All-Time 10 Best Movies For Preschoolers

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It can be overwhelming trying to find the right film for your kids, especially younger ones. Luckily, there are loads of movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, brand-new Disney+ and more that you can stream directly into your living room. From old-school musicals to Pixar classics and everything in between, we've compiled a list of the ten best family movies for your under 5s to enjoy during the Easter break, so get comfy and settle down for a movie night.

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Monsters, Inc. (2001)

Join Sulley, the coolest, scariest monster in all of Monstropolis, and his hilarious one-eyed best friend Mike Wasowski as they go to work at Monsters, Inc., where their job is to use special doors to encounter human children, and harvest power for the city from their screams. Monsters believe children are dangerous and toxic,  so when little girl Boo accidentally gets into the factory, Sulley and Mike must find a way to get her home before she is discovered by the wrong monsters and it's too late.

This family favourite Disney Pixar film is heartwarming, hilarious fun, with some iconic characters and lines. When you're finished, why not watch Monsters University, the new prequel focusing on Sulley and Mike's lives at university?

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Disney+

Peter Pan (1953)

Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning! Join Wendy Darling and her brothers on an adventure to Neverland, where cheeky Peter Pan and the mischievous Lost Boys never grow up. When the Darling children are kidnapped by the evil Captain Hook and Mr. Smee, it's up to Peter and his fairy friend Tinkerbell to rescue them.

Somehow even after almost seventy years, Peter Pan is still one of the best kids' movies of all time, and one that the entire family can enjoy together.

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Disney+

The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977)

Join the world's favourite honey-loving bear and all his friends as they plod around the Hundred Acre Wood together in this adorable movie. Made up of three previously released short animated films and glued together with extra material between them, along with a final scene at the end, this slower-paced animated film is perfect for younger kids.

Your littlest humans will love seeing the comforting, familiar faces of Pooh, Piglet and Tigger as they go on their adventures through the Hundred Acre Wood.

Available on YouTube, Google Play and Disney+

Despicable Me (2003)

When Gru, a sour-faced supervillain who's always up to no good, meets three adorable orphan girls, everything changes in the most hilarious way. Gru must put his evil plans to steal the moon on pause while these sisters turn him into a reluctant father figure. Will he change for the better, or will he go back to being the supervillain he once was?

Featuring the iconic yellow minions, Despicable Me is wholesome, funny and ridiculous in the best way, and it's some of Dreamworks Animation's best work too.

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube and Google Play

Mary Poppins (1964)

Join the world's most famous nanny, Mary Poppins, as she looks after Mr. Banks's two young children, keeping them occupied and making sure they're on their way to becoming outstanding citizens. The whole family can enjoy this cheery, musical jaunt, including your under 5s! Younger children will love seeing the short animated sections throughout the film, older kids will enjoy watching the playful songs and dances and adults will be able to sing along to the musical numbers from their childhood.

Mary Poppins has been a family favourite since 1964 and for good reason - it's practically perfect in every way!

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Disney+

The Jungle Book (1967)

When young Mowgli was a baby, he was taken in and raised by a family of wolves. Scrappy, mischievous and fast, after growing up in the jungle he fits in perfectly with the other animals. Join him on his adventure through the jungle, where he meets an easygoing singing bear, is hypnotised by a sly snake and has one encounter with an evil tiger. Will Mowgli be able to escape danger and return to human civilisation?

The Jungle Book is one of Disney's best family films, and perfect for animal lovers young and old.

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Disney+

Madagascar (2005)

With Madagascar's star-studded comedian cast, it's no surprise that the film is filled with brilliant one-liners and perfect comedic timing. Join Alex, Marty, Melman, Gloria and the sneaky penguins as they try to escape the Central Park Zoo and accidentally end up in Madagascar. This misfit group of animals meet the regal King Julien and quickly settle into life out of captivity. However, as more time passes, the animals start to regret their decision to leave the zoo. Will they ever be able to get back to their home comforts?

Featuring the hit musical number I Like To Move It, led by King Julien and his lemur subjects, your kids will love this vibrant, colourful animated film. Silly, loud and imaginative, the whole family can get involved with the laughs.

Available on Netflix, YouTube, Google Play and Amazon Prime

Curious George (2006)

When museum worker Ted goes to Africa to find a rare artefact that will save his museum, he is disappointed to discover the object is much smaller than he had hoped. Along the way, he makes friends with a curious monkey named George, who hides away on Ted's ship. Although Ted returns to New York empty-handed, with his new friend George in tow there are plenty of adventures are in store.

Filled with bright colours, upbeat music and fun adventures, and a plot with just the right amount of excitement, Curious George is the perfect kids' movie.

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube and Google Play

Finding Nemo (2003)

When a young clownfish named Nemo swims too close to the surface of the ocean, he is caught by a diver and sent to an aquarium in a dentist's office. His father Marlin must do everything he can to find him, join by his new forgetful friend Dory, who lightens the mood with her silly antics. Along the way they encounter scary sharks, jellyfish and turtles, but will Marlin be able to get past these obstacles and reunite with Nemo?

Younger children will love the vibrant colours of this movie and you'll all be laughing out loud at Dory's hilarious lines!

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Disney+

Cinderella (1950)

Cinderella is forced to be a servant to her evil stepmother and stepsisters, until one day all the ladies in the land receive an invitation to attend a royal ball up at the palace, in order to find a bride for the handsome prince. With the help of her furry friends and a fairy godmother, she successfully attends the ball and even gets to dance with the prince! However, when the clock strikes midnight the magic wears off and she must leave the ball in a hurry. After she accidentally leaves a glass slipper on the steps of the palace a nationwide search for the girl who left it goes underway - but will she be able to live happily ever after?

If your children love the princesses in new films like Frozen and Tangled, why not introduce them to the classic Disney princesses too? This iconic fairy tale is an easy, scare-free introduction to the magical world of Disney.

Available on Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play and Disney+

There are loads of brilliant family films available to stream right now, so if you're on the hunt for even more movies for kids, from Steven Spielberg's ET to Shrek, check out our guide to the best films for under 12s here.

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Georgia Stone
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After living in various countries across Europe and now settling in London, Georgia is still in awe of everything there is to see and do in the capital. She loves to explore anywhere with a view; whether it's the iconic Shard or a secret spot in Highgate. You can usually find her travelling, taking photos or making her way to a concert - sometimes all three at once!