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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 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 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
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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My Neighbor Totoro is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
AshleyBalbes added 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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Curious George is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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) 6 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Up is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
AdamJarrett added 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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The Care Bears Movie is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Monsters, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Ratatouille is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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The Brave Little Toaster is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Finding Dory is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Amanda Kenney added 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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Shrek is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Brave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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The Incredibles is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee
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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Madagascar is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Frozen is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
ravi2 added 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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Charlotte's Web is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Toy Story Franchise is listed (or ranked) 20 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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Babe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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) 22 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Toy Story is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Cars is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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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Bambi is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movies for Toddlers
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