When didn’t a sleepover at grandma and grandpa’s house include movie night? There’s no doubt your Littles will continue the tradition you loved when you were a kid, so let us take the guesswork out of what they’ll watch when you’re not holding the remote. From Disney classics to anime-style animation, check out this list of best films to watch with family members from Common Sense Media below!
The Adventures of Milo and Otis
This classic ’80s family film is an entertaining look at how a barn cat and dog befriend each other and are willing to risk everything to help the other survive. Common Sense Seal
Beauty and the Beast
Kids mature enough for feature-length stories will find this one of the best Disney movies they could spend time with in terms of intelligence, quality, and originality—not to mention having one of Disney’s smartest, most independent heroines. Common Sense Seal
Babe is a live-action farm tale widely considered one of the best family films of all time. While there are a few scenes that may scare younger viewers (sheep are attacked), at its core, this is a tale of perseverance, friendship, and making your dreams come true. Common Sense Seal
Expect a little potty humor amid the movie’s messages of teamwork, determination, loyalty, and a father’s never-ending love for his son. Parents will want to note that while there are no bad guys in the traditional sense, small kiddos may get a fright from seeing animals with zillions of teeth and many tense scenes with characters in peril. Common Sense Seal
The smash-hit Disney animated musical will appeal to families with children of all ages. Messages include unconditional love between sisters after a long estrangement, being true to yourself, recognizing your gifts, and not being afraid of your power. Common Sense Seal
My Neighbor Totoro
This movie is a fine pick for the entire family. Although there are slightly creepy “dust sprites” that appear in the house at first, they eventually disappear. Totoro himself might look and sound a bit odd, but he’s quite sweet and gentle. Overall, this is a family film in the truest sense—it appeals to moviegoers young and old alike. Common Sense Seal
The talented voice-acting and clever storyline makes Pixar’s classic feature film one of the best children’s movies of all time. Neighbor Sid does present a scare factor for the smallest viewers but the underlying plots dealing with real-kid issues, like separation anxiety and sibling rivalry, make this movie a great pick. Common Sense Seal
The LEGO Movie
The LEGO Movie is an action-packed animated family-friendly adventure following original and existing LEGO characters. Featuring an all-star voice cast and some of the brand’s most popular figures (Batman, Superman, Gandalf, Wonder Woman, etc.), the inventive movie should appeal to all ages, from young Duplo players to teens who consider themselves Master Builders. Common Sense Seal
The world’s coolest nanny celebrates family and fun in of the best films of all time. Though the pace is rollicking and sometimes chaotic, there are no dangerous or dark elements in Mary Poppins. Melodic music, fancy dancing, and cartoon segments will engage even the youngest viewers. Common Sense Seal
The Lion King is considered one of Disney’s greatest animated musicals and despite a few sad sequences and a few evil characters, the overall message is one of hope, love, and family responsibility. Common Sense Seal
Which movie was your favorite? If you want to check out the long-list of best films to watch with grandparents, head over to Common Sense Media!
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