As a parent, streaming services are right up there with diaper genies and the microwave when it comes to the inventions that make life a little bit easier.
Especially with everything going on in the world at the moment, we need to be able to find ways to effectively distract our kids while we reply to an email, attend our one-millionth zoom call of the week, or even make dinner (microwave optional).
So to make your life even easier, we’ve rounded up our 50 favourite kids movies currently streaming on the biggest services out there—Netflix, Prime, and Disney+. Let’s dive in!
The Emoji Movie (2017)
What’s better than a movie that takes place inside a phone, inhabited by a race of emojis? A movie that also sends kids the message to love themselves no matter what.
Spirited Away (2001)
Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and animated by Studio Ghibli, Spirited Away is a Japanese film that will keep your kids on the edge of their seats.
This animated film follows Megamind, a villain who defeats all of his enemies. Out of boredom, he creates a superhero who becomes evil, forcing Megamind to turn into a hero.
A true classic, Matilda is based on the Roald Dahl’s books of the same name. With magic and whimsy, Matilda tells a tale of good triumphing over evil.
Hotel Transylvania (2012)
Would you ever expect Dracula to own a high-end resort for monsters? Well, he does. And he’s on a mission to keep his daughter from falling in love with Jonathan, a lowly human.
The Incredibles 2 (2018)
The parental tables are turned in The Incredibles 2 when Helen sets off on a mission to catch the newest supervillain and Bob is tasked with juggling being a stay-at-home dad to three kids.
Have you ever wanted to live the “perfect” version of your life? When an adventurous girl walks through a secret door in her new home, she discovers that the idealized version of her home life isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Candy, Oompa Loompas, songs, Willy Wonka, more candy—this really is the perfect film for kids!
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
When Po the Panda, a kung fu enthusiast, gets selected as the Dragon Warrior, he decides to team up with the Furious Five and destroy the evil forces that threaten the Valley of Peace.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Another Japanese classic, this film follows Mei and Satsuki as they move to a new house to be closer to their mother who is in the hospital. They soon become friends with Totoro, a giant rabbit-like creature who is a spirit.
Rise of the Guardians (2012)
When Pitch, an evil spirit, returns to planet Earth to assault children and take over the world, a group of immortal guardians with extraordinary abilities join forces to protect the children. Be ready for appearances from Jack Frost, Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Sandman, and even the Easter bunny.
Gnome Alone (2017)
When Chloe moves to a new town, she discovers that her home is under attack by underground beasts. She then learns that it is up to here and the house gnomes to save the entire town.
All your kids’ favourite zoo animals are thrust into the wild and must learn to adjust to life outside their cushy zoo enclosures.
Ralph Breaks the Internet (2018)
Faced with the prospect of having their games turned off for good, Ralph and Vanellope embark on an adventure through the land of the Internet.
Happy Feet (2006)
In a world where everyone needs their heart song to attract their perfect mate, Mumble is at a disadvantage—he can’t sing a single note. But he soon learns that there is more to life than just singing.
Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Mary Poppins, a magical nanny, returns to the Banks and helps the family evade grave dangers by taking them all on various magical adventures.
Dora and the Lost City of Gold (2019)
If you always wanted to experience Dora the Explorer in a live-action film, here’s your chance!
Mouse Hunt (1997)
When two brothers inherit a huge mansion, they’re shocked to discover that a stubborn mouse seems to think he is the true owner of the home.
Despicable Me 2 (2013)
If Minions aren’t enough to lure you to this film, Pharrel’s “Happy” should do the trick!
Shrek, an ogre, embarks on a journey with a talking donkey to rescue Princess Fiona and regain his swamp.
Missing Link (2019)
When Mr Link—an 8-foot tall furry fella—wants to find his long-lost relatives, he recruits two fearless explorers to accompany him on the adventure.
The Indian in the Cupboard (1995)
A boy receives a mysterious cupboard as a gift on his ninth birthday and soon discovers it is hiding a magical secret.
Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009)
As if having a meteorite hit on your wedding day isn’t bad enough, Susan Murphy turns into a giant to boot. She then becomes a part of the monster team tasked with defeating the evil aliens trying to destroy the earth.
Evan Almighty (2007)
Full of adorable animals and lots of jokes, this film follows Congressman Evan Baxter as he starts turning into Noah after God asks him to build an ark for an upcoming flood.
How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
Hiccup, a Viking, must kill a dragon to mark his passage into manhood and be initiated into his tribe. However, he ends up doing the exact opposite when he meets Toothless, a deadly Night Fury.
It Takes Two (1995)
This is a classic Olsen Twins film that really should be a part of every kid’s childhood. Amanda, an orphan and Alyssa, a rich girl—who look suspiciously alike—decide to find the perfect match for Alyssa’s father.
Norman Babcock has the unique ability to talk to ghosts. So when his ill-fated town falls under a deadly curse it’s up to him to save the town.
Over the Hedge (2006)
When a group of forest animals discover a housing development encroaching on their forest land, their lives change forever.
The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)
Max, a lonely and bullied 10-year-old boy, is recruited by Sharkboy and Lavagirl, two superheroes from his imagination, to help save their planet from the forces of evil.
Air Buddies (2006)
While this may be the sixth instalment in the Air Bud franchise and may have been a straight to DVD release, who doesn’t love seeing puppies playing soccer?
Cool Runnings (1993)
This true story of perseverance in the face of obstacles is a must-see for everyone—kids included. Follow along as the Jamaican bobsleigh team fights to compete in the 1988 Winter Olympics.
The Princess and the Frog (2009)
The classic tale of the princess and the frog is brought to life in this animated film, featuring Princess Tiana.
The Lion King (2019)
Simba, a young lion prince, flees his kingdom when he feels responsible for the death of his father, Mufasa. Years later, a chance encounter with Nala, a lioness, causes him to return and take back what is rightfully his. This live-action version of the Disney classic is an amazing interpretation.
Sure you may be sick of having “Let It Go” stuck in your head, but you know your kids will be happy to watch Anna and Elsa over and over again.
Frozen 2 (2019)
As above, but replace “Let It Go” with “Into The Unknown”.
Toy Stories 1-4
Follow along with Woody and Buzz Lightyear as they adventure to infinity and beyond! We couldn’t pick just one of these films, so they are all sharing a spot.
Teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley embark on a magical quest to spend one more day with their late father. Parents, get ready to bawl your eyes out from start to finish if you watch this one with the kids.
A personal favourite of mine, Moana embarks on a journey to return the heart of goddess Te Fitti from Maui, a demigod, after the plants and the fish on her island start dying due to a blight. Dwayne Johnson’s rendition of “Your Welcome” is a real earworm!
The Princess Bride (1987)
Another can’t miss classic, The Princess Bride is a fairy tale adventure about a beautiful young woman and her one true love.
A Bug’s Life (1998)
Get to know Flik, an ant inventor, who faces perils to find a brace band of warriors to help him battle a group of bullying grasshoppers who steal the ants’ food every year.
What happens when a robot responsible for cleaning a waste-covered Earth meets another robot and falls in love with her? The fate of mankind is changed forever.
Artemis Fowl (2020)
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a genius who soon finds himself in an epic battle against a race of powerful underground fairies who may be behind his father’s disappearance.
The Mighty Ducks (1992)
A self-centred Minnesota lawyer is sentenced to community service coaching a ragtag youth hockey team and one of the greatest comedic sports films in the history of the world was born!
The Parent Trap (1998)
Lindsay Lohan at her finest playing both Hallie and Annie—identical twins who are separated after their parents’ divorce. Years later, they discover each other at a summer camp and decide to switch places to reunite their parents.
Homeward Bound (1993)
Three pets are left behind while their owners go on a holiday. Thinking they have been abandoned, the pets embark on a journey to California to be reunited with them. A truly wonderful story that still makes me cry every single time.
The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)
Arrogant young Emperor Kuzco is transformed into a llama by his power-hungry advisor. Kuzco has to rely on a kind peasant, Pacha, to help return him to his rightful throne, before it’s too late.
If you’ve never seen Shia LaBeouf in one of his first-ever roles, now’s the time to watch this movie with your kids!
The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
When a boy living in the Australian outback frees a rare golden eagle from a trap, the poacher kidnaps him to get the eagle back. The Rescue Aid Society in New York City sends their top mice Bernard and Bianca to save the boy and the eagle.
Lilo and Stitch (2002)
A truly underrated Disney film, Lilo and Stitch follows Stitch, an extraterrestrial entity who recently escaped from prison, and Lilo, the girl who adopts him from an animal shelter.
James and the Giant Peach (1996)
When an orphaned boy grows a magical peach tree, he goes on an adventure that leads him to an unlikely family—six insects that help him along the way.