Thursday, May 3, 2012

Best Movies for Children on Netflix Instant Watch May 2012

Having access to good children's content is the number one reason for me to have a Netflix account. I also use it, but my son loves it! There are many good Nickelodeon and Disney shows available beyond the movies listed here. Click on the Best of Netflix tab above for more information.


Ghostbuster is a classic film that still delights children almost thirty years later. That's right, almost thirty years ago this film came out. While the movie still holds up there is a bit more swearing than in today's PG movies. Netflix has it rated as Iffy for 10+. Click on the link on the Netflix page that says Iffy for 10+ for more information.

Jumanji is a wonderfully creative story of what happens when a board game comes alive. 

This isn't a favorite movie of mine, but I'm not exactly the target audience. It's a silly slapstick movie with a mouse. There isn't much redeeming beyond that.

I love the children's book Stuart Little. It is a great story of friendship. This movie doesn't follow the book, but is a good movie as a standalone experience with the characters. The sequel, creatively titled Stuart Little 2, actually follows the book more closely than this movie. 

I'll be completely honest and say that I haven't seen this movie. It looks cute and other reviews were good. It also has Timothy Olyphant from Deadwood fame. That has to be good for kids, right?

This is a very well done fairy tale. 

Phineas and Ferb: Across the Second Dimension
I really love Phineas and Ferb. It is usually action packed with good, smart humor.

The Iron Giant
Yes, I'm listing The Iron Giant again. It's that good. According to, Netflix has the rights to stream The Iron Giant until 2036. This is a fantastic film. Watch it with your children.

Any other good recommendations out there?


  1. Thanks for these we watched Iron Giant with my 4 and 7 year old boy and girl and they both loved it!

    1. My 2 1/2 and 7 year old girls loved it as well, even after the dozenth time watching it. "Robot movie!"

  2. You are very welcome! Iron Giant is a great film for all ages.

  3. Re/Ghostbusters - I grew up with the movie but had forgotten one particular scene until I was shocked by it while showing the movie to my kids - there's a scene in which the possessed Sigourney Weaver...uh..descends on Dan Akroyd's character. Of course you don't see it, but it's the typical...her head disappears off screen, his face expresses his shocked pleasure. Definitely not kid-friendly, so be warned.

  4. Seen Frogs and Toads?


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