Netflix has an entire section on its website devoted to kids’ movies, but there’s a good chance you’ve never even check it out, because you’re a snobby adult who thinks movies meant for children are beneath you. And there certainly are some questionable titles in that category. For example, A Talking Cat!?! and The Swan Princess Christmas. But they also happen to have a pretty great selection of quality kids’ movies to stream. You know, the kind you’ll enjoy unironically even if you’re over the age of 12.
So we thought we’d help you out with finding the best options by giving you handy list of some of the best choices. You probably loved a lot of them when you were a kid, so there’s a built-in sense of nostalgia. But there are also a few newer titles thrown in that you might have missed when they first came out. So sit back, relax, maybe make some bagel pizzas, and enjoy.
Obviously the best place to start is with the Disney titles, and Mulan is a pretty awesome one. If you haven’t spent at least 5% of your life with “I’ll Make a Man Out of You” stuck in your head, then who even are you?!
Hercules is my personal favorite Disney movie, not that anybody asked me or anything. I may or may not have just made plans with myself to watch it tonight.
3. Lilo & Stitch
How can you go wrong with a movie about Hawaii, sisterhood, and an adorable alien? You can’t.
There are very few songs in existence that can make me cry as quickly as the Phil Collins songs in this movie make me cry. All you have to do is mention the title “You’ll Be in My Heart,” and I’m a wreck. Oh, look at that, I’m crying now.
If you can put the vocal presence of Mel Gibson out of your mind for a while, go ahead and enjoy this one. It’s definitely one of the more adult-friendly Disney titles, historically inaccurate as it is.
6. The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Another very adult-friendly Disney title. Looking back on the character of Frollo now, I can’t believe I watched this movie as a child. It’s rare to have a completely humorless villain in an animated movie, but Frollo definitely is.
7. The Emperor’s New Groove
I’m willing to rewatch this movie just for the chance to hear Patrick Warburton’s voice as Kronk. It’s of course very entertaining otherwise as well.
8. The Fox and the Hound
Did somebody say they wanted to cry over an adorable interspecies friendship? Well look what we have here.
9. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
It’s a movie about food raining from the sky, so I really don’t see where you could go wrong here. Plus, Bill Hader does a voice, and we all know he’s delightful.
It’s not just Pixar that puts out great computer-animated movies. This one’s regarded to be pretty underrated, and you might be surprised by some of the voice cast. Anna Kendrick, anyone?
11. James and the Giant Peach
Classic stop-motion. You might want to stock up on peaches before you press play, though, because I know every time I watch I end up with a huge craving.
12. Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
The first in a series of movies about Rick Moranis being an irresponsible parent. I don’t know why, but the idea of tiny people wandering around everyday objects amuses me to no end.
13. The Parent Trap
Ah, the good old days when Lindsay Lohan was just a cute child actress with a questionable British accent. Just be warned that rewatching this as an adult will make you realize how many lawsuits should have come out of that camp.
14. Good Burger
Don’t judge me. I love this movie a lot, okay? I still shout “It’s okay people! Her butt is fine!” occasionally. Only around people who understand what I’m referring to, of course.
If you can avoid freaking out about how much damage is caused by one stupid board game, here’s a nice bit of nostalgia to enjoy.