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16 Kids’ Movies That Parents Can Actually Watch Over And Over Without Losing Their Minds

March 26, 2020 713 votes 81 voters 2.4k views16 items

List RulesParents and babysitters only: Vote up the movies you've watched a million times and could watch a million more.

Although there are tons of films made specifically for adults and kids alike, kids movies you can watch over and over again transcend generational gaps and allow people of all ages to savor their musical scores, talented actors, and stellar cinematography. The colorful and adventurous stories that unfold as they play out on the screen craft captivating scenes and memorable moments that can be cherished by their viewers, no matter when they were born.

No form of media is as priceless as one that people can enjoy together. The second most priceless? One that you can consume repetitively. The most rewatchable kids movies cater to the palates of everyone who's watching, especially the families who choose to congregate just to spend some quality time together.

  • Disney's The Lion King is a '90s animated classic that takes its audience on a colorful journey through the grassy plains of Africa. The film is a full-on musical drama that follows a tragic lion cub, Simba, as he quests to return home to his pride. 

    After his uncle's villainous overthrow of his father, Simba becomes an outcast, lost in the savanna and attempting to make his way in life among the other animals. Both new and old friends care for, inspire, and motivate the young lion until he grows up and is pushed to take his rightful place as king of the Pride Lands. With musical sequences like "The Circle of Life," "I Just Can't Wait to be King," and "Can You Feel the Love Tonight," The Lion King curates a tale that's timeless through the decades.

    • Actors: Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons, Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Rowan Atkinson
    • Released: 1994
    • Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
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  • When a hyper-talkative donkey is banished to the local ogre's swamp, the temperamental title character, Shrek, decides to make a visit to the king to request the donkey's banishment to be moved elsewhere. The king, Lord Farquaad, agrees, but only if they can successfully rescue Princess Fiona from the towering, dragon-guarded castle she currently resides in.

    Shrek and Donkey succeed in their mission, but discover that Princess Fiona is under a curse. At night, she transforms into an ogre herself. The reversal of this spell can only be accomplished by "true love's kiss," which she hopes to get out of Lord Farquaad. When she and Shrek end up having a fling together, the objective switches to getting her out of his clutches. 

    • Actors: Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy, Mike Myers, John Lithgow, Vincent Cassel
    • Released: 2001
    • Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
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  • A Disney and Pixar collaboration of colorfully euphoric proportions, Finding Nemo is a beautifully 3D animated tale of exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Throughout the film, memorable, perpetual reminders of family and friendship come in the form of motivational mantras like Dory's "just keep swimming," and the shark clan's "fish are friends, not food."

    When a scuba diver abducts the movie's title juvenile clownfish, Nemo, and takes him off to become a house pet, his father, Marlin, scours the ocean in search of him. Accompanied by a blue tang named Dory, Marlin adventures across Australia's blue depths, meeting an assortment of other aquatic wildlife along the way, including great white sharks, migrating sea turtles, and forests of jellyfish.

    • Actors: Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana, Allison Janney, Albert Brooks
    • Released: 2003
    • Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
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  • Blessing the world with her fantastic carpet bag of magical oddities is none other than the title character of Mary Poppins herself. The film is an uplifting and enigmatic fantasy that circles around a dysfunctional family that Mary Poppins is attempting to reinvent with her quirky lifestyle.

    Making her introduction by floating down on a gravity-defying umbrella, Mary Poppins takes her place as the household's new nanny. Leaving in her wake a riot of catchy songs like "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "A Spoonful of Sugar," as well as uproarious laughter from both the cast and audience, Marry Poppins instigates a world of both live-action and animated Disney adventure. 

    • Actors: Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, Elsa Lanchester, Paul Frees, Ed Wynn
    • Released: 1964
    • Directed by: Robert Stevenson
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