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The best kids movies on Netflix right now

Melman, Gloria, Alex, and Marty in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa.
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The final couple of months of the school year can be a slog for kids and adults alike, but the best kids’ movies on Netflix right now can help. When the kids need a distraction (and you need a break), you can turn to Netflix’s extensive collection of kid-friendly movies, including recent hits, fun originals, and even some exclusive choose-your-own-adventure stories.

You want to make sure your kids are watching movies that are age-appropriate, but you don’t want to scroll endlessly to find something you both can agree on. So, we’ve done the scrolling and made this list for you. We update it every month with all the best kids’ movies on Netflix, including new additions Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa and Smurfs: The Lost Village.

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.

Recently added to Netflix

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
61%
pg
89m
Genre
Family, Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Stars
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer
Directed by
Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Watch on Netflix
The follow-up to Paramount’s hit MadagascarEscape 2 Africa finds Alex the Lion (Ben Stiller), Mary the Zebra (Chris Rock), Gloria the Hippo (Jada Pinkett-Smith), and Melman the Giraffe (David Schwimmer) hop on a reassembled wrecked airplane to make it to the African continent. The formerly New York zoo animals now encounter members of their own species for the first time. And while this place is truly wild, it’s worth wondering if it’s better than Central Park.

Smurfs: The Lost Village (2017)

Smurfs: The Lost Village
40%
pg
89m
Genre
Family, Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Stars
Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Joe Manganiello
Directed by
Kelly Asbury
Watch on Netflix
The most recent CGI foray into Smurfville, Smurfs: The Lost Village, follows Smurfette (Demi Lovato) and her friends Brainy, Clumsy, and Hefty (Danny Pudi, Jack McBrayer, Joe Manganiello) on a thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest to discover a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel (Rainn Wilson) can. In that village lies the key to one of the greatest secrets the Smurfs will ever discover.

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

Hotel Transylvania
49%
pg
91m
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Stars
Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez
Directed by
Genndy Tartakovsky
Watch on Netflix
With 2022’s Hotel Transylvania: Transformania hitting Amazon Prime Video, Sony’s Hotel Transvylvania franchise has astonishingly been going strong for more than a decade. The original Hotel Transylvania introduces audiences to Count Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) lavish resort where monsters and their families go to get away from the stresses of living in the human world. And when Dracula invites the gang to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ (Only Murders in the Building‘s Selena Gomez) 118th birthday, he plans to really turn up the party. That is, until an ordinary human guy stumbles into the hotel and risks exposing the monster world.

Turbo (2013)

Turbo
58%
pg
96m
Genre
Animation, Family
Stars
Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Peña
Directed by
David Soren
Watch on Netflix
In Dreamworks’ Turbo, an ordinary garden snail (Deadpool & Wolverine‘s Ryan Reynolds) dreams of becoming the fastest snail in the world and winning the Indy 500. Of course, he’s a snail, so it doesn’t seem very likely. But when a freak accident gives him extraordinary speed, he’s suddenly got the power to accomplish his goal, so long as he can stay on the right track.

Orion and the Dark (2024)

Orion and the Dark
72%
pg
93m
Genre
Animation, Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars
Jacob Tremblay, Paul Walter Hauser, Angela Bassett
Directed by
Sean Charmatz
Watch on Netflix
In this Netflix animated original, you’ll meet Orion (Jacob Tremblay), a seemingly typical elementary school kid. But this is merely a facade, as Orion is secretly a bundle of adolescent anxiety, filled with irrational fears of everything from bees and dogs to clowns and cliffs. But the thing he’s most afraid of is one he can’t avoid: the dark. So when Dark itself (Black Bird‘s Paul Walter Hauser) decides to visit Orion to show him that the night’s not so scary, Orion has to learn to accept the unknown and stop letting fear control his life.

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken (2023)

Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken
50%
pg
91m
Genre
Animation, Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars
Lana Condor, Toni Collette, Annie Murphy
Directed by
Kirk DeMicco
Watch on Netflix
Disney goes to the ocean with sweet, awkward Ruby Gillman (Lana Condor), a 16-year-old desperate to fit in at Oceanside High. She’s mostly anonymous, though, even to her skater-boy crush who she tutors in math. Her overprotective mom has forbidden Ruby from ever getting in the water, but as teenagers do, Ruby defies mom’s rule, entering the water, only to discover that she’s a direct descendant of the warrior Kraken queens and destined to inherit the throne from her grandmother, the Warrior Queen of the Seven Seas. Suddenly aware of her destiny, Ruby must tap into her power quickly because a new threat to all Kraken-kind has just enrolled at Oceanside.

Annie (1982)

Annie
39%
pg
127m
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Family
Stars
Aileen Quinn, Albert Finney, Carol Burnett
Directed by
John Huston
Watch on Netflix
The beloved Broadway musical about darling orphan Annie is a well-known story, but if you don’t have time to take your kids to the theater, this 1982 film adaptation is a great substitute. Growing up in an orphanage run by the cruel Miss Hannigan (Carol Burnett), the stalwart young Annie (Aileen Quinn) is convinced that her parents left her there by accident. And when she’s picked to live with the ultra-rich Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks (Albert Finney) as a publicity stunt to improve his image, Annie’s infectious energy and faith rub off on the old codger, who announces a nationwide search and reward for finding her true parents.

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget (2023)

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget
63%
pg
97m
Genre
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars
Thandiwe Newton, Zachary Levi, Bella Ramsey
Directed by
Sam Fell
Watch on Netflix
Netflix has brought Chicken Run back for a new generation! Years after pulling off their death-defying escape from Tweedy’s farm, Ginger (Thandiwe Newton) and Rocky (Zachary Levi) are living in a peaceful island sanctuary, far from the human world. When little hatchling Molly (The Last of Us star Bella Ramsey) comes along, everything feels truly perfect. But back on the mainland, a terrible new threat emerges to chickenkind: the nugget. Now, it’s time to break in.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie (2023)

The Super Mario Bros. Movie
46%
pg
93m
Genre
Animation, Family, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars
Chris Pratt, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Day
Directed by
Michael Jelenic, Aaron Horvath
Watch on Netflix
A box-office smash this past summer, The Super Mario Bros. Movie is sure to be a hit at your home, too. Brooklyn plumbers Mario (Chris Pratt) and Luigi (Charlie Day) aren’t doing so hot. But when they see a chance to make it big by repairing the city’s water main, they jump at the opportunity… only to get sucked down a green pipe and separated as they get sucked into portal into another world. While Mario lands in the Mushroom Kingdom with Princess Peach (Anya Taylor-Joy), Luigi is kidnapped by Bowser (Jack Black). Now, it’s up to Mario to discover the power within him to save his brother and the Mushroom Kingdom.

Leo (2023)

Leo
pg
102m
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars
Adam Sandler, Bill Burr, Cecily Strong
Directed by
Robert Smigel, Robert Marianetti, David Wachtenheim
Watch on Netflix
Leo (Adam Sandler) is a 74-year-old lizard who has been stuck in the same Florida classroom for decades with his terrarium mate, Squirtle the Turtle (Bill Burr). Already jaded by life, when Leo learns he has just one year left to live, he plans a grand escape. Unfortunately, he gets caught up in the problems of his anxious students and their impossibly mean substitute teacher, Mrs. Malkin (Cecily Strong), instead.

Minions (2015)

Minions
56%
pg
91m
Genre
Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars
Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton
Directed by
Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
Watch on Netflix
Universal’s Despicable Me (which is also on Netflix, as is Minions: The Rise of Gru) spawned a bizarre spinoff out of the yellow, eraser-like assistants of supervillain Gru. In Minions, you learn their backstory, as they served despicable masters throughout the ages, from T. Rex to Napoleon. When Minions can’t serve, they are sad. So, Minion Kevin recruits Stuart and Bob to venture into the world to find a new evil boss. They stumble across Scarlet Overkill (Bullet Train‘s Sandra Bullock), the world’s first-ever female supervillain.

Spy Kids: Armageddon (2023)

Spy Kids: Armageddon
55%
pg
98m
Genre
Family, Comedy, Action, Adventure
Stars
Connor Esterson, Everly Carganilla, Zachary Levi
Directed by
Robert Rodriguez
Watch on Netflix
The Spy Kids universe gets a modern update in this Netflix Original. Robert Rodriguez brings in a new cast of super agents, including Terrence Tango (Shazam! Fury of the Gods‘ Zachary Levi) and Nora Torrez (Gina Rodriguez). But they find themselves needing the help of their children, Tony (Connor Esterson) and Patty (Everly Carganilla). After Terrence and Nora mistakenly help a game developer unleash a computer virus that makes him master of all technology, the kids must become spies to save their parents and the world.

The Monkey King (2023)

The Monkey King
59%
pg
92m
Genre
Animation, Fantasy, Adventure, Family, Comedy
Stars
Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport
Directed by
Anthony Stacchi
Watch on Netflix
Based on an ancient Chinese tale, The Monkey King follows a stick-wielding monkey on an epic quest for immortality. Along the way, he teams up with a young girl and must battle demons, dragons, gods, and the biggest obstacle of all: his own ego.

Paddington (2014)

Paddington
77%
7.2/10
pg
96m
Genre
Comedy, Adventure, Family
Stars
Ben Whishaw, Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins
Directed by
Paul King
Watch on Netflix
Michael Bond’s beloved children’s novels come to life in this hit comedy starring the titular bear. When Paddington (Passages‘ Ben Whishaw) travels from the jungles of Peru to London in search of a home, he soon finds himself lost, alone, and overwhelmed by the city. Fortunately, he stumbles across the kind Brown family, who offer him a temporary home. Things seem to be turning around until Paddington catches the eye of a museum taxidermist (Nicole Kidman).

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
69%
pg
89m
Genre
Action, Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars
Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms
Directed by
David Soren
Watch on Netflix
Based on the classic book series, this epic movie brings Captain Underpants to the big screen! George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch) are a couple of overly imaginative pranksters who go a bit too far with a prank. Hypnotizing their principal (Ed Helms), they make him believe he’s an enthusiastic fool of a superhero named Captain Underpants. And yes, the costume is what you think.

The Angry Birds Movie (2016)

The Angry Birds Movie
43%
pg
97m
Genre
Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars
Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, Danny McBride
Directed by
Fergal Reilly, Clay Kaytis
Watch on Netflix
Based on the popular smartphone game, The Angry Birds Movie takes audiences on an adventure to an island populated by happy, flightless birds. Temperamental Red (Ted Lasso‘s Jason Sudeikis), speedy Chuck (Josh Gad), and the volatile Bomb (Danny McBride) have always been outsiders, but they get their chance to be heroes when mysterious green piggies begin showing up on the island.

The Boss Baby (2017)

The Boss Baby
50%
pg
97m
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars
Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Miles Bakshi
Directed by
Tom McGrath
Watch on Netflix
New babies change the fabric of families, especially when you’re a wildly imaginative 7-year-old like Tim (Miles Bakshi). So, when his family expects to add a new baby into his life, Tim processes this by telling a story of how that baby will impact his and his family’s life. Thus, The Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin), is born. He wears a suit, speaks like a full-grown adult, and is a titan of industry. He also now has an extensive franchise, to which this first film will be a great jumping-off point for the kids! Start streaming on May 22.

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile (2022)

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile
51%
pg
106m
Genre
Comedy, Family, Music
Stars
Shawn Mendes, Javier Bardem, Winslow Fegley
Directed by
Josh Gordon, Will Speck
Watch on Netflix
When the Primm family (Constance Wu, Scoot McNairy, Winslow Fegley) move to New York City, they’re soon surprised to discover that a singing crocodile lives in the attic. Lyle (Shawn Mendes) loves baths and caviar, and is not like other crocodiles that you may have heard of. He becomes a fast friend for the Primms’ young son, Josh, who has struggled to adapt to a new city and school. But when Lyle’s existence is threatened by their neighbor, Mr. Grumps (Brett Gelman), the family must join forces with Lyle’s owner, Hector P. Valenti (Javier Bardem), to save Lyle.

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical (2022)

Roald Dahl's Matilda the Musical
68%
7.4/10
pg
117m
Genre
Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars
Alisha Weir, Lashana Lynch, Stephen Graham
Directed by
Matthew Warchus
Watch on Netflix
Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book about a little girl with a troubled home life who discovers telekinetic abilities was adapted into an outstanding movie in 1996. Later, it became a musical. Now, the musical becomes a movie directed by Matthew Warchus and starring Alisha Weir in the title role.

Trolls (2016)

Trolls
55%
6.4/10
pg
92m
Genre
Family, Animation, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy, Music
Stars
Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Zooey Deschanel
Directed by
Mike Mitchell, Walt Dohrn
Watch on Netflix
Now its own franchise, the original Trolls introduces audiences to a colorful, wondrous world of friendly, playful trolls. Always optimistic and with a song to sing, things in the Trolls’ world turn dour when a mysterious giant shows up to end the party. Now, the bubbly Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and the dour Branch (Justin Timberlake) must join forces to embark on an adventure far beyond their world to save their home.

The Sea Beast (2022)

The Sea Beast
75%
7.1/10
pg
115m
Genre
Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars
Karl Urban, Zaris-Angel Hator, Jared Harris
Directed by
Chris Williams
Watch on Netflix
In the animated fantasy The Sea Beast, 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%
6.3/10
pg
100m
Genre
Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars
Cathy Ang, Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong
Directed by
Glen Keane
Watch on Netflix
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%
6.1/10
pg
123m
Genre
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars
Kea Peahu, Alex Aiono, Lindsay Watson
Directed by
Jude Weng
Watch on Netflix
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. 

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021)

Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans
6.7/10
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
Watch on Netflix

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.

Wish Dragon (2021)

Wish Dragon
59%
7.2/10
pg
99m
Genre
Animation, Family, Comedy, Fantasy
Stars
Jimmy Wong, John Cho, Constance Wu
Directed by
Chris Appelhans
Watch on Netflix
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.

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021)

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
7.4/10
g
30m
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars
Justin Fletcher, Kate Harbour
Directed by
Steve Cox
Watch on Netflix
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!

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines
80%
7.7/10
114m
Genre
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Action
Stars
Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Directed by
Michael Rianda
Watch on Netflix
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.

Pee-wee's Big Holiday (2016)

Pee-wee's Big Holiday
63%
6.1/10
90m
Genre
Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars
Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly
Directed by
John Lee
Watch on Netflix
This Judd Apatow-produced Netflix original introduces Pee-wee Herman to a whole new generation. After a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger (Magic Mike‘s 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.

We Can Be Heroes (2020)

We Can Be Heroes
51%
4.7/10
pg
97m
Genre
Action, Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Stars
YaYa Gosselin, Lyon Daniels, Andy Walken
Directed by
Robert Rodriguez
Watch on Netflix
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.

Next Gen (2018)

Next Gen
6.6/10
pg
105m
Genre
Action, Adventure, Animation, Family
Stars
Jason Sudeikis, Michael Peña, David Cross
Directed by
Joe Ksander, Kevin R. Adams
Watch on Netflix
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.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution (2019)

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution
6.3/10
tv-y7
Genre
Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Family
Stars
Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Otani, Mayumi Iizuka
Watch on Netflix
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.

Dancing with the Birds (2019)

Dancing with the Birds
8.3/10
pg
51m
Genre
Documentary
Stars
Stephen Fry
Directed by
Huw Cordey
Watch on Netflix
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 world of exotic wildlife.

Minecraft: Story Mode (2018)

Minecraft: Story Mode
5.8/10
tv-pg
2 Seasons
Genre
Action & Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Stars
Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff
Watch on Netflix
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
7.0/10
tv-y7
Genre
Animation
Stars
Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Abby Trott
Watch on Netflix
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.

Klaus (2019)

Klaus
8.2/10
pg
96m
Genre
Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Stars
Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
Directed by
Sergio Pablos
Watch on Netflix
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.

White Fang (2018)

White Fang
61%
7.0/10
tv-pg
Genre
Animation, Family
Stars
Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Giamatti
Watch on Netflix
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.

John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch (2019)

John Mulaney & The Sack Lunch Bunch
87%
7.5/10
70m
Genre
Comedy, Family, Music
Stars
John Mulaney, Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford
Directed by
Rhys Thomas
Watch on Netflix
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.

The Willoughbys (2020)

The Willoughbys
68%
6.4/10
pg
92m
Genre
Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars
Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara
Directed by
Kris Pearn
Watch on Netflix
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.

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The best romantic comedies on Netflix right now
Haley Lu Richardson in The Edge of Seventeen.

When you're at a stalemate on what to watch, you can always fall back on the best romantic comedies on Netflix right now. A rom-com is an easy compromise since we all can relate to the tribulations of love. And who doesn't love to laugh about other people's love lives?

The issue, however, is that there are so many romantic comedies, and Netflix's library is chock-full of anonymous drivel and original misses. We curate this roundup to help you avoid the dreck and focus on the hits. Read on for our picks for the best romantic comedies on Netflix right now.

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The best movies on Hulu right now (May 2024)
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in Bad Boys For Life.

There's a reason why Disney+ is splashing Hulu content all over its home page. Hulu simply has a better selection of movies to draw upon, and it's not limited to flicks within the Disney corporate empire. Instead, Hulu gets to borrow some of the best movies from other studios like Warner Bros. and Sony, while giving 20th Century Studios' more mature titles a place to call home. That makes Hulu a more complete streaming service than Disney+.

This month's new movies on Hulu include an eclectic selection, from oddball comedies like The Royal Tenenbaums to the Johnny Cash music biopic Walk the Line to action movies like Bad Boys for Life and Black Hawk Down, and more. Those titles are just the beginning of the best movies on Hulu right now. No matter what kind of movies you like, Hulu has something for you to watch below.

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Best new movies coming to theaters in 2024
Froy Gutierrez and Madelaine Petsch in The Strangers: Chapter 1.

While many fans are content to stay at home during the hottest months of the year, the best movies of 2024 so far are going to theaters rather than direct to streaming. And if you don't want to wait months to see some of this year's biggest hits, then you're just going to have go out and have a movie night.

To help you keep track of the best new movies coming to theaters in 2024, we've laid out the top choices from the next three months' worth of films, which will take us almost through the summer. And each week, we'll be adding more movies from 2024 as we get closer to the summer.

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