Cuteness disclaimer: This list contains many, many, MANY adorable animal films.
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Suddenly the kids are home. But despite what the Alice Cooper lyrics suggest, school’s not out forever (although it might seem like that at the moment). So while you are stuck indoors, use your precious free time to rattle through the Netflix films you and your children have been saving for a rainy day (or a sunny day, or any other type of day).
We’ve rounded up 20 of the best kids and family films on Netflix. Adult and child satisfaction guaranteed.
We all know storks are supposed to deliver babies, but what if they started delivering packages for an online retailer? It’s still pretty cool, but one day, Junior the stork (Andy Samberg, Brooklyn Nine-Nine) finds a baby girl in front of him and he, with his human friend Tulip (Katie Crown, Bob’s Burgers), need to find a way to deliver her safely. This film is full of laughs – you won’t be able to contain yourself during the wolf scenes.
As delicious as a big slab of chocolate cake, Matilda is a classic feel-good film, forever associated with Rusted Root’s song, “Send Me on My Way.” This adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book takes you on a magical journey with the young and incredibly bright Matilda Wormwood (Mara Wilson), who discovers her telekinetic powers.
3. Dr Seuss’ The Lorax
What’s not to love about an orange furball voiced by Danny DeVito? The Lorax is not best pleased when 12-year-old Ted (Zac Efron, The Greatest Showman) comes to chop down one of the trees in his home. A fun, fantastical adventure!
August “Auggie” Pullman (Jacob Tremblay, Room) is a ten-year-old boy making the move from home schooling to private school. His facial deformities make him an easy target for bullies, but this heart-warming tale, based on the award-winning book, is a lesson in how our differences are what make us unique. Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson star as Auggie’s parents.
The classic 1974 film gets a new home in this Netflix remake, driven by original creator and director Joe Camp’s son Brandon. When two kids find an orphaned dog, who they name Benji because “Benjamin Franklin had a dog,” it’s love at first sight. When the children are kidnapped by robbers, Benji uses his doggy street-smarts to come to their rescue.
6. Bee Movie
Barry the Bee (Jerry Seinfeld) is not buzzing about his inevitable career path: working with honey. He flies outside of the hive for the first time and breaks a key bee rule: don’t talk to humans. Barry is horrified to learn that people have been stealing and eating honey for centuries – and then it’s no more mister nice bee. The stinger is out!
7. How To Train Your Dragon
On the island of Berk, fighting dragons is the norm. But when Norse teenager Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) starts school to learn the skill, he becomes friends with an injured dragon called Toothless. He’s super-sweet, playful and catlike and makes Hiccup rethink the whole Viking way of life.
8. The Little Prince
Based on the 1943 novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince is sprinkled with a star voice cast, including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Paul Rudd, Ricky Gervais and Marion Cotillard. Through stop-motion and computer animation, the story weaves a charming tale about a young girl who meets an elderly aviator who tells her about an encounter with the Little Prince in the Sahara Desert.
9. The Christmas Chronicles
Yep, we’re putting it on the list many, many months before Christmas. Why. The. Heck. Not? Kurt Russell is a brilliant, jolly Santa Claus in a story all kids will know well, most likely through experience: trying to catch the man himself on Christmas Eve.
10. Kung Fu Panda
Jack Black lends his high energy and charisma to the role of panda Po, who’s living in ancient China in the Valley of Peace. He dreams about mastering the art of kung fu, and gets his wish when he’s chosen to take on the evil snow leopard Tai Lung (Ian McShane). Master Shifu (Dustin Hoffman), a wise red panda, takes Po on as a student and is in for a surprise.
11. Despicable Me 3
The lovable Minions are back and trying to convince Gru (Steve Carell) to get back in touch with his evil side after being fired by the Anti-Villain League. Gru instead goes in search of his twin brother Dru, who he’s never met, and the two quickly find themselves in cahoots…
12. Next Gen
The cutest robot film since Big Hero 6, Next Gen takes place in a world where sentient robots are an accepted reality. The movie is based on Chinese comic 7723 by Wang Nima and centres around the top-secret weaponised robot 7723 (John Krasinski, A Quiet Place). Young Mai Su (Charlyne Yi) accidentally stumbles across the robot and the two become unlikely friends, as well as the only ones who can prevent an impending disaster.
When supervillain Megamind (Will Ferrell) destroys his long-standing nemesis Metro Man (Brad Pitt), he finds himself a new enemy who wants to obliterate the world. With a mega voice cast behind it, including hilarious improvisation between Ferrell and Tina Fey (30 Rock), this movie elegantly frames the story from the villain’s point of view.
14. Beauty And The Beast
The live action reboot of Beauty And The Beast starring Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as Beast is all about forbidden love, longing and acceptance. The film is fairy-tale escapism at its finest and beautifully reimagined. Not to mention, Belle’s yellow ballgown is to die for.
15. Monster House
When it was released in 2006, Monster House was lauded for its unique animation style and plot that incorporated horror for kids. Three children believe their neighbour’s house is a living thing, a monster, that plans to devour trick-or-treaters come Halloween night. The only way to stop it? Unfortunately, by going inside the belly of the beast.
In France in the 1880s, Félicie (Elle Fanning, Maleficent) wants to become a ballerina. She runs away from her orphanage to Paris with her best friend Victor (Dane DeHaan, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), a budding inventor. Félicie gets her shot to be accepted into the prestigious school of the Paris Opera Ballet, but it’s through very… creative means.
17. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit
Characters Wallace and Gromit have united families for years in their stop-motion animated shorts. In their first feature film, the duo start a pest control business and one of their first jobs is to prevent a huge rabbit from destroying the town’s crops. Enjoy this tale from Aardman Animations with, “Cheese, Gromit!” There’s no other way.
18. Shark Tale
Oscar (Will Smith), a small fish in a big ocean, tells a great white lie about killing a great white shark called Frankie to earn him sea cred. The newly-crowned “Sharkslayer” makes himself a target and Frankie’s father, the terrifying mob boss Don Lino (Robert De Niro), sticks his guys on him. It’s part Jaws, part The Godfather – what a combination!
Before watching the new ones, let the original recapture your imagination. When siblings Peter (Bradley Pierce) and Judy Shepherd (Kirsten Dunst) find a board game called Jumanji, they learn the stakes involved are very real. They free Alan Parrish (Robin Williams), who's been stuck in the game for decades. Only winning Jumanji will set him free once and for all, but they have to face some unusual obstacles. The giant spiders still get us everytime.
20. Hotel Transylvania
It turns out Count Dracula (Adam Sandler), the Invisible Man and the Mummy are actually regular people (maybe “people” is the wrong word), just like us. They want to go on holiday as much as the next guy or girl (especially now), and Hotel Transylvania is where they go to kick back and relax, without the annoying presence of humans to hinder them. But, they’ve got a gate crasher…
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