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The best kids' movies on Amazon Prime in the US

The best kids' movies on Amazon Prime offer something for everyone—and lots of family fun when you decide to stay in

Written by
Time Out editors
&
Oliver Strand
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Matthew Singer
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In need of a selection for family movie night? Look no further than Amazon. No, we’re not suggesting you have one of their delivery robots drop a DVD on your doorstep… although the kids would probably love that. Rather, Amazon Prime is bursting with streamable selections sure to entertain the entire brood, parents included. Whether you’re looking to introduce the wee ones to the classic cartoons you loved as a child or discover something together, you’ve got options. Here are the best family movies the service has to offer.  

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The best kids' movies on Amazon Prime

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  • Animation

This Walt Disney feature brings the 1972 Newbery Medal-winning Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH to life. This classic is a spectacular return to the shimmering, mesmerising deep-focus animation associated with Disney's classic period: A marvellous use of lighting to create atmosphere, dew-drops glisten from every tree, and the villains are as haunting as cartoon villains should be. Rated G.

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  • Film
  • Animation

Don’t judge a book by its cover, nor an ogre by his green skin. In this modern animated classic, the titular big-hearted beast with the exaggerated Scottish brogue (courtesy of Mike Myers) attempts to woo a beautiful princess (Cameron Diaz) who is way out of his league...or  so he thinks. Rated PG.

Troop Zero (2019)
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4. Troop Zero (2019)

It’s 1977 and young Christmas Flint (McKenna Grace) is obsessed with the idea of going into space – but she’ll settle for having her voice on a record traveling aboard the Voyager space probe. And wouldn’t you know it? The grand prize of the upcoming Birdie Scout talent show presents just such an opportunity. Kids will love the quirky underdog tale and its period details, along with a typically stellar performance from Viola Davis as the stern-but-caring troop leader, will keep parents entertained as well. Rated PG. 

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  • Film
  • Family and kids

Nothing unites generations like the Muppets. In their first big-screen adventure, the wisecracking, felt-skinned posse travel to Hollywood in pursuit of stardom. Sure, the Hare Krishna jokes and Orson Welles cameo will fly over your kids’ heads, but ‘The Rainbow Connection’ is ageless. Rated G.

Twilight (2008)

Vampire fans wholeheartedly sunk their teeth into the beginning of this paranormal love story between a young girl and her immortal love, Edward Cullen. Rated PG–13. 

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  • Film
  • Family and kids

Goonies never say die, which is probably why The Goonies has remained a kids classic for decades. When a group of misfit kids discover a treasure map, they set off into an underground cave system to find it, putting them at odds with a fearsome criminal family. Rated PG.  

The kookiest clan in town got the animated treatment in 2019. In this tale of spooky shenanigans, Gomez and his gang are waiting for a visit from relatives. However, things are turned upside down when a TV personality arrives instead and insists that the family's eerie hilltop home is standing in her way of taking down the entire neighborhood. Rated PG. 

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Cinderella (2021)
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9. Cinderella (2021)

In this 21st century musical update of the classic fairy tale, singer Camila Cabello steps into the glass slipper of the poor, starry-eyed orphan who dreams of being swept away from her abusive family by a hunky prince, played by Nicholas Galitzine. Also starring the great Billy Porter as the Fairy Godmother. Rated PG.

  • Film
  • Family and kids

He's clever, enthusiastic, a 'can do' guy with attitude-and he's a mouse. Combining live-action with groundbreaking visual effects technology by the artists and innovators at Sony Pictures Imageworks, it's the story of a mouse who is raised by the Littles, a human family who learns to dream big and live large when they think little- Stuart Little. As Stuart embarks on adventures with a variety of characters, including his nemesis, Snowbell the cat, Stuart learns the true meaning of family, loyalty and friendship. Rated PG.

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This one's for all the kids who've wished their siblings would disappear. In Labyrinth, teenage Sarah wishes exactly that—and the Goblin King (David Bowie) happily honors her request! Sarah only has until midnight to save her baby brother from a castle in the middle of a labyrinth, or else he'll become a goblin forever. The Jim Henson-directed film is a winner for any kid who loves magic, thrills and elaborate costumes. Rated PG.

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Most folks find beauty in young love, new babies and iconic American activities like going away to summer camp, but the Addams Family isn’t any ordinary family. In fact, they’re gearing up for one of the most “normal” summers of their lives, and Wednesday isn’t having it. Will she and her brother brave the season’s most unusual traditions? Not without some serious sulking, plotting and competition. Rated PG-13. 

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Paddington (2014)
  • Film
  • Family and kids

Computer graphics brought the beloved anthropomorphic bear into the 21st century, but this acclaimed live-action update sacrifices none of the character’s essential sweetness and cross-generational charm. In this adaptation, Paddington and his bucket hat arrive in modern-day London, searching for a new home, and run afoul of a craven taxidermist (Nicole Kidman) eager to stuff him. That a sequel arrived three years later should tell you how that worked out, but plot-driven thrills are second to the warm fuzzies brought on simply by watching this walking, talking teddy find a place for himself in human society. Rated G. 

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