Grab The Popcorn! Here Are 10 of The Best Kids Movies on Netflix

Jill Holtz

September 16, 2018

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We’ve had a look through the current kids movies on Netflix and we think these 10 family films are the best of the current crop. This is a totally subjective list of course but see if you agree with our choice. Grab the popcorn! Here are 10 of the Best Kids Movies on Netflix:

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#1. Secret Life of Pets

Max is a spoiled terrier who enjoys a comfortable life in a New York building until his owner adopts Duke, a giant and unruly canine. During their walk outside, they encounter a group of ferocious alley cats and wind up in a truck that’s bound for the pound. Luckily, a rebellious bunny named Snowball swoops in to save the doggy duo from captivity. In exchange, Snowball demands that Max and Duke join his gang of abandoned pets on a mission against the humans who’ve done them wrong

Why this makes our top 10 list: the humour and the jokes are just delightful and the idea of the pets having fun while us owners are away from the house.

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#2. Shrek

Once upon a time, in a far away swamp, there lived an ogre named Shrek whose precious solitude is suddenly shattered by an invasion of annoying fairy tale characters. They were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad. Determined to save their home — not to mention his — Shrek cuts a deal with Farquaad and sets out to rescue Princess Fiona to be Farquaad’s bride. Rescuing the Princess may be small compared to her deep, dark secret.

Why this makes our top 10 list: What’s not to love about grumpy old Shrek, mad Donkey and Puss In Boots, classic characters.

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#3. Madagascar

Alex the lion is the king of the urban jungle, the main attraction at New York’s Central Park Zoo. He and his best friends — Marty the zebra, Melman the giraffe and Gloria the hippo — have spent their whole lives in blissful captivity before an admiring public and with regular meals provided for them. Not content to leave well enough alone, Marty lets his curiosity get the better of him and makes his escape — with the help of some prodigious penguins — to explore the world.

Why this makes our top 10 list: another very funny movie with great one liners and cool music choices too.

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#4. Kung Fu Panda

Po might just be the laziest, clumsiest panda in the Valley of Peace, but he secretly dreams of becoming a kung fu legend. When the villainous snow leopard Tai Lung threatens Po’s homeland, the hapless panda is chosen to fulfil an ancient prophecy and defend the Valley from attack. Training under Master Shifu, Po embarks on an epic high-kicking adventure as he sets out to thwart Tai Lung’s evil plans.

Why this makes our top 10 list: Po is the coolest anti-hero going, we love that he is such an underdog and overcomes all the obstacles in his way with panache.

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You might also enjoy reading 20 Utterly Bodacious Kung Fu Panda Party Ideas for Kids

#5. How to Train Your Dragon

Hiccup is a Norse teenager from the island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. His progressive views and weird sense of humor make him a misfit, despite the fact that his father is chief of the clan. Tossed into dragon-fighting school, he endeavors to prove himself as a true Viking, but when he befriends an injured dragon he names Toothless, he has the chance to plot a new course for his people’s future.

Why this makes our top 10 list: it’s just a delightful film with a great story, you’ll love both Hiccup and Toothless the dragon.

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#6. Pete’s Dragon

Mr. Meacham, a woodcarver, delights local children with stories of a mysterious dragon that lives deep in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. His daughter Grace believes these are just tall tales, until she meets Pete, a 10-year-old orphan who says he lives in the woods with a giant, friendly dragon. With help from a young girl named Natalie, Grace sets out to investigate if this fantastic claim can be true.

Why this makes our top 10 list: this is a sweet, throwback film to the 70s before smartphones and Internet. There is also the subtle underlying message about protecting the wilderness and its inhabitants.

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You might also enjoy reading The Best 80s Family Movies to Watch With Kids

#7. Matilda

This film adaptation of a Roald Dahl work tells the story of Matilda Wormwood, a gifted girl forced to put up with a crude, distant father and mother. Worse, Agatha Trunchbull, the evil principal at Matilda’s school, is a terrifyingly strict bully. However, when Matilda realizes she has the power of telekinesis, she begins to defend her friends from Trunchbull’s wrath and fight back against her unkind parents.

Why this makes our top 10 list: we love a movie with a strong girl character and the way she overcomes her mean family and principal.

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#8. Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang

Enigmatic Nanny McPhee arrives on the doorstep of a harried mother, Isabel Green, who is trying to raise her kids and tend to the family farm while her husband is away at war. Isabel has her hands full with not only her own three, but also with her sister’s spoiled pair. With no time to lose, McPhee uses magic to instill in the children five important lessons.

Why this makes our top 10 list: it’s a fun, slapstick comedy but despite the slapstick and pseudo-violence there is an emphasis on family and community loyalty.

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#9. The BFG

Ten-year-old Sophie is in for the adventure of a lifetime when she meets the Big Friendly Giant. Naturally scared at first, the young girl soon realizes that the 24-foot behemoth is actually quite gentle and charming. As their friendship grows, Sophie’s presence attracts the unwanted attention of Bloodbottler, Fleshlumpeater and other giants. After traveling to London, Sophie and the BFG must convince Queen Victoria to help them get rid of all the bad giants once and for all.

Why this makes our top 10 list: it’s scrum-diddly-icous. The BFG and his lovely garbled words, and his sweet relationship with Sophie makes this a lovely family movie.

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#10. Bridge to Terabithia

The life of Jesse, an adolescent, changes when he befriends Leslie, the class outsider. The children create an imaginary world called Terabithia, which is inhabited by all manner of magical creatures. Though difficulties fill their ordinary lives, Jesse and Leslie rule as king and queen in Terabithia. Soon one of the friends must draw on the strength of their imaginary kingdom to cope with a tragedy.

Why this makes our top 10 list: a touching, coming-of-age movie with plenty of creative imagination.

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Over to you now. Have you watched all these kids movies on Netflix? Do you agree with our list? Any movies we should have had on the list? Tell us in the comments below. 

The Best Kids Movies on Netflix

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Published On: September 16th, 2018 / Categories: Entertainment / Last Updated: January 20th, 2019 / Tags: , /

About the Author: Jill Holtz

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Jill is one of the co-founders of Mykidstime and a mum of 2 girls

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