15 Movies on Netflix That Are Perfect for Your Kids
20th May, 2020
15 Movies on Netflix That Are Perfect for Your Kids
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Are you lost amidst an array of kids' movies online? Chill out; Netflix has you covered, with 15 films to keep them entertained during these trying times. Tons, tons, and tons are the number of streaming platforms to pick a good kids’ movie from. Are they good? The only way to find out is with a bit of R&D on the three W's, and boy, do we know how long that's going to take. But we've got a smarter way to avoid all of that research because we've already been there, done that. All you need to do is, hop onto a Netflix subscription and pick a family movie night to binge-watch these 15 movies that are sure to keep them entertained.
Back to the Future – I, II, III (1985)
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Back to the Future – I, II, III (1985)
Step into the adventure of the past with the Back to the Future trilogy, starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd. Your kids will love the phenomenal adventure of this movie series, created by the award-winning makers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, and so will you. Zemeckis and Gale have been friends since the 1970s when they met in USC’s film school, and they briefly worked on a TV project that did well; however, both were keen on making movies. Did you know the movie’s hook is inspired by Gale’s father’s yearbook? Yeah, that’s where they got the idea for the movie’s family dynamics from.

However, the romance between Marty and his mother was too ahead of its time for the 1950s, and the movie was rejected by Disney and most Hollywood studios. But Steven Spielberg supported this time-travel concept and co-produced the film. We gotta say, listening to Doc's "Great Scott" or Marty's time travel in the DeLorean are things we would never forget. Fun Fact: the trilogy was so popular that even President Ronald Reagan couldn't help but quote, "Where we're going, we don't need roads," in his 1986 State of the Union Address.

The Croods (2013)
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The Croods (2013)
This is another movie that blasts you into the past, but this time, to the actual stone age. Yes, we’re referring to the classic sitcom The Flintstones. This 2013 animated movie, directed by Kirk DeMicco and Chris Sanders, tells us how a caveman and his family venture through uncharted territory with a stranger they meet along the way to find a new home. This young stranger helps the family with common everyday problems when the family has to move out of their cave due to oncoming natural calamities. The family drama is combined with fresh humor and sentimental values, making the movie appeal to young children and adults.

The movie’s bottom line is that every growing family has to face challenges that the family can overcome with love, care, and support for each other. The family dynamics are relatable, bringing a heart-warming perspective for all members of the family. The kids are sure to enjoy and giggle through several parts of this out-of-this century movie.

Stuart Little (1999)
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Stuart Little (1999)
Who knew E.B. White's first book in 1945, would transform into an American family, live-action, adventure-comedy film? This is another classic movie that the 90’s kids have grown up watching and would still not mind watching all over again. The movie features a talking mouse, and the creators did their best with special effects back in the day. We absolutely adore the mouse for his earnest way of expressing himself and the effort he puts into becoming a part of the family. There’s a lot for our children to learn from the “Little” Stuart.

Did we tell you, the family also has a pet cat? Yeah, we get to see a pet mouse and a pet cat sharing the same roof. Well, it’s for you to find out whether they get along or. Your kids are going to love watching this charming little mouse trying to fit in with a typical family. "Little high, little low! Little hey, little ho" Oh, that's just the Littles' tiny way of …. Well… no spoilers here, watch the movie and find out. Psst, there's a sequel too.

Chicken Little (2005)
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Chicken Little (2005)
Ever watched a chicken fight aliens? You're in luck; this movie brings precisely that piece of the action. The movie is inspired by the European fable — Henny Penny, and the little chicken has been a beloved character ever since. Directed by Mark Dindal, it all starts when Chicken Little feels like the sky is falling, but it, in fact, is an acorn that drops on his head.

While he tries to explain it to the town and fails at proving it, the poor guy becomes a laughingstock for the town. After a while, the Chicken Little gets hit on the head again, but this time, it’s the UFO. A courageous chicken (that's a first) attempts to rescue his friends after discovering an alien invasion on Earth is in order. Ask your kids to count the feathers on Chicken Little; it seems the crew put 250,000 on the tiny movie character. (Mind Blown)

The Incredibles 2 (2018)
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The Incredibles 2 (2018)
You've probably graduated and taken up a job since the prequel, but you can't miss such an incredible movie (pun intended). Loved how the family takes on the supervillain syndrome in part one? Then you, especially the kids, are going to adore the prequel. This is a superhero movie where superheroes are illegal, and the city’s opinion about superheroes is at its all-time low. Well, thankfully, that’s just the beginning. It all starts when the Parrs family is approached by Winston Deavor, a wealthy businessman who, along with his sister Evelyn Deavor, wants to regain the city’s trust in superheroes.

What we absolutely love about the movie is the family dynamics of the superheroes. The couple has three children who have problems pertaining to their respective ages, and our most favorite one is Jack. Watch Jack-Jack explore more superpowers this time. And can you guess the superhero who says, "Where's my Super Suit?"

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
If you have some favorite movie tunes stuck in your head, this musical-adventure film should be on your list. The movie is based on Ian Fleming’s classic tale, where the wild imagination of different types of racing cars was inspired by Count Louis Zborowski’s aero-engined racing cars from the 1920s. Notice Chitty, the broken-down Grand Prix car, turning into a fancy flying vehicle?

The father from the family drama transforms the car for his children, making it one of his biggest achievements. The family takes off in that magical fantasy vehicle to a far-off land, where they work together to save their grandfather. And there’s not just one car, but seven of them: a worn-out one, a restored one, a flying model, a water model, and three partial models for minute scenes. Yes, that's a lot of cars for the 1960s. The musical stars Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, Sally Ann Howes, Lionel Jeffries, Gert Frobe, Adrian Hall, and Heather Ripley.

Space Jam (1996)
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Space Jam (1996)
Show your kids the cartoons of the olden days that made you tick. Watch this animated-comedy sport with your children and relive those childhood memories. Nothing can be better than some good old Looney tunes ft. Michael Jordan. The storyline is based on the iconic cartoon characters who need help winning a basketball game against a group of aliens. The Looney Tunes characters seek out some help fcrom the very best in the field — Michael Jordan.

It’s the game that decides the fate of the zany cartoon characters. While you find out who wins the match, here's a cool fact: Warner Bros. built a basketball court for the dribble star as a goodwill gesture while filming. Bonus? This movie shows a young Michael Jordan, who shares his aspirations of becoming an NBA player, which indeed could instill the motivation in your kids of picking their strength and excelling at sports, athletics, or anything that they’re good at.

The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)
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The Angry Birds Movie 2 (2019)
We are sure we can hear Red go, "Started from a game, now we're here." If you owned a smartphone back in 2010, you know about the insane slingshot gameplay from Rovio. This is one of the chosen few games to have made it to the movie screens. Just like the game, this movie maintains the tradition of the flightless birds thrashing cunning green pigs without you orchestrating the slingshot. While the battle is no news in an Angry Birds story, the movie brings in a different hook. The birds and the pigs come together to overcome their problem of giant ice-balls, which are fired from the Eagle Island by Zeta.

What one can teach their kids with this movie on Netflix is how Red learns to work as a team player in a time of need, setting aside his need to play the lead. While we always have something to teach our kids with animated movies, this one is especially enjoyable for its great visual graphics and light-hearted comedy.

Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
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Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)
Everybody loves the furry, lazy, yet energetic panda, Po.After part 1 was released, it didn’t take long for this character to be recognized by kids and adults alike. The audience loved the martial arts action (many kids picked it up as a hobby after watching this stop-motion animation movie), comedy was on-point, and all-in-all, it was a great movie to watch with the entire family. None of it changes for the movie’s sequel. In fact, the graphics, narration, and comic timing have only improved in part 2.

If you and your kids enjoyed the action in part 1, the second definitely has much more to offer. We could say it’s a superhero movie. It has many fight sequences, and the action scenes are far slicker. So gather your family in the dojo you call a living room, order some momos, and "Roll the Panda" movie. While in part 1, Po puts away the power-hungry crouching tiger, in part 2, he and the Kung Fu team stop an evil Peacock from conquering China. Once you've watched the movie, ask your kids who their favorite characters are.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
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Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)
"Just smile and wave boys, smile, and wave." Yes, the cute little decisive penguins are back. This is a sequel to 2005's Madagascar, where Marty, Alex, Melman, and Gloria, the zoo animals, attempt to get back to right where it all started. It’s bad enough that the animals are stuck in a zoo in New York City. What we like the most about the dynamics of the animals is how all different species are friends with each other and try to orchestrate a way out of the zoo. They even manage to stumble upon a broken plane, which they try to tape together so they could get home. Their real adventure begins with the challenges they face while trying to escape their lives in a city. But, the plan goes south, and four party animals crash lands in an African nature reserve. But the real question is whether the zoo animals will be able to adjust to the wild? Arrange a family movie night to find out, and till then you can check out "Elf on the Shelf" Meme Moments just for kicks.
Turbo (2013)
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Turbo (2013)
The Fast and Furious franchise is cool, but have you ever heard of fast snails? Meet Turbo, a slow-as-the-day garden snail who, after a freak accident, may win the Indy 500, his dream circuit race. Why do parents need to watch this animated movie with their kids? The movie features heart-warming messages like ‘never give up,’ ‘follow your dream,’ and, most important of all, ‘believe in yourself.’ These three themes are the foundation of a happy, content life, and honestly, it’s a good reminder for the parents as well. As for the storyline, Turbo wishes to overcome his slow-paced life, which would mean he puts up a big fight with his snail community. Turbo doesn’t give in to peer pressure and is hell-bent on standing out of the herd. As every movie would have it, luck is on Turbos’ side, and he reaches his goal one day. Directed by David Soren, Turbo is not only about showing kids the fictional perspective of racing but also about dishing out loads of positive messages. While the idea of making children watch movies is to instill motivation or moral values, here’s a list of patriotic movies to watch with the entire family on 4th of July.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
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Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
If you and your kids have a sweet tooth, this classic musical family fantasy, based on the book by good old Roald Dahl, should top your bucket list. Hop into a sugar-rushed journey about Charlie, a boy belonging to a humble family, who finds a golden ticket to a tour inside Willy Wonka's chocolate factory. Given Charlie’s background, it indeed is a big deal to get to tour a chocolate factory. He’d only dream about getting a bar for himself, and destiny brought him the golden ticket to tour the Wonka Chocolate factory.

There are four other children who accompany Charlie, and one out of them stands a chance to win a lifetime's worth of chocolate, which means the movie features some thrill, challenges, and adventure for kids and parents to enjoy. The movie is unique in more ways than one and must be watched at least once in a lifetime. Kids, you better not forget to brush your teeth after enjoying this treat at night.

Klaus (2019)
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Klaus (2019)
Ho, ho, ho, with this movie, Netflix proves it doesn't have to be Christmas for you to watch a holiday original. Unlike any Holiday movie, Klaus stands out of all. It’s safe to say it's an unconventional Christmas movie, which takes us to the origin of Santa Claus. If you're a fan of hand-drawn animation, you're going to love watching Klaus and postman Jesper's acts of kindness. They work new wonders for the once cold town of Smeerenburg.

It’s a town that needs some life, positivity, love, and purpose. The town has never experienced what Christmas is, let alone the spirit of the season. But the effort of a laid-back postman and artist Klaus benefit the whole town with respect to its vibe and the bond that develops between people of the town. The bottom line of the movie is that expressing love in any capacity can change things for good. The unique animation style of this movie landed an Academy Award for the best animated feature film this year.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)
Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland have pulled off their roles, as Spidey, beautifully in each of the live-action Spider-Man films. The 2018 animated film's storyboard reeled the spider crossing paths with five renditions of itself, which was mind-blowing. The story revolves around Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), who plays a half-Black, half-Latino teenager. Miles struggles to keep up with his superpowers as a teenager who’s trying to fit in with normal students. Like any other teenager, Miles engages himself with out-of-school activities, and he’s often accompanied by his uncle Aaron Davis (Mahershala Ali).

One of such adventures involves Miles being bitten by a radioactive spider, and you must find out what happens next! This web-slinging adventure movie is an absolute treat to watch. It offers everything from great comic timing, heart-warming instances to an absolute unique stance to a superhero movie. Here's a cool fact, if you hit pause every time a train goes by, you will see an animated Stan Lee, added as a tribute to the comic-book writer.

Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
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Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Here's a movie that's hit the internet six years after the prequel Wreck It Ralph. Ralph is one of the most beloved gaming characters since part one was released. In fact, we loved the bond Ralph and Venellope shared, despite their age difference. While the prequel was based on video games, the 2018 animation takes it up a notch, with the two exploring the cloud data space. The parents can relate to the graphics and will be mind-blown with Disney’s execution. Need we give you more reasons to watch this Netflix movie with your kids? No, right? Yeah, we thought so. As for the storyline, it all starts when Ralph and Vanellope find a WiFi router in their arcade that sets them off on their brand-new adventure. Even here, you can find an avatar of a silent Stan Lee while the two travel through the internet. This animated adventure deserves to be cast onto your television screen. And when you need a break from watching movies with your kids, take a look at the list of shows and movies that are available on Netflix this June.