As a parent or a guardian, the greatest fear when you want to Netflix and Chill with the whole family is watching some disgusting movies that will get on the nerves of all the family members, even the Kids. When your kids are also involved in a family movie together, of course, you should choose the content accordingly keeping the focus on the kids. While many children movies range from appalling to appealing, you should always try to avoid the former. With so many best Kids movies being added to the Netflix library and many being taken out, it ‘s hard to select the perfect film from the ever-changing Netflix catalog for the feel-good mood of the family. There are some excellent movies for Kids which also contain the best family movies out there on Netflix. And for all your convenience, we have listed some of the good children movies on Netflix, which means that now the relaxing Sunday afternoons for family film-watching, when all the entertainment choices seem to have been wary, become ever undemanding to handle. So, sit back with ease because this section will help you find some of the best Kids movies for a perfect evening (how you wish your kids were this easy to handle?).
11 Best Kids Movies 2018
Mulan, a captivating Disney animation movie, has a story that provides an energizing change in the conventional portrayal of the female characters. It is one of the most exciting animated movies of Disney which retells an ancient folktale of China about a young woman who disguises as a man and battles against the enemies in place of her disabled father so that he could not get killed in the war. These actions raise her to the rank of heroic figure. The ancestors of Mulan who are watching over her send a dragon called Mushu to stop Mulan from fighting in the war. Mushu could not persuade her to pull out of war, however, and so, decides to assist her in the fierce battle instead.
Mulan is a film that adults can relish on their own, without bearing obligation to pull the kids as a cover. This movie familiarizes the children with the Chinese art, history, culture, and architecture; Mulan will plant in them the seed of reverence of one’s ancestor, history, and the importance of honor. Mulan is a majestic attainment, with a story and its treatment making it comparable with “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Lion King.”
Finding Dory (2016)
Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory is a spin-off to Pixar’s hugely successful 2003 movie Finding Nemo, where everyone’s dearest forgetful blue colored tang Dory sets to meet her parents which she was separated from because of her poor memory and of course her dismal memory, with the help of Nemo and Marlin. The trio makes this life changing adventurous trip of reuniting Dory with her family, and on this course, they find magic within their imperfections, friendships, and family. It is also the 4th highest grossing animated movies (up to 2017 Jan) making more than One billion US dollars at the box office.
In addition to the thrill and excitement this movie provides, it also gives a brilliant education to kids about family values, the importance of teamwork, friendship and about creating their identity. The powerful blend of fun and emotions in the movie makes it a worth watching one, and because it is an animated kids film, Kids will absolutely love it!
First Position (2011)
First Position is a dance documentary that follows six young ballet dancers as they prepare for competing in the largest student ballet scholarship contest in the world, Youth America Grand Prix in New York City. This documentary by Bess Kargman will have you on the edge of your seat clapping and cheering for its young subjects as they vigorously train in the hopes of winning scholarships to leading dance schools, or a chance to get a placement in a professional ballet company. Not each of these featured dancers gets to win some big prizes, but given the sear dedication and labor (not to forget the painful injuries) these children have put on, they are definitely all winners.
First, Position makes you believe that pure dedication and hard work is the ultimate pathway to success – a lesson which can inspire children of all ages. The undeviating focus of the kids will be more relatable to the teens; however, even the younger kids will find this movie enjoyable and inspiring. When the movie is over, you will not remember so much about the characters that won and that lost. Instead, the thing that remains is the utterance on the face of a young dancer, reflected in a mirror: portraying the joy of falling in love with the things you do.
Tarzan is clearly one of the best Disney movies of all time, because of its solid narrative, and excellent soundtrack, also because Tarzan reflects a myth, a notion that this planet is a common ground for all the humans and the animals. On the surface, the movie is about adventures, comedy, and movement, but underneath it, is something different something serious. A daring man (as most of the Tarzan related movies have always focused on) asks something like – “Why are you threatened by anything different than you?”, something you should always teach yours’ children about!
The movie covers an exotic story of a boy who is raised in the wild by the monkeys after his parent’s death, and he experiences his first human interaction when a group of explorers visits the island. Unlike some ordinary animated movies, Tarzan is about things other than adorable characters and jolly songs, and it speaks closer to the heart of the younger kids, who, like Tarzan himself, surely must have faced times when they experienced being surrounded by tall, grumbling, and repressive bipeds.
The Secret of Kells (2009)
The Secret of Kells explores the magical story of a young Irish boy and has received wide praise from the critics because of its uniquely delightful storytelling methods and the storyline itself; a glittering gem in a limitless library of kids’ movies available for streaming on Netflix.
The main character in the story is Brendan, a young boy whose village is repeatedly under the attacks of the Barbarians. When a master of medieval illumination comes to the remote land where Brendan lives from the island of Iona, his life changes for forever. The enigmatic illuminator possesses a magical book which needs to be completed, and Brendan makes this task the purpose of his life. But will he have the courage and wisdom to overcome the challenges that come across this purpose and will he be able to stop the barbarian invasions in this area?
This Oscars nominated animated movie is more appropriable to mature kids, old enough to manage with the cartoon violence, where they will get to learn about the tradition of Irish people, legends, illuminated manuscripts, and about the friendship which is required at every step in the quest of life journey.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)
Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a perfect example of the movies that gets created once in a blue moon, for it is an immense dare to the moviemakers; they will have to cope with the pressure of setting up a good movie while innovating a new technique at the same time. It is the first movie which combines animated toon characters and real actors in the same period and makes this innovation look real.
The plot includes Hollywood of 1947, where humans and cartoon characters exist together. Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskins), a private detective who is hired by R.K. Maroon (Alan Tilvern), the cartoon producer for investigating an adultery affair involving Jessica (Kathleen Turner), the sexy wife of his biggest star Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). After the mysterious murder of Marvin Acme (Stubby Kaye), alleged lover of Jessica, the plot takes a turn.
The movie is pure, spellbound entertainment from beginning to the end – a goofy, giddy, joyous celebration that you wished a movie provided for your entire family, of course, the kids are going to love this.
Fantasia was a flop when it hit the theaters in 1940 (followed the path that early Disney film paved. Actually, three of the five first movies failed miserably at the box office). But what can’t be neglected is that it is the perfect harmony of art and music which also featured some of the supreme and iconic images in animation. The most famous appearance of Mickey Mouse and its closing scene is why the movie has the most solid passage in the animation. Though musty at times, Fantasia is a pivotal part of animation history – conceptually dashing and experiment-wise flawless.
The movie weaves eight animated segments to various pieces of classical music performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra and conducted by Leopold Stokowski. Fantasia is experimentation of fairy sequences using the array of techniques for getting the desired effects, focuses not only on straightforward and tradition animation but also on attaining other special effects too. The output may seem effortless magic, only a few know the level of work that the creators have put on and most importantly, it connects very fast with the kids!!
Microcosmos, directed by Claude Nuridsany and Marie Pérennou, is a documentary which provides a closer look over at the insect world using microscopic cameras. Battle of the beetles, spider hunting the preys, flowers blooming and snails kissing are captured very detailly and smaller kids, being the close observers of the ants, caterpillars, spiders, and butterflies since their childhood, find this movie stunning and fascinating. The narration is very brief at the beginning of the movie, and the complete scenario is a trip through thriving landscapes that capture the insect world business.
This movie is a work of creativity and fancy as much as the one of science. Although using the only a handful of words, Microcosmos is generous in its sense of music and sound effects which dramatizes the relentless struggle for survival going on in pastureland in France. The movie is sometimes whimsy, sometimes sad, sometimes scary but at all times, and the movie is captivating, unique and beautiful which might make some folks to think before crushing a defenseless insect mercilessly.
How to Train Your Dragon Legends (2014)
How to Train Your Dragon Legends (How to Train Your Dragon II) is a critically acclaimed and business wise successful movie and was the recipient of various prestigious awards. A 3D animated film of the first order sets to a fantasy land of heroes and dragons which are certain to delight children of all ages; a movie full of enchantment, action, and adventure based on Cressida Cowell’s series of books. The movie, which won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film (to name a few), is a sequel to a 2010 super-hit movie How to Train Your Dragon.
The two prime characters of this movie, Hiccup and his loyal dragon Toothless find an ice cave, a home to hundreds of other dragons, along with the Dragon Rider. Drago Bludvist, a cruel tyrant, seeks to defeat the world, and Hiccup and Toothless with other friends will have to fight not only Drago himself but also his ruthless army of men and dragons. Jay Baruchel voices Hiccup, Randy Thom, voices Toothless whereas Djimon Hounsou voices Drago. To be honest, both parts of How to Train Your Dragon is a must watch for the kids and family (if available on Netflix).
Anthropomorphized Animal characters have been a mediocre subject in the animated movies these days, but viewing Zootopia as only humanized pictures will be a grave error because it is vivacious and has a sharper content about the class and race in the present milieu. Judy, the first rabbit in the police department quickly come across the difficulties in implementing rules in Zootopia, a land of various cultures and customs. She takes up a weird case to prove herself, and in this journey, she is assisted (troubled, whatever you call) by Nick Wilde, a clever fox.
What kids will learn from this movie is the importance of tender friendships, teamwork, and the unity in diversity, the pop music interludes and some witty jokes are the trademarks of this movie. Pliable kids and the progressive adults, both take something with them from this gorgeous and funny movie. At a time, when animal stories are thought to have lost their charm, Zootopia defies all the odds with a vibrant and diverse plot.
Children of Heaven (1997)
If you think your kid is old enough to watch a movie with subtitles then, your search ends here because there is hardly any movie better for the kids than this Iranian movie nominated for Oscars for Best Foreign Film. This movie follows two poverty-stricken siblings Ali and Zahra after the brother loses the pink shoes of his sister in the market. Then they decide to share Ali’s shoes so that their parents who are already struggling with the financial problems would not have to worry about one more thing. Ali participates in the footrace for the poor kids of the quarter so that he could win the third prize for a new pair of sneakers which he would give to his sister. He doesn’t care about the first prize or the second; he desperately wants to be placed third.
The race and its result will be as rousing for most of the kids as anything they have ever witnessed in the movies. Children of Heaven lacks the smart-mouth attitudes and the cynicism of the American entertainment for the children these days, and glimmers with a good-hearted purity. This movie by Majid Majidi is very closely a perfect movie for the kids, and of course, the adults will love it, too.
The list of Best Movies for Kids on Netflix comes to an end. We hoped that we have covered all the good children movies on this list, but if you think that we have missed out some, please, do mention those movies in the comment section.