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The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids 

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Updated April 30, 2019 708 votes 35 voters 43 items

List Rules Vote up the best PG and G-Rated fantasy movies for twelve year old kids to watch.

Fantasy films are inherently magical and bring their spectators to a world created by pure imagination. The best fantasy films for 12 year olds feature selections from nearly every subgenre from science fiction to comedy. Here is the perfect list of fantasy movies for 12 year old kids.

Travel to the world of Oz and stroll down the yellow brick road. Enter the magical realm of Narnia, where animals can talk and magic is everywhere. Or, just stick around the planet Earth and find out what happens when a 12 year old boy’s wish to be big is granted by a fortune teller machine named Zoltar.

All of these fantasy films for twelve year olds are appropriate and are good for sleepover parties or lazy summer afternoons. Let us know what top fantasy films12 year olds should watch by voting up or down on the list below.

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The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Lisa Maxwell

Released: 1982

Directed by: Frank Oz, Jim Henson

The Dark Crystal is a 1982 American–British fantasy film directed by Jim Henson and Frank Oz. The plot revolves around Jen, an elflike 'Gelfling' on a quest to restore balance to his alien world ...more
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Beauty and the Beast Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans

Released: 2017

Directed by: Bill Condon

Beauty and the Beast is a 2017 romantic/dark fantasy musical film directed by Bill Condon. The film is a live-action remake of Disney's 1991 animated film of the same name, itself an adaptation ...more
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Moana is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House

Released: 2016

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Moana is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. With the help of a demigod (Dwayne Johnson), Moana (Auli'i Cravalho), the ...more
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Charlie and the Chocolat... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Christopher Lee

Released: 2005

Directed by: Tim Burton

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
5
Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
6
Mary Poppins Returns is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Mary Poppins Returns Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw

Directed by: Rob Marshall

Mary Poppins Returns is a 2018 American musical fantasy film directed by Rob Marshall. In 1935, during the era of the Great Depression in the United Kingdom, the now grown-up Jane (Emily ...more
7
Star Wars: Episode VI –R... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1983

Directed by: Richard Marquand

Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi is a 1983 American epic space opera film directed by Richard Marquand, and the third and final film in the original Star Wars trilogy. After a daring ...more
8
Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Aykroyd

Released: 1984

Directed by: Ivan Reitman

Ghostbusters is a 1984 American sci-fi-fantasy comedy film, directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd, and Ramis as ...more
9
Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito

Released: 2019

Directed by: Tim Burton

Dumbo is a 2019 American fantasy adventure film directed by Tim Burton, based on the story by Helen Aberson. Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell), a one-armed war veteran and former circus star, is ...more
10
Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara, Ryunosuke Kamiki

Released: 2001

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Spirited Away is a 2001 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film stars Rumi Hiiragi, Miyu Irino, Mari Natsuki, Takeshi Naito, ...more
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Star Wars Episode V: The... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1980

Directed by: Irvin Kershner

The Empire Strikes Back is a 1980 American epic space opera film directed by Irvin Kershner. Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay, with George Lucas writing the film's story ...more
12
Big is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz, Elizabeth Perkins

Released: 1988

Directed by: Penny Marshall

Big is a 1988 American fantasy comedy film directed by Penny Marshall, and stars Tom Hanks as Josh Baskin, a young boy who makes a wish "to be big" and is then aged to adulthood ...more
13
Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder, Geena Davis

Released: 1988

Directed by: Tim Burton

Beetlejuice is a 1988 American fantasy-comedy-horror film directed by Tim Burton. The spirits of a deceased couple (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis) are harassed by an unbearable family that has ...more
14
The Lord of the Rings: T... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler

Released: 2002

Directed by: Peter Jackson

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers is a 2002 epic fantasy film directed by Peter Jackson and based on the second volume of J. R. R. Tolkien's novel The Lord of the Rings. It is the second ...more
15
Coco is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal, Benjamin Bratt

Directed by: Lee Unkrich

Coco is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy adventure film directed by Lee Unkrich. Aspiring musician Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) teams up with charming trickster Hector (Gael ...more
16
Elf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2003

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

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
17
Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner

Released: 1989

Directed by: Phil Alden Robinson

Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who also wrote the screenplay, adapting W. P. Kinsella's novel Shoeless Joe. It stars Kevin Costner, Amy ...more
18
Your Name is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa

Released: 2016

Directed by: Makoto Shinkai

Your Name is a 2016 Japanese animated drama film directed by Makoto Shinkai. A high school girl in rural Japan and a high school boy in Tokyo experience a strange phenomenon: they occasionally ...more
19
The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Released: 1987

Directed by: Rob Reiner

The Princess Bride is a 1987 American romantic comedy fantasy adventure film directed and co-produced by Rob Reiner. It was adapted by William Goldman from his 1973 novel of the same name. The ...more
20
The Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, James McAvoy

Released: 2005

Directed by: Andrew Adamson

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is a 2005 fantasy adventure film directed by Andrew Adamson and based on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, the first published ...more
21
Cinderella is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter, Hayley Atwell

Released: 2015

Directed by: Kenneth Branagh

Cinderella is a 2015 American romantic fantasy film directed by Kenneth Branagh, from a screenplay written by Chris Weitz. Produced by David Barron, Simon Kinberg and Allison Shearmur for Walt ...more
22
Hotel Transylvania is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

Released: 2012

Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 American 3D computer animated fantasy comedy film produced by Sony Pictures Animation. It was directed by Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Samurai Jack, Dexter's ...more
23
The Kid Who Would Be Kin... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis, Tom Taylor

Released: 2019

Directed by: Joe Cornish

The Kid Who Would Be King is a 2019 British adventure drama film directed by Joe Cornish. After discovering the mythical sword Excalibur, Alex (Louis Serkis) and his friends must thwart a ...more
24
The Chronicles of Narnia... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Liam Neeson, Tilda Swinton, Peter Dinklage

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Adamson

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is a 2008 epic fantasy film based on Prince Caspian, the second published, fourth chronological novel in C. S. Lewis's epic fantasy series, The ...more
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Christopher Robin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids
Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Mark Gatiss

Released: 2018

Directed by: Marc Forster

Christopher Robin is a 2018 American comedy-drama adventure film directed by Marc Forster, inspired by A. A. Milne's book. All grown up with no sense of imagination, Christopher Robin (Ewan ...more