The best kids movies on Netflix right now

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The kids may be spending more time outside these days, but they still need something to do on a rainy day. Rather, you need something to occupy them — especially if you’re working from home. Fortunately, Netflix has amassed an awesome collection of kid-friendly films, including interactive films where kids can choose their own adventure.…

The best kids movies on Netflix right now
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The kids may be spending more time outside these days, but they still need something to do on a rainy day. Rather, you need something to occupy them — especially if you’re working from home. Fortunately, Netflix has amassed an awesome collection of kid-friendly films, including interactive films where kids can choose their own adventure. But with how big the library is, it can be daunting to look for something to put on. To save you some time, we’ve combed through the library and found the best kids movies available now.

We’ve also rounded up the best kids movies on Hulu, the best kids movies on Amazon Prime Video, and the best kids movies on Disney+ if you don’t find what you’re looking for on Netflix.

The Land Before Time

The Land Before Time (1988)

Ready for something truly mind-blowing? There are 16 films in the Land Before Time franchise. If you thought they seemed to be making a lot during your childhood, well, they never stopped. Of course, none of them can hold a candle to the gorgeous original. Littlefoot is a young brontosaurus, orphaned after his mother dies protecting him from a vicious carnivore. With her last breath, she tells Littlefoot to make haste to the Great Valley, where other brontosauruses thrive and can protect him. Setting out on his way, Littlefoot meets a host of other orphaned dinosaurs, determined to make it to the Great Valley before the killer dinosaur catches up with them.

Rotten Tomatoes: 70%

Stars: Gabriel Damon, Candace Hutson, Judith Bartsi


Director:
Don Bluth


Rating:
G


Runtime:
66 minutes

Open Season

Open Season (2006)

Boog (Martin Lawrence) is a grizzly bear, content to entertain tourists and live in park ranger Beth’s (Debra Messing) barn. But when he rescues a one-horned mule deer named Elliot (Ashton Kutcher) from a hunter, his life takes an unexpected turn as he’s tranquilized and returned to the wild. Terrorized by hunters, Boog and Elliot rally the animals of the forest to help turn the tables on the hunters and make the woods safe once and for all.

Rotten Tomatoes: 48%

Stars: Martin Lawrence, Debra Messing, Ashton Kutcher


Directors:
Jill Culton, Anthony Stacchi, Roger Allers


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
87 minutes

Joe Manganiello and Paul Reubens in Pee-wee's Big Holiday

Pee-wee’s Big Holiday (2016)

This Judd Apatow-produced Netflix original introduces Pee-wee Herman to a whole new generation. After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger (Joe Manganiello), Pee-wee embarks on a journey toward his destiny! It just so happens to coincide with him taking his first-ever holiday. Fans of the classic character will enjoy this revitalization, and it just may inspire the kids to go back and watch some of the Pee-wee classics.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Stars: Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly


Director:
John Lee


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
89 minutes

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, on Amazon Prime

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Leave it to the filmmaking duo of Lord/Miller (21 Jump StreetThe LEGO Movie) to somehow adapt a children’s book about meatballs falling from the sky into a smash family-friendly film franchise. Swallow Falls is experiencing hard times, and its people can only afford to eat sardines. But failed inventor Flint Lockwood believes he has found the answer in a machine that converts water into food. When tasty treats begin to fall from the sky like rain, Flint’s a hero. But the machine soon spins out of control, threatening to bury the entire world under giant mounds of food.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Mr. T


Director:
Christopher Miller, Phil Lord


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
90 minutes

Kel Mitchell and Kenan Thompson in Good Burger

Good Burger (1997)

“Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?” Such was the refrain of millions of American millennials in their youth. After achieving stardom on the sketch show All That, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell became royalty to a generation of kids with Kenan & KelGood Burger was the pinnacle of the kids’ comedy duo, who play a couple of teen misfits working at a modest burger joint that faces closure when the massive Mondo Burger opens next door. But they happen to have a secret weapon that might just save the day: Sweet, dimwitted Ed’s special sauce.

Rotten Tomatoes: 32%

Stars: Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Sinbad


Director:
Brian Robbins


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
95 minutes

Penguins of Madagascar

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

The plucky spy penguins were just a few of the stars of 2005’s Madagascar, which may explain why it took nearly 10 years to get their very own spinoff. But sure enough, the penguin cadre of Skipper, Kowalski, Rico, and Private lead the way in this silly adventure when they join forces with a chic undercover organization known as The North Wind. Led by the arrogant Agent Classified, this special interspecies task force has one mission: Stop the tentacled Dr. Octavius Brine from destroying the world.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, John Malkovich, Tom McGrath

Director: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
92 minutes

ParaNorman, best kids movies on Netflix

ParaNorman (2012)

Laika’s unique animation style is put to great use in this eerie, kid-friendly zombie flick. Norman Babcock (Kodi Smit-McPhee) has the ability to speak with the dead, and he just so happens to like them a whole lot more than the living. But when Norman learns from his strange Uncle Prenderghast (John Goodman) that a centuries-old curse on their town is about to raise the dead from their graves, only Norman can stop it. Summoning all of his courage and compassion, Norman must push his paranormal abilities to the limit to save the town.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Stars: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Anna Kendrick

Director: Chris Butler, Sam Fell


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
92 minutes

Hugo (2011)

Martin Scorsese’s first foray into kids’ movies was a massive critical success. Asa Butterfield stars as Hugo Cabret, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station in 1930s Paris. Hugo’s employed as the keeper of the station’s clocks but he feels more responsibility for protecting a broken automaton and notebook left to him by his late father (Jude Law). Trying to solve the mystery of the automaton and find a place he calls home, Hugo joins forces with the goddaughter (Chloë Grace Moretz) of an embittered toy merchant (Ben Kingsley).

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Stars: Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Chloë Grace Moretz

Director: Martin Scorsese


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
126 minutes

Hook

Hook (1991)

A classic from young parents’ childhood, Hook is a movie that resonates with kids of all ages. Middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Robin Williams) has no memory of his life as legendary forever-child Peter Pan, but when his own young children are abducted by his old nemesis, Captain Hook (Dustin Hoffman), Peter tracks them back to Neverland. Stumbling into a foggy past that he abandoned to start a family, Peter is forced to confront the bitterness of those he left behind, including Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) and the Lost Boys as he seeks to earn their trust again to save his children.

Rotten Tomatoes: 29%

Stars: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts

Director: Steven Spielberg


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
124 minutes

Pedro Pascal and Boyd Holbrook in We Can Be Heroes

We Can Be Heroes (2020)

Okay, now that you know who Sharkboy and Lavagirl are, your family can enjoy Robert Rodriguez’s wacky reboot of his tween superhero franchises — We Can Be Heroes. When alien invaders kidnap Earth’s (now grown-up) superheroes, their children must team up to save the world. If it sounds exactly like Spy Kids, well, that’s because it is basically the same plot. But it’s nonetheless a good-humored adventure driven by some game performances from the adults involved.

Rotten Tomatoes: 69%

Stars: Taylor Dooley, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal, Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Director: Robert Rodriguez


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
100 minutes

Next Gen

Next Gen (2018)

In a near, somewhat-fictional future, a rebellious girl named Mai is all that stands between a madman and his technological plan to conquer the world. Oh, and there’s a runaway combat robot who becomes her trusty sidekick. Some of Next Gen‘s surprisingly-provocative message will go over kids’ heads, but its good humor and action-packed fun will more than suffice.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Stars: John Krasinski, David Cross, Michael Pena

Director: Kevin R. Adams, Joe Ksander


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
104 minutes

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Monster House

Monster House (2006)

Don’t let the image scare you off, Monster House has scary-ish moments, but it’s still one of the best movies on this list. DJ, Jenny, and Chowder insist that an old abandoned house in the neighborhood is actually a living creature that wants to eat them. As you might expect, no adults believe them. But as Halloween approaches and the house’s nefarious powers grow, the three kids band together to find a way to destroy the house before innocent trick-or-treaters are gobbled up!

Rotten Tomatoes: 75%

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mitchell Musso


Director:
Gil Kenan


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
90 minutes

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax on Netflix

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax (2012)

The world of Dr. Seuss is always an exciting, adventurous place for children and Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax is no exception. Ted is a 12-year-old boy who lives in a place practically devoid of nature: Thneedville. Ted is head-over-heels for the girl of his dreams, Audrey, and hopes to win her heart. But to do so, he must present her with a Truffula tree. There are no Truffula trees in Thneedville so Ted must venture into the story of the Lorax, the brusque guardian of the forest. But in so doing, Ted will learn about one who came before him, whose greed overcame his love of nature.

Rotten Tomatoes: 54%

Stars: Zac Efron, Taylor Swift, Danny DeVito


Directors:
Chris Renaud


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
86 minutes

Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution

Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution (2019)

Deep in an undisclosed location, scientists successfully create the most powerful Pokémon in existence, Mewtwo. Realizing he’s being used as the ultimate weapon, Mewtwo breaks free of the lab and wishes to fight the best Pokémon trainers in the world to get back at the humans who wronged him. Ash, Brock, and Misty continue their quest to become the ultimate Pokémon masters when they receive a mysterious invitation to an unknown island. The island invitation is a trap by Mewtwo, creating the setup of the ultimate showdown between Ash and Mewtwo. With Pikachu at his side, Ash uses the power of friendship in the battle for his life. Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution is an updated remake of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back, originally released in 1998.

Rotten Tomatoes: 44%

Stars: Sarah Natochenny, Dan Green, Bill Rogers


Directors:
Motonori Sakakibara, Tetsuo Yajima, Kunihiko Yuyama


Rating:
TV-Y7


Runtime:
98 minutes

Dancing with the Birds

Dancing with the Birds (2019)

From the team that brought viewers the groundbreaking series Our Planet comes a fun, feathery feature documentary that is vibrant, colorful, and cheerful. Narrated by legendary actor Stephen Fry, Dancing with the Birds is a wonderful voyage into the world of exotic birds. Each moment feels like a small story, filled with humor and excitement that the whole family will enjoy. Dancing with the Birds sends audiences on a journey around the world to some of the most exotic places. While short, it’s incredibly colorful and diverse. This documentary film is perfect for young audiences looking for a fascinating and refreshingly enjoyable view into the worlds of exotic wildlife.

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Stars: Stephen Fry

Director: Huw Cordey


Rating:
TV-PG


Runtime:
51 minutes

Minecraft: Story Mod

Minecraft: Story Mode (2015)

Minecraft is one of the most popular video game properties in recent memory, encouraging players to build, explore, and learn. From teamwork to resource management and even coding, Minecraft has been a great learning utility. Minecraft: Story Mode takes the whimsical computer world of Minecraft and translates it into a miraculous adventure into the world of Minecraft. Originally released on video game platforms in 2015, Minecraft: Story Mode is a Netflix Interactive movie, where the viewer can decide what happens next. Using the remote control, viewers can shape choices and be a part of the action. Minecraft: Story Mode follows Jesse (Patton Oswalt or Catherine Taber), Axel (Brian Posehn), and Olivia celebrating their craftsmanship skills at EnderCon, when suddenly the entire world of Minecraft is threatened by a powerful evil. The trio is destined to save the universe and must trek across unknown lands to save all of Minecraft. This unique story and interactive adventure will keep families, especially young gamers, entertained.

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Stars: Patton Oswalt, Catherine Taber, Sean Astin


Rating:
TV-PG


Runtime:
Interactive

Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal

Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal (2020)

Carmen SanDiego (Gina Rodriguez) finds herself back in the evil organization, V.I.L.E., and must pull off an impossible heist for them, as V.I.L.E. has captured her friends and put them in danger. This interactive movie is similar to Minecraft in that it allows viewers to choose how the adventure will play out. Viewers will have the ability to choose how the heist will occur and shape their own story. Featuring sharp animation and voice talent, Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal is a great way to introduce young audiences to the world of Netflix’s Carmen Sandiego.

Rotten Tomatoes: N/A

Stars: Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Abby Trott


Rating:
TV-Y7


Runtime:
Interactive

Klaus on Netflix

Klaus (2019)

It’s easy to lose the spirit of the holidays, and when a small town falls into hopelessness, an unlikely bond will be formed. Jesper Johannson (Jason Schwartzman) is a postman banished to the small island town of Smeerensburg at the behest of his father. Tasked with delivering 6,000 letters in a year, he feverishly attempts to fulfill such an audacious goal, until one fateful delivery puts him in touch with a woodsman, named Klaus (JK Simmons). While initially an unlikely friendship, the two look to each other as they work to bring the spirit and hopes of Christmas to the people of Smeerensburg. Klaus is an Academy Award-nominated animated film, with breathtaking visuals and top-notch voice performances. Klaus was lauded by viewers for its extraordinary animation and heartfelt story, making it perfect for any time of the year.

Rotten Tomatoes: 94%

Stars: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones

Director: Sergio Pablos


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
98 minutes

White Fang on Netflix

White Fang (2018)

You never know where life will take you, and in White Fang, a small wolf-dog is about to embark on a journey of a lifetime — through the wilderness of North America, encountering new friends and great danger. White Fang is based on the novel of the same name by Jack London. Unlike other novels, White Fang told the story from the viewpoint of the wolf-dog, creating a fascinating way in which animals view the world around them. Director Alexandre Espigares, who won an Academy Award for the animated short film Mr. Hublot, adapts the story through a wondrous splash of smooth animation and shading that evokes watercolors. White Fang is a heartwarming tale of adventure, heroism, and the people that you meet along the way.

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Stars: Nick Offerman, Paul Giamatti, Rashida Jones

Director: Alexandre Espigares


Rating:
TV-PG


Runtime:
80 minutes

Mary and The Witch's Flower on Netflix

Mary and The Witch’s Flower (2017)

In this lovely fantasy anime movie, Mary (Ruby Barnett) is an 11-year-old girl who is curious about the world around her. She performs chores and is teased often by the local villagers until one day, she discovers a special flower, a coveted flower called “fly-by-night.” With the power of the flower, she sets off on a magical journey and an adventure of self-discovery. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, the director of Mary and The Witch’s Flower, is a former member of Studio Ghibli, taking his talents and skill to create this wondrous movie. Mary and The Witch’s Flower features gorgeous animation, a strong story, and a leading cast.

Rotten Tomatoes: 89%

Stars: Ruby Barnhill, Kate Winslet

Director: Hiromasa Yonebayashi


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
102 minutes

The Little Prince on Netflilx

The Little Prince (2015)

Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s seminal 1943 novella of the same name, The Little Prince gives the classic children’s story the stop-motion treatment. Beautifully animated and expertly adapted, The Little Prince‘s additions to the story feel natural and relevant, serving to expand the story rather than derail it. The film follows a little girl who lives in a very grown-up world due to her workaholic mother’s high expectations. But when The Aviator introduces her to a new world, the girl rediscovers her childhood and learns that it’s the human connections that matter most.

Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Stars: Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Mackenzie Foy

Director: Mark Osborne


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
106 minutes

John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch

John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch (2019)

Inspired by the classic Sesame Street, John Mulaney returns to Netflix with a new special, but this isn’t a standup routine aimed at adults — it’s a children’s musical comedy special. Alongside Mulaney are 15 child actors who dance about and sing to a collection of variety specials. In between songs and skits, Mulaney talks with the bunch. The variety-musical comedy special also features adult guest stars, including Jake Gyllenhaal as Mr. Music. A different avenue for John Mulaney, the Sack Lunch Bunch special is a fun film to watch with the entire family.

Rotten Tomatoes: 96%

Stars: John Mulaney

Director: Rhys Thomas


Rating:
NR


Runtime:
70 minutes

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Turbo on Nerflix

Turbo (2013)

From Dreamworks Animation, Turbo tells the story of a snail who dreams of becoming the world’s greatest race car driver. Sounds unlikely, right? But when an accident imbues him with super-speed, Turbo will get the chance to chase his dreams. Before he knows it, he might just become the fastest snail in the world.

Rotten Tomatoes: 67%

Stars: Zach Braff, Joan Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson

Director: David Soren


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
95 minutes

The Angry Birds Movie 2

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)

Are you having trouble ripping your kids away from their tablets and smartphones? If they have an obsession with Angry Birds, then you might be in luck. The latest Angry Birds film, The Angry Birds Movie 2, has hit Netflix, and you can enjoy it directly from your couch. Follow the sequel to the original Angry Birds film from 2016, as the birds and the pigs must now team up to defeat a new island, led by Zeta, the leader of the eagles. This high-flying action-adventure shows how two opposing teams can work together to overcome the odds.

Rotten Tomatoes: 73%

Stars: Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Leslie Jones

Director: Thurop Van Orman


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
100 minutes

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The Willoughbys on Netflix

The Willoughbys (2020)

This 2020 Netflix Original introduces us to the Willoughby children, who are convinced they’d be better off raising themselves than they are under the care of their parents. As such, they hatch a sneaky plan to send their selfish parents on vacation while they embark on their own high-flying adventure to find the true meaning of family. As you might expect, everything they think they know isn’t exactly spot on.

Rotten Tomatoes: 90%

Stars: Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara

Director: Kris Pearn


Rating: PG



Runtime:
92 minutes

The Croods on Netflix

The Croods (2013) 

With a star-studded cast that includes Nicolas Cage, Catherine Keener, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, and Cloris Leachman, The Croods tells the tale of a prehistoric family living at a particularly dangerous moment in time. Grug, Ugga, Eep, Thunk, and Gran spend their days gathering food and their nights huddling comfortably together in a cave. They’re a perfect little family. However, when a more evolved caveman appears on the scene with tools and knowledge of impending doom, Grug is distrustful, believing the new intruder wants to steal his family.

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%

Stars: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds

Director: Chris Sanders, Kirk De Micco


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
98 minutes

The Princess and the Frog on Disney+

The Princess and The Frog (2009)

At the peak of the Jazz Age in New Orleans, Tiana is a hardworking and ambitious woman who dreams of opening the finest restaurant in the city. However, when she’s attending a swanky soiree, her dream takes a slight detour when she meets Prince Naveen, who just so happens to be a frog. Mistaking her for a princess, Naveen asks Tiana for a kiss to break the evil Dr. Facilier’s spell. But the kiss backfires, turning Tiana into a frog as well. Now, they’ll have to hop their way through the bayous to get help from a powerful voodoo priestess to break the spell and defeat Dr. Facilier.

Rotten Tomatoes: 85%

Stars: Anika Noni Rose, Bruno Campos, Keith David

Director: John Musker, Ron Clements


Rating:
G


Runtime:
95 minutes

Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Netflix

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

Based on the beloved series from the 1960s, Mr. Peabody & Sherman reintroduces the world’s most accomplished dog and his mischievous boy, Sherman, to a new generation. Using their time machine — the WABAC — to go on outrageous adventures through time, Mr. Peabody and Sherman may just have more fun than any other boy and dog. But when Sherman takes the WABAC out for a joyride to impress a friend, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, vastly altering history’s most important events. Mr. Peabody will have to come to the rescue before past, present, and future are irrevocably altered.

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

Stars: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter

Director: Rob Minkoff


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
92 minutes

Puss in Boots on Netflix

Puss in Boots (2011)

Puss in Boots was one of Shrek’s greatest allies on his journey to save Princess Fiona from the evil Lord Farquaad, but before that classic journey, he was just a simple outlaw. This origin story tells the tale (tail?) of how Puss in Boots became one of the greatest heroes of his age. When his town is threatened, Puss sets off on an adventure with friends Kitty Softpaws and Humpty Dumpty to save his people and become a legend.

Rotten Tomatoes: 86%

Stars: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis

Director: Chris Miller


Rating:
PG


Runtime:
90 minutes

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