101 Great Animated Kid’s Movies

Like it or not, when you have children you become an expert on animated television shows and movies. And why not? Animated films have come a long way in the last decade. Animated films often feature famous funny characters, clear lessons and excellent story lines that will leave your kids giggling and you enjoying the family time. If you are strapped for movie ideas for the kids these school holidays, then browse through some of the greatest animated kid’s movies that will entertain the whole family. We’ve come up with 101 great animated kid’s movies to keep the kids happily entertained year round!

How many have you seen? My number is, sadly, 93 (I know, I watch too many kid’s movies).

bigstock-Boy-With-Movie-Clapper-Board-10026356Old School Walt Disney Feature Animation

These films have that classic touch that we all grew up on and while compared to the graphics and animation of today, they seem hopelessly flawed, there is still something so sweet and special about watching them with your kids. Just be sure to watch with your kids as some of the characters and scenes can be a little unsettling (smoking creepy cat in Alice in Wonderland, for example).

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
  • Pinocchio
  • Bambi
  • Dumbo
  • Cinderella
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Peter Pan
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • The Sword in the Stone
  • The Jungle Book
  • The Aristocats
  • Robin Hood
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
  • The Fox and the Hound
  • The Rescuers
  • The Great Mouse Detective
  • The Little Mermaid
  • Oliver and Company
  • The Rescuers Down Under
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Aladdin
  • The Lion King
  • A Goofy Movie
  • Pocahontas
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Hercules
  • Mulan
  • Tarzan

Twenty First Century Disney

Disney continues to release awesome flicks today with many more in the making. In addition to the Disney/Pixar creations (see below), here are some other great ones to watch that are a little more modern and advanced:

  •  Dinosaur
  • The Emporers New Grove
  • Atlantis: The Lost Empire
  • Lilo and Stitch
  • Treasure Planet
  • Brother Bear
  • Home on the Range
  • Chicken Little
  • The Wild
  • Meet the Robinsons
  • Bolt
  • The Princess and the Frog
  • Tangled
  • Winnie the Pooh
  • Wreck it Ralph

Disney/Pixar Creations

No one can deny the genius that is Disney/Pixar. I just love watching these films with my kids. Good news is that there are plenty more coming soon, in theatres or in preproduction including Planes and Finding Dory. I may need to have more kids just so I have an excuse to watch them…

  • Toy Story
  • A Bug’s Life
  • Toy Story II
  • Monster Inc.
  • Finding Nemo
  • The Incredibles
  • Cars
  • Ratatouille
  • Wall-E
  • Up
  • Toy Story III
  • Cars II
  • Brave
  • Monster’s University

DreamWorks

If it’s not Disney, then it’s probably DreamWorks. Here are some more great movies to add to the never ending list:

  • Antz
  • The Prince of Egypt
  •  Chicken Run
  • Shrek
  • Shrek Two
  • Shark Tale
  • Madagascar
  • Wallace and Grommit
  • Over the Hedge
  • Flushed Away
  • Shrek the Third
  • Bee Movie
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
  • Monsters Vs. Aliens
  • How to Train Your Dragon
  • Shrek Forever After
  • MegaMind
  • Kung Fu Panda Two
  • Puss in Boots
  • Madagascar Three: Europe’s Most Wanted
  • Rise of the Guardians
  • The Croods
  • Turbo

Sullivan Booth Studios

Who? This is the production company behind some of these lost favourites for kids. Sullivan Booth was a former Walt Disney Production employee and branched off to design his own animated films. It may be tricky tracking some of these down.

  • The Secret of NIMH
  • An American Tail
  • The Land Before Time
  • All Dogs go to Heaven
  • Thumbelina

Other Animated Films worth Watching

And here’s a few more to add to the list:

  • Despicable Me
  • Despicable Me Two
  • Hop
  • Open Season
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas
  • The Lorax
  • Horton Hears a Who
  • James and the Giant Peach
  • Fantastic Mr. Fox
  • Arthur Christmas
  • Robots
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • And, finally, my son’s very favourite, AstroBoy

And… we can’t forget the world’s latest cartoon craze, Frozen (although I’m sure a few of us parents can agree we certainly would like to!)

Phew, hope you enjoyed the list. Of course, there are plenty more great animation films out there designed for kids. Free feel to add to the list in the comments below.

Jenna Gallina is SAHM’s advertising writer and mum to two children under four. She lives in Cairns, QLD.

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