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The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids 

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Updated April 26, 2019 262 votes 19 voters 46 items

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Fantasy movies can take their spectators anywhere in the world, or even way out of this world. This list of fantasy movies for 8 year old kids includes appropriate selections and are sure to impress any child with an active imagination. It isn’t easy keeping the attention of a young tyke, however, these movies may just do the trick. Here are the top fantasy films for 8 year olds. If you've ever asked yourself, "what fantasy movies can eight year olds watch?" Then this list is for you.

Some of these fantasy flicks are animated and some are live action. The roundup includes some of the most popular Disney movies like Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid. Old favorites like Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory also made the cut.

Which do you think are the best fantasy films for 8 year olds? Let us know by voting thumbs up or thumbs down on the list below. Don’t see a fantastical magical fantasy movie on the list? Go ahead and add it.

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The Dark Crystal is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 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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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll

Released: 1989

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more
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Snow White and the Seven... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Billy Gilbert, Pinto Colvig, Jimmy MacDonald

Released: 1937

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Larry Morey, Perce Pearce, Ben Sharpsteen, William Cottrell, + more

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is a 1937 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by RKO Radio Pictures. Based on the German fairy tale by the ...more
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Matilda is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Danny DeVito, Mara Wilson, Paul Reubens

Released: 1996

Directed by: Danny DeVito

Matilda is a 1996 American fantasy comedy children's film directed and narrated by Danny DeVito. The screenplay by Nicholas Kazan and Robin Swicord is based on Roald Dahl's novel of the same ...more
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Sleeping Beauty is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Marvin Miller, Mary Costa, Verna Felton

Released: 1959

Directed by: Clyde Geronimi

Sleeping Beauty is a 1959 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney based on The Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault and Little Briar Rose by The Brothers Grimm. The 16th ...more
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The Nightmare Before Chr... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Paul Reubens, Catherine O'Hara, Danny Elfman

Released: 1993

Directed by: Henry Selick

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D is a 2006 3D version of the 1993 film of the same title directed by Henry Selick and written by Caroline Thompson.
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Spirited Away is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 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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Aladdin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Robin Williams, Gilbert Gottfried, Frank Welker

Released: 1992

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Aladdin is a 1992 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Aladdin is the 31st animated feature in the Walt Disney ...more
9
Coraline is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Teri Hatcher, Dakota Fanning, Ian McShane

Released: 2009

Directed by: Henry Selick

Coraline is a 2009 American stop-motion animated 3D dark fantasy film based on Neil Gaiman's 2002 novel of the same name. It was produced by Laika and distributed by Focus Features. Written and ...more
10
Fantasia is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Walt Disney, Corey Burton, Leopold Stokowski

Released: 1940

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, James Algar, Samuel Armstrong, T. Hee, Ford Beebe, + more

Fantasia is a 1940 American animated film produced by Walt Disney and released by Walt Disney Productions. With story direction by Joe Grant and Dick Huemer, and production supervision by Ben ...more
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The Princess Bride is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 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
12
Alice in Wonderland is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Ed Wynn, Heather Angel, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1951

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Alice in Wonderland is a 1951 American animated musical fantasy comedy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney Productions and based primarily on Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland ...more
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Bedknobs and Broomsticks... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Angela Lansbury, Roddy McDowall, Bruce Forsyth

Released: 1971

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

This film is a 1971 American musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and released by Buena Vista Distribution Company in North America on December 13, 1971. It is based upon the books ...more
14
Casper is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty

Released: 1995

Directed by: Brad Silberling, Phil Nibbelink

Casper is a 1995 American family comedy fantasy film starring Christina Ricci, Bill Pullman, Cathy Moriarty, Eric Idle, and Amy Brenneman, based on the Casper the Friendly Ghost comic books and ...more
15
Hercules is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Danny DeVito, James Woods, Charlton Heston

Released: 1997

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Hercules is a 1997 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 35th animated feature in the Walt Disney Animated ...more
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James and the Giant Peac... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, Joanna Lumley

Released: 1996

Directed by: Henry Selick

James and the Giant Peach is a 1996 British-American musical fantasy film directed by Henry Selick, based on the 1961 novel of the same name by Roald Dahl. It was produced by Tim Burton and ...more
17
Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach

Released: 1991

Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Mr. Magorium's Wonder Em... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Natalie Portman, Dustin Hoffman, Jason Bateman

Released: 2007

Directed by: Zach Helm

Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium is a 2007 fantasy comedy film written and directed by Zach Helm. The film stars Dustin Hoffman as the owner of a magical toy store, and Natalie Portman as his ...more
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How to Train Your Dragon... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson

Released: 2019

Directed by: Dean DeBlois

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World is a 2019 American 3D computer-animated action fantasy film directed by Dean DeBlois. As Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) fulfills his dream of creating a ...more
20
Horton Hears a Who! is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Selena Gomez, Jim Carrey, Isla Fisher

Released: 2008

Directed by: Steve Martino, Jimmy Hayward

Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! is a 2008 American computer-animated adventure comedy film based on the Dr. Seuss' book of the same name. The film was directed by Jimmy Hayward and Steve Martino, ...more
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The Spiderwick Chronicle... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Nick Nolte, Seth Rogen, Mary-Louise Parker

Released: 2008

Directed by: Mark Waters

The Spiderwick Chronicles is a 2008 American fantasy adventure film. It is the film adaptation of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's bestselling series of the same name. Set in the Spiderwick ...more
22
Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi

Released: 2001

Directed by: David Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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
23
Percy Jackson & the ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Uma Thurman, Pierce Brosnan, Rosario Dawson

Released: 2010

Directed by: Chris Columbus

This film is a 2010 fantasy adventure film directed by Chris Columbus.
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Peter Pan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
June Foray, Bobby Driscoll, Heather Angel

Released: 1953

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi, Jack Kinney

Peter Pan is a 1953 American animated fantasy-adventure film produced by Walt Disney and based on the play Peter Pan, or The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up by J. M. Barrie. It is the 14th film in the ...more
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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles

Released: 1995

Directed by: John Lasseter

Toy Story is a 1995 American computer-animated buddy-comedy adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by John Lasseter, Toy Story was the ...more