Exciting, Timeless, Adventurous, Stimulating, Movies for Kids
Finding simple, fun, and special holiday or seasonal movies for kids is not always an easy task. But look at these classics and pick a couple for the kids to watch. Some of them are old, and some are modern, but kids of all ages find them entertaining.
A classic story, Ferdinand, is a huge bull with an even larger heart. People think he is a dangerous beast. He gets captured and taken away from his home. Set on returning to his family, he hooks up with a crazy team of characters. Together they go on a wild adventure.
Walt Disney's "Peter Pan"
Walt Disney’s Peter Pan is one of the most timeless and adventurous 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 story teaches kids about friendship, responsibility, faith, and trust.
Nothing could be more timeless than a movie about the prehistoric man. Award-winning claymation studio Aardman produced Early Man. They mastered claymation in film. Aardman 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 Hiddleston. Lord Nooth is the ruler of the Bronze Age City.
"Smurfs: The Lost Village"
Magical creatures occupy the forest, 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 Little Prince"
The Little Prince is a timeless movie. The story subtly teaches kids about what is essential in life as a fable of loneliness, loss, friendship, and love.
I have to confess the movie trailer is so charming and pleasing. Netflix is streaming some noteworthy movies, which is worth the subscription.
"The Lego Batman Movie"
Chris McKay directed this super silly movie, and it includes one-liners, with a visually gratifying story that is fun. The kids can play with the Legos before or after they watch the film. Parents make sure they have their own set of Batman Legos.
The Sandlot is a magical movie that kids will watch repeatedly. The story takes place during the 1960s when Scotty arrives in the neighborhood. Denis Leary and Karen Allen play with his parents. 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 summer of retrieving a baseball, crazy adventures, fearsome situations, and a very first kiss. All nine boys grow and turn out to be best friends. The movie is a 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 threatened by a jealous Jack Frost, voiced wickedly by Paul Frees.
The 1976 movie features two 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 of Frosty’s wife.
"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. 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 will put a pleasant smile back on the kid’s faces.
"'Twas the Night Before Christmas"
The children of Junctionville letters to Santa Claus are returned without being opened, which means Santa didn’t read what they wanted for Christmas. Nobody knows why they didn’t get delivered. Alas, a very bitter soul has angered Saint Nick by claiming Christmas is a myth.
The disbelieving rodent, named Albert Mouse, must be humored and turned around to believe in Santa. Following the story of Albert gets persuaded to change his belief in Santa makes the story fun for the kids because Santa returns to Junctionville.
The ending is very charming and inspired by Clement Moore’s poem, ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Joel Grey, George Gobel, Tammy Grimes, and John McGiver add their voices to the 1974 movie.
Prologue-'Twas the Night Before Christmas
Frozen is genuinely 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.
Kids can watch the movie repeatedly. 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. The sequel Frozen II is now available for streaming and on Blu-ray or DVD.
“Love is putting someone else’s need before yours”— Olaf, "Frozen"
Let It Go
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. My favorite is A Boy Named Charlie Brown.
It’s a blast to watch Snoopy flying in his doghouse while dogfighting 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.
"Bernie the Dolphin"
Bernie the Dolphin is not a well-known movie for kids like Disney movies, but it’s about two kids with a heart of gold.
Kevin and Holly spend a lot of time swimming and diving with Bernie. Bernie is a dolphin. He goes missing, and the two kids try to find him. While they are looking for Bernie, they discover a potential development that endangers baby sea turtles.
The kids’ quest is to stop the development and protect Bernie at the same time.
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 antics and colorful characters will mesmerize the kids in each classic.
Kids Movies on Netflix and Amazon
You can catch some of these timeless movies on Netflix or Amazon. Even local libraries rent these movies on Blu-ray and DVD. Either way, it’s best to plan their movie night, and let the kids join their friends and the entertainment of watching a fantastic movie.
© 2011 Kenna McHugh