The Best Kids Movies on Netflix (July 2021)

Movies that offer something for the whole family

The best kid-friendly movies help the youngest in your family learn new things. They’re also just as fun and insightful for the older kids and adults in the room. Whether you’re looking for a laugh, a timely lesson, or a bit of both for your little ones, these top kids' movies on Netflix deliver wholesome entertainment for everyone in the family to enjoy.

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Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans (2021): Concluding the Tales of Arcadia Trilogy

Characters summon some magic in 'Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans'

Dreamworks

IMDb Rating: n/a

Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure

Starring: Emile Hirsch, Nick Offerman, Steven Yeun

Director: Johane Matte, Francisco Ruiz-Velasco, Andrew L. Schmidt

Motion Picture Rating: TV-Y7

Runtime: 1 hour, 44 minutes

Rise of the Titans is the follow-up to Dreamworks and director Guillermo del Toro's Tales of Arcadia series. Characters from all three installments—Trollhunters, 3Below, and Wizards—must band together to defeat the evil Arcane Order and the ancient titans it summons in its attempt to destroy the world. Critics have praised the Trollhunters series for its animation, its darker storytelling, and its voice acting. It was nominated for nine Daytime Emmy Awards in 2017. Fans should enjoy this conclusion to the story, while newcomers can catch up on the rest of the Tales of Arcadia series on Netflix first before watching the finale.

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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie (2021): Return of an Anime Icon

Characters strike a pose in 'Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal The Movie'

Toei Animation

IMDb Rating: 7.3/10

Genre: Animated, Action, Adventure

Starring: Kotono Mitsuishi, Stephanie Sheh (English version), Kate Higgins (English version)

Director: Chiaki Kon

Motion Picture Rating: TV-14

Runtime: 2 hours, 40 minutes

This two-part Netflix film brings back iconic anime magical girl Sailor Moon and her friends in all their pastel-colored glory. For the uninitiated, the Sailor Moon series is about a young girl who befriends a magical cat named Luna that lets her turn into a hero via the flashiest, most elaborate transformation sequences ever put on celluloid. In Eternal, she meets Pegasus, who's searching for someone who can break the seal of the Golden Crystal, while a creepy circus seeks the Silver Crystal in hopes of using it to dominate the universe. Anyone who's followed Sailor Moon's exploits for the last few decades is in for a treat.

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Wish Dragon (2021): A Fun 'Aladdin' Retread

John Cho and Jimmy Wong in 'Wish Dragon'

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Genre: Animated, Adventure

Starring: John Cho, Jimmy Wong, Natasha Liu Bordizzo 

Director: Chris Appelhans

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes

Din (Jimmy Wong) wants to reconnect with his childhood best friend. Thanks to a wish-granting dragon (John Cho), he may get his chance. But when he can wish for anything in the world, how can he decide what's truly important? Wish Dragon has heavy Aladdin vibes, but the modern-day setting and focus on friendship instead of romance helps it feel fresh.

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The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021): It's Like a Kid-Friendly 'Maximum Overdrive'

Maya Rudolph, Danny McBride, Abbi Jacobson, Michael Rianda, and Doug the Pug in 'The Mitchells vs the Machines'

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Genre: Animated, Adventure

Starring: Abbi Jacobson, Danny McBride, Maya Rudolph

Director: Michael Rianda 

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 53 minutes

Katie Mitchell is a teen heading out on a road trip with her family to start her first year of film school. The only thing standing in her way? An army of electronic devices that suddenly developed sentience and decided to go on the attack. The Mitchells vs. the Machines is a fun and energetic adventure film. Kids will enjoy the silliness and hyperactive action, while parents can enjoy the deadpan humor and a heartwarming theme about family bonding.

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The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You (2021) – A Fun Interactive Adventure

A scene from the interactive animated short 'The Last Kids on Earth: Happy Apocalypse to You'

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.2/10

Genre: Interactive, Comedy

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Charles Demers, Brian Drummond

Director: Steve Rolston

Motion Picture Rating: TV-Y7

Runtime: 27 minutes

Based on a series of children's books by Max Brallier, The Last Kids on Earth is a humorous series about a scrappy but average 13-year-old named Jack Sullivan who teams up with his friends to battle monsters in an apocalypse. Critics have praised the streaming show for its strong plot and character development, and it boasts a talented adult voice cast that includes Bruce Campbell, Mark Hamill, Catherine O’Hara, and Keith David. Happy Apocalypse to You is a 27-minute interactive film that lets kids make decisions for the characters and see those choices play out on-screen.

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Secret Magic Control Agency (2021): A New Spin on Classic Fairy Tale Characters

A screenshot from the animated film 'Secret Magic Control Agency'

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.3/10

Genre: Animated, Adventure

Starring: Erica Schroeder, Mary O'Brady, Georgette Reilly

Director: Aleksey Tsitsilin

Motion Picture Rating: TV-Y7

Runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Secret Magic Control Agency is an animated adventure-comedy that envisions the classic fairy tale characters--Hansel and Gretel--as secret agents searching for an abducted king. Critics have praised the film's gorgeous visuals and energetic plot. Meanwhile, parents familiar with the Brothers Grimm might enjoy how this film reworks the Hansel and Gretel story into something new.

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Arlo the Alligator Boy (2021): A Reptile Out of Water Musical Comedy

A scene from the animated film 'Arlo the Alligator Boy'

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Animated

Starring: Michael J. Woodard, Mary Lambert, Haley Tju

Director: Ryan Crego

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

When a half-human, half-alligator boy learns he's from New York City, he leaves his swamp and embarks on a journey to the Big Apple to find his long-lost father. So, basically, the plot of Elf. A 20-episode streaming television series called I (heart) Arlo will follow this new animated musical adventure-comedy.

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Yes Day (2021): Standard Family Fare With a Valuable Lesson

Jennifer Garner and Jenna Ortega in 'Yes Day'

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 5.7/10

Genre: Family, Comedy

Starring:  Jennifer Garner, Edgar Ramírez, Jenna Ortega

Director: Miguel Arteta

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes

Allison (Jennifer Garner) and Carlos (Edgar Ramirez) are the types of parents who say "no" to everything. But one day, they decide to say yes to everything—with a few ground rules, of course. Their kids quickly seize on the opportunity to make their parents do whatever outlandish stuff they can dream up. That's the premise of Yes Day, an entertaining family film with an underlying message about when to say "yes" and "no." Kids will enjoy the hijinks, while parents will appreciate the lesson it tries to teach them.

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The Princess and the Frog (2009): An Inclusive and Uplifting Twist On A Classic

The Princess and the Frog on Netflix

Walt Disney Pictures

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring:  Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey

Director: Ron Clements, John Musker

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 37 minutes

Tiana dreams of opening a restaurant in honor of her father and faces several setbacks—including the task of helping a prince and herself become human again after transforming into frogs. This inclusive reimagining of a classic fairy tale set in Jazz-age-era New Orleans encourages dreaming big and persevering, even when the odds are stacked.

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Klaus (2019): A Heartfelt Story About the Power of Good Will

Klaus movie from Netflix Animation Studios

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 8.2/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones

Director: Sergio Pablos, Carlo Martínez López

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 36 minutes

When Jesper’s father sends him to become a postman on the remote and chilly island of Smeerensburg, populated by two feuding clans, all he wants to do is work hard enough so he can leave. Then one letter changes everything. This animated feature teaches the infectious impact of performing actions out of generosity and not self-interest.

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Hugo (2011): A Poignant Fantasy From an Acclaimed Director

Hugo fantasy/family film from Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures

IMDb Rating: 7.5/10

Genre: Drama, Family, Fantasy

Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chlöe Grace Moretz, Christopher Lee

Director: Martin Scorcese

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hours, 6 minutes

Hugo is an orphan who lives in a Paris train station. His only source of hope is fixing an automaton that holds a critical last message from his late father. Little does he know that it will uncover much more. This cinematic fantasy is jam-packed with history lessons and delivers a reassuring message about everyone having a place in the world.

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A Shaun the Sheep Movie (2020): Farmageddon: A Whimsical Claymation Feature

A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon claymation family film

StudioCanal UK

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Justin Fletcher, John Sparkes, Amalia Vitale

Director: Will Becher, Richard Phelan

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes

After a crash landing in a small town, a young alien gets stranded. Luckily, Shaun the Sheep and his herd are determined to help her reunite with her family. Akin to a modern-day E.T. without dialogue, this truly endearing movie reinforces the universal power of acceptance.

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014): An Entertaining Tale About Unity

How to Train Your Dragon 2 animated adventure movie

20th Century Studios

IMDb Rating: 7.8/10

Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure

Starring: Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler

Director: Dean DeBlois

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 42 minutes

Hiccup and his trusty dragon Toothless are determined to save their village from a villain who wants to use an army of dragons for his gain. While there are some scarier moments in this 3D adventure, this visually rich and heartwarming story carries an important message about the importance of unity despite differences.

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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009): A Delicious Helping of Self-Acceptance

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs animated comedy

Columbia Pictures

IMDb Rating: 6.9/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Anna Faris, Bill Hader, Bruce Campbell

Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 30 minutes

A young inventor in Sardine Land has only ever wanted approval from his dad and others. When he develops a rocket that makes all sorts of delicious food rain down from the sky, he gets swept up by the recognition and forgets what really matters. This heartwarming and humorous film promotes self-acceptance and staying grounded by supportive family and friends rather than popularity.

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Mirai (2018): A Nod of Encouragement for Older Siblings

Mirai anime film

Toho Co., Ltd.

IMDb Rating: 7.0/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama

Starring: Rebecca Hall, Daniel Dae Kim, John Cho

Director: Mamoru Hosoda

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 38 minutes

When his new baby sister arrives, young Kun struggles with feeling like he’s an afterthought. He seeks refuge in the garden, which magically transports him in time to meet various family members. Each journey the young boy takes gives him a newfound appreciation of his loved ones and helps him embrace his new sibling. This mellow anime imparts a tender message of reassurance for children adjusting to becoming an older sibling for the first time.

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The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2019): Furry Friends Teach Embracing the Unknown

The Secret Life of Pets 2 animated comedy and family movie

Universal Pictures

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Patton Oswalt, Kevin Hart, Harrison Ford

Director: Chris Renaud, Jonathan del Val

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 1 hour, 26 minutes

When Max becomes a little too worried about protecting his favorite human, he learns to let go with the help of all of his pet friends. This animated feature acknowledges it’s okay to worry about the unknown, but taking chances is essential too.

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Hook (1991): A Swashbuckling Family Feature

Hook family film about adult Peter Pan returning to Neverland

TriStar Pictures

IMDb Rating: 6.8/10

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Robin Williams, Julia Roberts

Director: Steven Spielberg

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hours, 22 minutes

This star-studded adventure imagines an adult Peter Pan who must return to Neverland to rescue his kids. His key to success? He remembers how to be less of a grown-up. This film extends a positive message about staying young at heart and allowing room for make-believe at any age.

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Canvas (2020): A Short Film With a Profound Message

Cavas short animated film from Netflix

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.5/10

Genre: Animation, Short, Drama

Director: Frank E. Abney III

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 9 minutes

While this dialog-free short film is just 9 minutes, it’s a moving story about a grandfather who makes his way back toward his passion, painting, with the support of his granddaughter and daughter. This short movie does acknowledge death but gently and could spark a healing conversation with a young one.

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Finding 'Ohana (2021): Goonies for Generation Z

Finding 'Ohana family adventure film from Netflix

Netflix

IMDb Rating: 6.1/10

Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Kelly Hu, Ke Huy Quan, Lindsay Watson

Director: Jude Weng

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hours, 3 minutes

Two siblings from Brooklyn reluctantly head to Hawaii to visit their grandpa but end up on a life-changing adventure. Part Goonies, part Indiana Jones, this uplifting Netflix original is also a lively celebration of Hawaiian culture. This adventure highlights family togetherness and pride in one’s heritage.

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Walt Disney Animation Studios Short Films Collection (2015): 12 Memorable Stories for Bite-Size Viewing

Collection of classic Disney animated short films

Walt Disney Studios

IMDb Rating: 7.7/10

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Paul Briggs, Alan Dale, Bill Farmer

Motion Picture Rating: G

Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes

A collection of 12 classic Disney shorts with favorites parents will recognize from their youth, plus newer characters your little ones may already know. In true Disney fashion, the power of storytelling stands out with themes ranging from accepting change to feel-good comedies featuring Mickey and Goofy.

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The Muppets (2011): A Feel-Good Musical Reunion

The Muppets movie featuring a reunion of the whole crew

Walt Disney Pictures

IMDb Rating: 7.1/10

Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family

Starring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper

Director: James Bobin

Motion Picture Rating: PG

Runtime: 2 hours

With the help of his brother, one Muppets superfan fulfills his dream of getting the Muppets back together again for an epic performance. This zany and humorous feel-good musical promotes working together and is a great way to introduce young ones to this lovable puppet ensemble.

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