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The 15 best kids movies on Netflix (October 2020)

Netflix kids movies
The NeverEnding Story and Hugo on Netflix. Pic credit: Warner Bros / Paramount Pictures

Netflix is a perfect streaming service for kids, as there are plenty of great options under its Kids profile for all ages.

Whether it is cartoons, animated movies, of kid-friendly live-action movies, there is a lot on Netflix for children to enjoy.

Be it a Netflix original or a movie licensed from another studio; there is something here for kids of all ages.

As with all Netflix movies and TV shows, monthly, there are several that leave the streaming service. The good news is that many films and TV shows are replacing them each month.

Make sure to bookmark this page as we will update it every month with the new releases, while also removing those movies that have left Netflix.

Updated on October 3: Every month, movies leave Netflix, and it is sometimes hard for subscribers to keep track of what is still available to view on any given month, especially for kids wanting to watch something age-appropriate.

However, the good news is that we are going to watch it for you and will update this article every month with the comings and goings and we will have replacements for any movies that have left the service so you can find the perfect film for your kids.

ParaNorman (2012)

ParaNorman
The stop-motion animated movie ParaNorman. Pic credit: Laika

Arriving in October, just in time for Halloween, is a stop-motion animated movie from Laika.

The studio that brought audiences Coraline is back to the spooky kids’ tales with the story of ParaNorman.

In this movie, Norman is a young boy who has the ability to see the ghosts of dead people and even speak to them. He often talks to his dead grandmother, but no one believes him, and other kids see him as a freak.

However, when he learns of something big coming to town and realizes many members of the undead are about to rise, he and his oddball friends are the only ones who can save the town.

The Pirates: Band of Misfits (2012)

The Pirates: Band of Misfits
The Pirates: Band of Misfits. Pic credit: Aardman Studios

ParaNorman isn’t the only stop-motion animated movie arriving in time for the holiday season.

Aardman Studios, who have developed a reputation for creating some of the best stop-motion movies in history (they did Wallace and Gromit) return with this movie about pirates.

The film, which was shot in 3D, is about a group of amateur pirates who set out to win the Pirate of the Year competition.

The voice cast is amazing, with Hugh Grant, David Tennant, Imelda Staunton, Martin Freeman, and Jeremy Piven headlining the cast. The film was nominated for an Oscar in 2013.

Fans in the U.K. know the movie under the title The Pirates: In an Adventure with Scientists!

Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

May Poppins Returns
Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins Returns. Pic credit: Walt Disney

Disney pulled off a big feat when it brought Mary Poppins back for a sequel 44 years after the original musical movie.

In this sequel, Emily Blunt plays Mary Poppins, who returns 25 years after the events of the first movie.

Set during the Great Depression, Mary Poppins shows back up in Jane and Michael Banks’ lives after Michael’s wife dies and helps them as they try to navigate their lives in ver hard times.

The film picked up four Oscar nominations and an impressive eight Critics’ Choice Awards nominations as a successful reimagination of the beloved classic.

The NeverEnding Story (1984)

The NeverEnding Story
Atreyu and Falkor in The NeverEnding Story. Pic credit: Warner Bros

One of the best family movies in history is now on Netflix, as The NeverEnding Story hit the streaming service in August 2020.

The movie starts with a young, bullied child named Bastien who escapes from the bullies and finds a book called The NeverEnding Story.

When he starts to read the story of a young warrior named Atreyu, who is on a quest to save a Childlike Empress. Over time, Bastien realizes that events in his own life is bleeding into the pages of the story and finds that he is maybe the only person who can help Atreyu achieve his goal.

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (2014)
Mr. Peabody & Sherman from their 2014 movie. Pic credit: Fox

On August 11, the animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman hits Netflix.

For older Netflix subscribers, they might remember Mr. Peabody & Sherman from their days on the classic The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show.

The movie jumps right into their story, with Mr. Peabody as a brilliant anthropomorphic dog who also likes to work on scientific experiments. Sherman is his seven-year-old adopted human son.

When a person from Child Protective Services shows up and believes that Sherman is in danger due to a dog raising him, and the two find something more dangerous than time-traveling warlords to fight.

The Witches (1990)

The Witches
Anjelica Huston in The Witches. Pic credit: Warner Bros

In 1990, a kids movie based on the classic Roald Dahl book, The Witches, hit theaters, and it is available to stream right now on Netflix.

Nicholas Roeg (The Man Who Fell to Earth) directed the movie, which was produced by Jim Henson Productions.

In the movie, a group of evil witches, led by the Grand High Witch Miss Eva Ernst (Angelica Huston), poses as regular women so they can kill and eat children.

It is up to a boy and his grandmother to find a way to stop and destroy the witches.

The Witches has a 97 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

Charlotte’s Web (2006)

Charlotte's Web
Wilber the Pig in Charlotte’s Web. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

There is a classic and beloved animated version of E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web, but in 2006 there was also a live-action version made of the story.

The movie mixed CG and live-action, where Dakota Fanning starred as Fern, a little girl who falls in love with a small pig named Wilbur. However, Wilbur is sent to her uncle’s farm to fatten up for a future dinner.

It is up to Wilbur and his new friend, a spider named Charlotte (voiced by Julia Roberts), to find a way to make him too valuable to kill.

Hugo (2011)

Hugo
Asa Butterfield in Hugo. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

Martin Scorsese has created some of the best adult films in movie history with mafia classics like Goodfellas and crime dramas like Taxi Driver and Mean Streets.

However, in 2011, Scorsese created a movie perfect for kids with Hugo, based on the novel The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick.

The movie is about a homeless boy who lives alone in a railway station in Paris as he tries to understand the automaton that his father possessed. The story also ties into the work of one of the first successful filmmakers, Georges Melies.

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)

Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Jim Carrey in Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events. Pic credit: Paramount

There are two versions of the Series of Unfortunate Events books by Lemony Snicket on Netflix.

The first is the series that stars Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. However, there was also a movie a decade before in 2004 with Jim Carey as the evil uncle.

The story is about the Baudelaire children who are all orphaned after their parents die in a horrible fire. They are then taken in by their mysterious uncle, Count Olaf, who has nefarious plans for the three children and their inheritance.

The Spiderwick Chronicles (2008)

The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

The Spiderwick Chronicles is an adaptation of the children’s book series by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

Mark Waters (Mean Girls) directs the film where Freddie Highmore stars as twin boys Jared and Simon, who move to the family’s ancestral home with their mother (Mary Louise Parker) and sister (Sarah Bolger).

In the new home, Jared finds an old book written by one of his ancestors, Arthur Spiderwick – a Field guide about all the fairies he has encountered. Soon, Jared can see these creatures, but this also opens a door where goblins try to invade his world.

The Little Prince (2015)

The Little Prince
The animated movie The Little Prince. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

In 2015, there were a lot of trailers before movies for an animated film called The Little Prince.

However, the movie came and went without much notice. The good news is that this kids’ animated movie is now available on Netflix.

The movie is based on the 1943 novella by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and used stop motion animation to tell the story.

A little girl’s mother has a life plan for the child that includes no fun time, but she is soon enchanted by an elderly neighbor and his fantastical tales of the Little Prince.

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius (2001)

Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The animated movie Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius. Pic credit: Paramount Pictures

In 2001, Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius hit theaters and was a huge success, spawning a television series a year later.

In this Nicikolodeon animated movie, Jimmy Neutron is a boy genius who has to save the Earth from attacking aliens known as the Yolkians.

It ended up as one of the finalists the first year that the Oscars had an award specifically for animated feature films, although it lost to Shrek.

The animated series is not available on Netflix, but subscribers can catch the kids’ movie that started it all on the streaming giant.

Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You (2017)

Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You
Ash on Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You. Pic credit: Toho

Fans of Pokemon have a lot of options on Netflix, as there is a ton of series from the franchise available for streaming.

There is also the kids’ movie from the franchise, Pokemon The Movie: I Choose You.

Be warned; there are moments that are devastatingly sad in this movie, so parents should watch it with the kids as a family-friendly movie on Netflix at least for the first time. However, the story of Ash and Pikachu is heartwarming and very rewatchable for kids of all ages.

This Pokemon movie is set in an alternate timeline from the series and shows Ash heading out to try to find Legendary Pokemon Ho-Oh.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
Miles Morales in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Pic credit: Sony

Disney proved that it could create an animated Marvel movie that was just as great as the live-action MCU when it released Big Hero 6 a few years back.

Four years later, Sony followed suit when it released the spectacular Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse in 2018. This movie is available for kids to watch on Netflix.

The film introduces the world to Miles Morales, the Spider-Man from the Ultimates Marvel world. However, it also includes Peter Parker and several other Spider-people from different Earths.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)

Shark Boy and Lava Girl
Taylor Lautner and Taylor Dooley in Sharkboy and Lavagirl. Pic credit: Dimension Films

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl was not critically accepted when it hit theaters in 2005 and was a box office bust. However, when it comes to kids’ movies, it has a lot to offer.

Directed by Robert Rodriguez, the movie does not reach the levels of Spy Kids, the director’s primary kids’ film franchise.

The movie, made in 3D (although it is only in its regular format on Netflix), tells the story of a young boy with a dream journal that brings his beloved characters, Sharkboy (Twilight’s Taylor Lautner) and Lavagirl to life.

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Pic credit: Colombia

Released in 2009, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs is based on the children’s book by Judi Barrett and Ron Barrett.

In the story, a young scientist named Flint Lockwood is busy trying to create something that could help the world, all to the dismay of his fisherman father.

While most of his inventions are worthless, he soon creates something that could replicate food. A mishap causes the device to shoot through town, destroying things, and then rocketing into the sky.

This leads to rain turning into food, which threatens to destroy the town unless Flint can find some way to reverse its effects.

Shawn S. Lealos has been a freelance writer for 25 years, starting with magazines and newspapers before moving to the internet. He has been published... read more
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