Parenting The Best Kid Movies Catered to Adult Humor  

Ann Casano
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List Rules Vote up the kids movies that are interesting and enjoyable for adults with good taste.

It's in each and every one of us... conveniently situated between the cynicism and the crass tendencies - a love for funny adult cartoons and secretly comedic children's movies. Whether you're a curmudgeonly senior with zero tolerance for nonsense, or a 25-year-old financial analyst who is too cool for school, we know you'll appreciate the adult jokes found in the following children's movies. 

Disney knows it; DreamWorks strives for it; every family filmmaker works to find it. It’s our inner child! That piece of us that refuses to grow up and the light that refuses to stop shining even if it’s turned off. What better place to flip that switch than at the movies? Flicks like The Lego Movie and The Muppet Movie probably have more jokes for adults in them than they do for kids, which is why this list ranks the best kid movies for adults.

Whether it’s Pixar’s breathtaking animation or the endlessly quotable humor in The Princess Bride, it’s officially okay for adults, even ones without children, to enjoy watching films that were made for the young ones. These are the funniest, most family friendly, and best stories told on celluloid that are just as rewarding for adults as they are for kids. In fact, every film on this list was made with adults in mind (the filmmakers at Disney know that parents represent half the audience).

Be sure to upvote your favorite kids movies that are enjoyable for adults! There are so many great ones out there... add any you don't already see listed!
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kid Movies Catered to Adult Humor
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The Shrek series features four feature length films from DreamWorks Animation. As a whole, the franchise takes a postmodern twist on the fairy tale. Kids will love the well-drawn characters and storyline, especially the whole beauty and the beast/true love conquers all motif. Adults will enjoy catching all the deconstructing winks that break down the fourth wall.

Actors: Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel, + more

Initial Release: 2001

Also Ranked

#10 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#63 on The Best Movies Based on Books

#47 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#32 on The Best Movies for Tweens

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kid Movies Catered to Adult Humor
Photo: Disney/Pixar
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A two-year-old girl sneaks into a city exclusively inhabited by monsters, and has to be removed by two friendly creatures before anyone evil gets a whiff of her presence. Kids may be scared of monsters in real life, but in Monsters, Inc., they are friendly and hilarious. Adults will also find the humor laugh out loud funny, especially the wisecracking chop-busting that goes on between Sully (John Goodman) and Mike (Billy Crystal).

Actors: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Jennifer Tilly, James Coburn, + more

Initial Release: 2001

Also Ranked

#8 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#55 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#99 on The Absolute Funniest Movies Of All Time

#8 on The Best Halloween Movies for Kids

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kid Movies Catered to Adult Humor
Photo: Disney
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All of Pixar's Toy Story films are great. How many of us as kids really thought our toys came to life the second we left the room? It may be the most perfect premise for a kid's film in the history of animation. Woody (Tom Hanks) and Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen) are three-dimensional characters that are more than capable of grabbing and keeping any adult's attention.

Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Penn Jillette, Annie Potts, + more

Initial Release: 1995

Also Ranked

#2 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#29 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

#24 on The Funniest '90s Movies

#53 on The Best Movies for Tweens

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The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kid Movies Catered to Adult Humor
Photo: Disney
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Can you feel the love tonight? No one does anthropomorphic characters better than Disney. It's easy for kids to relate to young Simba, a would-be king who is unjustly blamed for the death of his father. When Simba realizes that life is not just about easy-living, he must face his villainous uncle Scar, and reclaim his rightful place as king. It's a classic story of good versus evil that adults can really sink their teeth into.

Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson, + more

Initial Release: 1994

Also Ranked

#1 on The Best Animated Films Ever

#5 on The Greatest Soundtracks of All Time

#4 on Musical Movies With the Best Songs

#30 on The Most Rewatchable Movies

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