You don’t have to be under 12 to enjoy children’s movies.
Aside from the primary target demographic, sometimes you just want to sit back and watch a crowd of colorful characters – maybe of the animated variety, maybe CGI – come out and embark on some heart-wrenching adventures.
The good news is that streaming services have us more than covered, with plenty of options to choose from on Netflix and (of course) Disney +.
But don’t overlook Amazon Prime, either. From eerily existential unicorn cartoons to miniature talking mice, here are some of the best kids’ movies you can stream today …
1. The babysitters club
The whole gang together.
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If you dreamed of having your own phone and storing junk food all over your room as a kid (Claudia Kishi beehive assembly), then you’ve probably read Anne M. Martin The babysitters club series of books. The concept was simple: a group of teenagers from suburban Stoneybrook college would meet regularly to earn extra money from their babysitting business – but more importantly, to talk about everything that is going on in their life (crush, family bullshit, silent school, etc.).
Long before the Netflix adaptation in 1995, the books were made into movies by director Melanie Mayron, with Rachael Leigh Cook as Mary Anne, Larisa Oleynik as Dawn, Tricia Joe as Claudia, Schuyler. Fisk as Kristy, Bre Blair as Stacey, Zelda Harris as Jessi, and Stacy Linn Ramsower as Mallory. The film sees the BSC holding a summer day camp as its main narrative, but each member has their own drama in their lives, from Kristy’s relationship with her estranged father to a questionable story involving Stacey hiding her age (and her diabetes?) from an older guy called Luca. But there’s one memorable scene involving “quick study” science rap that will get stuck in your brain, the center of the chain. – Shannon Connellan, British editor
How to watch: The babysitters club is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
2. Horton hears one who
Horton the Elephant (Jim Carrey) hangs out with his best friend Morton (Seth Rogen).
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As good as The Lorax, potential young climate activists should watch out for Horton hears one who, the film version of Dr. Seuss’ parable about doing all you can to protect the planet. (It should be noted that the source for this film is from the children’s author whose books containing racist images will no longer be published. – Horton is not one of those.)
Using every last theatrical element of his voice, Jim Carrey is perfect as Horton, a gentle and friendly elephant whose quest to save a tiny world is widely mocked. As the title suggests, Horton hears a small noise coming from a piece of floating down, on which the town of Whoville resides (here Whoville is located inside a point, and in The grinch, also featuring Carrey, it’s set in a snowflake, continue). Thus, Horton embarks on a perilous journey to ensure the safety of Whoville. Steve Carell brings his good-natured sarcasm to jovial Whoville Mayor Ned McDodd, and the cast also includes Amy Poehler, Niecy Nash, Seth Rogen, Will Arnett, Isla Fisher, Selena Gomez, Jonah Hill, Dan Fogler, Jesse McCartney and Carol Burnett like a snobbish kangaroo, “the guy who’s convinced she knows better than you.”
But aside from being a star-studded ride through the breathtaking, light-up animation of Blue Sky Studios, the film also encourages us to think about the smaller ecosystems we might not be able to see or hear, our impact on them, and why we should do it. whatever we can to protect them. – SC
How to watch: Horton hears one who is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
3. The last unicorn
Look at these beautiful pictures.
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Fair warning: The last unicorn isn’t your typical gay children’s movie genre, look-how-much-fun-we-all-have. Not at all. Although there are light moments, it’s also quite dark in places, probably closer to Ship down than Monsters Inc. But that doesn’t mean you should skip it! If you are a fan of the darker Disney movies and Studio Ghibli movies like Abducted as if by magic, The last unicorn worth the detour. The story – based on the novel by Peter S. Beagle and adapted by the man himself – follows the titular unicorn (voiced by Mia Farrow) on a quest to rediscover the rest of her species. Along the way, she must face a wicked witch (Angela Lansbury), a miserable king (Christopher Lee) and the shadow of a menacing red bull who wants nothing more than to trap her forever. Extra points for the music of this one, which includes original songs by Jimmy Webb performed by America and the London Symphony Orchestra. – Sam Haysom, UK Deputy Editor
How to watch: The last unicorn is currently streaming on Amazon Prime (US). If you’re in the UK you can hire it for Â£ 3.49.
Frances McDormand gives Hatty Jones a stern look in “Madeline”.
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Adapting children’s books into live action movies isn’t the easiest thing to do. Especially when the film features a kidnapping orchestrated by a clown and an inadvertent fall into the Seine. Madeline However, manages to chain each chaotic event into a rather heartwarming film. The heroine (you can guess her name) is a precocious young girl who attends a Catholic boarding school with 11 other girls, led by a loving nun and an enthusiastic leader. The plot sees the girls forced to save their school from shutting down, and they embark on all kinds of adventures in the process. It’s a healthy family flick that just might deliver a tear or two. – Meera Navlakha, editor.
How to watch: Madeline is available on Amazon Prime (US) and Netflix (UK).
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5. The Muppets take Manhattan
Kermis and Miss Piggy, ready to take on Broadway.
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You can never go too wrong with the Muppets. Jim Henson’s colorful puppet group travel to New York City in this 1984 song, with Kermit bringing the gang’s musical to Manhattan to attempt to produce it on Broadway. Hear lots of entertaining songs, fun slapstick moments, and a cute rags-to-riches story that sees everyone’s favorite frog navigate a world of dubious farmers, nice cafe workers, and a very jealous pig. – SH
How to watch: The Muppets take Manhattan is currently airing on Amazon Prime (US) and NOW TV (UK).
6. Ramona and Beezus
Selena Gomez and Joey King play the sisters in “Ramona and Beezus”.
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Based on Ramona books written by Beverly Cleary in the 1950s, Ramona and Beezus is just a really adorable movie about being your best and weirder yourself, growing up, using your imagination to be amazing, and hey, being a little nicer to your sister.
A tiny Joey King is the mischievous Ramona Quimby, who, despite what his big sister Beatrice (aka Beezus, played by Selena Gomez) will tell you, is not a plague! Sure, she could put a whole bunch of toothpaste in the sink and annoy her mom Dorothy (Bridget Moynahan) and dad Robert (John Corbett). Of course, Ramona’s stories in class aren’t quite yet. appreciated by her classmates or teacher, Mrs. Meachum (Sandra Oh). But she’s just getting creative – as some of the surreal sequences in this film will attest.
When her father loses his job, life challenges the Quimbys with Ramona seeking life advice from her Aunt Bea (Ginnifer Goodwin) and her beloved cat Picky-Picky. She’ll have to use her special creativity to work her way through it all – and find a way to get along with Beezus as well. – SC
How to watch: Ramona and Beezus is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
7. The secret of NIMH
The life of a mouse is strewn with pitfalls in “The Secret of NIMH”.
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The main protagonist of The secret of NIMH may be an adorable little mouse, but make no mistake: like The last unicorn it’s another dark one, with peril levels practically reaching Jason Statham’s levels in some scenes. Rats engaged in bloody sword fights? To verify. Giant and terrifying cats? To verify. Characters almost drowned in quicksand? To verify. Basically it’s not for the faint of heart, but if you’re looking for a quick fling with a moral message up its sleeve, you can’t go wrong. – SH
How to watch: The secret of NIMH is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
eighths. Stuart little
Look at his cheerful little mustached face.
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There are many famous movies that feature mice – Mouse hunting; The great mouse detective; The secret of NIMH from this very list – but Stuart little is arguably the king of the genre. With his shiny sweaters, red Converse shoes, and his habit of getting trapped in washing machines and ticking off house cats, Stuart Little is a character who doesn’t really need much more introduction. Voiced by Michael J. Fox and starring Hugh Laurie and Geena Davis, this is cutting edge family viewing that you pretty much have to see at least once. – SH
How to watch: Stuart little is currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
9. The Wild Thornberrys movie
Thornberrys constantly find themselves in life-threatening situations like this.
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Based on the popular Nickelodeon series of the same name, Wild Thornberrys movie focuses on the struggles of Eliza Thornberry, a young girl who can talk to animals and must find a missing baby cheetah after being snatched away by evil poachers. Okay, so there are a few sequences in this one that feel a bit like padding (the entire boarding sequence is a bit haphazard), but this one makes up for it with its devilish villains and surprisingly intense conclusion and hopping. . – SH
How to watch: Wild Thornberrys movie is currently airing on Amazon Prime (US) and NOW TV (UK).