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The best kids movies on Hulu right now

While Disney+ has perhaps the biggest library of kids movies, don’t write off Hulu’s selections. It may not be as large as Disney’s library, but Hulu does have access to a more diverse selection of films in animation as well as live-action. These are the tales that kids of all ages can enjoy, and they also make for some really terrific family viewing when movie night comes around.

If you need a hand when deciding your best options on Hulu in this category, we’ve got you covered with the best kids movies on Hulu right now. These are the movies for kids ages 6 to 60.

We’ve also rounded up the best kids movies on Netflix, 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 Hulu.

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu (2019) new

Pokémon Detective Pikachu
53 %
pg 105m
Genre Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Justice Smith, Ryan Reynolds, Kathryn Newton
Directed by Rob Letterman

Everyone knows that Pikachus don’t speak English. But the title character in Detective Pikachu is apparently the exception among the Pokémon. When investigating the death of his father, Detective Harry Goodman, Tim Goodman (Dungeons and Dragons‘ Justice Smith) encounters Detective Pikachu, who is amazed that Tim can understand him.

Pikachu is convinced that Harry is still alive, so Tim reluctantly teams up with him to uncover illegal Pokémon fighting rings as well as a conspiracy to transform ordinary creatures into the most dangerous versions of themselves.

Shrek (2001)

84 %
pg 90m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure, Family
Stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz
Directed by Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Two decades plus after its premiere, Shrek remains one of DreamWorks Animation’s best movies. Mike Myers headlines the cast as Shrek, a grumpy ogre who would rather just stay in the swamp forever rather than deal with other people. But when fantastical creatures are forced into his swamp, Shrek and his self-proclaimed best friend, Donkey (Eddie Murphy), go on a quest to rescue Fiona (Cameron Diaz), a captured princess.

None of this was Shrek’s idea, and he only wants his swamp back. Yet once Shrek meets Fiona, the romantic sparks start to fly. However, Fiona has a secret that may change the way that Shrek, and everyone else, looks at her.

Real Steel (2011) new

Real Steel
56 %
pg-13 127m
Genre Action, Science Fiction, Drama
Stars Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly
Directed by Shawn Levy

Real Steel is the story of a boy and his robot, as well as a boy and his father. In a future where boxing is now the sport of robots, ex-boxer Charlie Kenton (The Son‘s Hugh Jackman) is at the end of his rope. After learning that his ex-girlfriend has died, Charlie reluctantly accepts custody of his son, Max (Dakota Goyo), for the summer.

While scrounging for parts, Max discovers a sparring robot called Atom, whose fighting prowess allows father and son to bond over Atom’s success in the ring. But when misfortune catches up to Charlie and Max, it may take a miracle to keep them together.

The Goonies (1985) new

The Goonies
62 %
pg 114m
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen
Directed by Richard Donner

To paraphrase the great Cyndi Lauper, The Goonies is good enough, yeah, yeah, yeah! This is the definitive ‘80s kids movie, with future stars Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman, and Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All at Once) in the leading roles.

When their homes are threatened by a greedy landowner, Mikey Walsh (Astin) and his band of Goonies go on a quest to find the hidden treasure of an infamous pirate, One-Eyed Willie. They soon learn that the legendary treasure is real, but that’s why the Fratelli crime family will do anything to stop them from finding it.

Monster House (2006) new

Monster House
68 %
pg 91m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Stars Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke
Directed by Gil Kenan

Monster House is a movie title that does not lie to you. It is in fact about a monster house that is owned by a man named Horace Nebbercracker (Steve Buscemi). Young DJ Walters (Mitchel Musso), and his friends, Chowder (Sam Lerner) and Jenny (Spencer Locke), realize that the house itself is seemingly alive with a vengeful spirit that literally devours children.

When Nebbercracker has a heart attack, the children take it upon themselves to end the house’s reign of terror. But in order to take down the house, this trio may soon find themselves in the proverbial belly of the beast.

Rio (2011)

63 %
g 96m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann
Directed by Carlos Saldanha
Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) is a rare blue macaw who believes that he’s the last of his kind. But when he learns that there’s another lady macaw out there, he ventures out from his small town in Minnesota and heads to Rio de Janeiro to meet her, believing they’re meant to be together. Unfortunately, the fiercely independent Jewel (Catwoman actress Anne Hathaway) has been born and bred by the wild and the domesticated Rio is far from an impressive paramour. But when they’re unexpectedly forced to stick together, they find they each have more to learn from one another than they thought.

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