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The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids 

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Updated April 26, 2019 176 votes 16 voters 35 items

List Rules Vote up the best G and PG-Rated science fiction movies for eight year old kids to watch.

A lot of science fiction films can get really complicated, sometimes a spectator needs a PhD in Physics in order to understand their important plot points. This list of sci-fi movies that are appropriate for 8 year old kids makes the science easy to understand but still maintains the genre’s sense of wonder. Here are the best sci-fi films for 8 year olds. If you've ever asked yourself, "what science fiction movies should 8 year old kids watch?" Then this list is for you.

Muppets travel from space, a kid meets a giant robot, and a team of astronauts crashland on a planet thousands of years into the future. Some of the films on this roundup are animated and some are live action. Whether or not these films take place in the present or the future, they certainly have something to say about society and they all make their young audience think outside the box.

Make your voice heard. Let us know the top sci-fi films for 8 year olds. If we missed one of your favorite kids science fiction movies, go ahead and add it to the list.   

 

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

Star Wars is a 1977 American epic space opera film written and directed by George Lucas. The first release in the Star Wars franchise, it stars Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter ...more
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Lilo & Stitch is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Tia Carrere, Ving Rhames, Kevin Michael Richardson

Released: 2002

Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders

Lilo & Stitch is a 2002 American animated action-adventure comedy-drama film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 21, 2002. The 42nd ...more
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Big Hero 6 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Jamie Chung, Maya Rudolph, Génesis Rodríguez

Released: 2014

Directed by: Chris Williams, Don Hall

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero action comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the 54th film in the Walt ...more
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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Emma Thompson, Martin Short

Released: 2002

Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker

Treasure Planet is a 2002 American animated science fiction adventure film directed by Ron Clements and John Musker. After he receives a map from a pirate, a rebellious teen (Joseph ...more
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Space Buddies is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Amy Sedaris, Diedrich Bader, Nolan Gould

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Vince

Disney's irresistible talking puppies are back in an all-new movie that takes them where no Buddy has gone before -- the moon! With the help of some stellar new friends, this out-of-this-world ...more
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Aliens Ate My Homework ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
London Cardinal, Ty Consiglio, Christian Convery

Released: 2018

Directed by: Sean McNamara

Aliens Ate My Homework is a 2018 American adventure comedy directed by Sean McNamara, based on the book by Bruce Coville. A pair of middle schoolers hold the fate of the world in their hands ...more
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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

WALL-E is a 2008 American computer-animated science-fiction comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Andrew Stanton, the story follows a ...more
8
E.T. the Extra-Terrestri... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Drew Barrymore, Erika Eleniak, Debra Winger

Released: 1982

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial is a 1982 American science fiction-family film co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Melissa Mathison, featuring special effects by Carlo ...more
9
The Iron Giant is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Jennifer Aniston, Vin Diesel, Cloris Leachman

Released: 1999

Directed by: Brad Bird

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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Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

Released: 2000

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Art Vitello

Titan A.E. is a 2000 animated post-apocalyptic science fiction adventure film directed by both Don Bluth and Gary Goldman. The title refers to the spacecraft central to the plot, with A.E. ...more
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Zathura is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Kristen Stewart, Josh Hutchersonm, Tim Robbins

Released: 2005

Directed by: Jon Favreau filmography

Zathura: A Space Adventure is a 2005 American science fiction fantasy adventure film directed by Jon Favreau, and is loosely based on the illustrated book Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg, author ...more
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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

Released: 1984

Directed by: Nick Castle

The Last Starfighter is a 1984 American space opera film directed by Nick Castle. The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, an average teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in ...more
13
Mars Needs Moms is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois

Released: 2011

Directed by: Simon Wells

Mars Needs Moms is a 2011 American 3D motion capture computer-animated science fiction comedy film co-written and directed by Simon Wells, and based on the Berkeley Breathed book of the same ...more
14
Escape from Planet Earth... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Jessica Alba, Sofía Vergara, Sarah Jessica Parker

Released: 2013

Directed by: Callan Brunker

Escape from Planet Earth is a 2012 animated adventure comedy film written by Cory Edwards and Tony Leech and directed by Callan Brunker.
15
Planet 51 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Jessica Biel, Dwayne Johnson, Gary Oldman

Released: 2009

Directed by: Marcos Martinez, Jorge Blanco, Javier Abad

Planet 51 is a 2009 English-language Spanish animated science fiction/family comedy film directed by Jorge Blanco, written by Joe Stillman, and starring Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, Justin ...more
16
Earth to Echo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Mary Pat Gleason, Jason Gray-Stanford, Astro

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Green

Earth to Echo is a 2014 adventure film written by Henry Gayden and Andrew Panay and directed by David Green.
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Fly Me to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ben Stassen

Fly Me to the Moon is a 2008 Belgian-American CGI animated 3D feature film. It was released in digital 3D in Belgium on 30 January 2008 and in the USA and Canada on 15 August 2008. The film was ...more
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Astro Boy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Bowers

Astro Boy is a 2009 American-Hong Konger-Chinese computer-animated action film loosely based on the manga and anime series of the same name by the Japanese writer and illustrator Osamu Tezuka. ...more
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Batteries Not Included ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Jessica Tandy, Luis Guzmán, Hume Cronyn

Released: 1987

Directed by: Matthew Robbins

Batteries Not Included is a 1987 family-comic science fiction film directed by Matthew Robbins about small extraterrestrial living machines that save an apartment block under threat from ...more
20
Explorers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell

Released: 1985

Directed by: Joe Dante

Explorers is a 1985 family-oriented science-fiction fantasy film written by Eric Luke and directed by Joe Dante. The film stars Ethan Hawke and River Phoenix as teenage schoolboys who build a ...more
21
Flight of the Navigator ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Sarah Jessica Parker, Paul Reubens, Veronica Cartwright

Released: 1986

Directed by: Randal Kleiser

Flight of the Navigator is a 1986 comic science fiction film directed by Randal Kleiser and written by Mark H. Baker and Michael Burton, about David Freeman, a 12-year-old boy who is taken by an ...more
22
Meet the Robinsons is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Tom Selleck, Angela Bassett, Adam West

Released: 2007

Directed by: Stephen J. Anderson

Meet the Robinsons is a 2007 American computer-animated comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures on March 30, 2007. The 47th animated feature in ...more
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Muppets from Space is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Katie Holmes, Hulk Hogan, Kathy Griffin

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Hill

Muppets from Space is a 1999 American science fiction comedy film and the sixth feature film to star The Muppets. The film was directed by Tim Hill, produced by Jim Henson Pictures, and released ...more
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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Charlton Heston, Linda Harrison, James Whitmore

Released: 1968

Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner

Planet of the Apes is a 1968 American science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner and starring Charlton Heston. Roddy McDowall, Kim Hunter, Maurice Evans, James Whitmore, and James ...more
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Silent Running is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Movies for 8 Year Old Kids
Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin, Joseph Campanella

Released: 1972

Directed by: Douglas Trumbull

Silent Running is a 1972 environmentally-themed American science fiction film starring Bruce Dern, featuring Cliff Potts, Ron Rifkin and Jesse Vint. It was directed by Douglas Trumbull, who had ...more