culture The Best Movies for Toddlers  

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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 Minions Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm, Michael Keaton 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
jsnungaray added Despicable Me Franchise 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
Lady and the Tramp Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg, Dallas McKennon Lady and the Tramp is a 1955 American animated romantic musical comedy film produced by Walt Disney and released to theaters on 22 June 1955, by Buena Vista Distribution. The 15th film in the ...more

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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Curious George Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell, Ariel Winter 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 Winnie ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Clint Howard, Howard Morris, Sterling Holloway 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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The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Brave Little Toaster Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz, Joe Ranft 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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Mary Poppins is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Mary Poppins Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester 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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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Finding Nemo Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana 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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Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Amanda Kenney added Finding Dory Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Hayden Rolence 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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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Toy Story Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles 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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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Monsters, Inc. Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi 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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
ravi2 added Frozen Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Alan Tudyk 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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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Shrek Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers 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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Ratatouille Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo, Will Arnett 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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Cars is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Cars Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal, Sheryl Crow 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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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Incredibles Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was the sixth film produced by Pixar ...more

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Up is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
AdamJarrett added Up Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner, Laraine Newman 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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Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Toy Story Franchise 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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Babe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Babe Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell, Miriam Margolyes 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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Ponyo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Ponyo Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki, George Tokoro 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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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Madagascar Chris Rock, Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith 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) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Brave Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly 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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Dumbo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Dumbo Sterling Holloway, Cliff Edwards, Verna Felton 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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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
AshleyBalbes added My Neighbor Totoro Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani, Sumi Shimamoto 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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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Charlotte's Web Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce, Henry Gibson 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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Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Tim Hodge Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie is a 2002 American computer-animated comedy adventure film, based on VeggieTales, produced by Big Idea, Inc. and F.H.E. Pictures. The movie premiered on August 14, ...more

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The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Iron Giant Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman The Iron Giant is a 1999 American animated science fiction comedy-drama film using both traditional animation and computer animation, produced by Warner Bros. Animation, and based on the 1968 ...more

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The Care Bears Movie is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Care Bears Movie Mickey Rooney, Melleny Brown, Cree Summer The Care Bears Movie is a 1985 Canadian animated fantasy film, the second feature production from the Toronto animation studio Nelvana. One of the first films based directly on a toy line, it ...more

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Cars 2 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Cars 2 Owen Wilson, Michael Caine, Vanessa Redgrave Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy spy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is the sequel to the 2006 film Cars and ...more

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The Adventures of Elmo in Grou... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland Vanessa L. Williams, Mandy Patinkin, Frank Oz The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland is a 1999 American musical fantasy-comedy film directed by Gary Halvorson. It is the second theatrical feature-length film based on the popular U.S. ...more

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The Wizard of Oz is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Wizard of Oz Judy Garland, Margaret Hamilton, Frank Morgan The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 American musical fantasy film produced by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and the most well-known and commercially successful adaptation based on the 1900 novel The Wonderful ...more

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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Bambi Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards, Cammie King Bambi is a 1942 American animated drama film directed by David Hand, produced by Walt Disney and based on the book Bambi, A Life in the Woods by Austrian author Felix Salten. The film was ...more

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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Phil Collins, Dick Van Dyke, Benny Hill Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a 1968 British musical film loosely based on Ian Fleming's novel Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang: The Magical Car. The film's script is by Roald Dahl and Ken Hughes and its ...more

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The Sound of Music is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Sound of Music Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer, Eleanor Parker The Sound of Music is a 1965 American musical drama film produced and directed by Robert Wise and starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer. The film is an adaptation of the 1959 Broadway ...more

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Shark Tale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Shark Tale Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera, Will Smith Shark Tale is a 2004 American computer-animated comedy film produced by DreamWorks Animation, directed by Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron and Rob Letterman. The film features an ensemble cast Will ...more

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The Pirates Who Don't Do Anyth... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie Cam Clarke, Yuri Lowenthal, Brian K. Roberts The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything: A VeggieTales Movie is a 2008 American computer-animated family adventure comedy film directed by Mike Nawrocki and written by Phil Vischer. Produced through ...more

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Angelina Ballerina: The Shinin... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Angelina Ballerina: The Shining Star Trophy Judi Dench, Finty Williams, Jo Wyatt Angelina shines brighter than ever in this all-new movie! When the curtain rises, who will take center stage and win the Shining Star Trophy?

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My Little Pony: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
My Little Pony: The Movie Danny DeVito, Cloris Leachman, Madeline Kahn My Little Pony: The Movie is a 1986 American animated musical fantasy film based on the Hasbro toy line, My Little Pony. It was released on June 20, 1986 by De Laurentiis Entertainment Group. ...more

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The Secret Garden is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Secret Garden Maggie Smith, Irène Jacob, Kate Maberly The Secret Garden is a 1993 British drama fantasy film directed by Agnieszka Holland and starring Kate Maberly, Heydon Prowse, Andrew Knott, John Lynch and Maggie Smith. It was written by ...more

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Lassie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Lassie Michelle Williams, Helen Slater, Richard Farnsworth Lassie is a 1994 adventure family film directed by Daniel Petrie and featuring the fictional collie Lassie.

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The Secret of Kells is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Secret of Kells Brendan Gleeson, Mick Lally, Paul Tylak The Secret of Kells is a 2009 French-Belgian-Irish animated fantasy film by Cartoon Saloon that premiered on 8 February 2009, at the 59th Berlin International Film Festival. It went into wide ...more

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ParaNorman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
ParaNorman Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter ParaNorman is a 2012 American 3D stop-motion animated horror comedy film produced by Laika, distributed by Focus Features and was released on August 17, 2012. It stars the voices of Kodi ...more

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Rango is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Rango Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Alfred Molina Rango is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy western film directed by Gore Verbinski and produced by Verbinski, Graham King and John B. Carls. Rango was a critical and commercial ...more

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The Red Balloon is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
The Red Balloon Renaud Séchan, Georges Sellier, Vladimir Popov The Red Balloon is a 1956 fantasy featurette directed by French filmmaker Albert Lamorisse. The thirty-four minute short, which follows the adventures of a young boy who one day finds a ...more

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My Dog Skip is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
My Dog Skip Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Frankie Muniz My Dog Skip is a 2000 film, directed by Jay Russell. It is based on the autobiographical book My Dog Skip by Willie Morris. The movie was released March 3, 2000. The movie recounts a few ...more