Top 10 kids’ movies on Amazon Prime Instant Video
Ivan Radford | On 21, Aug 2014
If you’re a regular listener to BBC Radio 5 Live’s fantastic Wittertainment podcast. you will have heard The Telegraph’s Robbie Collin (standing in for Mark Kermode and Simon Mayo) lamenting the lack of good kids’ movies in cinemas this summer. He’s right: it’s not been a vintage year, with The LEGO Movie (now on DVD and VOD) proving the bestwinnie family flick of 2014 so far.
So if you’re struggling to find something to see with your littluns or don’t fancy the trek to the cinema, we shall be rounding up the best childrens’ and family flicks on subscription services each day this week. Presuming, of course, you’re not already renting out The LEGO Movie and Despicable Me 2.
Here are the top 10 kids’ movies on Amazon Prime Instant Video:
Ernest & Celestine
Bears and mice can’t be friends. Everyone knows that. Foxes and hounds. Men and women. Those are socially acceptable. But bears and mice? That’s a no-no. So when Ernest – a bear – and Celestine – a mouse – become mates, the whole of society runs them out of town. Not just one town: bear town and mice town.
A tale of love and rebellion, Stéphane Aubier, Vincent Patar and Benjamin Renner’s delightful animation impresses with craft as much as character: the hand-drawn frames are packed with tiny brushstrokes and frequent, funny slapstick. The result is a magical little film that will charm your socks off.
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Join pals Pooh, Piglet, Kanga, Roo, Owl, Rabbit, Tigger and Christopher Robin as they enjoy their days together and sing their way through adventures – old-school, 1970s style.
“Feel the rhythm, feel the rhyme, get on up, it’s bobsled time.” If you don’t end up yelling that while sliding around on the kitchen floor after watching Cool Runnings, we’ll eat our trainers. Disney’s retelling of Jamaica’s entry into the 1988 Winter Olympics with a bobsled team may take a few sharp turns when it comes to the facts, but its inspiring message of being yourself – combined with real humour and a likeable underdog story – makes for a sports film that takes home the family movie gold every time.
A Bug’s Life
A Bug’s Life is an early Pixar, but it stand up surprisingly well. Following failed inventor Flik as he attempts to save his colony from an evil grasshopper – Kevin Spacey, again – it’s an amusing adventure full of beautiful creepy crawlies and, for Frasier fans, a supporting turn from David Hyde Pierce as a stick.
Lilo & Stitch
Young Hawaiian girl meets violent blue alien in this underrated Disney gem. Stitch should by rights be really disturbing, but the heartfelt sentiment, beautifully simple handdrawn visuals and cute music make this an adorable tale of friendship.
This 1993 remake of the original Incredible Journey, sees three animals – a bulldog, a cat and a golden retriever – race across the wild countryside to get back to their owners, who move house. Michael J Fox as the excited pup is wonderfully upbeat, but it’s Sally Field’s withering cat who steals the show.
A street rat becoming a prince? A princess finding her true love? Disney’s 1992 classic is full of tropes and cliches, but from Alan Menken’s magical music to Robin Williams’ dizzying performance at the Genie – so much of which was improvised that the film was ineligible for a Best Screenplay Oscar – make this one of the best Disney movies around.
Not an Amazon Prime subscriber? Here are the top 10 kids’ films on Netflix UK.