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The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite children films that were released in the 2000s

Although fans of kids movies will tell argue that the ‘90s had the best releases, there were many classic children's films released in the '00s as well. On this list, live-action and animation coexist, giving us some familiar characters as well as some completely novel inventions.


Many of the best ‘00s kids movies deal with one principle character: Harry Potter. With five films on this list, Harry and company dominated the box office in the mid-2000s. Based on the books by JK Rowling, the
Harry Potter series became one of the most successful young adult franchises in history. Here, you'll also find fan-favorite animated flicks like Shrek, employing the voice talent of Eddie Murphy and Mike Meyers, as well as Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo. Acclaimed director Wes Anderson also took a stab at the kids movie genre in the 2000s with Fantastic Mr. Fox, a stop-motion animated film with a formidable voice cast including George Clooney and Meryl Streep.


Vote up the best '00s kids movies, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.
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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi
Monsters, Inc. is a 2001 American computer-animated comedy film directed by Pete Docter, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. John Lasseter and Andrew ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers
Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana
Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman
Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett
Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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Ice Age is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Jack Black, Ray Romano, Jane Krakowski
Ice Age is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Carlos Saldanha and Chris Wedge from a story by Michael J. Wilson. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios and ...more

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Shrek 2 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Joan Rivers
Shrek 2 is a 2004 American computer-animated, comedy film directed by Andrew Adamson, Kelly Asbury, and Conrad Vernon. It is the sequel to 2001's Shrek and the second installment in the series. ...more

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Elf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
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Elf is a 2003 American Christmas comedy film directed by Jon Favreau and written by David Berenbaum. It stars Will Ferrell, James Caan, Bob Newhart, Ed Asner, and Zooey Deschanel. It was ...more

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Harry Potter and the Sor... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Julianne Hough
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (released in the United States, India and Pakistan as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone) is a 2001 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus based on ...more

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Dr. Seuss' How the Grinc... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
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This film is a 2000 American musical fantasy comedy Christmas film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment, based on the 1957 story of the same name by Dr. Seuss. It was the first Dr. ...more

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Harry Potter and the Pri... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, Gary Oldman
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is a 2004 fantasy film directed by Alfonso Cuarón and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. ...more

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Harry Potter and the Gob... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is a 2005 fantasy film directed by Mike Newell and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The film, ...more

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Harry Potter and the Cha... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, John Cleese
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is a 2002 fantasy film directed by Chris Columbus and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. ...more

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Harry Potter and the Ord... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Emma Watson, Robert Pattinson, Daniel Radcliffe
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix is a 2007 fantasy film directed by David Yates and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is based on the novel of the same name by J. K. Rowling. The ...more

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow
Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...more

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Kung Fu Panda is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Angelina Jolie, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman
Kung Fu Panda is a 2008 American computer-animated action comedy martial arts film produced by DreamWorks Animation and distributed by Paramount Pictures. It was directed by John Stevenson and ...more

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Night at the Museum Fran... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
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Night at the Museum is a trilogy of fantasy-comedy films beginning in 2006 and ending in 2014. All three films, based on the children's book The Night at the Museum by Milan Trenc, are directed ...more
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Charlie and the Chocolat... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a 2005 musical adventure film directed by Tim Burton. It is the second film adaptation of the 1964 British book of the same name by Roald Dahl and stars ...more

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The Cat in the Hat is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
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Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat is a 2003 American fantasy comedy film directed by Bo Welch based on the 1957 Dr. Seuss book The Cat in the Hat. The film stars Mike Myers in the title role of the ...more

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Freaky Friday is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Lindsay Lohan, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mark Harmon
Freaky Friday is a 2003 comedy film based on the novel of the same name by Mary Rodgers. It stars Lindsay Lohan as Anna Coleman and Jamie Lee Curtis as her mother. In the film their souls are ...more

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High School Musical is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Zac Efron
High School Musical is a 2006 American teen/children's romantic comedy musical television film and the first installment in the High School Musical trilogy. Upon its release on January 20, 2006, ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Dakota Fanning
Charlotte's Web is a 2006 American live-action/computer-animated feature film based on the popular book of the same name by E. B. White. It is directed by Gary Winick and produced by Paramount ...more

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The Princess and the Fro... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
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The Princess and the Frog is a 2009 American animated musical romantic fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 49th film in the ...more

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Spy Kids 2: The Island o... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Kids Movies, 2000-2009
Taylor Momsen, Steve Buscemi, Carla Gugino
Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams is a 2002 American/Mexican science fantasy family adventure film written and directed by Robert Rodriguez. It is the second installment in the Spy Kids film ...more