Top kids’ movies on Amazon Prime Video
Ivan Radford | On 24, Aug 2017Reading time: 5 mins
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.
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.
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.
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.
This animation based on the classic kids’ picture book is charming stuff.
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.
Where the Wild Things Are
It’s hard to know what Warner Bros. were expecting when they hired Spike Jonze to adapt Maurice Sendak’s beloved picture book, but what they got was less a kids’ movie and more a mature study of childhood, complete with strong adult cast (Catherine Keener, Paul Dano, James Gandolfini), stunning visuals and lots of furry beasts. Adorable, endearing and breathtakingly moving.
Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events
The tale of Count Olaf and his attempts to get his hands on his orphan nephew and nieces’ inherited treasure is an enjoyably dark modern classic. Before the Netflix TV version came this equally impressive film adaptation, with Jim Carrey turning the “odd” dial all the way up to 11.
Robert Rodriguez is on enthusiastically explosive form in this family action movie, which sees super spies Antonio Banderas and Carla Gugino kidnapped, leaving their kids to save the day. As witty, self-aware and stylish as his adult fare, the director’s child-friendly silliness makes for an unexpected, underrated gem.
Singin’ in the Rain
The inimitable Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds are on radiant form in this 1952 musical about Hollywood’s switch from silent film to “talkies”. Simply iconic.
School of Rock
Jack Black is on winning form in this film about a failed musician who tricks his way into becoming a supply teacher educating children in how to play music. The result is a supremely silly comedy in which kids learn to rock, a loser learns to care, and director Richard Linklater captures the sheer joy of performing music.
Bridge to Terabithia
New classmate Leslie unlocks a mesmerising world of fantasy and imagination for fifth-grader Jesse in this poignant adventure based on the best-selling novel.
Room on the Broom
After charming everyone’s socks off with The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, Jan Lachauer and Max Lang made this equally lovely animation based on the best-selling children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. With all three of them now on Amazon Prime, that’s 90 minutes of adorable family viewing sorted.
Surreal, serious and surprisingly subversive, some of Rango’s subtleties may go over younger viewers’ heads, but Gore Verbinski’s gorgeous animation and Hans Zimmer’s hilariously silly score makes for a bizarre, post-modern Western that is packed full of ideas and laughs.