10 Best Animated Movies for Kids

Hey parents, looking for ways to spend quality time with your kids before they start school again? I’ve compiled a list of the Best Animated Movies for Kids, and you can watch many of them on our website. Not only are these Animated Family Movies incredible works of art, but they also have heartfelt messages that you can share with your children. View the top 10 Best Animated Movies below, and let the movie nights begin!

10. The Incredibles

Bob and his wife Helen used to be among the world’s greatest crime fighters. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they live “normal” lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction. Teaching Moments: Highlights the importance of family and how each member brings a unique and special power to the table.

The Incredibles

9. My Neighbor Totoro

Deep inside a tree trunk, two children discover a fascinating new world inhabited by Totoros, amazing, charming creatures who become their friends. Teaching Moment: The film addresses serious issues: the fear of losing a parent, the loneliness and frustration of childhood—but its touch is gossamer-light and full of wonder.

My Neighbor Totoro

8. Toy Story

Woody the cowboy and Buzz Lightyear, two talking toys, have a fantastic adventure when they go out into the world. Teaching Moment: This is a landmark animated film about growing up and loyalty to one’s friends.

Toy Story

7. The Secret of NIMH (watch now)

In this beloved animated tale, a widowed field mouse journeys to find a secret society of super-intelligent rats in order to save her children and her home. Teaching Moment: Mrs. Brisby’s quest to relocate her family shows that she is just as brave and capable as her husband, and that with a courageous heart, anything is possible.

The Secret of NIMH

6. The Secret of Kells (watch now)

Nominated for the Best Animated Feature Film at the 82nd Academy Awards, this beautiful movie tells the story of how a young Irish boy faces his deepest fears to help complete the illuminated Book of Kells. Contains some mature themes and violence. Common Sense Media recommends it for ages 9 and up. Teaching Moment: A magical film inspired by Irish mythology.

The Secret of Kells

5. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The first feature-length animated film to gain worldwide release, this adaptation of the Grimm fairy tale was the beginning of the Disney empire. Teaching Moment: Snow White became the model for the strong fairy tale heroine, inspiring modern animated films like Frozen.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves

4. Short Film: The Price of Miracles (watch now)

A little girl embarks on a quest to save her younger brother. Teaching Moment: This film shows that with love and determination, you can always find the help you need.

The Price of Miracles

3. Short Film: The Cracked Pot (watch now)

When a water-bearing pot slips from a ledge and cracks, it fears it has lost its value. Teaching Moment: This short film teaches us that though we may feel “broken,” we all have a purpose and a place.

The Cracked Pot

2. Short Film: The Little Frog (watch now)

Two frogs fall into a hole and surprise everyone. Teaching Moment: The Little Frog shows us that if you listen to your heart and believe in yourself, you can accomplish the impossible.

The Little Frog

1. Pinocchio

When the gentle woodcarver Geppetto builds a marionette to be his substitute son, a benevolent fairy brings the toy to life. Teaching Moment: Beautifully crafted and emotionally resonant, this is a film about the importance of hopes and dreams.


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About Steven Tagle

Steven Tagle has been published in Spork and The Rumpus, and his documentaries have aired on Current TV. The recipient of a 2013 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, he studies fiction writing in the University of Massachusetts Amherst MFA Program for Poets and Writers.

One response to “10 Best Animated Movies for Kids”

  1. Nick Mallory says :

    Interesting choices here. My mother actually wouldn’t let us watch Pinocchio when we were little, but she also wouldn’t let us watch the Wizard of Oz because she didn’t like the flying monkeys. I think that, like you said, it is important for kids to try to realize their hopes and dreams. Are you going to update this with more recent movies? I think there are some great, newer movies.

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