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The best kids movies on Netflix right now (October 2022)

The weather is cooling down outside, and most of us are spending a little more time indoors. When it comes to your kids, though, you have to find ways to keep them entertained so they don’t run amok all over the house. Enter: Netflix. The streaming giant has a huge collection of kid-friendly content, including many choose-your-own-adventure-style movies. If you need to entertain the kids for a while, we’ve pulled together the best kids’ movies on Netflix right 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.

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Scooby-Doo (2002) new
35 %
pg 88m
Genre Mystery, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Freddie Prinze Jr., Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew Lillard
Directed by Raja Gosnell
Despite being made, in theory, for kids and adults who grew up with Scooby-Doo, this 2002 live-action flick is really just for the kids. The Mystery Inc. gang has split up, but they all reunite a couple of years later when they each receive an invitation to a resort called Spooky Island. When they show up, the gang realizes there’s something afoot — and somebody wanted them all together on the island. Soon, the college-aged visitors begin acting in very strange ways, and Shaggy, Fred, Velma, Daphne, and Scooby (Matthew Lillard, Freddie Prinze Jr., Linda Cardellini, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Neil Fanning) realize its time to put aside past differences to solve a new mystery.
Labyrinth (1986) new
50 %
pg 102m
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud
Directed by Jim Henson
Sarah (Jennifer Connelley) isn’t exactly thrilled to be babysitting her infant stepbrother, Toby, on a Saturday night. In a moment of wickedness, Sarah calls upon Jareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) — her favorite villain from her favorite book — to carry the crying Toby away. But when her wish magically comes true, Sarah must chase Jareth through a fantastical labyrinth inhabited by mystical creatures to retrieve Toby before it’s too late.
Despicable Me (2010)
Despicable Me
72 %
pg 95m
Genre Family, Animation, Comedy, Crime
Stars Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Dana Gaier
Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
Felonious Gru (Steve Carell) is the world’s greatest supervillain in his own mind. But the world doesn’t appear to take him seriously despite his veritable arsenal of terrifying weapons and devices. So, to make an impression nobody can deny, he resolves to shrink and steal the moon. But to do so, he’ll need to steal back a shrink ray from a rival supervillain, Vector (Jason Segel). As part of his master plan, he adopts three little girls who have been selling cookies to Vector’s fortress, only to find their will to make him their father makes him question his devotion to his nefarious plots.
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
Despicable Me 2
62 %
pg 98m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Benjamin Bratt
Directed by Pierre Coffin, Chris Renaud
How about a double dose of Minions? After going straight, Gru (Steve Carell) is dragged back into the villain game when Anti-Villain League agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) recruits him to take down a new super-criminal who has stolen a large dose of the mutagen PX-41. After his longtime assistant Dr. Nefario (Russell Brand) returns to a life of crime, Gru reluctantly agrees to help the AVL. His suspicions quickly lead him to mark Eduardo Pérez (Benjamin Bratt) as a prime suspect, but proving his guilt is a much more difficult challenge.
The Sea Beast (2022)
The Sea Beast
75 %
pg 115m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris
Directed by Chris Williams
In this animated fantasy, enormous monsters roam the seas, and monster hunters are the essential humans who keep them at bay so that people can navigate safely. None of these heroes is more beloved than Jacob Holland (Karl Urban), and nobody loves him more than little Maisie Brumble (Zaris-Angel Hator). But when Maisie stows away on Jacob’s ship, he is less than enthused to have the responsibility of caring for this girl thrust upon him. At least until he discovers that Maisie is a more than capable ally.
Over the Moon (2020)
Over the Moon
60 %
pg 100m
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong
Directed by Glen Keane
In the mood for a musical? Over the Moon is a Netflix animated original film that will get the kids out of their seats and dreaming of soaring into the cosmos. Fei Fei (Kathy Ang) is a bright young girl with boundless determination. So when her community sheds doubt on the existence of the legendary Moon Goddess, Fei Fei gets to work building a rocket ship that can make it to the moon. But her journey takes her somewhere far more fantastical and unexpected.
Finding ʻOhana (2021)
Finding ʻOhana
69 %
pg 123m
Genre Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson
Directed by Jude Weng
When Pili and Ioane Kawena (played by Kea Peahu and Alex Aiono) relocate from New York to Hawaii to help their mother care for their ailing grandfather, the siblings unearth a swashbuckling diary in their Papa’s study. It’s an ancient tome that hints at bountiful treasures hidden away in the caves of ‘Ohana. Banding together with her brother and new friends, Pili uses her natural skills as a champion geocacher to track down the pirate gold while exploring her heritage and the gorgeous landscapes of Hawaii. With a “family first” message nestled firmly at its core, Finding ‘Ohana plays like a brighter and more spirited version of The Goonies, especially with the film’s emphasis on curiosity meets camaraderie. 
FINDING ‘OHANA | Official Trailer | Netflix
Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021)
Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans
pg 106m
Genre Animation, Fantasy, Family, Action, Adventure
Stars Emile Hirsch, Lexi Medrano, Charlie Saxton
Directed by Andrew L. Schmidt, Francisco Ruiz Velasco, Johane Matte

The cinematic conclusion to Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia saga, which includes the Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards series, Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans takes place in the enchanted town of Arcadia, a haven of magic with many a mystical inhabitant. When the evil Arcane Order awakens the ancient Titans, the heroes of Arcadia must band together to put an end to the wretched reign of their mutual enemy. An action-packed spectacle, Rise of the Titans serves as a fitting end to del Toro’s expansive universe of trolls, extraterrestrials, and powerful wizards. Think of it as the animated little brother to Marvel’s The Avengers, an amalgamation of benevolent world-savers facing off against adversaries, and a battle that necessitates teamwork of fantastical proportions.

Trollhunters: Rise Of The Titans | Guillermo del Toro | Official Trailer | Netflix
Wish Dragon (2021)
Wish Dragon
59 %
pg 99m
Genre Animation, Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars Jimmy Wong, John Cho, Constance Wu
Directed by Chris Appelhans
A joint collaboration between Sony Pictures Animation and Tencent Pictures, Wish Dragon tells the story of Din (voiced by Jimmy Wong), a working-class student with dreams of reuniting with his friend, Lina (Natasha Liu Bordizzo). In order to achieve this rendezvous, Din calls on the otherworldly talents of wish-granting dragon Long (John Cho). Together, human and mystical reptile must journey across Shanghai to bring the former’s aspirations to fruition. For those of us who have seen either version of Disney’s Aladdin, the premise of Wish Dragon may sound pretty familiar. But don’t let that deter you, for there’s plenty of heart, laughs, and inspired storytelling at play to make Wish Dragon an easy win for kids of all ages.
Wish Dragon | Official Trailer | Netflix
Sing 2 (2021)
Sing 2
49 %
pg 110m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Music
Stars Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson
Directed by Garth Jennings
The one downside of Sing 2? The kids might get hooked on singing the songs. But at least they’ll have a ton of fun following the koala Buster Moon and his rag-tag band of animal performers as they set up their newest concert in the entertainment capital of the world. But first, Buster wants to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star to join them.
Sing 2 - Official Trailer [HD]
The Golden Compass (2007)
The Golden Compass
51 %
pg-13 113m
Genre Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Dakota Blue Richards
Directed by Chris Weitz
Philip Pullman’s classic His Dark Materials saga has recently been adapted into an HBO series, but this 2007 film is much more faithful to the book. (Unfortunately, it was too dang expensive to make, forcing the studio to abandon the rest of the trilogy.) Rated PG-13 due to some heady themes for children, The Golden Compass is nonetheless a gripping, thoughtful epic that smart kids will love. The story follows 12-year-old Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon as they set out on an adventure to save her friend who was kidnapped by a mysterious group of people known as the Gobblers — who are at the center of a conspiracy that could destroy their world.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
66 %
pg 90m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
When hard times strike the little town of Swallow Falls, struggling inventor Flint Lockwood takes it upon himself to resolve the growing food crisis. But while he succeeds in creating a machine that literally makes food fall from the sky like rain, the machine soon goes haywire, threatening to bury the town under a hail of meatballs!
Paddington (2014)
77 %
pg 96m
Genre Comedy, Adventure, Family
Stars Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins
Directed by Paul King
The beloved bear, Paddington (Ben Whishaw), must flee his Pervuian rainforest home after a monstrous earthquake. He makes his way to London, finding shelter with the Brown family, immediately immersing himself in the thrills of urban life. But taxidermist Millicent Clyde (Nicole Kidman) finds the rare bear interesting for all the wrong reasons.
Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021)
Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
g 30m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Justin Fletcher, Kate Harbour
Directed by Steve Cox
A 30-minute Christmas special starring the world’s favorite sheep, The Flight Before Christmas is a new Shaun the Sheep classic! Shaun loves the holiday season, but his excitement goes sour when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings for the Flock accidentally leaves Timmy behind. Now, Shaun must get Timmy back before he becomes somebody else’s present!

Home (2015)
55 %
pg 94m
Genre Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Science Fiction, Family
Stars Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
Directed by Tim Johnson
A hive-minded alien race called the Boov have conquered Earth and are planning to relocate the planet’s human population to another planet. That is, all except a little girl named Tip (Rihanna), who has successfully hidden from the aliens. But when Tip accidentally meets a fugitive Boov named Oh (Jim Parsons), they’re naturally wary of one another. But Oh is not like the other Boovs, seeking friendship rather than alienation (pun intended). Together, Tip and Oh set out to find Tip’s mother and try to save the humans and find common ground.
HOME | Official Trailer #1

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)
The Mitchells vs. the Machines
80 %
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Directed by Michael Rianda
Katie Mitchell (Abbi Jacobson) is a little different in a family full of people who are a little different. Unfortunately, those differences don’t quite click when it comes to her and her father. So when her dad decides to cancel her plane ticket to film school and instead do a family road trip from Michigan to LA, Katie is less than pleased. But when family bonding time is interrupted by a robotic uprising, the Mitchells must find a way to come together to save themselves and the world from the techpocalypse.
The Mitchells vs. The Machines | Official Trailer | Netflix

Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016)
Pee-wee's Big Holiday
63 %
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly
Directed by John Lee
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.
Pee-wee's Big Holiday - Official Trailer - Netflix [HD]

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)
Penguins of Madagascar
53 %
pg 92m
Genre Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights
Directed by Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
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.
Penguins of Madagascar TRAILER 1 (2014) Benedict Cumberbatch Animated Movie HD

We Can Be Heroes (2020)
We Can Be Heroes
51 %
pg 97m
Genre Action, Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Stars YaYa Gosselin, Lyon Daniels, Andy Walken
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
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.
We Can Be Heroes starring Priyanka Chopra & Pedro Pascal | Official Trailer | Netflix
Next Gen (2018)
Next Gen
pg 105m
Genre Action, Adventure, Animation, Family
Stars Jason Sudeikis, Michael Peña, David Cross
Directed by Joe Ksander, Kevin R. Adams
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.
Next Gen | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix
Monster House (2006)
Monster House
68 %
pg 91m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Stars Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke
Directed by Gil Kenan
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!
Monster House (2006) Official Trailer 1 - Mitchel Musso Movie
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution (2019)
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution
Genre Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Family
Cast Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Otani, Mayumi Iizuka
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.
Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution | Official Trailer | Netflix
Dancing with the Birds (2019)
Dancing with the Birds
pg 51m
Genre Documentary
Stars Stephen Fry
Directed by Huw Cordey
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.
Dancing With The Birds | Official Trailer | Netflix
Minecraft: Story Mode (2018)
Minecraft: Story Mode
tv-pg 2 Seasons
Genre Action & Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Cast Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff
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.
Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal (2020)
Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not to Steal
Genre Animation
Cast Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Abby Trott
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.
Carmen Sandiego: To Steal or Not To Steal? Interactive Game Trailer | Netflix Futures
Klaus (2019)
pg 96m
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
Directed by Sergio Pablos
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.
Klaus | Official Trailer | Netflix
White Fang (2018)
White Fang
61 %
Genre Animation, Family
Cast Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Giamatti
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.
White Fang | Official Trailer [HD] | Netflix
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019)
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
87 %
Genre Comedy, Family, Music
Stars John Mulaney, Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford
Directed by Rhys Thomas
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.
John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch | Official Trailer | Netflix
The Willoughbys (2020)
The Willoughbys
68 %
pg 92m
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara
Directed by Kris Pearn
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.
The Willoughbys | Official Trailer | Netflix

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