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1. My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film about two little girls who discover that their country home is a mystical woodland is sweet and beautiful. As Sierra Filucci, a mother from Oakland, California, explains, “The leisurely pace is excellent for smaller kids, but the brilliant touches like the cat bus are intelligent enough for older ones,” she adds. 86 minutes, for ages 5 and up.
2. The Adventures of Milo and Otis (1986)
An orange tabby kitten and a young pug who escaped from their farm are the stars of this adorable live-action friendship narrative. Playtime: 76 minutes for children ages 5 and up..
3. Cars (2006)
Lightning McQueen is a hero in this Pixar masterpiece about a rookie racer. Because it was her elder brother’s favorite, Cindy Leahy’s 4-year-old daughter originally preferred it, but now she prefers Sally, the girl automobile, according to Cindy. 117 minutes, 5+ years old.
4. Frozen (2013)
This is a story that will resonate with families because of the central theme of sisterhood and the various ways it is depicted in the film. Of course, Olaf the Snowman and catchy tunes add to the movie’s allure. Ages 5 and up, approximately 102 minutes.
5. The Lorax (1972)
It’s a lot easier for kids to grasp the environmental message in this short film than in the 2012 version, which was commercialized for profit. Younger children will love the repeat “I speak for the trees!” and wordplay such as “Gluppity-Glupp,” while older children may prefer song sequences that break up harsher sections in the story. A 25-minute film for children ages 5 and up.
6. The Muppet Movie (1979)
Live-action “Rainbow Connection” and “goofy comedy” appeal to younger children, while “warm, profound lessons about tenacity and camaraderie” resonate with older siblings. 95 minutes, for ages 6 and up.
7. The Peanuts Movie (2015)
Snoopy’s hilarious antics will delight younger viewers, while Charlie Brown’s struggles to win the heart of the Little Red-Haired Girl will resonate with an older audience. When Jennifer Starkey, of St. Louis, Missouri, watched the movie with her 8-year-old daughter, she was able to identify with Charlie Brown’s troubles in school, but her 4-year-old daughter couldn’t understand it. When it comes to cartoon characters, Snoopy is his favorite. Eighty-eight minutes long.
8. Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015)
This stop-motion animation, based on a British television series, has very little dialogue, making it easier for small children to follow the storyline. The sheep’s disguises will be a hit with the elderly demographic. 85 minutes, recommended for those aged 4 and up.
9. Toy Story (1995)
Toys come to life and go on adventures for children of all ages. In addition, there isn’t a whole lot that will frighten small children. Jeanette Leon Go, of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, adds that her 6-year-old son enjoys the scene where Mrs. Potato Head joins the family, while her younger son is thrilled with any scene involving Buzz Lightyear. Ages 5 and up, 81 minutes.
10. The Gruffalo (2009)
To appeal to older siblings, this animated rendition of a picture book is ideal for those with short attention spans. Jennifer Loyer, a preschool teacher, thinks the movie’s peaceful tone helps her two young sons, aged 4 and 6, relax.