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The Best Movies for Toddlers 

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Updated June 14, 2019 19.5k votes 3.7k voters 222.7k views 45 items

If you have a toddler you know that entertaining them (and keeping up with them) can be a full time job! Fortunately, the film industry has released some great toddler friendly movies to keep your little one’s brain stimulated, and to give you a much needed break during the day. These best films for toddlers are colorful and simple, but will capture their imaginations and hold their attention. What are the best movies for toddlers?

This list has the best movies for toddlers, many of which are also great for other children of any age! The best movies for a toddler will stimulate their brain by including a storyline that a child can understand (stories about animals are great), are often animated, and usually feature music, which is great to get your toddler singing and dancing along with his or her favorite characters.

This list features the best movies for toddlers, including Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Madagascar, The Lion King, Finding Nemo, The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland, Toy Story, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, The Red Balloon, and The Brave Little Toaster. Vote up the best movies toddlers will love below or add one your toddler loves that isn't already on the list.

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Minions is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
jsnungaray added Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton

Released: 2015

Directed by: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, and is a spin-off/prequel to the Despicable Me franchise. Minions Stuart, Kevin, and Bob are ...more

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Despicable Me Franchise ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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Despicable Me is a computer-animated comedy film franchise distributed by Universal Pictures and produced by Illumination Entertainment. It consists of three feature films, ten short films and ...more
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Lady and the Tramp is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon

Released: 1955

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated musical romance film directed by Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, and Hamilton Luske. The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog ...more

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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell, Ariel Winter

Released: 2006

Directed by: Matthew O'Callaghan

Curious George is a 2006 American animated adventure family film based on the book series by H.A. and Margret Rey. It stars Will Ferrell, Drew Barrymore, Dick Van Dyke, David Cross, Eugene Levy, ...more

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The Many Adventures of W... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway

Released: 1977

Directed by: John Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a 1977 American animated musical film produced by Walt Disney Productions and distributed by Buena Vista Distribution. It is the 22nd animated feature ...more

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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana

Released: 2003

Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more

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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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

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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
ravi2 added Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk

Released: 2013

Directed by: Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Frozen is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy–comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 53rd animated feature in the ...more

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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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

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Cars is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow

Released: 2006

Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft

Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
AdamJarrett added Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Pete Docter

Up is a 2009 American 3D computer-animated adventure comedy-drama film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Pete Docter, the film centers on an ...more

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The Brave Little Toaster... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Ranft

Released: 1987

Directed by: Jerry Rees

The Brave Little Toaster is a 1987 American animated musical comedy-adventure film adapted from the 1980 novel, The Brave Little Toaster: A Bedtime Story For Small Appliances by Thomas Disch. It ...more

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Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Amanda Kenney added Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence

Released: 2016

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

Finding Dory is a 2016 American 3D computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Andrew Stanton, and a sequel to Finding Nemo. The friendly but forgetful blue tang fish, Dory (Ellen ...more

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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers

Released: 2001

Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

Shrek is a 2001 American computer-animated fantasy-comedy film produced by PDI/DreamWorks, released by DreamWorks Pictures, directed by Andrew Adamson and Vicky Jenson, featuring the voices of ...more

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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester

Released: 1964

Directed by: Robert Stevenson

Mary Poppins is a 1964 American musical fantasy film directed by Robert Stevenson and produced by Walt Disney, with songs written and composed by the Sherman Brothers. The screenplay is by Bill ...more

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Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Toy Story is a CGI animated film series and Disney media franchise that began with the original 1995 film, Toy Story, produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. ...more

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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett

Released: 2007

Directed by: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava

Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighth film produced by Pixar, and was co-written ...more

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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee

Released: 2004

Directed by: Brad Bird

The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film directed by Brad Bird. A family of undercover superheroes, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into ...more

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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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Released: 1988

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

My Neighbor Totoro is a 1988 Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film – which stars the voice actors Noriko Hidaka, Chika ...more

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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith

Released: 2005

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath

Madagascar is a 2005 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, and released in movie theaters on May 27, 2005. The film tells the story of four Central Park Zoo ...more

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Brave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

Released: 2012

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more

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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson

Released: 1973

Directed by: Charles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions and Sagittarius Productions and based upon the 1952 children's book of the same name by E. B. ...more

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Ponyo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro

Released: 2008

Directed by: Hayao Miyazaki

Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese animated fantasy comedy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki of Studio Ghibli and Toho. It is ...more

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Babe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes

Released: 1995

Directed by: Chris Noonan

Babe is a 1995 comedy-drama film, co-written and directed by Chris Noonan. It is an adaptation of Dick King-Smith's 1983 novel The Sheep-Pig, also known as Babe: The Gallant Pig in the USA, ...more

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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton

Released: 1941

Directed by: Wilfred Jackson, Samuel Armstrong, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen, Norm Ferguson, + more

Dumbo is an American animated film produced by Walt Disney Productions and premiered on October 23, 1941, by RKO Radio Pictures. Sound was recorded conventionally using the RCA System. One voice ...more

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