Best Movie Apps for Kids

If a kids movie is being released in the theater, you can bet that there's a mobile app not far behind. The best movie tie-in apps use beloved characters to enhance the story told on the big screen with a game or story component. While all movie apps are part of the studio marketing machine, watch out for those whose exclusive function is to sell merchandising or offer other advertising.

Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book Poster Image
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Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book

age 4+

Engaging book/game combo for young Nemo fans.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2011)
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Toy Story 3 Read-Along Poster Image
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Toy Story 3 Read-Along

age 4+

Fun storybook app does more than just read kids a toy tale.

Devices: iPad (2010)
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Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe Poster Image
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Cars 2 Storybook Deluxe

age 5+

Less violent telling of the Cars 2 movie plot.

Devices: iPad (2011)
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Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming Poster Image
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Finding Dory: Just Keep Swimming

age 5+

Help forgetful Dory collect bubbles and make funny stories.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2016)
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Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe Poster Image
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Wreck-It Ralph Storybook Deluxe

age 5+

Fun story loaded with extras, plus a racing game from film.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Disney Villains Challenge

age 6+

Maleficent promo tool with hit-or-miss games, in-app buy.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad (2014)
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Inside Out: Storybook Deluxe Poster Image
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Inside Out: Storybook Deluxe

age 6+

Rich, emotion-focused ebook and games based on movie.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2015)
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Rio 2 (Official App for the Movie)

age 6+

Games shine, but movie summary lacks pizazz.

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Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots Poster Image
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Fruit Ninja: Puss in Boots

age 7+

Still good fun, but film tie-in doesn't skimp on promotion.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2011)
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Despicable Me: Minion Rush Poster Image
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Despicable Me: Minion Rush

age 8+

Adorable minions run endlessly in derivative game.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2013)
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Temple Run: Brave Poster Image
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Temple Run: Brave

age 8+

Fusion of runaway-hit app and movie is still pure fun.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Temple Run: Oz

age 9+

Movie tie-in offers fun, familiar gameplay in new setting.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2013)
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The Amazing Spider-Man

age 12+

Web-slinging players thwart crime in well-made action app.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire (2012)
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Lara Croft GO

age 12+

Awesome logic puzzles add a new twist to Tomb Raider.

Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android (2015)
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