It’s difficult to be stuck inside with the kids, especially with today’s current events. With more families taking to streaming, Netflix has an abundance of programs and films for kids. From fantasy to sci-fi to adventure to learning, there is an entire enriching array of choices. Additionally, Netflix has introduced interactive films, where kids can choose their own adventure and decide how the story plays out. Below is a list of films for families to explore. From the interactive adventure of Minecraft: Story Mode to the heartwarming tale of Klaus, this is a great list to start with on Netflix.
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Mewtwo Strikes Back: Evolution
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.
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
Miles Morales is a smart and witty teen but struggles to live up to the ambitions of his parents. He attends a new boarding school, where he excels in the sciences but copes with his social awkwardness. Destiny has a way of roaring in when least expected, and for Miles, his life explodes into different dimensions when he is bitten by a radioactive spider. A scientific experiment, caused by the villainous Kingpin, causes the universe to bend, and Miles soon discovers he’s had more friends than he ever realized. If he is to save the city, and perhaps the entire universe, Miles must pair with his new super-powered friends and embrace his role as Spiderman. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is an animated tour de force that is unlike anything that has ever been created. The Academy Award-winning movie is a living, breathing comic book adventure with an excellent story, diverse array for characters, sharp kinetic action, and solid humor. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse is great for Spider-Man enthusiasts and those diving into the world of Spider-Man for the very first time. It weaves the themes of friendship and selflessness, making it great for families!
Earth to Echo
Alex, Tuck, and Munch spend the last few days together as their community is set to be demolished, and they will all be forced to move away. One fateful night, likely the last they will spend together, mysterious messages are sent to each of their phones. One long trek later, the group discovers a visitor from another world, looking to get home. They name him “Echo,” and together, they team up to get Echo home and avoid the dangerous forces that seek to capture him. This sci-fi adventure is greatly inspired by the likes of The Goonies, Explorers, and E.T., but sets itself apart as the entire film is shot in the “found documentary” style. With impressive visual effects and a sharp soundtrack by Joseph Trapanese, Earth to Echo is a modern-day tale of finding friendship in the unlikeliest of places.
Dancing with the Birds
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Mary and The Witch’s Flower
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.
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole
Based on the fantasy series by Kathryn Lasky, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole tells the tale of Soren (Jim Sturgess), a young barn owl who is fascinated by the tale of mystical warriors, known as the Legends of Ga’Hoole. His jealous brother, Kludd (Ryan Kwanten), jealous of Soren’s early flight abilities, kicks Soren off the branch and into the clutches of evil owls. Soren manages to escape to search for The Guardians on this mammoth quest of heroism and discovery. Legend of the Guardians: Owls of Ga’Hoole is directed by Zack Snyder, who delivers an epic scope to this familiar tale, with incredible animation and an action-packed story.
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Jump back into the world of Wreck-It Ralph with Disney’s sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet. Continue following the adventures of Ralph and Vanellope von Schweetz as they head online in an attempt to repair an old Sugar Rush game cabinet and save its inhabitants from becoming homeless. As the duo pops online to eBay, they quickly discover that the web is a bit trickier than it seems as they encounter characters such as J.P. Spamley, who offers a lucrative job to help Ralph and Vanellope save their friends. Pop through websites that look oddly familiar, such as BuzzTube. If you enjoyed the original film, be sure to take Ralph Break the Internet for a spin on Netflix.
We had to wait for 14 years before receiving the sequel to the original Incredibles film released in 2004, but the wait was well worth it. Jump into the action as the Parr family tries to win back the love of the public as they begin to question the benefit of superheroes in the Incredibles 2. A new Incredibles film wouldn’t be special if it didn’t include a formidable new supervillain, and this one is out to make sure that superheroes never appeal to the public again. Jump back into a world of hero with Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack for this touching adventure.
John Mulaney & the Sack Lunch Bunch
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.
Mary Poppins Returns
Do you remember the joy you experienced the first time you saw Disney’s Mary Poppins? Now you can see that same delight on your children’s faces as Mary Poppins revisits the big screen in Mary Poppins Returns. This 2018 musical fantasy film follows Emily Blunt as the magical Mary Poppins; it is set 25 years after the original, stepping back into her old role to watch over Annabel, John, and Georgie. The film itself was nominated for four Academy Awards and four Golden Globes, showing that it’s not just another reboot. Just be ready for the ride as you smile, laugh, and cry, all with family close by.
If your children love animated animal films such as Zootopia, then be sure to add Arctic Dogs (known as Arctic Justice or Police Squad in the UK) to your watchlist. Featuring the voices of Heidi Klum, James Franco, John Cleese, and more, the film lets you follow the adventures of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service. Swifty the Arctic Fox is a husky that wants to shine, and quickly finds himself relying on his friends to keep everyone safe when he uncovers the dastardly plans of Otto Von Walrus. Initially released in 2019, this children’s title is available for streaming on Netflix, so get settled in and enjoy!
Angry Birds 2
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.
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