Top kids’ movies on Amazon Prime Video
Ivan Radford | On 29, May 2017
Struggling to find something to see with your littluns or don’t fancy the trek to the cinema? We round up the best childrens’ and family flicks available to stream.
Here are the top kids’ movies on Amazon Prime Instant Video:
A galumphing warm hug of a film, Steve Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic completely captures the wide-eyed wonder of childhood. Magical.
Song of the Sea
“’Hey, kids! Who fancies a story about death?’ That’s the kind of question that would get a children’s entertainer fired, but it’s also what makes Irish animation studio Cartoon Saloon so special. Unafraid to raise such serious subjects with its young audience, the studio’s latest – Song of the Sea – is an astonishing animated gem.
“Unlike the unhappy adults around them, [the young characters] realise that embracing the pain and sorrow of grief are part of getting older. There is a trust implicit in conveying such a message in a kids’ film, which goes hand in hand with the gentle speed and blurred reality: like the best children’s movies, Song of the Sea has faith in its audience to be mature in everything but imagination.” Read our full review.
April and the Extraordinary World
“Based on the graphic novel by Jacques Tardi (who also wrote the source material for Luc Besson’s The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec), this gorgeously animated steam-punk adventure combines delightful characters, a witty script and breathtaking imagination to produce genuine comic-book thrills.” Read our full review.
Swallows and Amazons
Arthur Ransome’s much-loved book is brought to the big screen in Philippa Lowthorpe’s warm family adventure flick, which sees four kids on holiday in the Lake District start a war with rival children, while a mysterious man on a houseboat accuses them of a crime they didn’t commit.
The LEGO Movie
Think The LEGO Movie is going to be one long advert? Well, it is. But it also isn’t. Why? Christopher Miller and Phil Lord. The LEGO Movie is the perfect fit for the directors of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and 21 Jump Street. Freed by the toy’s potential to make anything, the duo’s anarchic comedy is more apparent than ever. Barely a plot point goes by without it being undercut by a silly comment or a slapstick stunt (Lord and Miller have a real feel for the clumsy, blocky nature of their subject’s form). For the business lords at LEGO, that makes it a flawless piece of corporate marketing. For everyone else, that makes it an anti-capitalist celebration of beating the system. Deconstructing a whole movie only to build something unpredictable from the pieces? Believe the song they play throughout: everything is awesome.
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination…” Gene Wilder is incomparable as the world’s most famous chocolatier in this take on Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
“Come to London and you’ll be sure of a warm welcome,” an explorer tells Paddington and his uncle and aunt in Darkest Peru. In an age where we’ve seen the rise of UKIP, this delightful adaptation of Michael Bond’s books is a lovely reminder that humans are capable of kindness and tolerance. The multi-cultural message extends right down to the film’s comedy, which combines physical slapstick with an onslaught of puns and musical gags. You’ll end up wanting to hug every person you meet.
This animation based on the classic kids’ picture book is charming stuff.
Shaun the Sheep the Movie
Is there an institution more British than Aardman? The animation studio bring their stop-motion sheep (first seen in Wallace and Gromit’s A Close Shave) to the big screen, as he takes the herd of whimsical woollies to the big city to find their farmer. This isn’t a cynical cash-in, though: there isn’t a cynical bone in Aardman’s body. Told in almost silence, this is a charming slice of perfectly executed slapstick.
This interpretation of the classic Snow White tale, which sees an evil queen take control of a kingdom and an exiled princess enlist the help of seven rebels to win back her birthright, makes up for any script shortcomings with its stunning visuals from director Tarsem Singh.
Things are really coooool in Nazareth…
Martin Freeman stars in Debbie Isitt’s charming comedy about a grumpy teacher put in charge of his primary school’s nativity. The improvised hijinks from the young performers prompted the director to return for multiple sequels, but the real sparkle and shine is in this cute original.
Shakespeare in LOLs. This daft and delightful semi-fictional biography of William Shakespeare from the Horrible Histories team is Monty Python for kids.
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm
Harry Hill is on charming form as the titular mad inventor in this film based on Norman Hunter’s children’s books. The impressive cast includes Ben Miller, Miranda Richardson and David Mitchell.