ByTrevor Norkey, writer at
Writer, filmmaker, actor and film enthusiast.
Trevor Norkey

One of the most consistent movie genres over the years has been childrens' movies. No matter how old people get, there will always be a new audience of kids who want to see some of their favorite characters on screen.

But are these kids movies really only for kids? Some days, I just feel like putting on one of my favorite movies from my childhood, or even current kids movies. This feeling is very natural, especially when we don't want to watch an overly complex movie like Inception. No matter how old we get, there will always be that inner kid in us that wants to rewatch some of our old favorite movies.

Here are 5 kids movies we will always secretly love...

1. 'Up'

Up is quite possibly one of Disney Pixar's greatest creations ever. If the opening and tragic montage isn't enough to make Up one of your favorite movies, then the beloved characters like Russell and Dug are.

One of the best features of this film is the relationship between Carl and Russell. This is actually becomes more entertaining as we grow older, as we somehow find ways to connect to both characters, even though they are polar opposites. Up is easily one of my favorite kids movies of all time that I can't help but enjoy every time I watch it.

If you have a box of Kleenex nearby, rewatch the Ellie and Carl montage below just to relive the powerful emotions it brings out:

2. 'The Spongebob Squarepants Movie'

Over the past several years, "memes" have taken over the Internet, with popular characters like "Bad Luck Brian" and "Grumpy Cat." However, one of the most consistent themes in memes I find is Spongebob. Every day, there seems to be a new Spongebob meme overtaking the Internet, usually connected to the characters Spongebob, Patrick or Squidward.

Though we may be older now, Spongebob Squarepants is still funny to us, which is why I had to include The Spongebob Squarepants Movie on this list. The humor in this film is legendary, with hilarious songs like "Now That We're Men," and even a cameo by David Hasselhoff. I don't think there will ever be a day when I won't enjoy watching this movie.

Check out one of the most beloved songs of the entire movie below - a song that also accurately describes our delusions going into adulthood:

3. 'Scooby-Doo'

Though the greatness of the sequel is arguable, there is no arguing that the first live-action adaptation of Scooby-Doo was a masterpiece. The great cast perfectly adapted our favorite cartoon characters into a live action Mystery Inc.

In addition, Scooby himself won our hearts during the movie, making his connection with Shaggy into the thing we cared about most during the course of the film. Plus, the comedic name of Shaggy's girlfriend Mary Jane is something we can all chuckle about as adults.

Check out the clip from the movie below:

4. 'The Lion King'

No matter how hard they try, Disney will never be able to beat their own masterpiece The Lion King. This heartwarming story is truly inspirational for anyone who has challenges to overcome. If Simba can return to his family after "killing" his father and defeat his evil uncle who is protected by countless hyenas, you can probably do whatever you are trying to do too.

This movie brings us some of the most beloved characters of all time, including Simba, Timon, Pumba, Rafiki and Mufasa, the wisest Disney character ever. This Disney masterpiece is one I will never be embarrassed to say I enjoy.

Relive Mufasa's words of wisdom in the clip below:

5. 'Shrek'

Believe it or not, Shrek was the first movie in history to win the Oscar for 'Best Animated Feature.' Shrek is not only a funny movie, but the messages carried are truly something to fall for. The incredible story of Shrek overcoming his hatred for the world by teaming up with a donkey (a literal jackass) to save a princess for someone else really hits home for anyone who hates interaction with people (so most people in the world).

The best part of the movie is easily the finale, when Shrek and Fiona finally kiss. Fiona is confused because the spell did not turn her human, but rather kept her as an ogre. She expected to become beautiful, to which Shrek replies, "But you are beautiful." This scene is my favorite part of the franchise because it shows the true extent of love, even if you are just a lonely, old ogre.

Check out this beautiful climax below:

No matter how old we get, we will always secretly love to watch kids movies. It's just a way of life. Whether it's Shrek, Up or something else entirely, kids movies will always warm our hearts in new and amazing ways. There are some days when I would seriously prefer a family friendly movie like The Lion King over a dark and gritty movie that society tells me I have to watch at my age.

What is your favorite kids movie? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!


What is your favorite kids movie?


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