Best Magical Movies

We love Harry Potter as much as the next person, but he's not the only magical character the movies have to offer. In fact, magic in cinema has thrilled us for generations. The glittering Technicolor of the yellow brick road was just the beginning, as Mary Poppins, Willy Wonka, Atreyu, Gandalf, and Aslan showed us more fantastical worlds and faraway places over the years. Kids who can't get enough of spells and sorcery are sure to enjoy this list of favorites and should also check out Books About Magic.

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The Magical Wand Chase: A Sesame Street Special

age 4+

Elmo, Abby and gang celebrate neighborhood diversity.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2017)
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Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday

age 5+

Animated Barbie adventure has mild peril, positive lessons.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Bayala: A Magical Adventure

age 5+

Elves overcome prejudice to work together in animated tale.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Frozen

age 5+

Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Kiki's Delivery Service

age 5+

A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1990)
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My Little Pony: A New Generation

age 5+

Sweet tale of acceptance has some mildly scary scenes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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My Neighbor Totoro

age 5+

Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1988)
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Ponyo

age 5+

Miyazaki's stunning adventure is geared to younger kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2009)
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Cinderella (1997)

age 5+

Musical take on classic fairy tale is an inclusion landmark.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1997)
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The Sword in the Stone

age 5+

Delightful classic brings King Arthur legend to life.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1963)
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Tangled

age 5+

Fantastic princess adventure is fun, with great messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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Thunder and the House of Magic

age 5+

Charming animated adventure is magical for little kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2014)
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Beauty and the Beast

age 6+

Disney fave has great music, strong messages, some scares.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1991)
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Cinderella (2015)

age 6+

Easy-on-the-eyes fairy tale promotes kindness.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2015)
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Encanto

age 6+

Vibrant visuals, catchy songs, moving messages.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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Enchanted

age 6+

Adorable fairy tale is a fabulous family flick.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2007)
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Epic

age 6+

Animated adventure amuses but doesn't live up to its title.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Fantasia

age 6+

Breathtaking animation feat -- with some creepy visuals.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1940)
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Mary Poppins

age 5+

World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1964)
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Mary Poppins Returns

age 6+

Blunt is a delight in sweet, nostalgic, toe-tapping sequel.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2018)
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