Netflix has a wonderful amount of original programming, but it’s also a great place for popular kids and family movies as well. This situation might get a bit more bleak with Disney pulling out of Netflix in the not too distant future but for now there’s a plethora of choice. While you can still watch a lot of Disney movies for kids on Netflix at the moment, this list will go over the absolute best kids movies on Netflix. Yes, there are still a couple of films from the mouse house, but the rest are from outside Disney.
Best kids movies on Netflix
Editor’s note: We will update this list as more kids movies on Netflix are added, and others are removed.
1. Incredibles 2
The 2018 sequel to The Incredibles is almost as good as the original and is still a joy to watch if you are a kid or an adult. The sequel takes place immediately after the original, as the super-family is still trying to prove that they are needed in a world that distrusts people with powers. A rich brother and sister team seem to want to help improve the image of super heroes, with the assistance of Elastigirl. However, a new villain wants to spoil those plans. Writer-director Brad Bird keeps the action going as we get introduced to a new batch of heroes, and we get some really funny scenes with baby Jack Jack. It’s definitely one of the best kids movies on Netflix.
This 2007 movie is not only one of the best kids movies on Netflix, but one of the best movies ever from Disney’s Pixar division. The story follows a young Mexican boy with a love for guitar, despite his family’s outright ban on all things relating to music. Determined to make a name for himself and prove his worth with the guitar, young Miguel finds himself on a strange journey where he learns more about his family and how important it truly is.
3. Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs
This 2009 movie is very loosely based on the children’s book of the same name. The writer-director team of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were in charge of this adaptation. The story revolves around Flint Lockwood, who manages to invent a way to create food out of water. However, he also manages to lose the food making machine in the clouds above, and thus his home town has to deal with tons of food falling from the skies. It’s a highly funny movie, even with its very goofy premise.
The classic cartoon ghost got an excellent live-action adaptation in this 1995 movie. Casper is haunting a mansion, along with his three mean uncles, and a woman wants all of them removed so she can get the rumored treasure that’s hidden in the house. Bill Pullman is hired to do just that, but Casper takes a shine to his daughter, played by Christina Ricci. The movie can get a little scary at times, but it’s still one of the best kids movies on Netflix.
This stop-motion animation movie from 2009 is based on a story by famed fantasy author Neil Gaiman. It features a young girl who discovers her home has a secret doorway that leads to what seems at first to be an idealized parallel world. However, this world is not what it first seems. The animation and art direction are amazing, and they are combined with a story that imaginative but still very accessible for both kids and their families.
6. Peter Rabbit
Who would have thought that this modern retelling of the classic children’s book would be so good? This mix of live-action and CGI tells its own version of Peter Rabbit and his friends who spend their time enjoying the food in Mr. McGregor’s garden. However, Peter and company have to deal with a new relative of Mr. McGregor who wants to get rid of this infestation. James Corden voices Peter Rabbit with confidence combined with humor, and the other actors, both voice and live-action, do excellent jobs.
7. The Grinch who Stole Christmas
The classic Christmas book from Dr. Suess was adapted to a live-action film in 2000. While it is a Christmas-themed movie, it’s also one of the best kids movies on Netflix. Jim Carrey may be almost completely unrecognizable physically through the excellent makeup that turned him into the Grinch, but his humor and attitude still comes through the prosthetics. The Grinch hates Christmas and wants to take it away from nearby Whoville and its super-cute residents. However, he might find that could be more difficult than he thinks.
Be sure to also check out the more recent 2018 CGI movie adaptation, Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch, which is also on Netflix and stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the voice of the title character.
8. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse
The best superhero movie of 2018 was not Avengers: Infinity War or Aquaman or Deadpool 2. It was this animated release that took the legend of Marvel’s Spider-Man and turned it into several different versions. The movie primarily focuses on Miles Morales, who becomes the new Spider-Man after the death of Peter Parker, only to discover that there’s a multiverse, each one with a different Spider character, including a talking pig named Spider-Ham. The movie’s CGI visuals also do an excellent job in bringing the four-color comic book look to life as well.
9. Spy Kids
Writer-director Robert Rodriques bounces between hard-edge action and horror films with children’s movies, and none are better than the original 2001 Spy Kids. A brother and sister team discover that their parents are actually super-spies, and have to rescue them from being kidnapped by a super-villain. This has lots of cool action sequences as the kids have to use their wits. combined with some over-the-top gadgets, to save their mon and dad. It’s the start of the Spy Kids franchise and one of the best kids movies on Netflix.
10. The Dark Crystal
The original 1982 Jim Henson film remains one of the best kids movies on Netflix, or anywhere for that matter. This fantasy movie centers on the character Jen, an elf-like creature called a Gelfling who is tasked to restore a broken “dark crystal” so he can save the land from the evil Skeksis race. This movie combined Henson’s puppets with animatronics and the result is a movie that had a unique look back in the 1980s. You might want to watch the original before binge watching the newly launched Netflix prequel series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.
Which one of these movies do you plan to watch with your kids?