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, + more
Directed by: Rob Minkoff, Roger Allers
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, + more
Directed by: Andrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich
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, + more
Directed by: Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Filled to the brim with ancient Viking folklore and mystical, scaly beasts, How to Train Your Dragon is both a visual and auditory rollercoaster for anyone who enjoys fantasy flicks. Downtrodden over his inability to slay dragons in battle, How to Train Your Dragon's main protagonist, Hiccup, uses a brains-over-brawn approach to his fighting skills. He uses his mechanical ingenuities to build a prosthetic fin for a rare dragon that he injured, which allows for Hiccup to gain its trust and befriend it. As opposed to slaying the dragons, Hiccup studies his new dragon friend, which he has named Toothless, and becomes a dragon expert.
For his final Viking exam, Hiccup must slay a dragon, which he is avidly opposed to. Together with Toothless, they must convince the other Vikings that dragons are friendly in order for them to live in harmony.
Actors: Gerard Butler, Kristen Wiig, David Tennant, Jonah Hill, Craig Ferguson, + more
Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders