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The Best Fantasy Movies for 12 Year Old Kids

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List RulesVote 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

    Jim Henson, Frank Oz

    Released1982

    Directed byFrank 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 by...  more
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    28
    5

    Beauty and the Beast

    Emma Watson, Dan Stevens

    Released2017

    Directed byBill 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 of...  more
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    27
    5

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2005

    Directed byTim 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 Johnny...  more
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    24
    2

    Moana

    Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson

    Released2016

    Directed byRon 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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    23
    2

    Star Wars

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1977

    Directed byGeorge 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
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    21
    2

    Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

    Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

    Released1983

    Directed byRichard 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
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    21
    4

    Mary Poppins Returns

    Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda

    Released2018

    Directed byRob 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 Mortimer)...  more
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    25
    9

    Ghostbusters

    Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1984

    Directed byIvan 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 three...  more
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    22
    6

    Dumbo

    Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton

    Released2019

    Directed byTim 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 hired by...  more
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    21
    5

    Spirited Away

    Miyu Irino, Bunta Sugawara

    Released2001

    Directed byHayao 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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    19
    5

    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin 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 and...  more
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    17
    4

    Beetlejuice

    Alec Baldwin, Winona Ryder

    Released1988

    Directed byTim 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 moved...  more
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    19
    8

    Big

    Tom Hanks, Jon Lovitz

    Released1988

    Directed byPenny 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 overnight. The film...  more
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    18
    6

    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

    Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen

    Released2002

    Directed byPeter 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
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    18
    6

    Coco

    Anthony Gonzalez, Gael Garcia Bernal

    Released2017

    Directed byLee 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 Garcia...  more
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    17
    6

    Elf

    Zooey Deschanel, Will Ferrell

    Released2003

    Directed byJon Favreau

    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 released in...  more
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    17
    6

    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil 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
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    14
    5

    Your Name

    Ryunosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi

    Released2016

    Directed byMakoto 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 swap...  more
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    17
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    The Princess Bride

    Billy Crystal, Robin Wright

    Released1987

    Directed byRob 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 story...  more
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    10
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    Cinderella

    Cate Blanchett, Helena Bonham Carter

    Released2015

    Directed byKenneth 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 Disney...  more
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    Released2005

    Directed byAndrew 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 and...  more
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    8
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    Hotel Transylvania

    Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler

    Released2012

    Directed byGenndy 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
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    9
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    Released2008

    Directed byAndrew 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 Chronicles of...  more
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    8
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    The Kid Who Would Be King

    Patrick Stewart, Louis Serkis

    Released2019

    Directed byJoe 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 medieval...  more
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    Christopher Robin

    Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell

    Released2018

    Directed byMarc 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 McGregor)...  more