Timeless Movies for Kids

Updated on June 2, 2018
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A former teacher and tutor, Kenna enjoys helping children live a better life, understanding the importance of helping them become leaders.

Finding simple, fun, and special holiday or seasonal movies for kids is not always an easy task. But you might want to take a look at these classics and even suggest some yourself.

Walt Disney's Peter Pan

Walt Disney's Peter Pan is one of the most timeless movies ever brought to the silver screen. Kids can watch the story over and over because Peter Pan never grows old. He will always be a boy.

The movie is an inspiration as Wendy and her brothers fly off with Peter using Tinker Bell's pixie dust while Peter shows them how to fly. They all fly to Neverland where they meet the Lost Boys and Captain Hook. They experience adventures, unlike any other children's story.

All in all, the story teaches kids about friendship, responsibility, faith, and trust.

Early Man

Nothing could be more timeless than a movie about the prehistoric man. Early Man produced by the award-winning claymation studio Aardman. They mastered claymation in movies. They produced Shaun the Sheep, Movie Wallace & Gromit, and Chicken Run. Early Man follows Dug, voiced by Eddie Redmayne. Dug is a caveman who has super-goofy friends. They brave their invaders by challenging them to a soccer game. It is the only way they can get their home back from Lord Nooth, voiced by Tom Middleston. Lord Nooth is the ruler of the Bronze Age City.

Art of Claymation

The kids will love this movie. The claymation expressions are so laughable. The innocence of the cavemen and women create belly laughs. The special features are worth viewing. They educate kids on how a claymation movie like Early Man becomes a movie.

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Smurfs: The Lost Village is a totally animated movie directed by Kelly Ashbury. The voice actors are Mandy Patinkin, Demi Lovato, Danny Pudi, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, and Joe Manganiello.

Kids will be mesmerized by the all-new story concerning the Smurfs. Because it is so funny, silly, and a mystery, their attention will not wonder. The story follows Smurfette, who has a mysterious map, and her pals Hefty, Clumsy, and Brainy begin a stimulating and electrifying pursuit through the Forbidden Forest.

The forest is occupied by magical creatures, and the kids will find them fascinating. Smurfette and her pals must locate a secretive lost village ahead of the wicked wizard named Gargamel.

The movie is like a rollercoaster ride and the kids will enjoy the journey as the Smurfs experience danger with lots of action. The mystery unveils a secret that no Smurf has ever known in history.

The Little Prince

The Little Prince is a timeless movie directed by Mark Osborne. The animated movie is based on the French novella Le Petit Prince, which first arrived in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. The poet, author, and aviator wrote such a meaningful and thought-provoking story, and it is a favorite book that my daughter loves to read in French.

The movie was designed using four different kinds of animation. Osborne supervised paper cutout animation, hand-drawn 2D animation, stop-motion animation, and CG animation.

The story teaches kids a simple and indirect way about what is important in life as a fable of loneliness, loss, friendship, and love.

Voiced by some of Hollywood’s most talented actors including Rachel Adams, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, James Franco, Marion Cotillard, Albert Brooks, Ricky Gervais, Benicio Del Toro, Bud Cort, Paul Giamatti, and Riley Osborne, The Little Prince is heaven-sent with an original score and songs by the ever so talented maestros Hans Zimmer and Richard Harvey featuring the delightful and rich sing voice of Camille.

I have to confess the movie trailer is so charming and pleasing. Netflix is streaming some noteworthy movies, which is worth the subscription.

The Batman Lego Movie

With the voice acting talents of Ralph Fiennes, Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Zach Galifianakis, and Rosario Dawson, The Batman Lego Movie is truly timeless and can be watched over and over again.

Chris McKay directed this super silly movie, which is filled with oneliners, with a plot that is just plain fun and visually gratifying. The kids can play with the Legos before of after they watch the movie. Parents make sure they have their own set of Batman Legos.

The Sandlot

Time To Play Ball

The Sandlot is a magical movie that kids will watch over and over again. The story takes place during the 1960s when Scotty arrives in the neighborhood. His parents are played by Denis Leary and Karen Allen. They are brilliant helping Scotty come to terms with him trying to fit in with the other boys from the sandlot – he doesn’t know how to play baseball but that changes. The movie follows Scotty and his friends during a thrilling summer of retrieving a baseball, crazy adventures, fearsome situations, and very first kiss. All nine boys grow and turn out to be best friends. The movie is a very fun and enchanting comedy.

Frosty's Winter Wonderland

Though the story doesn't seem like it's for kids, they will still enjoy the animation and exaggerated characters. Even the adults will chuckle at the thought of Frosty the Snowman's marriage being threatened by a jealous Jack Frost, who is voiced wickedly by Paul Frees. Frosty, voiced by Jackie Vernon, is a character that kids have related to for decades. The movie arrived in 1976 and features two great screen legends; Andy Griffith, best known as Andy Taylor in The Andy Griffith Show, and Shelley Winters, who won two Oscars for A Patch of Blue and The Diary of Anne Frank. Griffith is the narrator and Winters is the voice as Frosty's wife.

Jack Frost Gets Jealous

The Smurf's Holiday Celebration

The Smurfs are bound to put a smile on any kid's face during the holiday season with The Smurf's Holiday Celebration. They are so cute, but their stories are full of action. At times, the creatures that threaten the lovable Smurfs might not make some of the youngest kids too happy. Though parents may want to keep a watchful eye, a happy ending is sure to put a pleasant smile back on kid's faces.

Produced in the late 1980s, the story follows the little blue creatures. It is another old but good movie that entertains. The producers combined two of their holiday shows from the television series and made one silly holiday movie with clever and funny Christmas songs like "Goodness Makes the Badness Go Away" and "'Tis the Season to Be Smurfy."

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

The children of Junctionville are having their letters to Santa Claus returned without being opened, which means Santa didn't read their letters. Nobody knows why they didn't get delivered. Alas, a very bitter soul has angered Saint Nick by claiming Christmas is a fraudulent myth! Kids will not know what a fraudulent myth is, so parents will need to define such big words before the kids get confused.

The disbelieving rodent, named Albert Mouse, must be humored and turned around to believe in Santa. Following the story of Albert being persuaded to change his belief in Santa makes the story fun for the kids because Santa returns to Junctionville. The ending is very charming as it's inspired by Clement Moore's poem, 'Twas the Night Before Christmas. Joel Grey, George Gobel, Tammy Grimes, and John McGiver are featured voices. The animated story was introduced in 1974.

Prologue-'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Frozen

Frozen is truly a timeless movie for all ages. "Let It Go" unleashes our desires to let our worries go. The song won an Oscar because it adds so much to the fateful tale of two sisters longing for their rekindled relationship. The frozen spell keeps the movie suspended in time as a lovable snowman offers his charm. There is also a reindeer acting like a domesticated dog.

This movie can be watched over and over again. It is so much fun for kids because most DVDs have a sing-a-long version where there are captions for the lyrics to each song.

Let’s not forget the Disney classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first cartoon movie to hit the silver screen, and Peter Pan.

Let It Go

Peanuts Movies

Peanuts movies are timeless. They started in the 1970s with It’s Your First Kiss, Charlie Brown and There’s No Time for Love, Charlie Brown. They continued to the 1980s with It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown and It's an Adventure, Charlie Brown. The franchise has over 45 movies and counting.

It's a blast to watch Snoopy flying in his doghouse while dog fighting as the Red Baron or wearing legwarmers and dancing to the current music. Kids never tire of such antics. They also like to wonder if Charlie Brown will ever succeed at his chosen goal like winning the spelling bee or getting his first kiss.

I can’t go without mentioning all the quirky friends that support Charlie Brown no matter how much he fails. From Linus to Peppermint Patty, you can’t help but feel the love. These are such cherished characters and stories.

Disney Classics

Let’s not forget the Disney classics like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first cartoon movie to hit the silver screen, and Peter Pan. Walt Disney worked with some of the best animators of the time. All these movies were pretty much hand drawn. Though the adults will appreciate the artists’ talent, the kids will be mesmerized by the antics and colorful characters in each classic.

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        Kenna McHugh 6 years ago from Northern California

        You are welcome; they are classics!

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        Moira Garcia Gallaga 6 years ago from Lisbon, Portugal

        Thanks for the tip Kenna Mchugh, should check these films out.

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        ~Christina 6 years ago from Northern Virginia

        I love Twas the Night Before Christmas; and the classic Frosty specials. A few years back they made a sequel (Frosty Returns? something like that) and it was *awful*. Shouldn't mess with the classics!

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        Cindy A. Johnson 6 years ago from Sevierville, TN

        Twas is one of my favorite Christmas cartoons.

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        Twila Nelson 6 years ago from Carmichael, California

        Sweet classic family oriented movies. The kids love these movies and I love hearing some of the voices that we don't get to hear everyday. Thank you!

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