50 Best G-Rated Movies & Why You Should Watch Them

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Movies are always followed with a certain supervision alert which states for what kind of audience they are suited. When you see that a movie has been categorized as G-rated, you can be certain that there is no need for supervision or legal restrictions about watching them and that children are allowed to see them. We made a subjective list of the 50 best G-rated movies and gave our opinion on why you should watch them.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

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What it’s about: Dorothy is a young girl who finds herself in a magical land called Oz after a strong tornado hits her Kansas home and destroys everything she used to know. She will have to go through a series of adventures with her beloved dog Toto to return home. She will meet different flamboyant characters, fight the evil witch and trust herself more than anything.

Why you should watch it: Wizard of Oz is one of the greatest movie classics ever. This story is one of true friendship, honesty, love, and tenacity. It is a must-see movie with its strong message and brilliant story. 

Modern Times (1936)

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What it’s about: In this Charlie Chaplin classic, we witness him turning against modern society, the use of sound in films, and progress in general. We follow him through numerous escapades, such as being selected for an experiment with a feeding machine or being mistaken for a communist after getting out of a mental hospital.

Why you should watch it: Charlie Chaplin is one of the greatest filmmakers ever, and his movies influenced the majority of other moviemakers. They are inventive and critical and stay in your mind long after you have watched them. In Modern Times, Chaplin brought back the era of silent movies after everyone thought they had been gone forever.

Gone With the Wind (1939)

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What it’s about: This classic takes place in North Georgia during the Civil war and Reconstruction periods. We follow the love story between Scarlett, a beautiful, vain, and proud woman, and Rhett Butler, a roguish and rebellious man. Their turbulent romance is one of the most beloved and known in all movie history.

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Why you should watch it: Some movies simply have to be seen due to their interesting stories, cinematography, and overall message. This is a must-see movie with a wonderful music score and brilliant performances by Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

City Lights (1931)

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What it’s about: Charlie Chaplin plays a tramp who falls in love with a beautiful blind woman whose family has financial problems. When he befriends a wealthy man, he becomes her benefactor who will help her and her family, but also her suitor who can’t picture his life without her.

Why you should watch it: This is another Charlie Chaplin movie that shows all his greatness and talent, and it is an absolute must-watch for all generations.

Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

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What it’s about: This movie is set in 1927 Hollywood, where we meet a glamourous on-screen couple, Lina and Don, who accept the newspaper’s speculations of being an off-screen couple as well, even though they can’t stand each other in real life. It all happens during the transition from silent to talking pictures, where the actors would do anything to become new movie stars.

Why you should watch it: This is one of the most famous and beloved musicals that instantly transfers you to the time it takes place and makes you appreciate the virtuosity and talent of everyone involved with the story. It is one of Gene Kelly’s most popular movies and a must-see for everyone who enjoys musicals and movies in general.

WALL-E (2008)

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What it’s about: This beautiful cartoon is set in a distant but not-so-unrealistic future where humans abandon the earth due to an extensive amount of trash which makes it unbearable to live on. The only one who lives there is a robot called WALL-E which collects trash. He meets EVE; another robot sent to Earth to check if there is still a living soul there. He falls in love with her and soon finds himself on a journey that might harm him but at the same time be one of the most beautiful and meaningful things he has ever done. 

Why you should watch it: This is a cartoon for the whole family, a beautiful story that will at the same time entertain us but also teach us a lot. 

Toy Story (1995)

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What it’s about: Toy Story beloved story is one of two toys that form a lifelong bond after being enemies at the very beginning of their unforgettable journey. Woody has always been Andy’s favorite pet, but things change when he receives a new, special one for his birthday. Andy got an action figure known as Buzz Lightyear who does not believe he is a toy, unlike Andy’s other toys, who come to life when he is away. 

Why you should watch it: This wonderful story teaches children about friendship and love and is one of the most beautiful cartoons ever.

Ratatouille (2007)

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What it’s about: A rat named Remy dreams of becoming a French chef despite all the odds against him. But fate always shows itself, and this time it put Remy in the sewers beneath one of the most prestigious Paris restaurants. He meets his culinary hero and soon becomes one of his greatest helpers, unfortunately, one which simply mustn’t be seen or mentioned, given the fact that rodents are not really the most welcome animals in the kitchen.

Why you should watch it: Who would think that someone would ever come up with a story about a rat chef? But everything is possible in cartoons. And this is one of the best in the last two decades and one of many we like to return to.

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

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What it’s about: Belle is a young woman who spends her days daydreaming, reading, and caring for her talented and eccentric father. After his disappearance, she finds him trapped in a castle outside town, where she meets a beast who has been under a many-year spell that will be broken when he finds true love.

Why you should watch it: All Beauty and the Beast movies are stories of love, friendship, and hope, and it shows the strength of a woman who sees good in people and is ready to overcome obstacles that many would give up. It is one of the most beautiful cartoons ever, with wonderful music and unforgettable characters.

Fantasia (1940)

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What it’s about: This is a collection of various works of Western classical music, which include depictions of mythology and fantasy set in prehistoric, supernatural, and sacred places.

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Why you should watch it: Fantasia is one of the most important and famous cartoons ever. It is an unforgettable cinematic musical experience that combines Western classical music and brilliant visual animation.

The Lion King (1994)

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What it’s about: Simba is cast out of his pride by his evil uncle and has to adapt to life in the often unfriendly and dangerous savannah. He is the future savannah king and will have to endure a lot to claim his throne and live up to his father’s name.

Why you should watch it: Lion King is one of the most beautiful and beloved cartoons ever, the story of a young lion cub destined for great things and a beautiful insight into the world of animals and their hierarchy in the savannah. It is an unforgettable story that teaches, educates, and stays in our hearts forever.

The Circus (1928)

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What it’s about: Charlie Chaplin is The Tramp, who finds himself in a circus where he is mistaken for a pickpocketer who accidentally ends up in front of the audience and becomes a sensation. He is hired by the circus owner as a janitor who seems to be on the stage whenever there is an audience, completely unaware of the owner’s exploitation. Everything seems to work out until he falls for the owner’s daughter and meets her other suitor.

Why you should watch it: This is one of Chaplin’s most underrated movies, but it should stand on the list of his most unforgettable works since it is a great story where his slapstick routines and talent don’t go unnoticed.

My Fair Lady (1964)

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What it’s about: Audrey Hepburn plays Eliza Doolittle, a lovely girl who becomes an experiment of phonetics professor Harry Higgins. His goal is to make a Cockney working-class girl into a woman who can be a member of the London high society. Eliza agrees to his idea, hopeful of improving her job prospects, and while getting along well with the professor, their project becomes threatened by Freddy Eynsford- Hill, an aristocratic suitor.

Why you should watch it: This is a wonderful musical that will make you laugh and warmhearted at the same time. Even though it has encountered some negative criticism, it is a beloved classic that many people enjoy watching more than once.

Pinocchio (1940)

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What it’s about: Pinocchio is a living puppet who must go through numerous situations to prove he is worthy of becoming a real boy. He will be challenged, lied to, and tricked, but with the help of a small cricket as his conscience, he will overcome all the obstacles and embark on a journey of a lifetime.

Why you should watch it: Pinocchio is a cartoon that all children should see, full of important messages that are imprinted in numerous adrenaline-packed adventures Pinocchio and his cricket Gemini find themselves in.

A Hard Day’s Night (1964) 

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What it’s about: The Beatles were a huge success in the 60s, and everyone wanted to learn more about them and their everyday lives. Here we witness a day and a half in their life leading up to a concert gig. We see they can’t take a break, constantly running from their fans and manager who wants to control them.

Why you should watch it: Whether or not being a Beatles fan, this is a movie everyone might enjoy. It is full of funny situations and excellent Beatles songs and is one of the best British musical comedies of all time.

Finding Nemo (2003)

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What it’s about: After his son is captured and sent to Sydney, a shy clownfish Marlin leaves home and sets out to find him. On his journey, he meets different sea creatures who somehow help him find his way. Meanwhile, Nemo is trapped inside a big fish tank in Sydney and plans a great getaway with his fellow captives. And we follow an adventure of a lifetime, laugh our hearts out at some situations, and almost cry at some. This cartoon has one of the most memorable supporting characters ever, a fish called Dori, who has a very bad memory, putting her into hilarious situations.

Why you should watch it: Nemo franchise is one of the most beloved and beautiful cartoons ever, a wonderful story of love and friendship.

Ben Hur (1959)

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What it’s about: This is a story of a Jewish nobleman and his adopted Roman brother Messala who become best friends despite their origin. Ben Hur falls in love with Esther, whom he is not allowed to marry, especially after her father discovers their feelings. She is to marry a Roman, but when Ben Hur hears about it, he takes her as his wife. Three years later, Messala returns as a Roman officer and suddenly finds himself on the opposite side of Ben Hur since it is the time of the Zealots’ uprising and Ben Hur is one of the Jewish protesters.

Why you should watch it: This is a movie that has it all, a great cast, action, drama, and an interesting story that takes us back in time and teaches us a lot.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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What it’s about: After being taken from her castle with an order to be killed, Snow White manages to make a new life for herself in a small cabin in the woods inhabited by seven dwarf miners who become her family. When her evil stepmother finds us Snow White wasn’t killed, she decides to track her and kill her, jealous of her beauty and good heart.

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Why you should watch it: One of the most famous Brother Grimm fairytales and one of the most beloved Disney cartoons, this classic is a tale of good and evil at its best and, with reason, a story that can’t be forgotten.

My Neighbor Totoro (1988)

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What it’s about: One of the most beautiful and beloved Japanese animated films of all time is this family comedy written and directed by the gifted visionary Hayao Miyazaki. It is the story of two sisters, the 10-year-old Satsuki, and the 4-year-old Mei, who move with their father into a house in the country to be closer to their hospitalized mother. The girls soon discover that the forest nearby is inhabited by magical creatures called Totoros. They befriend them and embark on numerous magical adventures with them. 

Why you should watch it: Miyazaki is one the greatest cinematographers of all time, and his cartoons are some of the most beloved and influential. This is another fascinating story, full of charm and wit, laughter and serious situations, a masterpiece you shouldn’t avoid.

Dumbo (1941)

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What it’s about: Dumbo is a small baby elephant who is constantly ridiculed for his huge ears and is, from a very early age, destined to fight for himself. He will become a circus member, in charge of circus clown acts, but only with the help of his only friend, a mouse, is he to achieve his full potential.

Why you should watch it: This is a wonderful, warmhearted story with a much more important message than it might seem on the surface. It carries an important message and reminds us of what is important in life. It teaches us never to give up, even if we at first can’t see our true potential.

The Wild Child (1970)

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What it’s about: This story is set in 1798 when a group of men catches a wild child in the forest. She can’t speak, walk, read, or write and soon is taken into the care of doctor Itard, who decides to educate her. No one believes he will succeed, but everything is possible with a lit of bit of hope and love.

Why you should watch it: This drama was inspired by true events, and even though it is pretty serious and at times difficult, it is a good example of an adult movie that can be shown to children, thanks to its interesting story and message they might relate to.

2001: A Space Oddysey (1968)

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What it’s about: In this Stanley Kubrick masterpiece, we are following a spacecraft sent to Jupiter to find the origins of a mysterious artifact that was found buried underneath the Lunar surface. The staff on the spacecraft consists of two men and a supercomputer named H.A.L 9000.

Why you should watch it: This is one of the greatest movie classics ever but also a movie that you either adore or detest. It is slow-paced, at times very ambiguous, and difficult to follow, but if you manage to go through all this, it might become one of your favorites, with its brilliant score and unique story.

Toy Story 2 (1999)

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What it’s about: In the second part of this amazing cartoon, we find out that a toy collector stole Woody, so Buzz takes their friends on a mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property.

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Why you should watch it: This is one of the greatest cartoons ever and perfectly follows the first part’s originality. Once again, we meet all sorts of interesting toys with unique personalities and intriguing life stories.

Toy Story 3 (2010)

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What it’s about:  In this sequel, toys are taken to daycare by mistake. They meet other toys and even become friends with some, but they do not feel at home there. They decide to join some of them and plan their great escape.

Why you should watch it: Once again, this remarkable cartoon completely catches our attention, and kids’, too. Full of interesting characters, smart and witty lines, and adventures that don’t allow us to leave our seats. This time they brought everything to an even higher level, if that’s even possible.

Aladdin (1992)

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What it’s about: Aladdin is one of the best Disney cartoons of all time. This exotic and inventive cartoon tells the story of a poor street boy Aladdin who spends his days stealing food from the local merchants. His life completely changes when he meets Yasmin, a beautiful princess, and finds a magical lamp with a genie inside. Being the genie’s master now, Aladdin can be granted three wishes, and the genie’s only one is to be free, but they don’t know that there is a devious man called Jafar who has his plans with both Aladdin and the lamp. 

Why you should watch it: This cartoon also has a beautiful message to it, one that the youngest should be presented with, and, together with its beautiful characters, it makes it one of the most memorable cartoons.

A Summer’s Tale (1996)

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What it’s about: This is an adorable story about a young man who spends his summer vacation in Dinard before he begins his first job. While waiting for his girlfriend to join him, he meets another girl who introduces him to the third one. He suddenly finds himself in a completely unknown situation, trying to juggle every complication on the way.

Why you should watch it: If you are tired of Hollywood blockbusters and typical romance movies, you should find this one and enjoy its slow pace and wonderful story and setting, with the dialogue fitting its tone and atmosphere perfectly.

Mary Poppins (1964)

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What it’s about: After a series of uptight, boring, and strict nannies, Michael and Jane Banks are tired of getting new ones almost every week and trying to get rid of them. But their father needs help and is desperate to find someone who will take good care of his children but also be loved or at least liked by them. One cloudy morning, there is a knock on the door, and an uninvited guest enters their home. Mary Poppins is their new nanny, a magical and witty woman who will take them on numerous adventures and teach them how to behave, especially with adults. 

Why you should watch it: This beautiful story is a must-see for everyone but a special delight for the youngest.

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The Straight Story (1999)

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What it’s about: When the stubborn 73-year-old Alvin Straight learns that his brother Lyle has just suffered a heart attack, he decides to make peace with him after ten years of being estranged. He has to go on a trip from his rural home in Iowa to Lyle’s rural town in Wisconsin, which he wants to do on his own terms.

Why you should watch it: When you manage to go through the very slow beginning of this beautiful drama and start to meet all the eccentric strangers with Alvin, you will understand why it is on many lists that include the best dramas ever made.

The Little Mermaid (1989)

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What it’s about: Little Mermaid is one of the most popular Disney cartoons tells the story of a young mermaid named Ariel who dreams of the unknown, of the world she heard stories of, the humans’ world. Ariel spends her days singing and daydreaming, followed by her loyal friends Flounder and Sebastian. After falling in love with a human, she decides to do whatever it takes to become a girl, even sell her own voice to an evil enchantress.

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Why you should watch it: Full of wonderful songs and interesting characters, this cartoon shows us how little it takes to give everything up for something that we desperately want. It carries a strong message, and it is lovely and sad at the same time.

Bambi (1942)

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What it’s about: Bambi is a buck fawn whose destiny is to become the prince of the forest, but now he is just a young deer who wants to enjoy his life together with his best friends.

Why you should watch it: This is a cartoon that no one forgets, and the youngest especially love it due to its playful characters and beautiful story. It also has one of the most tragic and saddest moments in the history of cartoons, maybe a scene that many parents will fast forward to while watching the cartoon with their children. Nevertheless, it is a cartoon that has educational purposes and shows the importance of protection and care and the strength of parental love. 

Funny Girl (1968)

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What it’s about: In this wonderful biographical drama, we follow the life of Fanny Brice, a famous entertainer of the early 1900s. We learn about her personal and professional life, from her beginnings, her rise to fame as a Ziegfeld girl, and her turbulent love story with Nick Arnstein.

Why you should watch it: If you like musicals, you will probably enjoy this one as well, even if it differs slightly from the typical ones. Everything is a bit over the top, but it is still an interesting story worth your time and commitment.

Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)

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What it’s about: In this hilarious story, Wallace and Gromit are faced with the vegetarian mania in their neighborhood that is to finish with an annual vegetable growing contest. But when they discover garden sabotage, they become determined to resolve the mystery so that the contest doesn’t get ruined.

Why you should watch it: If you are a fan of short Wallace and Gromit cartoons and already acquainted with the characters, you shouldn’t miss this brilliant cartoon full of wit and originality.

The Little Princess (1939)

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What it’s about: Sara Crewe is a little girl whose father left her in an exclusive seminary for girls. He is off to fight in the Second Boer War, and when he is presumed dead, she is forced to work as a servant. But she is convinced her father is alive and won’t give up until she finds him.

Why you should watch it: This is a beautiful movie you should at to your classic collection, along with many other classics, even from the same year, such as The Wizard of Oz and Gone With the Wind. It is heartwarming and lovely, with the adorable Shirley Temple as Sara.

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Monsters Inc. (2001)

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What it’s about: One of the most original cartoons from the 2000s, Monsters, Inc. brings us the story of Sulley and Mike, two best friends who live in a city of monsters without humans called Monstropolis. They work as professional scarers, entering children’s rooms and giving them nightmares so that their screams can bring power to their city. Children are toxic to them, and they will have to face this great danger when a two-year-old Boo accidentally enters their world. Sulley and Mike need to find a way to return Boo to her room before the two biggest villains find out.

Why you should watch it: This is another funny and intelligent cartoon that should be added to your list. It is full of witty and unforgettable characters, and it is one of the most original stories a cartoon has ever offered.

Planet of the Apes (1968)

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What it’s about: In this adventure classic, we follow a group of astronauts who wakes up from a deep hibernation, only to find their ship has been destroyed. Soon, they realize they are on a planet where men are uncivilized, and monkeys have learned to speak and use technology. Taylor is one of the astronauts who the apes take after hurting his throat, so he can’t speak with them, which won’t stop him from snooping around and trying to find out what is going on.

Why you should watch it: Every Sci-Fi fan should watch Planet of the Apes at least once since it is one of the most influential in its genre and extremely progressive for the time when it was filmed. It is adrenaline-packed, mysterious, and interesting from the beginning til the end.

Cinderella (1950)

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What it’s about: Cinderella is a young girl whose life changes after her father’s death. She is left with her evil stepmother and her cruel daughters, who make her life a living hell. When her stepmother forbids her to attend the Royal Ball, she gets help from her Fairy Godmother and her mice friends and makes it there, getting the prince to fall in love with her immediately.

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Why you should watch it: Like other Disney cartoons, this is another Brother Grimm adaptation, suitable for the youngest, full of lovely interesting characters and the neverending fight between good and evil.

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

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What it’s about: Being cursed from when she was a little baby, Aurora grows up alone and far away from any kind of danger and people in general. Surrounded by her three fairy godmothers, she spends her days in the forest with her wild animal friends, completely unaware of the dangerous outside world. But there is a spell she will fall under when she turns 16, and there is no way to stop it.

Why you should watch it: This is a beautiful cartoon many children will enjoy watching. It has funny scenes, and it is scary at times, but a wonderful story teaches us the importance of true friendship and love that conquers all.

One Hundred and One Dalmatian (1961)

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What it’s about: Pongo and Perdita are parents to 15 beautiful puppies who caught the eye of the mentioned villain, who wants to make a coat from their skin and hires two thugs to kidnap them. Desperate, Pongo and Perdita seek help from other local London dogs to find and rescue their children.

Why you should watch it: This might be a questionable choice due to the main villain in the cartoon, Cruella de Vil, who is one of the most evil and craziest villains ever, but the other segment of the story is so wonderful and even educational that the little ones might forget about her monstrous plans.

The Land Before Time (1988)

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What it’s about: This heartbreaking but wonderful series of cartoons follows the adventures of an orphaned brontosaurus named Littlefoot, who embarks on a journey to find the famous Great Valley. On his way, he meets four other young dinosaurs who join him on his quest, getting into all kinds of adventures, some of which are pretty dangerous.

Why you should watch it: This is one of the most beautiful cartoons ever, with great characters excellent story, and some of the most heartbreaking scenes that will bring everyone to tears. Prepare your young ones for an emotional whirlwind.

The Jungle Book (1967)

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What it’s about: Baby Mowgli has been abandoned after an accident and raised by wolves in a jungle, but as he grows older, it becomes clear that he will have to try and find his place around humans. Some of his animal friends agree with this fact, but some don’t want him to go, so Mowgli stays in the jungle, spending time with Baloo the bear and his friends. But Mowgli might be in danger from the animals who don’t tolerate people, and he will soon have to decide what to do, stay in the jungle or leave and save his life.

Why you should watch it: This cartoon might have some issues nowadays with portraying some animal characters. However, it is still a wonderful story that shows us that being different is not a bad thing and that there will always be someone who will take care of our wellbeing.

The Time Machine (1960)

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What it’s about: George is a visionary who dreams of a utopian society, but his wishes and dreams get broken after he travels to the future and finds out that it is not bright and shiny at all, but dark and dangerous and completely different from everything he imagined.

Why you should watch it: This is a great story, extremely original for the time it was written in. It is an adaptation of H.G.Wells’ novel and serves it well, becoming a Sci-Fi classic that will make you reflect on your future and expectations about it.

The Emperor’s New Groove (2000)

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What it’s about: The vain and cocky Emperor Kuzco plans to build a new waterpark for his birthday after firing his suspicious administrator Yzma. Kuzco wants to build the water park just for himself, and by doing it, he will have to destroy one of the villages in his kingdom. Meanwhile, Yzma is planning revenge and tries to find a way to usurp the throne. But suddenly, everything changes when Kuzco gets magically transformed into a llama.

He is now the property of Pacha, whose home is one of the houses that would have to be destroyed for Kuzco’s water park. When Pacha discovers his true identity, the two of them decide to help each other. Kuzco wants his throne back, and in order to help him, Pacha wants him to make a promise to move the water park.

Why you should watch it: The film features the voices of David Spade as Kuzco, John Goodman as Pacha, Eartha Kitt as Yzma, and Patrick Warburton as Kronk. It received generally positive reviews from critics and has since become a cult classic, known for its humor, unique animation style, and memorable characters.

The Sound of Music (1965)

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What it’s about: Julie Andrews plays Maria, a young woman who is desperately trying to become a nun and is sent by her convent to work as a governess to the seven children who live with their father, a widowed naval officer. At first, they are rude and disrespectful to her, but slowly she wins them over with her kindness and originality. She will also develop feeling for their father, Georg Van Trapp, who shares the same feelings but is already engaged to another woman.

Why you should watch it: This biographical musical drama is one of the movies everyone should see at least once in their lives. It is interesting and entertaining, full of unforgettable scenes and songs.

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The Parent Trap (1961)

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What it’s about: Hayley Mills plays the twins who decide to switch places and travel back to their parents. Unaware of their meeting and the switch, their parents don’t see anything weird with their daughters after their return, but when the girls begin to plot and hatch a plan to reunite them, they are slowly starting to figure out that something has happened at the camp.

Why you should watch it: This became an instant hit with children due to its story and the possibility of understanding the actions of these two twins. It is relatable and definitely a story that many young ones would imagine being part of if in a similar situation.

Cars (2006)

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What it’s about: This is a story of a successful and cocky race car named Lightning McQueen, who is on his way to a competition in California. He damages the road of the small town of Radiator Springs and needs to stay there to repair it. At first, he can’t adjust to this small community of nice and friendly cars, but one step at a time, he starts to value the meaning of true friendship and love.

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Why you should watch it: Cars is an unforgettable cartoon that teaches children all sorts of things, such as the importance of never giving up, the importance of friendship, and being someone’s support. The Last Unicorn

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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What it’s about: This is the adaptation of one of the most famous children’s books ever, Roald Dahl’s story with the same title, about five children who enter a marvelous chocolate factory. Willy Wonka owns this sweet empire, and one day he decides to welcome five children who win a special golden ticket in one of his bars. Charlie is one of these kids, and he is about to have the time of his life. Or at least he thought so. 

Why you should watch it: This is a Mel Stuart classic and the best and most beloved movie adaptation of this excellent novel and Gene Wilder delivered a brilliant performance as Willy Wonka, together with the rest of the cast, including Peter Ostrum as Charlie and Jack Albertson as his grandpa Joe.

The Secret Garden (1993)

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What it’s about: A beloved children’s book by Frances Hodgson Burnett has been made into this wonderful family movie about a young privileged girl who has been left an orphan after the death of her parents. Mary Lennox is sent from India back to England after her parents were killed in an earthquake.

Why you should watch it: She arrives at her uncle Lord Archibald Craven’s Estate, where she is about to live until she turns 18. Mary likes her new home, but she is eager to find something interesting to do, and soon she befriends the sickly young Colin Craven and finds a secret garden.

Mulan (1998)

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What it’s about: Mulan is a stubborn girl who decides to enroll in the army instead of him since she believes he wouldn’t survive the war cruelties. Completely ignoring her family’s protests, even after ordering a small dragon Mushu to convince her to abandon her plans, Mulan disguises herself as a man and leaves her home, with Mushu by her side. This wonderful and heartwarming story shows how women can be strong and powerful and make it without anyone’s help. It is a great example to show children from an early age. 

Why you should watch it:  Even though it is pretty serious and dark at times, this retelling of an old Chinese folktale is one of the most progressive cartoons ever, putting a young, strong woman at the center of attention. 

Peter Pan (1953)

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What it’s about: Peter Pan is an orphan who lives in Neverland, a land where children don’t grow up, and everything is possible. He loses his shadow on one of his visits to London, and he ends up in a room of three children who discover Peter and soon embark on an unforgettable journey with him. They will fight with pirates, run from a crocodile, and dance with lost boys, but they also have to deal with the fact that they are not without a family and that their parents must be worried sick while they are away from home. 

Why you should watch it: A well-known, beloved story by M.J. Barrie has been put into a cartoon that hardly any child will ever forget. It has everything: adventure, magic, a beautiful story about family, friendship, and love, and an intriguing villain packed in 90 minutes of pure fun—one of the best adaptations of character available to us.

Alice in Wonderland (1951)

Alice Alice in Wonderland

What it’s about: Alice is a bookworm who spends her time reading and learning things her sisters teach her since she is homeschooled. She is much more mature than a regular seven-year-old, an extremely brave little girl who is unafraid to try new things and venture into an adventure she knows nothing about. After chasing a rabbit and falling into his hole, she will find herself in a world similar to the ones she has only read about.

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Why you should watch it: This is one of the most original and imaginative stories ever told. It is a cartoon adaptation of a well-known and beloved novel, and a story children will definitely love, thanks to its memorable and crazy characters and adventures that many of us would like to find ourselves in.

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