Tons of parents are cutting cable and relying on services like Netflix to provide entertainment for their children. While the kids may be content to watch their favorite episodes of Curious George or Sesame Street over and over, sometimes parents need a change of pace or need something that runs a little longer than the typical 20-30 minute kids’ show. This is where Netflix steps in. In addition to numerous episodes, Netflix offers some high-quality and kid friendly movies to keep kids entertained. The following 10 top kids’ videos on Netflix introduce kids to video versions of classic stories, new characters and movies their parents themselves may have enjoyed several years ago.
1. Little Tikes Land
Designed for toddlers and preschoolers, Little Tikes Land turns the popular kids’ toy brand into a movie. Kids will enjoy seeing the same cars, play sets and other Little Tikes toys come to life in this computer-animated video. The video itself features multiple mini-episodes, making it ideal for kids who cannot concentrate on a lengthy movie.
2. Pingu: Introducing Pingu
This hour-long movie introduces Pingu, a stop-motion claymation penguin featured in multiple movies on Netflix. The fact that Pingu and his family do not speak English and instead converse in a special penguin language will not make it any less enjoyable for kids. In fact, it will encourage them to be creative and think critically as they come up with their own ideas of what Pingu is saying nonverbally as he interacts with his South Pole home.
3. The Little Engine that Could
Kids who love the book The Little Engine that Could will appreciate the movie of the same name. This movie turns the book into a computer-animated production, bringing the trains to life and adding new animated characters to the story. Kids who love trains, but are not familiar with the book, will still enjoy this cute, inspirational movie.
4. Bedtime for Frances
Another popular kids’ book, Bedtime for Frances, is brought to life in this computer-animated video. The video adds to the original story and covers multiple Frances books. Kids will love the bright, bubbly Frances who sings songs as she has fun with her family and friends.
5. My Friend Bernard
Kids who like the Ice Age movies will enjoy My Friend Bernard. The movie, which has a similar look and feel to the popular kids’ movie franchise of Ice Age, follows a shy boy named Sam who meets an outgoing polar bear named Bernard. While rated PG, preschoolers and those in early elementary school will enjoy the movie most.
6. The Land Before Time II
Though the first movie in this series, The Land Before Time, is currently unavailable on Netflix, kids can watch many of its sequels, including The Land Before Time II. The heart warming and adventurous story stars a young dinosaur named Littlefoot and his friends as they explore their new home, the Great Valley, and experience many adventures along the way while talking about friendship, family and caring for one another. Young fans of dinosaurs will especially enjoy watching this classic movie series.
7. The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
In the 90’s, kids were introduced to The Brave Little Toaster and, soon after that, its sequel, The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue. Kids will enjoy watching the superhero toaster and his other animated appliance friends as they battle evil and rescue animals in a local veterinary clinic.
8. The Great Mouse Detective
A lesser-known Disney movie is the detective story, The Great Mouse Detective. In this animated feature film, kids can watch Basil, mouse detective and Dr. Dawson, his trusty sidekick, as they try to uncover the evil works of Ratigan. While the plot may be a bit complex for toddlers, even they will enjoy the animated mice.
9. The Rugrats Movie
Nickelodeon’s once popular kids’ series The Rugrats is expanded into The Rugrats Movie. Toddlers and preschoolers can watch the antics of Tommy, Chuckie, Angelica, Susie Lil and Phil as they are introduced to Tommy’s baby brother, Dill. The humorous situations the babies and kids get themselves into will also appeal to kids in elementary school.
10. Car Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales
Disney’s Cars has become a favorite of toddlers and preschoolers around the world. Kids can experience one of the franchise’s most popular characters, Tow Mater, in this video of short stories featuring the tow truck. While Mater is the star, other popular Cars characters also make appearances in the short and entertaining scenes.