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 that have 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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The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Movie Poster Image
Sesame Street fans will love this sweet movie.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Blue's Big Musical Movie Movie Poster Image
Blue puts on a musical.
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(Release Year: 1999)
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Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood: Tiger Family Trip Movie Poster Image
More kid-friendly entertainment from inquisitive tiger cub.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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Dinosaur Train: What's at the Center of the Earth? Movie Poster Image
Dino family's fun journey emphasizes curiosity, courage.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2017)
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The Gruffalo Movie Poster Image
Favorite book adaptation promotes brains over brawn.
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(Release Year: 2011)
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Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Jake's Never Land Rescue Movie Poster Image
Fun-filled adventure is engaging for young pirate fans.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Lost and Found Movie Poster Image
Picture-book adaptation will delight even youngest kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Movie Poster Image
Remains faithful to A. A. Milne's beloved classic stories.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1977)
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Meet the Small Potatoes Movie Poster Image
Singing spuds' mockumentary is funny for kids and grown-ups.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Room on the Broom Movie Poster Image
Short and sweet adventure about a generous witch.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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The Snowman Movie Poster Image
Charming, wordless, book-based holiday fable for all ages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1982)
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The Snowman and the Snowdog Movie Poster Image
Sweet holiday sequel about a boy who misses his dog.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Stellaluna Movie Poster Image
Picture book gets a sweet musical adaptation for families.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins Movie Poster Image
Trains' sweet origin story promotes friendship, cooperation.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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Tigger & Pooh and a Musical Too Movie Poster Image
Hundred Acre Wood pals learn lessons in friendship.
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(Release Year: 2009)
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Winnie the Pooh Movie Poster Image
Adorable big-screen Pooh adaptation is short and sweet.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2011)
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Angelina Ballerina: Ballerina Princess Movie Poster Image
Princess stories with lessons on friendship, other cultures.
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(Release Year: 2012)
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The Animal Train Movie Poster Image
Cute pro-environment story that's best for little kids.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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A Boy Named Charlie Brown Movie Poster Image
Classic Peanuts film is as charming and relevant as ever.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1969)
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Curious George (2006) Movie Poster Image
A simple, sweet, sometimes silly monkey tale.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! Movie Poster Image
Adorable 'toon fun for all, no matter how small.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2008)
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The Jungle Book (Animated) Movie Poster Image
Jaunty animation meets jazzy songs in Disney classic.
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(Release Year: 1967)
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The Little Bear Movie Movie Poster Image
Gentle tale of bear friendship has a few tense moments.
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(Release Year: 2003)
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Lotte from Gadgetville Movie Poster Image
Whimsical animated tale will charm the whole family.
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(Release Year: 2008)
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Lucky Duck Movie Poster Image
Cute movie uses mild bullying to promote self-esteem.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World Movie Poster Image
Powerful, kid-friendly intro to black history stories.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2010)
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The Peanuts Movie Movie Poster Image
Gentle family-friendly comedy has sweet messages.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Pixie Hollow Games Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated "fairy" tale teaches about teamwork.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2013)
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Sofia the First: The Floating Palace Movie Poster Image
Fun undersea mermaid adventure with a bit of peril.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Stick Man Movie Poster Image
Book-based animated short celebrates love of family.
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(Release Year: 2015)
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VeggieTales: Celery Night Fever Movie Poster Image
Lively Christian tale tackles friendship and forgiveness.
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(Release Year: 2014)
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Babar: King of the Elephants Movie Poster Image
Delightful story, with one scary moment for younger kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1999)
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Cars Movie Poster Image
Pixar comedy is full of four-wheeled fun.
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(Release Year: 2006)
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Cinderella Movie Poster Image
Sweet fairy-tale classic for little princes and princesses.
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(Release Year: 1950)
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Elena and the Secret of Avalor Movie Poster Image
Princess crossover features two strong female role models.
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(Release Year: 2016)
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Frozen Movie Poster Image
Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.
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(Release Year: 2013)
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Garrett's Gift Movie Poster Image
Smart animation introduces African-American inventor.
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(Release Year: 2007)
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Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie Movie Poster Image
Entertaining, humorous take on biblical story.
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(Release Year: 2002)
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Kiki's Delivery Service Movie Poster Image
A mystical, positive take on girl's coming of age.
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(Release Year: 1998)
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Lady and the Tramp Movie Poster Image
Classic Disney dogs paw their way into hearts of all ages.
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(Release Year: 1955)
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My Neighbor Totoro Movie Poster Image
Beautifully animated fantasy about friendship fit for all.
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(Release Year: 1988)
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Ponyo Movie Poster Image
Miyazaki's stunning adventure is geared to younger kids.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2009)
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Shaun the Sheep Movie Movie Poster Image
Tons of barn-animal fun in sweet stop-motion adventure.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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The Swan Princess Movie Poster Image
Classic story is less scary than most animated fairy tales.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 1994)
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Thumbelina Movie Poster Image
Magical, musical story is a classic fairy tale.
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(Release Year: 1994)
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Tinker Bell and the Legend of the NeverBeast Movie Poster Image
Exciting fairy adventure has loss, some scariness.
On DVD/Streaming
(Release Year: 2015)
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Toy Story (1995) Movie Poster Image
Pixar classic is one of the best kids' movies of all time.
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(Release Year: 1995)
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Mary Poppins Movie Poster Image
World's coolest nanny celebrates family and fun.
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(Release Year: 1964)
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The Red Balloon Movie Poster Image
Imaginative story told entirely through vivid visuals.
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(Release Year: 1957)
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