What are the best animal movies for kids? This list of great live animal movies for children includes some of the most classic, iconic movies in cinema history. Many of them, not surprisingly, rank among the best children's movies and films of all time, and several are Disney live action movies, as well. Which ones are your favorites, and which ones do you believe are the most appropriate for youngsters? Time to vote! And, by all means, if you know of an outstanding (live action) animal movie that's great for the kiddos and isn't on the list right now, add it!
Many of the greatest animal movies ever made are geared, at least in part, towards children. From the loveable, wonderful, Academy Award-winning 'Babe' to the adventures of one of the cinema's greatest pooches, Benji, live action animal movies have entertained generations of children over the decades.
Obviously, any list of the best animal movies for children must include the animals (perhaps the greatest dog movies?) From 'Beethoven' to 'Air Bud' and Disney's 'The Shaggy Dog,' these pooches gave their all with their outstanding performances, all of our entertainment.
But it isn't just the dogs who should get all the credit: Several films on this list are among the best cat movies and cat movies for kids, including 'That Darn Cat!' and the campy classic 'The Cat From Outer Space.' Cats and dogs share the screen too, in excellent kids animal movies like 'Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey,' 'The Adventures of Milo & Otis' and the aptly titled 'Cats & Dogs.' You might also like our list of dog movies for kids and Disney animal movies.
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- 25675101 Dalmatians is a 1996 family comedy film written and produced by John Hughes and directed... more
- Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey is a 1993 American remake of the 1963 film The... more
- 18474Free Willy is a 1993 American family drama film that was released by Warner Bros. under its... more
- 19787Stuart Little is a 1999 American family comedy film directed by Rob Minkoff. It is loosely... more
The Jungle Book2016The Jungle Book is a 2016 fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Jon Favreau.... more
- 13762Lassie is a 1994 adventure family film directed by Daniel Petrie and featuring the fictional... more
- Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco is the 1996 sequel to the 1993 film Homeward Bound:... more
- 11143102 Dalmatians is a 2000 family comedy film directed by Kevin Lima in his live action... more
- 15464Old Yeller is a 1957 American family tragedy film produced by Walt Disney. It stars Tommy... more
- 16566Dolphin Tale is a 2011 family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith from a screenplay by... more
- 14776Air Bud is a 1997 American family comedy film that sparked the franchise centered on the... more
- 11246Because of Winn-Dixie is a 2005 American family comedy-drama film adapted from the book of the... more
- 11559Black Beauty is a 1994 film adaptation of Anna Sewell's novel by the same name directed by... more
- 174101Cats & Dogs is a 2001 American-Australian action-comedy film, directed by Lawrence Guterman.... more
- 10964Babe: Pig in the City is a 1998 Australian-American comedy-drama film and the sequel to the... more
- 20358A Dog's Way Home is a 2019 American family drama film directed by Charles Martin Smith, based... more
- 7426Doctor Dolittle is a 1967 American musical film directed by Richard Fleischer and starring Rex... more
- 18273Beethoven is a 1992 family comedy film, directed by Brian Levant and starring Charles Grodin... more
- 18383The Adventures of Milo and Otis is an Japanese adventure comedy-drama film about two animals,... more
- 12077Dr. Dolittle is a 1998 American family comedy film starring Eddie Murphy as a doctor who... more
- 13359This tail-wagging tale begins as Benji visits his pals Cindy and Paul, whose father Paul... more
- 10769Stuart Little 2 is a 2002 American live-action film, directed by Rob Minkoff and starring... more
- 12153The Shaggy Dog is a black-and-white 1959 Walt Disney film about Wilby Daniels, a teenage boy... more
- 7642Lassie is a 2005 British-American-French-Irish adventure comedy-drama family film based on... more