Top kids’ movies on Netflix UK
Staff Reporter | On 20, Aug 2018Reading time: 4 mins
Struggling to find something to see with your littl ‘uns or don’t fancy the trek to the cinema? We round up the best children’s and family flicks on Netflix UK:
Loved the stage show? Then now’s the perfect time to revisit Danny DeVito’s pitch-perfect screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale.
“We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I’m making waffles!”
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.
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.
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.
How to Train Your Dragon
Free Willy with dragons? Any excuse to relive this charming story of friendship and flying is one to grab with both wings.
The Little Prince
“Netflix’s animated take on the classic novel uses the strange allegorical story to allow its audience – both young and old – to celebrate, wholeheartedly, the power of imagination… It may seem strange to have a children’s film this philosophical. There are no cheap gags, no lame pop culture jokes.As the film heads towards a conclusion, ideas of coping with loss are woven into the thematic tapestry. Perhaps this melancholy is what deterred distributors from releasing it in cinemas, but that shouldn’t stop anyone from showing it to their children. The Little Prince is stunning. It brims with ideas and will cause you to wonder once more.” Read our full review.
Monsters vs Aliens
This animated adventure about a team of “monsters” recruited from around the world to save the planet from attacking aliens is a delightful combination of bright visuals, silly jokes and clear love for the creature features it so wittily references. Entertainment for kids and grown-ups alike.
Kung Fu Panda
This DreamWorks adventure, which stars Jack Black as a fat, clumsy panda who learns kung fu, proved that Pixar weren’t the only ones who could produce animated classics and that even the most rotund of animals can learn to fight for themselves. From the top-notch voice cast to the beautiful visuals, this laugh-out-loud comedy never gets old.
“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.
The Pirates! Band of Misfits
Pirates! Ham! Scientists! Aardman’s stop-motion sea-faring outing is as good as “Wallace and Gromit meets pirates” would suggest. (We highly recommend Gideon Defoe’s original books.)
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Can your favourite stop-motion duo work as a feature-length film? By heck, they can: Aardman’s 85-minute adventure is full of visual slapstick, verbal wit and endless puns, not to mention Ralph Fiennes in his first truly comedic role – and, of course, a giant monster rabbit. It’s when you stop noticing the action set pieces are made out of clay that you realise just how superb it is.
This musical comedy is a charming animation packed with overwhelming positivity.
This polished sci-fi adventure about a young girl making friends with a robot is a fun, thoughtful teen animation.