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The Best Kids Movies About Space 

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Updated October 9, 2019 1.6k votes 236 voters 25.7k views 24 items

Space may be the final frontier, but it has been the setting for popular kids movies for decades. Some of the best kids space movies are sci-fi adventures with extraterrestrial friends, while others celebrate real-life astronauts. This is a list of the greatest childrens space movies including everything from Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow to Big Hero 6 to Star Wars.

What films will you find on this list of kids space travel movies? In the Disney/Pixar film WALL-E, a lonely little robotic trash compactor accidentally stumbles upon the last plant growing on planet Earth. This heartwarming movie encouraged children to focus on health, the environment, and personal responsibility. Muppets from Space is another good kids movie about the universe. In the cult classic Space Jam, Michael Jordan shoots hoops with Bugs Bunny and his friends to fight off some unwelcome space invaders. Other top films featured on this list include Mars Needs Moms, Earth to Echo, and Explorers.

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WALL-E is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Sigourney Weaver, Laraine Newman, Kathy Najimy

Released: 2008

Directed by: Andrew Stanton

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Star Wars is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill

Released: 1977

Directed by: George Lucas

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Zathura is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
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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Monsters vs. Aliens is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Reese Witherspoon, Amy Poehler, Renée Zellweger

Released: 2009

Directed by: Conrad Vernon, Rob Letterman

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Treasure Planet is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
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) 6 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Amy Sedaris, Diedrich Bader, Nolan Gould

Released: 2009

Directed by: Robert Vince

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Space Jam is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, Larry Bird

Released: 1996

Directed by: Joe Pytka

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Star Wars Episode I: The... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley, Ewan McGregor

Released: 1999

Directed by: George Lucas

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Muppets from Space is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Katie Holmes, Hulk Hogan, Kathy Griffin

Released: 1999

Directed by: Tim Hill

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The Last Starfighter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Wil Wheaton, Robert Preston, Catherine Mary Stewart

Released: 1984

Directed by: Nick Castle

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Astro Boy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Charlize Theron, Kristen Bell, Nicolas Cage

Released: 2009

Directed by: David Bowers

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Explorers is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Ethan Hawke, River Phoenix, James Cromwell

Released: 1985

Directed by: Joe Dante

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Jetsons: The Movie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Tiffany, Mel Blanc, Brad Garrett

Released: 1990

Directed by: William Hanna, Joseph Barbera, Iwao Takamoto

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Escape from Planet Earth... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
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.
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Titan A.E. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Drew Barrymore, Matt Damon, Janeane Garofalo

Released: 2000

Directed by: Don Bluth, Gary Goldman, Art Vitello

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Galaxy Quest is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, Tim Allen

Released: 1999

Directed by: Dean Parisot

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Earth to Echo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Mary Pat Gleason, Jason Gray-Stanford, Astro

Released: 2014

Directed by: David Green

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SpaceCamp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Joaquin Phoenix, Kelly Preston, Lea Thompson

Released: 1986

Directed by: Harry Winer

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The Mystery of the Third... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Alex Gaginsky added Vasily Livanov, Vladimir Druzhnikov, Rina Zelyonaya

Directed by: Roman Abelevich Kachanov

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Mars Needs Moms is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Elisabeth Harnois

Released: 2011

Directed by: Simon Wells

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Fly Me to the Moon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Tim Curry, Christopher Lloyd, Kelly Ripa

Released: 2008

Directed by: Ben Stassen

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Sky Captain and the Worl... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Angelina Jolie, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law

Released: 2004

Directed by: Kerry Conran

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Guest from the Future is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Alex Gaginsky added Vyacheslav Nevinny, Natalya Murashkevich, Mikhail Kononov

Released: 1985

Directed by: Pavel Arsyonov

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Teens in the Universe is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Kids Movies About Space
Alex Gaginsky added Innokenty Smoktunovsky, Natalya Fateeva, Igor Ledogorov

Released: 1975

Directed by: Richard Viktorov

Teens in the Universe is a Soviet 1974 film directed by Richard Viktorov based on a script by Isai Kuznetsov and Avenir Zak. Preceded by Moscow-Cassiopeia. Runtime - 84 min.