Our readers with children often ask me, “What are some good kids movies?”. Because of this, I’ve decided to put together of list of some of the best kids movies currently available on DVD and Blu-ray.
Rated G Movies for Kids and Teens
Whether they’re animated or live-action, a good rated G movies for kids and teens have the ability to transport your child to a different time and place. While keeping them occupied, a kids movie can also teach children valuable moral lessons (which is always an added bonus).
Good Family Movies for Children
Here are some good family movies for children. At the end of the article, I’ve also included a list of other kids movies worth checking out. When combined, there should be enough movies here to keep you child occupied and entertained for quite some time.
- 101 Dalmatians (1961) – A charming tale from Walt Disney, this animated feature revolves around the adventures of numerous Dalmatian puppies as they attempt to escape from the sinister Cruella De Vil. A heartwarming and timeless classic, this film has grossed over $200 million during the years (and deservedly so).
- Charlotte’s Web (1973) – Another classic animated film, this time about a pig named Wilbur who is saved from being slaughtered by a barn spider named Charlotte. You’re guaranteed to cry at the end, but the positive message of the film teaches that life continues to go on. Listen for the voice of Paul Lynde in a standout performance as Templeton the Rat.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) – Considered a children’s classic, this musical is based on the book by Ian Fleming (yes, the same man who created James Bond). Starring Dick Van Dyke and a flying car, this rollicking kids movie includes musical numbers, people disguised as toys, and Benny Hill.
- E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) – This science-fiction film from Steven Spielberg can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. After becoming stranded on Earth, a small alien is befriended by a young boy who tries to help him get back home. Many critics consider E.T. to be the greatest science fiction film ever made, and it’s one of the first films I suggest when someone asks me, “What are some good kids movies?”.
- The Black Stallion (1979) – Based on the classic children’s novel, this live-action kids film is about a child stranded on a desert island with an Arabian stallion. The two eventually become friends, and, following their rescue, compete in a race against two champion horses. A great story of friendship, and the happy ending is a nice bonus.
- Babe (1995) – An Australian film about a pig who longs to be a sheep dog. Combines live action with animatronic pigs and Border Collies. The excellent cast is lead by James Cromwell and also features the voice talents of Hugo Weaving. An excellent kids movie which teaches what a person (or pig) can do when they set their mind to it.
- The Lion King (1994) – Another Disney animated film makes the list. The Lion King was a monster hit across the globe, grossing over $783 million. Voice actors include Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones, Nathan Lane, Cheech Marin and Robert Guillaume.
After his father is killed, a young lion named Simba must grow to adulthood and claim his rightful place as king of the animals. Musical numbers include “Circle of Life,” “Hakuna Matata,” and “Can You Feel the Love Tonight.”
- Mary Poppins (1964) – This live-action Disney film stars Julie Andrews as a magical nanny who teaches some valuable life lessons to an English family. Everyone remembers a song or two from this classic, including “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.”
- Monsters, Inc. (2001) – An animated comedy from Pixar Animation, Monsters, Inc. is a hilarious look at what happens when children turn off the lights at night. If your child is scared of the dark, Monsters Inc. may be just the cure. Features the voices of John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly and Mary Gibbs.
- Beauty and the Beast (1991) – The only full-length animated film to be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, Beauty and the Beast is guaranteed to enchant every member of your family. The fairy tale romance between Belle and the Beast teaches kids not to judge outward appearance, and the soundtrack is rocking with four songs nominated for Oscars. If you’ve got kids, this one certainly belongs in your movie library.
Other Good Kids Movies
So there you have it; my answer to the question, “What are some good kids movies?“. If you enjoy the above suggestions, you might also want to give the following good kids movies a try. They’re all available to rent, or you can purchase them at retail stores such as Target or Wal-Mart.
- The Aristocats (1970) – This animated comedy from Walt Disney features French cats talking and singing. When a family of aristocratic cats are kidnapped, it’s up to a common alley cat to save the day.
- Babar: King of the Elephants (1999) – This animated film is a follow-up to the first Babar movie and the televised show on HBO. A must-see for fans of the Babar book series by Jean de Brunhoff.
- Born Free (1966) – This inspiring live-action movie revolves around a couple who raise a lion club to adulthood and then release her into the African wild. Based on the best-selling book by Joy Adamson.
- Fantasia (1940) – The third animated movie made by Walt Disney, Fantasia is a delight to the senses. Featuring eye-popping animation and music from Bach, Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Beethoven, Schubert and many more.
- The Jungle Book (1967) – The last film to be produced by Walt Disney, this animated classic follows the adventures of the jungle child Mowgli. Popular songs include “The Bare Necessities” and “I Wan’na Be Like You.”