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The Best Movies for Toddlers

Updated June 14, 2019 17.4k votes 3.8k voters 225.1k views45 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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  • Minions1
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    Minions

    Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm

    Released2015

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

    Minions is a 2015 American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Despicable Me Franchise2
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    Despicable Me Franchise

    Despicable Me is a computer-animated comedy film franchise distributed by Universal Pictures... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Lady and the Tramp3
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    Lady and the Tramp

    Peggy Lee, Stan Freberg

    Released1955

    Directed byWilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Clyde Geronimi

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  • Curious George4
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    Curious George

    Drew Barrymore, Will Ferrell

    Released2006

    Directed byMatthew O'Callaghan

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  • My Neighbor Totoro5
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    My Neighbor Totoro

    Noriko Hidaka, Ikue Ōtani

    Released1988

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

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  • Up6
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    Up

    Christopher Plummer, Ed Asner

    Released2009

    Directed byPete Docter

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  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh7
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    The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

    Clint Howard, Howard Morris

    Released1977

    Directed byJohn Lounsbery, Wolfgang Reitherman

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  • Monsters, Inc.8
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    Monsters, Inc.

    Billy Crystal, John Goodman

    Released2001

    Directed byDavid Silverman, Pete Docter, Lee Unkrich

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  • Frozen9
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    Frozen

    Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel

    Released2013

    Directed byChris Buck, Jennifer Lee

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  • Finding Nemo10
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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  • Toy Story Franchise11
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  • Ratatouille12
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    Ratatouille

    Peter O'Toole, Janeane Garofalo

    Released2007

    Directed byBrad Bird, Jan Pinkava

    Ratatouille is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Pixar Animation... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Finding Dory13
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    Finding Dory

    Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks

    Released2016

    Directed byAndrew Stanton

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  • Toy Story14
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    Toy Story

    Tom Hanks, Tim Allen

    Released1995

    Directed byJohn Lasseter

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  • The Incredibles15
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    The Incredibles

    Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter

    Released2004

    Directed byBrad Bird

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  • Charlotte's Web16
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    Charlotte's Web

    Debbie Reynolds, Danny Bonaduce

    Released1973

    Directed byCharles August Nichols, Iwao Takamoto

    Charlotte's Web is a 1973 American animated musical film produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Brave Little Toaster17
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    The Brave Little Toaster

    Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

    Released1987

    Directed byJerry Rees

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  • Shrek18
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    Shrek

    Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy

    Released2001

    Directed byAndrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson

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  • Cars19
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    Cars

    Tom Hanks, Billy Crystal

    Released2006

    Directed byJohn Lasseter, Joe Ranft

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  • Madagascar20
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    Madagascar

    Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

    Released2005

    Directed byEric Darnell, Tom McGrath

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  • Brave21
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    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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  • The Care Bears Movie22
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    The Care Bears Movie

    Mickey Rooney, Melleny Brown

    Released1985

    Directed byArna Selznick

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  • Ponyo23
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    Ponyo

    Nozomi Ōhashi, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

    Released2008

    Directed byHayao Miyazaki

    Ponyo, initially titled in English as Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, is a 2008 Japanese... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Bambi24
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    Bambi

    Sterling Holloway, Sam Edwards

    Released1942

    Directed byJames Algar, Samuel Armstrong, Paul Satterfield, Bill Roberts, Norman Wright

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  • Babe25
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    Babe

    Hugo Weaving, James Cromwell

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Noonan

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