance of teamwork in overcoming individual differences when facing great adversity.
  • Homeward Bound also reinforces the idea that above all things, love is worth overcoming all obstacles for.

Things to be cautious of:

  • At the beginning of the movie, more sensitive children may be disturbed by the distress caused to Shadow and Sassy as they are left behind by their (reluctant) owners.
  • There are a few scenes in which the animals seem to be in peril, but these are short lived and always overcome.

34. Cool Runnings (1993)

'Cool Runnings' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
'Cool Runnings' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
  • Director: Jon Turteltaub
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Doug E. Doug, John Candy & Leon
  • IMDB score: 6.9/10

Loosely based on the true story of the 1988 Winter Olympics Jamaican bobsleigh team, Cool Runnings was at the time, Disney's highest grossing live action film. It also featured the track 'I Can See Clearly Now' by Jimmy Cliff which became a huge hit around the world.

Plot: After a Jamaican sprinter finds himself disqualified from the Olympic Games, he decides to enlist the help of a disgraced coach and starts up the first ever Jamaican Bobsled Team.

Why it's great for kids:

  • It has an incredible message of valuing persistence, even though you may be the underdog. It encourages kids to really strive for their dreams even though they may seem completely unattainable.
  • It also promotes the idea of being true to yourself, and the value of friendship and teamwork.

Things to be cautious of:

  • If you're worried about exposing children to product placement, there's quite a lot of it in this movie from the likes of Coca Cola, Adidas, Red Stripe and American Airlines.
  • Occasionally there are scenes in which the bobsleigh looses control, but no blood is shed.
  • Some of the racial stereotypes and in the movie seem outdated now and some people may find them distasteful.

33. The Secret Life Of Pets (2016) Available From April 22

'The Secret Life Of Pets' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'The Secret Life Of Pets' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Director: Chris Renaud
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet & Kevin Hart
  • IMDB score: 6.6/10

Becoming the highest-grossing animated movies not produced by Disney or Pixar, The Secret Life Of Pets grossed a colossal $875 million at the box office and received positive reviews. Starring Louis C.K., Steve Coogan, Ellie Kemper and Kevin Hart, The Secret Life Pets has already been slated for a sequel aiming for release in July 2019.

Plot: 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. However, during an attempt to rid themselves of each other, they both end up getting taken into Animal Control and need to be rescued.

Why it's great for kids:

  • While learning all about the importance of teamwork and that you don't necessarily have to be related by blood to count as family, The Secret Life of Pets also educates kids in the importance of being a responsible pet owner and of the emotionality of animals in general.
  • It also teaches kids that while change and transition may at first appear threatening and scary, that ultimately they can be really rewarding if you open yourself up to them.

Things to be cautious of:

  • There are quite a few scenes of fast-paced drama and peril and even one scene in which one of the main characters doesn't look as though they aren't going to survive — of course they do, and everyone is fine though!
  • Some of the animals are quite aggressive to each other, occasionally baring their teeth and growling, this may be a little intimidating to young children unfamiliar with pets and animals in general.

32. Disney's The BFG (2016)

'Disney's The BFG' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
'Disney's The BFG' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
  • Director: Steven Spielberg
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Ruby Barhnhill, Mark Rylance & Penelope Wilton
  • IMDB score: 6.4/10

Transforming one of Roald Dahl's most beloved children's stories into a blockbuster, Steven Spielberg directs an all-star cast including Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Penelope Wilton and Rafe Spall in this magical adaptation.

Plot: When a young girl named Sophie chances upon the Big Friendly Giant (BFG) she discovers that while he may seem intimidating, he actually has a heart of gold and isn't like the other children-eating giants.

Why it's great for kids:

  • At the core of the movie lies the message that we should never judge people by their appearances. Sophie and the BFG may appear to be an odd pairing, but they end up caring for each other an awful lot.
  • Sophie and the BFG's friendship also demonstrates the importance of friendship, of standing up for people you care about and that it's not a sign of weakness to ask for help when you need it.

Things to be cautious of:

  • Like all of Roald Dahl's stories, there is a dark undercurrent to The BFG. Sophie is an orphan, who at the beginning of the movie is snatched from her home by the BFG — who at the time, we do not realize is a kind hearted soul. Some viewers may find this initially quite disturbing.
  • The other nine Giants who eat children can also be perceived as being quite scary, especially when they destroy the BFG's house after they discover he is hoarding Sophie and has befriended her.

31. Coraline (2009)

'Coraline' [Credit: Laika Pandemonium / Focus Features]
'Coraline' [Credit: Laika Pandemonium / Focus Features]
  • Director: Henry Selick
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher & John Hodgman
  • IMDB score: 7.7/10

Based on Neil Gaiman's novel of the same name, Coraline was created by the now infamous Laika animation studios (ParaNorman, The Boxtrolls and Kubo and the Two Strings). Nominated for both a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, Coraline went on to win Annie Awards for Best Music, Character Design and Production Design.

Plot: When Coraline discovers a fantastical otherworld which seems to mirror her own, she begins to discover a lot of dark, sinister secret that in turn makes her realize that her own world may not actually be all the bad after all.

Why it's great for kids:

  • It teaches a very valuable lesson that perfection isn't achievable, and also in many cases, actually not desirable. Accepting people for their flaws and their general messiness as human beings is much better than rejecting them because they fail to live up to expectations.
  • Coraline is a brave, kind and thoughtful heroine who slightly older children will identify with and want to imitate.

Things to be cautious of:

  • As with all of Laika's animated movies, Coraline has a rather sinister, creepy aesthetic which may scare some younger children.
  • The character Other Mother is also quite scary in her overall appearance, coupled with the indication that she has already murdered three children before meeting Coraline. In general, this movie is not for very young children or sensitive older children.

30. Disney's Pete's Dragon (2016)

'Disney's Pete's Dragon' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
'Disney's Pete's Dragon' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
  • Director: David Lowery
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Bruce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford & Oakes Fegley
  • IMDB score: 6.8/10

An adaptation of the movie musical of the same name, Disney's Pete's Dragon stars Oakes Fegley, Wes Bentley, Bryce Dallas Howard and Robert Redford. Grossing double it's 65 million dollar budget at the box office, Pete's Dragon turned out to be both a critical and commercial success.

Plot: While on a road trip with his parents, 5-year-old Pete suddenly finds himself orphaned when their car flips off the road, but he manages to survive after being rescued by a dragon called Elliot. However, once the nearby town's local residents discover the duo, things become increasingly difficult for them to live a peaceful life.

Why it's great for kids:

  • There is a really strong focus on the importance of preserving nature, and taking care of our natural environment as demonstrated by the care taken to preserve the natural park that the character's live in.
  • Pete's Dragon wonderfully reinforces the notion that you don't need to be biologically related to count as family. It also elegantly demonstrates that trust is something that is earned.

Things to be cautious of:

  • There are quite a few scenes of danger and distress such as at the beginning of the movie when Pete's parents are killed in a car crash and he's left alone in the woods. However, the memory of this trauma is quickly overcome by the developing relationship between Pete and Elliot.
  • There is also one scene where it appears Elliot may have been killed with a stun gun, however he is just momentarily stunned.

29. Finding Dory (2016)

'Finding Dory' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
'Finding Dory' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
  • Director: Andrew Standon
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks & Ed O'Neill
  • IMDB score: 7.4/10

The follow up of Pixar's enormously successful Finding Nemo which came out back in 2003, Finding Dory ended up outdoing it's predecessor by making over one billion dollars at the box office and becoming the highest-grossing animated movie opening ever in North America.

Plot: When Dory (who is played by Ellen Degeneres) was young, she became separated from her parents due to her poor memory and navigational skills. Now with the help of Marlin and Nemo, Dory sets out to find her parents.

Why it's great for kids:

  • Kids are given a brilliant education into all the different kinds of marine creatures, life under the sea and animal cruelty with regards to creatures being held in cramped captivity.
  • Family values, and the enduring love of parents for their children is really at the heart of this movie, as is the importance of teamwork, overcoming obstacles and friendship.

Things to be cautious of:

  • Early in the movie we watch as Dory becomes separated from her parents — this may distress some of the younger viewers.
  • Marlin, Nemo and Dory all have close encounters with dangerous aquatic characters, including a giant squid.

28. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe (2005)

'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
  • Director: Andrew Adamson
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Tilda Swinton, Georgie Henley & William Moseley
  • IMDB score: 6.9/10

Transforming C.S.Lewis's epic children's fantasy books into a movie franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe is the first installment in a series which sees four children crossing through to another world via a magical wardrobe.

Plot: During an evacuation from London to the country home of a professor in an attempt to escape the Luftwaffe in WWII, four children discover a magical wardrobe which gives them access to a cold, icy world called Narnia. Here they meet all manner of unusual beast, and get sucked into the brewing conflict between a mythical lion called Aslan and the cruel White Witch.

Why it's great for kids:

  • If you are a Christian, or you're interested in your children learning about Christianity, C.S.Lewis's Narnia books have often been cited as being thinly veiled metaphors for the life of Jesus, with Aslan portraying Christ.
  • It's also great for kids who have many siblings or close cousins to see that everyone has an equally important role to play within a family unit.
  • With a large special effects budget, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, is visually spectacular.

Things to be cautious of:

  • In the opening scenes we see London being bombed quite aggressively in WWII.
  • During the battle against the White Witch, some creatures are injured to the point of death. The White Witch (played by Tilda Swinton) may be scary to some more sensitive children.

27. Babe (1998)

'Babe' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
'Babe' [Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Director: Chris Noonan
  • Rating: G
  • Who's in it: James Cromwell, Magda Szubanski & Christine Cavanaugh
  • IMDB score: 6.8/10

An adaptation of the Dick King-Smith novel The Sheep-Pig, after seven years in development this Australian-American production went on to make 250 million dollars at the box office on a budget of 30 million as well as going on to receive seven Oscar nominations. Babe: Pig In The City, the sequel to Babe, is also available on Netflix from February 1.

Plot: After being orphaned and won as a prize at a county fair Babe is semi-reared by a Border Collie and soon becomes enamored with the idea of rounding up sheep like his dog peers. However, he begins to bond with the sheep and realizes that things are not always as easy for them as they may seem.

Why it's great for kids:

  • Kids can learn how farms function, and also they can be given a mild explanation of where meat comes from.
  • The main morals of the film are perseverance, not to care what other people think and to follow your heart.
  • Visually it is also very entertaining as for the most part, real animals were used in the filming, with their mouths being transformed via visual effects in post production.

Things to be cautious of:

  • One of the most distressing moments of the film arrives when a pack of dogs attack a pack of sheep, killing the oldest, Ma, who is a good friend to Babe.
  • References to slaughter houses, and the process of turning animals into meat also thread throughout the movie.

26. Balto (1995)

  • Director: Simon Wells
  • Rating: G
  • Who's in it: Bridget Fonda, Bob Hoskins & Kevin Bacon
  • IMDB score: 7.1/10

Spawning a trilogy of Balto Movies (Balto 2: Wolf Quest & Balto 3: Wings of Change) all of which are available on Netflix from February 1, Balto is loosely based on the real story of a dog of the same name who helped save the lives of young children from diphtheria back in 1925.

Plot: Balto, an outcast wolf-dog hybrid who lives with his adopted father, a snow goose, risks his life to prevent a dangerous disease from destroying his Alaskan hometown and taking the life of a young girl called Rosy.

Why it's great for kids:

  • As the movie is based on real life events, Balto actually teaches children what life was like living in a rural Alaskan climate in the mid '20s.
  • The movie carries some great morals, such as accepting people regardless of their differences, the importance of teamwork, of doing what is right and that friendship is incredibly important.

Things to be cautious of:

  • The movie features lots of scenes in which the main characters find themselves in grave peril. Dogs fall off cliffs, children get dangerously ill, little coffins are being made up in case of child mortality and there is a scary grizzly bear in the woods. However, in nearly all these cases, danger is averted.

25. Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass (2016)

'Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
'Disney’s Alice Through The Looking Glass' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
  • Director: James Bobin
  • Rating: 9+
  • Who's in it: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp & Helena Bonham Carter
  • IMDB score: 6.2/10

Based on Lewis Carroll's book of the same name, and a sequel to the 2010 movie Alice in Wonderland, Alice Through the Looking Glass stars Anne Hathaway, Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Rhys Ifans, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen and Timothy Spall.

Plot: Returning to the weird and fantastical world of Wonderland, Alice travels back in time to help her "one true friend," the Mad Hatter.

Why it's great for kids:

  • It's an immersive visual spectacle which will be sure to keep kids completely entranced for the entirety of its running time.
  • It has a strong female protagonist, who is just as brave, capable and strong as her male counterparts — if not more so.

Things to be cautious of:

  • There are a few scenes that children may find distressing. At several points in seems as though Alice is on the verge of death, she plunges a needle into a doctor to escape the asylum she's been locked away in and her ship is caught in a storm which nearly kills all of her crew.

24. Bee Movie (2007)

'Bee Movie' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'Bee Movie' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Director: Simon J. Smith & Steve Hickner
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Renée Zellweger, Jerry Seinfeld & Matthew Broderick
  • IMDB score: 6.1/10

Produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures, Bee Movie stars Renée Zellweger and Jerry Seinfeld, with Seinfeld also co-writing the movie. Making just under 300 million dollars at the box office, Bee Movie performed averagely at the cinemas but was nominated for a Golden Globe.

Plot: Having recently graduated from college, a bee called Barry B. Benson eventually becomes disillusioned by his career choice of becoming a honey maker. While on a trip beyond the hive, Barry's life is changed forever when he realizes that humans eat honey, and so he consequently decides to sue them.

Why it's great for kids:

  • Its simple storyline means that it's easy to follow for children of all ages.
  • There's a strong environmentally friendly message, with the bees discovering how important it is for them to maintain their surroundings. Barry also learns how it's important to work as a team to achieve great things and kids also learn the importance of sticking up for others when they need help.

Things to be cautious of:

  • There's a lot of product placement from the likes of the New York Post, Timberland and Variety.
  • We see bees in a honey farm getting gassed with smoke by the bee keepers and Barry also has quite a scary flight across Manhattan in which he's nearly killed several times.

23. The Parent Trap (1961)

'The Parent Trap' [Credit: Buena Vista Distribution]
'The Parent Trap' [Credit: Buena Vista Distribution]
  • Director: David Swift
  • Rating: G
  • Who's in it: Hayley Mills, Maureen O'Hara & Brian Keith
  • IMDB score: 7.1/10

Nominated for two Academy Awards, spawning three Television sequels and a movie remake in 1998 starring Lindsay Lohan, The Parent Trap is a classic that has stood the test of time.

Plot: Identical twins, Susan and Sharon, who were separated at birth by their parents, each growing up with either their mother or their father, discover each other at summer camp and hatch a plan to get their parents back together again. Swapping lives to experience what their other parent is like, the twins soon come up against some obstacles, such as their father's imminent marriage to a money-hungry fiancée.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • Its lessons have stood the test of time, valuing the importance of team work, communication and family.
  • It also encourages viewers to see that even though two people may on the surface appear to be completely different, and come from completely different worlds, that there are common similarities shared between them if a little bit of time is spent searching for them.

Things to be cautious of:

  • Even though they mean well, the twins' plan to bring their parents back together involves having to deceive them as well as pulling a series of pranks on their father's gold digging fiancée.
  • There is a bit of mild slapping to be wary of: a woman slaps a young girl and two girls slap each other in a fight at the summer camp.

22. The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

'The Angry Birds Movie' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
'The Angry Birds Movie' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
  • Director: Clay Kaytis & Fergal Reilly
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad & Danny McBridge
  • IMDB score: 6.3/10

Based on the computer game of the same name, Angry Birds is an American-Finnish computer animated movie which was animated by Sony Pictures Imageworks. Starring Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Sean Penn and Peter Dinklage it made 350 million dollars at the box office.

Plot: The movie revolves around trying to discover exactly what it is that's making the birds so angry. The film's set on an island populated by happy but flightless birds who are paid a visit by some mysterious green pigs. Ultimately it becomes the task of three unlikely heroes — Red, Bomb and Chuck to discover exactly what these pigs are up to.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • The underlying moral of The Angry Birds Movie is not to judge people before you know them, and that everyone has something positive to offer society.
  • However, the goal of the movie is more to entertain then the be of educational value, and it does this well — children and adults alike will enjoy this movie!

Things to be cautious of:

  • Sometimes the language can be quite crude using terms like "idiot," "butt" and "pluck my life."
  • Parents might also want to be aware that the movie is tied in to a franchise and there are some allusions to the purchasable Angry Birds merchandise within the movie.
  • There are a few allusions to sex such as when an eagle looks at another bird taking a bath through a telescope and when a pig attaches two plungers to its tummy and insinuates they are breasts.

21. Honey I Shrunk The Kids (1989)

'Honey I Shrunk The Kids' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
'Honey I Shrunk The Kids' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
  • Director: Joe Johnston
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Rick Moranis, Matt Frewer & Marcia Strassman
  • IMDB score: 6.3/10

Joe Johnston's (Jumanji, Captain America: The First Avenger) directorial debut, Honey I Shrunk The Kids stars Rick Moranis and Marcia Strassman and became an unexpected box office success bringing in 222 million dollars and becoming up until that point, Disney's highest grossing live-action movie.

Plot: After slaving away trying to perfect a ray gun for shrinking objects, eccentric scientist Wayne Szalinski leaves his shrinking machine unattended and his two teenagers and the neighboring kids tinker with it and accidentally shrink themselves. Their mission is then to get Wayne to realize they haven't disappeared, but are actually just the size of insects.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • It's a classic which is fun for all the family, parents can relate to the adults in the movie and the vintage special effects still hold their own in a nostalgically endearing way.
  • The film shows that very different types of people are able to get on, Wayne's children and the neighboring kids being forced to get on despite of their clear differences.

Things to be cautious of:

  • There are a few scenes which show the shrunken children in peril including when they have to run from a scorpion, when they ride a honey bee and when they nearly drown in a mud puddle. But they managed to evade danger each time.
  • There is also a scene in which two teenagers make out, which some adults may not wish their children to see.

20. D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994)

'D2: The Mighty Ducks' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
'D2: The Mighty Ducks' [Credit: Buena Vista Pictures]
  • Director: Sam Weisman
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Emilio Estevez, Kathryn Erbe & Michael Tucker
  • IMDB score: 5.9/10

The second installment in the Might Ducks trilogy, D2:The Mighty Ducks was produced by Disney and stars Emilio Estevez, Michael Tucker and Kathryn Erbe. It performed pretty well at the box office, bringing in 45 million on a budget of 10 million dollars.

Plot: D2: The Mighty Ducks sees former peewee ice hockey coach Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez) having to withdraw from the league due to a knee injury. However, he is then given the task of coaching the USA Hockey Team for the Junior Goodwill Games which features many of the old Ducks!

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • The moral message at the centre of the film is that friendship, teamwork and following the rules is what helps the Ducks win over their opponents who "play dirty."
  • Coach Gordon leads a great example to the kids, although he gets briefly swept up in focusing on the competition rather than what's best for his team, he eventually embodies the belief that it's not the winning that matters, it's the taking part.

Things to be cautious of:

  • As mentioned above, the Coach does briefly prioritize the competition over his team, but he soon learns the error of his ways.
  • There are some scenes of mild violence when the two teams go head to head on the ice rink, leaving some players rolling on the ground in pain.

19. Paddington (2014)

'Paddington' [Credit: StudioCanal]
'Paddington' [Credit: StudioCanal]

Director: Paul King

Rating: PG

Who's in it: Julie Walters, Sally Hawkins & Hugh Bonneville

IMDB score: 7.2/10

Based on the fictional character Paddington Bear as created by Michael Bond in the late '50s, the movie features Julie Waters, Jim Broadbent, Hugh Bonneville and Nicole Kidman. After the first installment did well at the box office, the sequel (Paddington 2) is due for release next year.

Plot: Upon traveling to London in search of a new home in the wake of an earthquake in his Peruvian homeland, Paddington finds himself lost and alone. However, at Paddington Station he finds the Brown family who offer their home to him for temporary shelter.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • It's highly topical and could be a good means of explaining to young children what it means to be a refugee.
  • It emphasizes the importance of family, and the fact that family doesn't necessarily need to be blood related.
  • Paddington is an excellent role model as he places a great deal of importance on always making sure to be polite to those he knows as well as to strangers.

Things to be cautious of:

  • Paddington has to flee an earthquake, some of which is shown, in his hometown which ultimately kills his uncle. This may be distressing to some children but takes place at the beginning of the movie so it's over early on.
  • Millicent (Kidman) a slightly sadistic museum taxidermist becomes Paddington's antagonist in the movie, at one point she kidnaps him, but naturally, no lasting harm comes to him.

18. The Jungle Book (2016)

'The Jungle Book' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
'The Jungle Book' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
  • Director: Jon Favreau
  • Rating: 9+
  • Who's in it: Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley & Neel Sethi
  • IMDB score: 7.5/10

Combining elements of Rudyard Kipling's original novel with the animated Disney movie of the same name, The Jungle Book stars Bill Murray, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Lupita Nyong'o, Scarlett Johansson and Christopher Walken. Making just under a billion dollars at the box office, it was tremendously successful.

Plot: Alongside a panther called Bagheera and a lovable bear called Baloo, a "man-cub" known as Mowgli begins a journey of self discovery while trying to avoid the many threats that lurk deep within the jungle.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • There's a huge focus on the importance of friends and teamwork, as well as championing non-traditional families as wolves Akela and Raksha view Mowgli as their child.
  • It shows that those who are driven by a cruel and malicious agenda such as Shere Khan, Mowgli's nemesis, are often incredibly unpopular and ultimately receive their comeuppance.
  • Visually the movie is stunning, meaning that children and adults alike will be completely transfixed and transported into the jungle with Mowgli and his friends.

Things to be cautious of:

  • There is quite a lot of violence and characters die, sometimes quite suddenly and shockingly. Mowgli is frequently being chased and is often in what appears to be grave danger. This may be disturbing for more sensitive children.
  • The jungle animals battle quite aggressively, involving lots of snarling, teeth and occasional scenes of blood.
  • When Mowgli eventually says goodbye to his wolf family, it is quite upsetting and may be perceived as distressing, even though he is doing so to be with fellow humans instead.

17. Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

'Kung Fu Panda 3' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Kung Fu Panda 3' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Dustin Hoffman, Jack Black & Bryan Cranston
  • IMDB score: 7.2/10

Produced by DreamWorks and distributed by 20th Century Fox, Kung Fu Panda 3 made a whopping five hundred and nineteen million dollars world wide and features an all star cast including Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Lucy Liu, Seth Rogan, Kate Hudson and Jackie Chan.

Plot: Continuing with his "legendary adventures of awesomeness," Po the panda and his friends "the furious five" have to battle Kai, a supernatural bull that has been menacing the whole of China.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • Just like the two films before it, Kung Fu Panda 3 is masterfully crafted and visually delightful meaning that children will be fully engrossed for its ninety five minute running time.
  • The film contains some good moral messages such as using what you're talented in to good use and overcoming obstacles through friendship.
  • Any child who has anything other than a typical nuclear family set up will appreciate the message that family doesn't always mean you have to be blood related as Po, for example, has two fathers (one biological, one not).

Things to be cautious of:

  • The film does contain a lot of martial arts style violence, although nothing is ever shown as being particularly gruesome.
  • There are also flashback scenes depicting a child/parent separation which some may find distressing.
  • The villain, Kai the bull, may scare some children, but he is ultimately defeated.

16. Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin (1997)

'Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin' [Credit: Walt Disney Home Video]
'Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin' [Credit: Walt Disney Home Video]
  • Director: Karl Geurs
  • Rating: G
  • Who's in it: Jim Cummings, John Fiedler & Ken Sansom
  • IMDB score: 7.0/10

While loosely based on A. A. Milne's original characters, Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search For Christopher Robin is an entirely original story. Starring Jim Cummings and John Fiedler, this movie is great for kids already familiar with the books.

Plot: Pooh and Christopher Robin are best friends and spend all their time together. However, when it comes time for Christopher to go to school, he can't bring himself to tell Pooh and instead leaves a note. Upon reading the note, Pooh believes that Christopher Robin is in trouble in a dangerous place called 'skull' and sets out to find him.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • The films main theme is that of the importance of friendship, an excellent message for children of all ages.
  • The film will be enjoyable for the whole family given that Winnie the Pooh spans several generations since it's first publication in 1926.
  • It also might be particularly useful for younger siblings of children who are nearing school age, learning that when they eventually have to leave for school that they are not in danger, and they will always return.

Things to be cautious of:

  • There are a few scary scenes, including one of a huge shadow which seems to be malicious — but does eventually turn out to be Christopher Robin.
  • Children may also be distressed when Pooh and Christopher become separated.

15. FairyTale: A True Story (1997)

'Fairy Tale: A True Story' [Credit: Warner Bros. / Paramount Pictures]
'Fairy Tale: A True Story' [Credit: Warner Bros. / Paramount Pictures]
  • Director: Charles Sturridge
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Paul McGann, Florence Hoath & Elizabeth Earl
  • IMDB score: 6.5/10

Loosely based on the true story of the Cottingley Fairies, FairyTale: A True Story stars Peter O'Toole, Harvey Keitel, Bill Nighy and Paul McGann and grossed fourteen million dollars at the US box office.

Plot: Set in 1917, two young cousins encounter what they believe to be fairies at a brook close to one of their houses. Taking one of their fathers cameras, they take a photo which becomes arguably the first photographic evidence to support the existence of fairies.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • Children will be captivated by the idea that peers their own age could have captured such a potentially important piece of history.
  • They will also be enchanted by the benevolent fairies who are mesmerizing to watch.
  • The cast are brilliant and really make the film feel as real as the original story.

Things to be cautious of:

  • The film is set with the backdrop of WWI. Near the beginning of the film we see a train station filled with wounded soldiers.
  • One of the girl's father's is missing in the war and even though he does eventually return, this could be distressing for some viewers.
  • The girls at times have to deceive people, however it is never done out of malice.

14. Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief (2008)

'Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief' [Credit: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment]
'Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief' [Credit: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment]
  • Director: Craig Shapiro
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Kyla Pratt, Peter Coyote & Malcolm Stewart
  • IMDB score: 4.0/10

The fourth film in the Dr. Dolittle franchise, Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief doesn't star Eddie Murphy who was in the first two movies, but does feature Kyla Pratt who played his daughter in both the first and second movies as well as the following third and fourth installments.

Plot: Maya Dolittle (Pratt) like her father, is able to talk to animals. Whilst her father is away the President of the United States calls him to ask if he can help the Presidential dog, and also save an African forest. In his absence, Maya takes her fathers place in a bid to help the President.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • It really promotes the idea that animals are, like humans, emotional creatures, and should be respected as such in every day life.
  • It shows kids that adversity may always be overcome, not matter how great the obstacle.
  • Being able to hear the animals talk is hilarious, and something children will immediately warm too, especially if they have pets of their own.

Things to be cautious of:

  • Sometimes the animals participate in crude humour.

13. Zootopia (2016)

'Zootopia' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
'Zootopia' [Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
  • Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman & Idris Elba
  • IMDB score: 8.1/10

Disney's 55th animated feature film, Zootopia stars the voices of Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba and Jenny Slate and received overwhelmingly positive critical reviews, grossing over one billion dollars worldwide.

Plot: In a world of anthropomorphized animals, bunny rabbit Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit police officer in Zootopia and ends up uncovering a conspiracy which, with the help of a con-artist fox, she must solve.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • It grapples with hugely important issues of prejudice and stereotyping and makes the instantly relatable to children of all ages.
  • From an educational perspective, children will learn the difference between predator and prey animals.
  • It's fast-paced, well structured, beautifully crafted and thoroughly enjoyable meaning that kids will be entertained throughout.

Things to be cautious of:

  • The 'predators' pose a particular threat to the benign protagonists, including several references to 'mob' behavior and allusions to violence, although this is never depicted on screen.
  • In order to get its moral message across, it includes scenes of bullying and prejudice toward some of the smaller animals which may upset younger viewers.

12. Cats & Dogs (2001)

'Cats & Dogs' [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
'Cats & Dogs' [Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Director: Lawrence Guterman
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire & Jeff Goldblum
  • IMDB score: 5.1/10

Starring Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins and Alexander Pollock, Cats & Dogs focuses on the age old rivalry between cats and dogs, and made a huge two hundred million dollars at the box office.

Plot: Unbeknown to their human owners, a complex war of secret espionage is taking place between all cats and dogs across the world.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • It's immediately applicable to their everyday life, being able to relate the film to their own experiences of domestic cats and dogs.
  • Whilst not being a particularly profound film, it is fun and sure to keep kids laughing for the full ninety minute duration.

Things to be cautious of:

  • Expect a fair deal of potty humor and a mild amount of violence — although no one is depicted as getting badly hurt.
  • A dog is shown to be on life support which may be distressing for some children.

11. Hoot (2006)

'Hoot' [Credit: New Line Cinema]
'Hoot' [Credit: New Line Cinema]
  • Director: Wil Shriner
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Brie Larson, Luke Wilson & Logan Lerman
  • IMDB score: 5.6/10

Based on Carl Hiaasen's novel of the same name, Hoot stars Luke Wilson, Logan Lerman, Brie Larson, Tim Blake Nelson and Neil Flynn and was filmed mostly in Florida.

Plot: When Roy A. Eberhardt (Logan Lerman) moves to Florida with his family he discovers a colony of owls who are under threat from a local construction site. Banding up with his classmates, Roy tries to save the owls from their imminent fate.

Why it's brilliant for kids:

  • It teaches children the fragility of nature and how it's important to stand up for what we believe in.
  • With it's ninety minute runtime it's the perfect length to keep kids engaged before getting bored.

Things to be cautious of:

  • The children engage in mild illegal and anti-establishment behavior in order to protect the owls.
  • A bully repeatedly picks on the main character, at one point pushing his face into a window.

10. The Little Prince (2015)

'The Little Prince' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
'The Little Prince' [Credit: Paramount Pictures]
  • Director: Mark Osborne
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy & Rachel McAdams
  • IMDB score: 7.8/10

Based on the beloved children’s book written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, this gorgeous stop-motion animation film weaves a stunning coming of age tale around an all star cast of Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard and Benicio Del Toro.

Plot: A young girl who lives with her mother is trying to make sense of the world around her when her neighbor, the Aviator, steps in and introduces her to an incredible new world, the world of the Little Prince, where it seems anything is possible.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • The film encourages children to see the wonder in the world around them, and to respect and care for one and other.
  • If they’re a fan of the book it is a great opportunity form them to see it depicted in a sensitive and tender way on the ‘big screen.’
  • It is visually stunning, meaning that if little one’s struggle to follow speech, they’ll still be entertained.

Things to be cautious of:

  • It is at times a little confusing, often indulging in elaborate metaphors to get its message across, this may befuddle some of the younger viewers, especially in the last third of the film which seems almost more aimed at adults than children.
  • Themes of death and loss are discussed frequently, although subtly.
  • There is some violence, a child suffering minor scrapes with a little blood, snakes are shown to devour an animal and a man shoots at one of the poisonous snakes.

9. Open Season: Scared Silly (2015)

'Open Season: Scared Silly' [Credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment]
'Open Season: Scared Silly' [Credit: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment]
  • Director: David Feiss
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Melissa Sturm, Donny Lucas & William Townsend
  • IMDB score: 5.2/10

Part of the Open Season franchise from Sony Pictures Animation, Open Season: Scared Silly is the fourth feature length film in the fun-loving series.

Plot: Elliot the one-antlered mule deer tells his his best friend Boog the bear a fabled story of the Wailing Wampus Werewolf who lives in the forest. Terrified, Boog cancels his annual summer camping trip until he knows the werewolf is gone. Elliot and their woodland friends decide to come together to help Boog get over his fear once and for all.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • Fans of the Open Season franchise will be delighted with this fourth installment which sees all of their favorite characters return for yet another funny family-friendly caper.
  • It offers a good moral support for any child trying to overcome their fears.
  • With it’s running themes that ‘words can hurt’ and ‘friends are always there for each other,’ kids can learn some solid moral lessons from this comic caper.

Things to be cautious of:

  • Being released direct to video, do not expect a filmic masterpiece, do expect plenty of potty jokes about ‘pee’ ‘butts’ ‘poo’ and ‘tushies’ however.

8. Goosebumps (2015)

'Goosebumps' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
'Goosebumps' [Credit: Columbia Pictures]
  • Director: Rob Letterman
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Jack Black, Dylan Minnette & Odeya Rush
  • IMDB score: 6.3/10

Based on the R.L.Stine book franchise of the same name, Goosebumps stars comedy favorite, Jack Black and was nominated for the Best Family Film by the Las Vegas Film Critics Society.

Plot: A young teen joins forces with the daughter of young adult horror author — Goosebumps creator, R.L.Stine — after his imaginary demons are released upon the town of Madison.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • It’s flashy, fun and guaranteed to keep them entertained for the entire one hundred minute run-time.
  • While it does deal with sightly more scary elements, it always does so in a light-hearted way, and with Jack Black at the helm, it never feels as though the bad guys are ever truly going to win.

Things to be cautious of:

  • The film includes lots of different kinds of ghouls and monsters which could scare slightly more sensitive children.
  • It does include a small amount of kissing.

7. Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday (2016)

'Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday' [Credit: Netflix]
'Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday' [Credit: Netflix]
  • Director: John Lee
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Paul Reubens, Jordan Black & Doug Cox
  • IMDB score: 6.3/10

Resurrecting the lovable Pee-Wee Herman best known from his ‘80s television and film series, Paul Reubens is back and proves that Herman's appeal is still as approachable now as he was thirty years ago.

Plot: After meeting a mysterious stranger, Pee-Wee Herman decides its finally time for him to go on his first ever holiday in what becomes a grand tale of friendship and fate.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • Pee-Wee, like Mr Bean, indulges in the kind of man-child slapstick comedy which never fails to get children laughing in hysterics.
  • There are less innuendos then in the earlier Pee-Wee franchise, and all the mild references to violence (a bank robbery, an altercation with a snake and a kidnapping) are enacted in such a comical way that it makes it more difficult for the scenes to be interpreted as scary.

Things to be cautious of:

  • As stated above, there are some themes which could be interpreted as a little adult, and while enacted in a comical way, some children may find them a bit confusing.

6. Meet the Small Potatoes (2013)

'Meet the Small Potatoes' [Credit: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment]
'Meet the Small Potatoes' [Credit: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment]
  • Director: Josh Selig
  • Rating: G
  • Who's in it: Malcolm McDowell & Jasper Newell
  • IMDB score: 6.2/10

A filmic spin-off of the British animated TV series Small Potatoes, which aired on CBeebies in the UK, ABC 4 Kids in Australia and Disney Junior in the US.

Plot: A family of potatoes, Ruby, Olaf, Chip and Nate, leave their small-town humble beginnings and swap their Idaho farm for life on the road as they take the singing world by storm.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • With its multitude of catchy songs, kids will be sure to love singing along to their favorite potato characters.
  • Running at just over seventy minutes, it’s short and succinct enough for those with even the shortest of attention spans to enjoy.

Things of be cautious of:

  • Its adult mockumentary style can at times prove a little confusing for children.

5. The Sound of Music (1965)

'The Sound of Music' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'The Sound of Music' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Director: Robert Wise
  • Rating: G
  • Who's in it: Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer & Eleanor Parker
  • IMDB score: 8.0/10

Possibly one of the most famous musicals of all time and featuring the legendary Julie Andrews, this tale of motherhood, coming of age and family values set to the stunning back drop of the Austrian mountains truly is a cross-generational treat.

Plot: Leaving an Austrian convent, the young, optimistic Maria (Julie Andrews) ends up becoming a governess to the seven children of a Naval officer widower, and slowly but surely wins her way into all of their hearts.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • Combining a wonderful plot and clear, positive moral messages, kids have found themselves — decade after decade — becoming transfixed with this engaging movie and taking a lot away from it.
  • It includes numerous memorable songs which children love to recite, often relaying some sort of strong moral under pinning.

Things to be cautious of:

  • There are brief, subtle hints to Nazism which may make some children feel uneasy.
  • A gun is brandished in the final section of the film, but no one is hurt.
  • At nearly three hours long, it might be pushing the limits of youthful attention spans.

4. Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)

'Ice Age: The Meltdown' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Ice Age: The Meltdown' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Director: Carlos Saldanha
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Denis Leary, Ray Romano & John Leguizamo
  • IMDB score: 6.9/10

The second in the much loved Ice Age franchise which is now in production for its sixth film, Ice Age: The Meltdown was a whopping box office success, scooping in over six hundred and sixty million dollars at the box office.

Plot: The lovable trio of 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 so they must join a host of different living creatures in a huge pilgrimage to higher ground.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • With all three of the main characters being voiced by stand-up comics, it’s very funny, and fast moving, making sure that kids are bound to keep their eyes glued to the screen.
  • As the ice caps melting poses the biggest threat to the lovable trio, it also offers a unique way to explain the process of global in an understandable way to youngsters.

Things to be cautious of:

  • Some of the underwater villains are quite frightening, as are the toothy tigers.
  • A mother is also seen drowning as she tries to save her child which could be distressing.
  • The viewers are presented with a world laden with natural disasters (avalanches, volcanoes, rising sea levels etc) which can make the world seem a very threatening place.

3. Tooth Fairy (2010)

  • Director: Michael Lembeck
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Ashley Judd, Julie Andrews & Dwayne Johnson
  • IMDB score: 5.0/10

A fantasy, comedy family film starring Dwayne Johnson (The Rock), Ashley Judd and Julie Andrews, Tooth Fairy went on to have a positive box office success and spawned a sequel, Tooth Fairy 2, although unfortunately, this went straight to DVD release.

Plot: A gruff, rough minor-league hockey player commits a bad deed and learns how to bond with his girlfriend’s children after becoming magically transformed into a tooth fairy for an entire week.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • It shows that every action has a consequence in a funny and relatable manner.
  • It’s funny - having The Rock’s uber-masculine persona thrown into jeopardy by taking on the role of the tooth fairy is comedic to every age group.
  • Whilst it’s not particularly serious, it’s a great fun watch for all of the family.

Things to be cautious of:

There is some mild bad language and violence, predominantly taking place in the context of a hockey game with one player ending up losing a tooth.

2. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (2010)

'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Director: Michael Apted
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Ben Barnes, Georgia Henley & Skandar Keynes
  • IMDB score: 6.3/10

The third in the Chronicles of Narnia film series from Walden Media based on C.S.Lewis’s books of the same name.

Plot: Lucy and Edmund return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace, meet up with Prince Caspian and sail across the sea in his royal ship, The Dawn Treader, meeting a host of enchanting creatures on the way to the edge of the world.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • Aimed at slightly older children, fans of the book will delight in seeing their favorite characters light up the screen.
  • The main characters are all nobel, brave and focused on defeating evil through their selflessness and self-sacrificing natures.

Things to be cautious of:

  • This film is for children of around eight years and up as it deals with quite a complex plot which might leave younger children a bit perplexed.
  • Be aware that it is part of a series, and that in order to make the most of this film, it is advisable to watch the previous two installments.
  • There is a fair amount of sword fighting, but no serious injuries are shown.

1. Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014)

'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' [Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Director: Shawn Levy
  • Rating: PG
  • Who's in it: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams & Owen Wilson
  • IMDB score: 6.2/10

The sequel to Night at the Museum and Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, the franchise returns with its third installment with Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson and Ben Kingsley comprising its all-star cast.

Plot: Larry (Stiller) the protagonist finds himself out of a job after an exhibition at the Planetarium goes wrong, forcing him to unite with a selection of favorite characters from the previous films, as well as a host of new faces, on an gargantuan task to save magic before it disappears from the world forever.

Why it’s brilliant for kids:

  • The moral underpinning of the film advocates the importance of being a good friend as well as being true to who you are and accepting yourself.
  • If you’ve watched the previous two films in the series, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb brings back some old favorites, which kids will love.
  • Full of slapstick humor, it’s fun for all the family.

Things to be cautious of:

  • Ancient statues come to life, some characters end up getting trapped in a fiery volcano and there’s quite a few references to the ‘end’ of the world approaching, some may find this a little disturbing.
  • There is a moment where it seems as though the entire gang may have perished, this proves not to be the case, but may be upsetting during that particular scene.

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