With the school holidays in full swing, Netflix can save your sanity — or at least keep the rugrats happy for a while. Here’s our pick of the top kids films on Netflix Australia.
The Adventures Of Tintin is a remarkably faithful adaptation of Herge’s classic comic series, brought to the big screen with a lot of love and just the right casting to boot. Best suited for older children, especially considering its runtime and sometimes slow pace. Still, this is a great flick, and I’m personally cranky that there’s unlikely to be a sequel.
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Netflix: This 3-D motion capture adapts Georges Remi’s classic comic strip about the adventures of fearless young journalist Tintin and his trusty dog, Snowy.
IMDb: Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock’s ancestor..
Frozen is a film that’s probably driven you mad already. As a parent you’re probably sick of that song. Or that other song. But there’s little denying that in doing something different with fantasy tropes, and delivering a strong and interesting cast that defies what you might expect, Disney delivered a genuinely charming film. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: When Queen Elsa’s icy powers plunge the kingdom of Arendelle into a deep freeze, her intrepid sister, Anna, vows to find her and repair the damage..
IMDb: When the newly crowned Queen Elsa accidentally uses her power to turn things into ice to curse her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna, teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition..
Shrek provides a case of diminishing returns with the expanded tale of an ogre that seemingly nobody could love, but the first film in the trilogy is still remarkably well done stuff, even if its once revolutionary CGI effects are a little dated. On the plus side, it’s now old enough that your kids might not have watched it already. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: On a mission to retrieve a princess from a fire-breathing dragon, gruff ogre Shrek teams up with an unlikely compatriot — a wisecracking donkey..
IMDb: After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, an ogre agrees to rescue a princess for a villainous lord in order to get his land back..
The Princess Bride is the movie that can inspire a thousand quotes, from the murdering of fathers, to kissing books, to being mostly dead and even rodents of unusual size. Frankly, choosing not to watch The Princess Bride? Inconceivable. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: This cult classic comedy-romance follows a peasant farmhand as he battles bumbling outlaws and an evil prince to win the hand of his one true love..
IMDb: While home sick in bed, a young boy’s grandfather reads him a story called The Princess Bride..
Muppets Most Wanted is the second modern-era outing for Jim Henson’s classic characters, now owned by Disney. It eschews the strong nostalgic tone of the first “new” film in favour of a classic Muppets heist flick, and, of course, wacky musical numbers. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: In the middle of their global tour, the Muppets inadvertently get mixed up in a perilous drama involving a gang of international jewel thieves..
IMDb: While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by aKermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick..
Jumanji provides an antidote for When the kids bore of the traditional holiday games of Monopoly. Why not treat them to a Robin Williams classic that features a boardgame of a distinctly more dangerous type? Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: When two siblings discover an enchanted board game that’s a portal to a magical world, they meet a man who’s been trapped inside the game for years..
IMDb: When two kids find and play a magical board game, they release a man trapped for decades in it and a host of dangers that can only be stopped by finishing the game.
Netflix: Unlike his pals, young penguin Mumble can’t sing well enough to attract a mate, but he’s blessed with an unusual gift: He can tap-dance like a champ!.
IMDb: Into the world of the Emperor Penguins, who find their soul mates through song, a penguin is born who cannot sing. But he can tap dance something fierce!
Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone takes J.K Rowling’s popular book series and turns it into an even more popular (and lucrative) film series. Go back to where it all started, and be astounded at how young the cast all looked acting opposite some of the cream of the crop of British acting royalty. Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: On his 11th birthday, Harry Potter learns that he’s a powerful wizard with a place waiting for him at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
IMDb: Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry..
Monsters Inc apparently had a sequel… erm… prequel. Can we just pretend the prequel never happened? We can? Awesome. Pixar’s monster-centric film has plenty of laughs, a lot of heart and just a few very small scares to deal with, making it a film that even the slightly older kids will watch without too much complaining.Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: The professional scarers of Monsters Inc. sneak into kids’ bedrooms at night to elicit screams that they convert into energy to run their world.
IMDb: Monsters generate their city’s power by scaring children, but they are terribly afraid themselves of being contaminated by children, so when one enters Monstropolis, top scarer Sulley finds his world disrupted..
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory provides Johnny Depp and Tim Burton’s take on Roald Dahl’s classic book. It makes for an interesting, and sometimes challenging film for kids, and a fascinating counterpoint to the older Gene Wilder version. If nothing else, it might sate your children’s appetite for chocolate (for a while) . Watch it now on Netflix.
Netflix: Charlie is one of five golden-ticket holders treated to a tour of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory in Tim Burton’s take on the children’s classic.
IMDb: A young boy wins a tour through the most magnificent chocolate factory in the world, led by the world’s most unusual candy maker.