First Movies for Kids

As attention spans grow, kids get eager to watch a feature-length movie. But with very young kids, anything scary or super intense will probably be too much. We've hand-picked a few delightful picture book adaptations and beloved animated classics with plenty of positive messages and role models for kids and parents to enjoy together. Read the reviews before you settle in so you can prep kids for anything that might disturb or confuse them. For even more ideas, check out our Essential Movie Guide.

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Sesame Street fans will love this sweet movie.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Favorite book adaptation promotes brains over brawn.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Fun-filled adventure is engaging for young pirate fans.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Picture-book adaptation will delight even youngest kids.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Remains faithful to A. A. Milne's beloved classic stories.
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(Release Year: 1977)
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Charming, wordless, book-based holiday fable for all ages.
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(Release Year: 1982)
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Sweet holiday sequel about a boy who misses his dog.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Picture book gets a sweet musical adaptation for families.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Adorable big-screen Pooh adaptation is short and sweet.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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A simple, sweet, sometimes silly monkey tale.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Adorable 'toon fun for all, no matter how small.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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Gentle family-friendly comedy has sweet messages.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Fun undersea mermaid adventure with a bit of peril.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Sweet, simple story is best for young Tink fans.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Airborne adventure is OK for a few laughs; some stereotypes.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Magical, musical story is a classic fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Pixar classic is one of the best kids' movies of all time.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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Imaginative story told entirely through vivid visuals.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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