The best kids movies on Netflix right now

No matter how much you resolve to change in a new year, chances are things aren’t going to look all that different. You’re still going to need the TV to entertain your kids from time to time when they’re bouncing off the walls. Thankfully, Netflix has a huge collection of kid-friendly movies to keep your kids engaged and relaxed for a little while. Want to make sure they’re watching something age-appropriate? We’ve gone ahead and pulled out 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.

Kung Fu Panda (2008) new

Kung Fu Panda
87%
74%
Genre Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Comedy
Stars Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie
Directed by Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
pg 90m
The original movie that kicked off a beloved franchise, Kung Fu Panda introduces Po the panda (Jack Black), who works in his family’s noodle shop while dreaming of becoming a kung-fu master. One day, he’s unexpectedly chosen to fulfill an ancient prophecy, ushered into training with his idols, the Furious Five. Now, Po must muster all of his wisdom, strength, and ability to fulfill the prophecy and protect his people from an evil snow leopard.

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971) new

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
91%
67%
Genre Family, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Gene Wilder, Peter Ostrum, Jack Albertson
Directed by Mel Stuart
g 100m
An oldie but goodie, Gene Wilder delivers a seminal performance as eccentric chocolatier, Willy Wonka, who has released five “golden tickets” into the world offering an exclusive tour of his legendary factory. When the last of the tickets falls into the hands of Charlie, he and his grandpa arrive as the poorest — and most normal — of the winners. Willy ushers them along with the other contest winners through a thrilling tour of his magical factory, which also appears to be quite dangerous.

Happy Feet (2006) new

Happy Feet
76%
77%
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Brittany Murphy
Directed by George Miller
pg 108m
This delightful musical adventure follows Mumble (Elijah Wood), a young emperor penguin who must learn to sing to attract a mate like the rest of his kind. Unfortunately, he has a terrible singing voice. He can, however, dance. So, to find a mate, Mumble takes the only approach that makes sense to him: Tap-dancing his way into hearts all over Antarctica.

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2021) new

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Justin Fletcher, Kate Harbour
Directed by Steve Cox
g 30m
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 BFG (2016)

The BFG
74%
66%
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall
Directed by Steven Spielberg
pg 117m
Steven Spielberg brings Roald Dahl’s classic children’s tale to life in this charming live-action tale. When Sophie meets the Big Friendly Giant, she’s naturally terrified of the 24-foot monster. Soon, however, she realizes that he’s no monster at all — he’s actually quite gentle and friendly. But as their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the attention of evil giants, who are willing to dispatch the BFG to get rid of her as well. Sophie and the BFG must now travel to London to convince Queen Victoria to get rid of all the bad giants for good!

Jumanji (1995)

Jumanji
55%
39%
Genre Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Stars Robin Williams, Kirsten Dunst, Bradley Pierce
Directed by Joe Johnston
pg 104m
While most kids will be more familiar with the video game reboot Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle starring Dwayne Johnson, it’s always good to encourage kids to check out the original versions. And Jumanji is a classic. Siblings Peter and Judy Shepard move into a new home, where they discover a mysterious old board game called Jumanji in the attic. When they start playing, they soon find that the game actually brings the jungle to life, including Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who has been stuck inside the game for decades. Now, they must finish playing the game to free Alan for good. Unfortunately, it’s easier said than done as the giant bugs, psychotic hunter, and stampeding rhino unleashed from the game are completely relentless.

Spy Kids (2001)

Spy Kids
93%
71%
Genre Action, Comedy, Family, Adventure
Stars Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Antonio Banderas
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
pg 88m
You’ve seen plenty of spy movies, but how about movies in which the kids are the spies? It’s not all that uncommon these days, but that’s only possible because of 2001’s Spy Kids. Robert Rodriguez tapped into something special with this clever movie about ex-secret agents who are captured, only to have their kids come to the rescue. Carmen (Alexa PenaVega) and Juni (Daryl Sabara) were never supposed to know about their parents’ secret former lives, but when the chips are down, they’ll inherit a host of cool gadgets and spy gear and set out on a mission to save their parents from an evil mastermind bent on world domination.

Labyrinth (1986)

Labyrinth
74%
50%
Genre Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Stars David Bowie, Jennifer Connelly, Toby Froud
Directed by Jim Henson
pg 102m
From the wonderfully weird mind of Jim Henson, Labyrinth is a puppet-driven fantasy that hits all the right notes of strange, provocative, whimsical, and fantastical. When a goblin king (David Bowie) kidnaps a baby destined to change the world, it’s up to the boy’s teenage sister Sarah (Jennifer Connelly) to venture through a gargantuan maze to save him from the forces of evil. Bowie’s performance is electric, while kids will love the puppet work and goofy humor.

Beethoven (1992)

Beethoven
Genre Comedy, Family
Stars Charles Grodin, Bonnie Hunt, Dean Jones
Directed by Brian Levant
87m
Introduce the dog-loving kids out there to everybody’s favorite mischievous St. Bernard, Beethoven. When George Newton (Charles Grodin) adopts a cute St. Bernard puppy called Beethoven, he soon finds himself feeling displaced in the family’s hearts. Soon after that, he’s also physically displaced because Beethoven becomes an enormous, mischievous beast. George hasn’t come around to Beethoven quite like the rest of the family, but when a scheming vet tries to steal the dog for a deadly experiment, the whole Newton family will have to come together to fend off the threat.

Home (2015)

Home
52%
55%
Genre Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Science Fiction, Family
Stars Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin
Directed by Tim Johnson
pg 94m
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.

Stuart Little (1999)

Stuart Little
67%
61%
Genre Family, Animation, Fantasy, Comedy
Stars Michael J. Fox, Chazz Palminteri, Nathan Lane
Directed by Rob Minkoff
84m
The classic children’s book comes to life in this fun, silly adaptation. The Little family goes to an orphanage to adopt a new family member, only to become smitten with a charming young mouse named Stuart. Stuart’s new, human older brother George (Jonathan Lipnicki) is initially unwelcoming to his new brother, and the family cat, Snowbell, is positively enraged that a mouse is his new “master.” Despite the challenging new arrangement, Stuart summons as much charm and courage as he can muster to convince his new family he belongs.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021)

The Mitchells vs. the Machines
98%
80%
Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction, Action
Stars Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph
Directed by Michael Rianda
114m
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
80%
63%
Genre Adventure, Comedy, Family
Stars Paul Reubens, Joe Manganiello, Jessica Pohly
Directed by John Lee
90m
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.

Good Burger (1997)

Good Burger
34%
41%
Genre Family, Comedy
Stars Kel Mitchell, Kenan Thompson, Sinbad
Directed by Brian Robbins
pg 95m
“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.

Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

Penguins of Madagascar
73%
53%
Genre Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights
Directed by Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
pg 92m
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.

ParaNorman (2012)

ParaNorman
89%
72%
Genre Family, Animation, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Jodelle Ferland
Directed by Sam Fell, Chris Butler
pg 90m
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.

Hugo (2011)

Hugo
93%
83%
Genre Adventure, Drama, Family
Stars Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley
Directed by Martin Scorsese
pg 126m
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).

We Can Be Heroes (2020)

We Can Be Heroes
74%
51%
Genre Action, Fantasy, Family, Comedy
Stars YaYa Gosselin, Lyon Daniels, Andy Walken
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
pg 97m
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
Genre Action, Adventure, Animation, Family
Stars Jason Sudeikis, Michael Peña, David Cross
Directed by Joe Ksander, Kevin R. Adams
pg 105m
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.

Monster House (2006)

Monster House
75%
68%
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Stars Mitchel Musso, Sam Lerner, Spencer Locke
Directed by Gil Kenan
pg 91m
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!

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution (2019)

Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back - Evolution
Genre Animation, Adventure, Fantasy, Action, Family
Directed by Kunihiko Yuyama, Tetsuo Yajima
Cast Rica Matsumoto, Ikue Otani, Mayumi Iizuka
tv-y7
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
Genre Documentary
Stars Stephen Fry
Directed by Huw Cordey
pg 51m
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.

Minecraft: Story Mode (2018)

Minecraft: Story Mode
Genre Action & Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Directed by Bruce Beresford
Cast Catherine Keener, Elizabeth Olsen, Nat Wolff
Seasons: 2
tv-pg
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
Directed by Kenny Park, Jos Humphrey
Cast Gina Rodriguez, Finn Wolfhard, Abby Trott
tv-y7
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
Genre Animation, Family, Adventure, Comedy
Stars Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones
Directed by Sergio Pablos
pg 96m
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
80%
61%
Genre Animation, Family
Directed by Alexandre Espigares
Cast Nick Offerman, Rashida Jones, Paul Giamatti
tv-pg
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
96%
87%
Genre Comedy, Family, Music
Stars John Mulaney, Jake Gyllenhaal, Annaleigh Ashford
Directed by Rhys Thomas
70m
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
91%
68%
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
Stars Will Forte, Maya Rudolph, Alessia Cara
Directed by Kris Pearn
pg 92m
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.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
81%
59%
Genre Animation, Adventure, Family
Stars Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter
Directed by Rob Minkoff
pg 92m
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.

Puss in Boots (2011)

Puss in Boots
86%
65%
Genre Action, Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Comedy, Western
Stars Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis
Directed by Chris Miller
pg 90m
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.

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