If you have kids, you probably realize there are a whole range of kids movies. They go from completely inane to chock-full of goodies for viewers of all age, and if you can find the latter kind that your kid actually enjoys, you’ve basically hit the jackpot.
If you’re looking for a kid’s movie to try in your house – one your kids will love but that will have meaning for the adults in the room, too, these 20 people have some suggestions.
20. This is the best movie about witches.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks.
The climax is Angela Lansbury using the power of Satan to fight the nazis.
19. This movie is actually so good.
The Tigger movie from around 1998.
It’s all about Tigger trying to find his family and not realizing the folks from 100 acres woods are his real family.
18. For older kids.
After an apocalyptic war between humans and machines, the world is completely destroyed and void of human life. However, a ragdoll awakens in this world and it holds the key to humanity’s salvation.
17. All the tears.
Meet the Robinsons.
I was going through a tough time when that movie came out. I just graduated high school, I had no direction, still loving at home, my mom was an alcoholic, my dad was always working so he was never around, my sister was away at college.
I cried so much during this movie! The message really spoke to me. Keep moving forward. Things might suck now, but I had my whole future ahead of me!
I put myself through school, got a career, i have a beautiful house now, and I’m expecting my first kid. It does get better!
16. The saddest of sads.
It comes across as just an old man and a kid going on an adventure. But not only is it sad abt how he got his dream but lost his wife show she isn’t there. It’s a crazy redemption arc too. That by helping this kid he heals himself and can finally be at peace
Ik I suck ar explaining it but jus think abt it hahha
15. Such a great message.
Well I have to say The Fox and the Hound.
The movie is pretty much a metaphor about how we are not born with prejudices against others for being different, but are taught those prejudices by society as we grow. It’s really sad all the way through and the ending is bittersweet at best.
14. Totally over the kid’s heads.
Most of pixar fits, but I also wanna give a shoutout to Kung Fu Panda.
It’s a beautiful story about loving yourself and embracing who you are.
13. I think it counts as childhood trauma.
Land Before Time.
That movie hits you in the feels. Pretty heavy stuff for a kids movie.
12. It really is beautiful.
The Neverending Story.
The end where she says he is taking part in their story, while we are watching his… and they are all part of the neverending story.
11. Use your feelings.
Lilo & Stitch
Especially in terms of Lilo & Nani’s relationship
Also Stitch is actually a very complex character, you really need to read between the lines in order to truly understand him.
10. Kids never understand until much later.
A Goofy movie
Max: “dad, i have my own life”
Goofy: “i know that, i just wanted to be a part of it”
I was 10 when i saw that movie and had forgotten all about it until another comment in another thread reminded me of that movie.
Guess i was too little too naive to understand it.
9. Finding your own talents is a lesson for any age.
It was really refreshing to see a movie that didn’t try to push the false narrative of “You can be anything you want to be!” Sometimes, you’re just not going to be big enough, or fast enough, or strong enough, or smart enough.
But, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t embrace your own strengths and talents to find what you can do. And if you focus and keep an open mind, you can find a new dream, and a place where you can excel on your own merits.
8. Will Ferrell never hurts.
This movie was on screen while I was employed in the electronics dept at a store I used to work at, and I could never stop watching it.
It drew me in. Such a great story, told very well. Will Ferrell is f*cking hilarious in it too.
7. Down with organized religion.
Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre-dame.
There are so many effed up things about that movie, I don’t even know where to start!
My kids love to put it on because they think it’s hilarious that I am guaranteed to cry every single time. I know this. I know why they’re doing. Still cry.
5. My heart cannot take it.
Yo, Hogarth (a 10 year old kid) flat out accepts his and the town’s demise when that bomb goes up.
He says it plainly, “When it comes down, everyone will die.”
That is some heavy ass shit for a supposed kids movie. I remember not understanding the finality of their acceptance.
Not even Hogarth’s mom tries to sugarcoat anything. (Or at least she doesn’t try to pretend to Hogarth like this shit ain’t happening).
Dean is also like “It wouldn’t matter.”
I have such respect for that movie for playing the Cold War completely straight. It pulls zero punches.
4. I cannot watch horse stories because my heart.
Not sure if Spirited Away’s target audience were children, but I’m 100% sure that the movie has a really, really deep meaning behind the story.
Studio Ghibli, keep being awesome.
3. My favorite combination.
Not only is it deep but it’s f*ckin creepy too.
2. Also it’s quite scary.
The Last Unicorn.
It’s a kids movie because it’s a cartoon about a unicorn but it’s quite serious and has themes of identity crisis, existentialism, and unrequited love.
1. I’m not sure this is even for kids, honestly.
I always liked it as kid but as I got older I realized how much of a cinematic masterpiece it really was.
I haven’t seen all of these, but they’re now on my list!
If you’ve got a movie that fits this description but it’s not on this list, please share it with us in the comments!