1. Curious George
Running time: 90min
Will Ferrell stars as The Man in the Yellow Hat, an eccentric museum employee who has a pet monkey – an inquisitive and wonderful creature whose * curiosity * (clue’s in the name) often gets the best of him.
“The kids enjoyed it and loved the slapstick, toddler-esque behaviour of George.”
“Lovely, lovely film. Perfect for teenies and grown-ups. It is funny, but doesn’t have that level of ‘adult humour’ hidden in it like a lot of other kids’ films do.”
2. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Running time: 90min
When oddball scientist Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) builds a strange contraption that turns water into food, it seems like the answer to his and his hometown’s problems. However, the machine seems to have a mind of its own and soon it starts raining burgers – can Flint save the day? Based on the popular American children’s book, this film is charming and quirky.
“Our two-year-old was enthralled by it, sat quietly the whole film and watched it to the end.”
“Absolutely fantastic! I loved it and so did my four-year-old daughter.”
3. Kung Fu Panda 3
Running time: 95min.
The third outing for martial arts hero Po sees him go from student to teacher, and reunited with long-lost dad (Bryan Cranston). But out to ruin this beautiful reunion is the villainous Kai (JK Simmons) who wants to conquer the mortal realm. Only Po can stop Kai – with the help of his new kung-fu trainees.
“A new Kung Fu Panda film is always big news in our family. Jack Black voices Po with such gusto that it will keep the attention even of adults. A beautifully made film that kids will love.”
“My four-year-old loves Kung Fu Panda.”
Running time: 92min
Disney returns to the world of Cars for this tale of Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) – a plane who dreams of joining the jet set, yet is held back due to his fear of heights. When a chance comes to compete in a famous round-the-world race, Dusty must seek training from old fighter plane Skipper. Can this little plane get over his worries and soar to victory?
“Planes. For ages. Every day for a year at least.”
“Planes is a movie we watch over and over and I don’t mind at all!”
5. Ice Age
Running time: 100min
A prehistoric crew including loveable characters like Sid the Sloth and Manfred the Mammoth, attempt to cope with the oncoming ice age, as well as save a human baby from the jaws of sabre-toothed tigers. A classic in more ways than one.
“My daughter’s favourite films at that age were the Ice Age movies.”
“My four-year-old son is a big fan of dinosaurs and of the series, so it’s a big hit here. I liked it too – the first is my fave.”
6. Winnie the Pooh
Running time: 69min
Pooh and his pals return to the Hundred Acre Wood for a new adventure, involving poor Eeyore losing his tail, Pooh in his eternal search for honey, and an escape from a Gruffalo-style creature. With narration by John Cleese and songs from Zooey Deschanel, this is a fresh take on A. A. Milne’s family favourite.
“Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie and Pooh’s Heffalump Movie are all massive favourites of my two-year-old; my five and seven-year-olds love them too.”
“Both of mine adore the Winnie the Pooh films – they’re not too long and very appealing to all ages really. Have been watched to death in this house!”
7. The Land Before Time
Running time: 80min
Orphaned brontesaurus Littlefoot bands together with different dinosaurs on a quest to find their parents, and their home – the legendary lush Great Valley. A * timeless * classic.
“My son is four and loves The Land Before Time.”
“The Land Before Time films are good for little ones – the first one is the best.”
8. Lilo & Stitch
Running time: 85min
For Lilo, life arguing with her sister and legal guardian Nani, and lack of friends at school, just isn’t cutting it. But she may have found the answer – in the form of a dog, or Stitch who seems more of a feisty mix between a Pokémon and a piranha, and happens to have escaped from the planet Turo. Naturally, chaos with a good dollop of friendship ensues.
“Positive female character: realistically flawed as a ‘mother’, and chunky thighs – what’s not to like?”
“A great story about family – and no Disney princess!”
9. Lady and the Tramp
Running time: 76min
This Disney classic tells the story of a pampered pooch who runs away from home and falls for a mongrel on the wrong side of the tracks. What follows is a beautiful canine love story, not without its obstacles – including troublesome twosome the Siamese cats.
“Good artwork, nice music and gorgeous doggies.”
“My four-year-old daughter adores Lady and the Tramp. She’s quite a sensitive soul and likes the music, the old-fashioned feel, and the animals.”
10. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Running time: 136min
This musical adventure stars Dick Van Dyke as Caractacus Potts, an inventor with a young spirit and a beloved racing car, enchanted with a little magic. Adapted by Roald Dahl from the book by James Bond creator Ian Fleming.
“My three-year-old boy is Chitty-mad – he watches it all the time.”
“Best Children’s Film Ever.”