Kids movies

The 12 best kids movies on Netflix right now

The easiest way to find a movie to stream is everything on narrowing your options – and look, you’re almost there! So far you have *checks notes* that you need a movie (1) suitable for children and (2) that movie is on Netflix. Now the hardest part: actually Choose the film! But don’t worry, because I took it upon myself to find you some top picks, if I do say so myself. So you’ll have something to watch in no time.

Whether you end up with a talking bear movie, a must-see musical, or a new animated feature, there’s literally something for everyone. Seriously, just about anyone can watch these movies, regardless of age. Baby sitting? Going out with family? Need something to distract your child? Just want to watch something a little lighter on your own to cope with adulthood? These 12 kids movies on Netflix check every box. See for yourself!

Paddington

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First of all, we have Paddington, the 2014 film about a talking bear (Ben Whishaw) based on the classic book series. In the film, Paddington travels to London and is taken in by a family. Live-action stars include Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins and Nicole Kidman as taxidermist *gasp*.

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Little woman

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Based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, the 1994 adaptation of Little woman is about the four March sisters growing up in Civil War-era Massachusetts. The film shows the girls struggling with standard teenage things, like school, sisterly drama, and first loves. The cast includes Winona Ryder, Claire Danes, Christian Bale and Kirsten Dunst.

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The Mitchells vs. the Machines

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This animated film takes viewers on a complete journey as an ordinary family (the Mitchells) tries to save the world from an uprising of robots, aka the machines. The all-star voice cast includes Maya Rudolph, Abbi Jacobson, Olivia Colman and Danny McBride.

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How to train your dragon

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How to train your dragon is based on the fantasy book series of the same name by Cressida Cowell. It’s about a Viking boy who wants to become a dragon slayer, but instead he to be friends a dragon, and therefore must train it lol. And if the child in your life, or you, can’t get enough, Netflix also has the sequel and a few spin-off series.

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my lovely lady

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For the kid who loves musicals and has a lot of patience, there’s my lovely lady. The 1964 musical stars Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison and is about a teacher who bets he can teach a poor flower seller to become an upper class woman. It’s also three hours long, so maybe do two viewings depending on who’s watching.

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Long live

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Do you know what a kinkajou is? Otherwise, Long live will teach you. The animated movie is about a kinkajou (okay, it’s a small rainforest mammal), who plays music in Cuba, but has to go on a musical mission to Miami. The voice cast includes Lin-Manuel Miranda – who also wrote the songs for the film – Zoe Saldaña and Gloria Estefan.

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Enola Holmes

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foreign thingMillie Bobby Brown stars in Enola Holmes as the younger sister of Detective Sherlock Holmes (Henry Cavill). In the film, based on the YA books by Nancy Springer, Enola goes on a mission to London to find her missing mother (Helena Bonham Carter).

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Puss in Boots

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Puss in Boots exists as a story outside the Shrek franchise, but 2011 Puss in Boots the movie is a Shrek 2 spin-off prequel (still being followed?). Either way, the animated movie stars Antonio Banderas as the titular feline as he embarks on an adventure involving other fairytale characters.

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above the moon

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And just like that… Cathy Ang stars in this 2020 film as Fei Fei, a girl who goes on an adventure to meet the Chinese moon goddess, Chang’e (Phillipa Soo). On his journey, Fei Fei encounters various aspects of Chinese mythology along the way.

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Penguins of Madagascar: the movie

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If you can’t tell already, this movie is about the penguins from the movie Madagascar-arguably the best part of the movie. Fight me! The penguins (Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Conrad Vernon) battle a vengeful octopus named Dave (John Malkovich), who is upset that the penguins have become a more popular zoo animal than him. Fair enough.

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Mirai

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The Japanese movie Mirai tells the story of a young boy named Kun who becomes jealous when his little sister, Mirai, is welcomed into the family. Soon, he begins to have time travel experiences, including seeing his sister as an older version of herself.

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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

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Yes, it really is about meatballs falling from the sky. Based on the 1978 book of the same name, this charming animated film tells the story of an inventor who builds a machine that can turn water into food. It looks good! And it does, until the machine takes on a life of its own with all that raining meatball stuff. The cast includes Bill Hader, Anna Faris and Andy Samberg. There is also a sequel.

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