Best Animal Movies for Kids

Kids love animals -- and they love movies where animals are the star almost as much. Funny animated critters, daring live-action expeditions, heartwarming dramas, and more: These movies make for a howling family movie night. From domesticated pals like dogs and cats and farm-living friends like pigs and horses, to majestic wild animals like wolves and lions and sea-faring buddies like turtles and dolphins, this list has something for every kids' interest. After some more animal adventures? Then be sure to check out our list of Children's Books About Animals. Or learn more about the lives of these animals in the real world with our Best Animal Documentaries list.

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Kitten Party

age 2+

Short, playful film of kittens romping is cute to the max.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2010)
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Curious George Swings into Spring

age 3+

Friendly monkey's escapades teach tots about nature.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2013)
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Stellaluna

age 3+

Picture book gets a sweet musical adaptation for families.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2012)
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The Tigger Movie

age 3+

Tigger's bouncy quest will appeal to younger viewers.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2000)
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Winnie the Pooh

age 3+

Adorable big-screen Pooh adaptation is short and sweet.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2011)
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The Aristocats

age 4+

Jazz and hijinks make this Disney cat tale meow.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1970)
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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!

age 4+

Adorable 'toon fun for all, no matter how small.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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The Jungle Book (Animated)

age 4+

Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1967)
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PAW Patrol: The Movie

age 4+

Brave, talented pups save the day in pre-K adventure.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2021)
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101 Dalmatians

age 5+

Lovable cartoon classic with cute dogs and a mean villain.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1961)
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The Adventures of Milo and Otis

age 5+

Lovable pet tale about friendship despite differences.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1989)
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An American Tail

age 5+

Heartwarming tale of immigrant mouse has some peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1986)
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Babar: The Movie

age 5+

Animated elephant adventure has some peril.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1989)
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Cats & Dogs 3: Paws Unite

age 5+

Silly sequel has mild peril and potty humor.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2020)
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Bambi

age 5+

Disney's original circle-of-life story.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1942)
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Bolt

age 5+

Super-dog adventure is fun, age-appropriate for kids.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2008)
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A Bug's Life

age 5+

Cute animated tale with some mild peril and scary bugs.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1998)
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Charlotte's Web (1973)

age 5+

Heartwarming tale of love and friendship.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1973)
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Charlotte's Web (2006)

age 5+

Enchanting take on a beloved children's classic.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 2006)
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Dumbo

age 5+

Sweet Disney classic is still lovely, despite stereotypes.

On DVD/Streaming (Release Year: 1941)
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