Kids movies

10 best children’s movies on Hulu

If you are looking to entertain your family or just satisfy your inner child, Hulu has the movies for you.

We’ve combed through Hulu’s vast library of kids’ movies and picked out the best of the best. From animated classics to live-action adventures, these films are sure to satisfy people of all ages. Plus, you don’t need any of Hulu’s add-on subscriptions to watch them, so they’re completely hassle-free.

Here are, in no particular order, the 10 best kids movies to stream on Hulu.

1. Shrek (and Shrek 2)

Say it with me: “Ogres are like onions.
Credit: Animation Dreamworks

A masterpiece worthy of a meme still celebrated 20 years after its release, Shrek is one of the most iconic children’s films of all time. It perfectly balances his fairytale characters and disgusting gags with a sweet story about self-love and never judging a book by its cover. Everyone’s favorite grumpy green ogre Shrek (voiced by Mike Myers) reluctantly sets out on a quest to save Princess Fiona (voiced by Cameron Diaz). Along the way, he meets loyal sidekick Donkey (voiced by Eddie Murphy), fights a dragon, and monologues about onions. Shenanigans reach new heights in Shrek 2, also on Hulu. Just for the “Holding Out for a Hero” footage alone, it’s worth watching. – Belen Edwards, Entertainment Researcher

How to watch: Shrek is now streaming on Hulu.

2. Space jam

There can be no debate about the best sports film of the ’90s – no, of the story. Space jam stars Michael Jordan as himself, a retired basketball player and underwhelming baseball player who gets caught up in an All-Star Game for the Ages. The cartoon Monstars, a group of aliens from Moron Mountain, stole the basketball talent of prolific NBA players, and it’s up to Jordan and the Looney Tunes to beat them in a game and fix the things. Featuring iconic Looney Tune liners, high-stakes athletic competition with a lot of heart and a surprising amount of Bill Murray, Space jam still big mark. – Proma Khosla, entertainment reporter *

How to watch: Space jam is now streaming on Hulu.

3. Ice Age

In the vein of Shrek, Ice Age tells the story of a reluctant hero who sets out on a journey to do good. Shrek’s character here is Manny (voiced by Ray Romano), a woolly mammoth who, along with the chatty sloth Sid (voiced by John Leguizamo), tries to reunite a human baby with his tribe. They are joined by saber-toothed tiger Diego (voiced by Denis Leary), who harbors a darker ulterior motive. While the animation from the early 2000s didn’t age much gracefully, the emotional core of the film still stands. It’s a sweet road trip comedy – with no real roads; this is the Ice Age, after all – with tons of humor and heartwarming family. Plus, kids will love Scrat (voiced by Chris Wedge) and his endless struggle to reach for his precious acorn. – TO BE

How to watch: Ice Age is now streaming on Hulu.

4. Missing link

From Coraline at Kubo and the two strings, Laika Animation Studio has consistently produced some of the best and most breathtaking films of recent years. Missing link is no exception. It tells the story of Sir Lionel Frost (voiced by Hugh Jackman), a glory-seeking adventurer who discovers Sasquatch, aka Mr. Link (voiced by Zach Galifianakis). Mr. Link is the last of his kind in the United States, but he desperately wants to join the Yetis who are rumored to be living in the Himalayas. He and Sir Lionel embarked on an epic globetrotting adventure, joining the formidable Adelina (voiced by Zoe Saldana), fleeing hitmen and possibly even stumbling upon a hidden civilization. Missing link is full of unusual characters and action, and its exceptional stop-motion animation will take your breath away. – TO BE

How to watch: Missing link is now streaming on Hulu.

5. Save Willy

Few children’s film tropes are as tried and true as an unlikely friendship between humans and animals, and few children’s films nail this trope as hard as Save Willy. A classic coming of age story, Save Willy follows Jesse (Jason James Richter), a struggling orphan who ends up working at an amusement park as punishment for vandalism. There, he befriends the park’s new orca, Willy. When he realizes that the owner of the park is planning to hurt Willy, Jesse tries to help his friend escape. Willy and Jesse’s bond is about as heartwarming as it gets, and Willy’s triumphant leap over the rocks is a pure concentrate of family joy. Save Willy maybe over 20, but it’s still one for the ages. – TO BE

How to watch: Save Willy is now streaming on Hulu.

6. A boy named Charlie Brown

Damn it.

Damn it.
Credit: FilmPublicityArchive / United Archives via getty images

A boy named Charlie Brown was the first feature film based on the film by Charles M. Schulz Peanuts comic book, and he manages to effectively capture Peanutscharm and complexity. While the film revolves around Charlie Brown (voiced by Peter Robbins) trying to win a spelling contest and prove he’s not a failure, it feels more like a slice of life movie thanks to the inclusion of several vignettes of the daily life of the children of the lives. Beautifully animated and with an excellent score, A boy named Charlie Brown captures the whims and frustrations of childhood, while delivering an important message about failure and continuing to move forward when the going goes wrong. – TO BE

How to watch: A boy named Charlie Brown is now streaming on Hulu.

seven. Dora and the lost city of gold

Grab your backpack and map and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in Dora and the lost city of gold. In this live-action version of the popular cartoon, now 16-year-old Dora (Isabela Merced) struggles to adjust to high school life. However, when her parents go missing in search of a lost city, Dora returns to the jungle to save the day. With lots of hilarious action and meta references to the original series, Dora and the lost city of gold is an exceptionally fun time. Merced delights as Dora, and she is joined by familiar faces like her cousin Diego (Jeff Wahlberg), Boots the Ape (voiced by Danny Trejo) and the infamous Fox Swiper (voiced by Benicio del Toro). – TO BE

How to watch: Dora and the lost city of gold is now streaming on Hulu.

8. Charlotte’s canvas (1973)

It’s pig! This adaptation of EB White’s classic children’s book follows the friendship between Wilbur (voiced by Henry Gibson), a pig, and Charlotte (voiced by Debbie Reynolds), a spider. When Wilbur is chosen to be shot, Charlotte uses her weaving skills to add messages praising Wilbur to her web. Charlotte’s canvas adapts White’s work beautifully, and it comes remarkably close to the book, a heart-wrenching ending and all. Adding catchy musical numbers certainly doesn’t hurt either. – TO BE

How to watch: Charlotte’s canvas (1973) is now streaming on Hulu.

9. The Adventures of Tintin

Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Adventures of Tintin brings Belgian cartoonist Hergé’s comics to life with vibrant motion capture. Journalist Tintin (Jamie Bell) teams up with Captain Archibald Haddock (Andy Serkis) to find the Unicorn, a sunken ship with lost treasure and a connection to the Haddock family. Their journey takes them around the world on an adventure reminiscent of Spielberg’s Indiana Jones series. The Adventures of Tintin is packed with spectacular backdrops and captivating fight scenes that will capture the attention of children and adults alike. – TO BE

How to watch: The Adventures of Tintin is now streaming on Hulu.

ten. Shaun the sheep movie

Mischievous sheep Shaun (voiced by Justin Fletcher) tries to take a day off from the boring farm life, but instead sets off a chain of events that causes his farmer (voiced by John Sparkles) to lose his memory and find himself stranded in the city. Now it’s up to Shaun and his flock to save him and bring him back safely to the farm. Shaun the sheep movie It’s an absurdly delightful time, and Aardman Studios’ stop-motion animation makes this film a visual treat. If you like Aardman’s other works, like Wallace and Gromit, you will love this sheep odyssey. – TO BE

How to watch: Shaun the sheep movie is now streaming on Hulu.


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