Movie night is always a lot of fun for the whole family. You can make a whole activity out of just choosing which movie to watch, and then have your kids help you make snacks, pop the popcorn, and set up the cozy blankets in front of the TV. There are countless kids’ movies out there, so which ones are the ones that your kids absolutely must see? Here’s a few that you can check off the list before your kids turn 12 and will likely want to watch movies with their friends instead.
While there’s also a 1973 version, we recommend going for the 2006 version in this case. This adorable film is the latest adaptation of the classic 1952 novel by E.B. White. It tells the story of young Fern who saves Wilbur the pig from being disposed of, and later Wilbur’s friendship with a barn spider name Charlotte. It’s an emotional and beautiful story of friendship and standing up for others.
There’s a reason why Finding Nemo became a phenomenon when it came out in 2003. The Pixar film focuses on clownfish Marlin who loses his son Nemo and his long journey to find him, with the help of his forgetful sidekick Dory, a regal blue tang who was voiced by Ellen Degeneres. The film the highest grossing animated film at the time, and it really is that good.
In case you weren’t around in 2013, or you didn’t have kids back then, then you missed out on the cultural phenomenon that was Frozen being released. You might already know the songs even if you haven’t seen the movie. It became the highest grossing animated film of all time, and well as the fifth highest grossing film of all time. It also launched a franchise, and a whole lot of merch, so be prepared to buy some Frozen paraphernalia after you watch it with your little ones.
Although Mary Poppins is from 1964, it truly is a classic film that transcends the changing times. Featuring Julie Andrews as the title character and Dick Van Dyke along with a colorful cast, this musical has so many memorable songs that you’ll all be singing for days after seeing it.
Another classic from Pixar is Toy Story, which came out in 1995 and is still one of the most beloved kids’ movies of all time, as it has spawned at least 3 sequels and several spinoffs as well. The film features a star-studded voice cast that includes Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Don Rickles. It was even selected for the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.
The Wizard of Oz
While there are actually several versions of the film, none have had quite the lasting impact as the 1939 classic from MGM studios. The film features Judy Garland as Dorothy who has reached the land of Oz and is looking for her way home back to Kansas. The film was a major success and was especially known for using Technicolor. The songs feature in the film are also classics, especially “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”