Lets face it, kids today have a lot more options when it comes to entertainment, especially in the realm of cinema. The beloved Disney movies that you and all your friends know may now be relics of a forgotten time, moving further back in history as movies are released at an ever-increasing speed. But fear not! This list of the best kid movies is here to resurrect some of that buried movie treasure for the family to enjoy, so grab your popcorn and dim the lights.
Hands down my favorite Pixar flick and one of the best kid movies, The Incredibles has a bit of everything for each member of the family. The story follows a family of Superheroes and their adventure to become reacquainted with heroism. The family is a typical nuclear set up, but each person watching can identify with a different character and, as a whole, the film does an excellent job of tugging at the heartstrings of good family values.
A rule of thumb that never fails: if its got Robin Williams in it, it’s a great film. Jumanji is perhaps one of his earlier family-friendly films and is a ride from start to finish. Even by today’s standards, the special effects for this film are pretty fantastic. Even though it was released in 1995, Jumanji features gripping scenes from an African animal horde stampeding through a New Hampshire home to a monkey invasion of the entire town. The film is being remade this year but the original will be hard to beat.5 Best Kid Movies You Don't Want To Miss Click To Tweet
With Christmas now right around the corner, what better film to add to your list than Home Alone (actually a tradition in my household). For the uninitiated, the film follows Kevin McCallister, the black sheep of the McCallister family, and his exploits with some unexpected guests when he is left “home alone” as his family leaves for a Florida Christmas. Directed by John Hughes, the master of young adult eighties films, Home Alone is sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Everybody loves dogs. If you’re on social media, chances are you have that one friend who is always posting pictures of their dog for everyone’s enjoyment but it still does not come close to the joy that All Dogs go to Heaven brings in all its animated canine goodness. Burt Reynolds voices a street-wise German Shepard who teams up with a young orphan Anne-Marie who teaches him some valuable life lessons on love, friendship, and kindness that are lessons for everyone. With a few musical numbers as well, it’s a film that will leave the kids howling for more.
Chances are your kids have no idea who Lindsay Lohan is (most people probably don’t at this point) but Parent Trap is easily the best thing she did during her short-lived acting career. A remake of a 1961 film of the same name, the film follows a pair of twins separated at birth (both played by Lohan) and their quest to reunite their separated parents and remind them why the fell in love years ago. Filled with humor, heartache, and happiness, the film may just leave you with a new sense of familial connection: whether thousands of miles away or under the same roof, family is family.
Try out some of these best kid movies and pick your favorite!