With Incredibles 2 coming out in less than three weeks my mind has been driven down memory lane as the commercials have brought me immense nostalgia of my childhood movie experiences. In my young adulthood I obsess over Marvel and Star Wars movies on a daily basis but there was a time when my favorite films to watch were the animated movies of the world and so today I’m going to share with you the children’s films that have made me the happiest. Enjoy!
10. Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island
I don’t know how many times I’ve watched this movie. I absolutely LOVE Scooby-Doo movies. In fact, I still never miss them and this one is truly fantastic. It’s a little scary, it’s funny, the mystery is hard to solve, and it’s just a great film overall. If you have children who are Scooby-Doo fans this is definitely one to show them.
I was a teenager when this movie came out and even though I wasn’t into children’s movies that much anymore I have to say, this film was GREAT. It was compelling, I’ve memorized most of the songs because they’re that good, and it actually made me cry at the end. It hit me in ways that most children’s movies don’t and its quality in Disney movies hasn’t been rivaled since. Hopefully Frozen 2 will be able to capture the same magic as its predecessor because this truly was a remarkable movie.
8. Kung Fu Panda 2
I went and saw Kung Fu Panda 2 in the theaters when it came out and I was positively blown away. I hadn’t even seen the first entry in the series but it didn’t matter because the movie was so good. This is definitely one of my favorite children’s movies.
7. Scooby-Doo and the Witch’s Ghost
This is my favorite Scooby-Doo because not only is it filled with hilarious moments but the last segment of the film is downright enjoyable. The way everything shakes out in the movie is unexpected and honestly one of the most surprising out of all of the Scooby-Doo movies. I’ve seen this movie maybe three or four times but every time I get the chance to watch it I never miss it.
Shrek has become a children’s classic for a reason. It’s GREAT! The story of Shrek and his ascension from despised ogre to beloved hero is an inspiring tale still to this day. And who doesn’t love Eddie Murphy as the Donkey. It’s a perfect film, through and through, and that’s why it’s on this list.
5. The Lion King
The Lion King for me as a child was an utterly magical experience. The songs were incredible, the story was magnificent, and it was just a beautiful movie. And even now in my older age it’s still a wonderful film that brings me so much joy. It’s undoubtedly my favorite animated Disney movie and it will probably will stay that for a long while.
4. The Wizard of Oz
I think I’ve only seen The Wizard of Oz all the way through maybe four of five times in my life (once in IMAX at the theaters) and even though I can’t recite every sentence in every scene and I don’t know the words to every song it still is undoubtedly one of my favorite movies of all time. The Wizard of Oz has dazzled me since I was a little child and the incredible thing about it is the fact that it was created in 1939. The creators of this film made a story so beautiful that it still resonates loud and clear after nearly a century. I’ve seen a lot of movies in my time but rarely are they made with such perfection as this film was.
This was one of the first movies I saw as a child and it enthralled me. The idea of a simple ant outcast named Z participating in a wild adventure and eventually becoming an ant hero and garnering the love of his crush, Princess Bala was just a fascinating story for me. In fact, this movie has made me never look at ants in the same way again. If you have children who love movies you should DEFINITELY show them this film. It’s totally worth the watch for the whole family. 🙂
2. Stuart Little
You want to know a movie that has made me happy over and over again as a child? Stuart Little was, as a child, the most incredible movie that shared this story of a mouse boy who was adopted by a family in New York City. I loved that the Little family lived in New York City which I had never been to in that time of my life. I loved Stuart and his archrival, the cat, Snowbell. They provided me so much joy in that movie and the story led to a fantastic ending that has made me cry countless times because it’s just so darn sweet. This is another film that I highly recommend for those who might want a new movie to watch on family night.
1. The Incredibles
And last but not least, The Incredibles is hands down my favorite children’s movie. I have watched this movie hundreds of times and every time I watched the film I highly enjoyed it. This movie is so good it’s better than most superhero films still to this day because the story is so perfectly crafted and composed. For years I was sad that there never was a sequel and I figured that there never would be. Now that Incredibles 2 is coming out it feels like a dream come true fourteen years in the making. Hopefully Incredibles 2 will be able to recapture that same incredible (see what I did there? :)) magic that its predecessor did.
Well, these are the ten children movies that I have enjoyed the most in my life. I excluded Star Wars and Harry Potter because that is just unfair to these other movies because they would clearly take every single spot in this list.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day.