Top kids’ movies on Amazon Prime Video UK
Ivan Radford | On 05, Apr 2020Reading time: 5 mins
Struggling to find something to see with the kids? We round up the best children’s and family flicks available to stream with Amazon Prime.
Aardman’s animated take on The Great Escape is full of the stop-motion studio’s trademark wit and humour, as Mel Gibson voices a bird leading the flight to freedom from the tyranny of Tweedy’s farm.
A charming, funny film that embraces everyone in the audience, regardless of age or origin.
This flawless family comedy sequel will make you laugh, cry and fall in love with Hugh Grant. What more could you want?
Fantastic Mr Fox
“Who am I, Kylie?” “What now?” “Why a fox? Why not a horse, or a beetle, or a bald eagle? I’m saying this more as, like, existentialism, you know?” Wes Anderson brings his signature whimsy to Roald Dahl’s classic tale, turning the familiar story into a colourful, neurotic, anarchic adventure.
Shaun the Sheep Movie
Aardman’s near-silent movie is as charming as ever, as we see Shaun leap from A Close Shave and his own TV series to the big screen for a witty, hilarious and utterly delightful stop-motion adventure. Baa-rilliant.
Aardman’s likeable family comedy follows a plucky cave man named Dug, his sidekick Hognob and the rest of their tribe face a grave threat to their simple existence. Lord Nooth plans to take over their land and transform it into a giant mine, forcing Dug and his clan to dig for precious metals. Not ready to go down without a fight, Dug and Hognob must unite their people in an epic quest to defeat a mighty enemy — the Bronze Age.
Moomins on the Riviera
This enjoyable animated outing does exactly what it says on the tin.
Ernest & Celestine
This universal tale of an unlikely friendship charms your socks off with its humour and heart.
James and the Giant Peach
This stop-motion take on Roald Dahl’s book captures the magical fantasy of a young boy escaping from his aunts (by travelling in a giant fuzzy fruit with a team of talking insects) with wit and magic.
This animation based on the classic kids’ picture book is charming stuff – matched by its sequel, The Gruffalo’s Child, which is also available.
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.
The Highway Rat
A greedy rat (David Tennant) travels the highway in search of other animals’ food, before his sweet tooth finally leads him to a sticky outcome.
The Prince of Egypt
This bold biblical adaptation of the story of Moses is DreamWorks’ first animated movie, but deserves to be remembered for more than just that.
Board games are enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment, but back in 1995, the idea of someone playing something other than Monopoly was breathtaking. What happens when Jumanji gets into full swing – CGI monsters, shouting children, general pandemonium – is equally so. The script may not hold up to much scrutiny, but pre-Captain America Joe Johnston’s sense of adventure and spectacle keep you transfixed.
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.
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.