32 Movies Your Preschooler Will Love

by Lindsey Hunter Lopez
Aug 22, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. ET

Looking for a fun new film to show your little one? Check out our list of the best movies for the preschool set and then fire up the DVR (or Netflix, or Hulu, or the DVD player…) We've rounded up titles that are perfect for viewers ages two to five. It can be challenging to find age-appropriate content for the littlest kiddos, but these tried-and-true movie options will keep them entertained. Whether you're looking for a great family night pick, or you simply need something compelling to keep the kiddos out of your hair for 90 minutes, you can't go wrong with these magical movies. From classic live-action films like Mary Poppins to stop-motion claymation like Shaun the Sheep to modern animated masterpieces like Moana, there's sure to be something here that your child will enjoy. Because you can only watch Frozen so many times. 

1 /33: 'Ponyo'

1/33 :'Ponyo'

Little ones are enthralled by director Miyazaki's gorgeous 2009 sea adventure. Spunky goldfish Ponyo escapes her wizard-like father to become a human child.

2 /33: 'Moana'

2/33 :'Moana'

Strong-willed Moana takes to the sea in last year’s Polynesian adventure from Disney. Beautiful animation, fun characters and a strong soundtrack make this an instant classic.

3 /33: 'The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland'

3/33 :'The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland'

Elmo enthusiasts will love this 1991 Sesame Street flick. The friendly red monster must retrieve his blanket from faraway Grouchland.

4 /33: 'Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins'

4/33 :'Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins'

Choo-choo! Thomas the Train fans will enjoy the British engine’s 2015 backstory based on the original books. See how the Sodor gang got started.

5 /33: 'The Gruffalo'

5/33 :'The Gruffalo'

A short, sweet movie based on the beloved children’s book, 2009’s The Gruffalo follows a smart mouse outwitting his predators.

6 /33: 'Curious George'

6/33 :'Curious George'

The classic books (and the modern TV series) provide the basis for this refreshingly kid-centric 2006 movie about George the monkey and the Man with the Yellow Hat.

7 /33: 'The Adventures of Milo and Otis'

7/33 :'The Adventures of Milo and Otis'

A bit slow by today’s fast-paced standards, actual puppies and kittens are the stars of this adorable 1989 hit.

8 /33: 'Mary Poppins'

8/33 :'Mary Poppins'

Since 1964, children have loved perfect, plucky nanny Mary Poppins. Disney’s live-action film is jaunty fun.

9 /33: 'Alice in Wonderland'

9/33 :'Alice in Wonderland'

The colorful, kooky 1951 Disney classic features surreal animation sure to please any small child.

10 /33: 'Horton Hears a Who!'

10/33 :'Horton Hears a Who!'

An elephant discovers the teeny-tiny city of Whoville in this 2011 adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic.

11 /33: 'Finding Nemo'

11/33 :'Finding Nemo'

Preschoolers love this undersea adventure about a father and son clownfish. There are some scary moments, but overall, this 2003 Pixar flick is perfect for young ones.

12 /33: 'Cinderella'

12/33 :'Cinderella'

Baby’s first fairy tale! Disney’s 1950 classic is the softest of the princess movies,  perfect for an introduction to animated movies.

13 /33: 'Sing!'

13/33 :'Sing!'

If you’re cool with your kids constantly singing “Oh my God, Look at her BUTT,” by all means, show them Sing! The 2016 animated musical has a really catchy soundtrack and a fun story about animals in a singing competition.

14 /33: 'Sofia the First: The Floating Palace'

14/33 :'Sofia the First: The Floating Palace'

Fans of the Disney Jr. TV series Sofia the First will love this light mermaid fare from 2014. Perfect for the younger ones.

15 /33: 'Lady and the Tramp'

15/33 :'Lady and the Tramp'

Released in 1955, Lady and the Tramp is classic Disney. A love story between dogs makes for a sweet preschool movie.

16 /33: 'Charlotte’s Web'

16/33 :'Charlotte’s Web'

This 1973 animated movie is a beloved classic following Wilbur the anxious pig and wise, calm Charlotte the spider. If your kids like this one, watch the 2006 live-action movie next.

17 /33: 'Happy Feet'

17/33 :'Happy Feet'

Adorable penguins... what could be better? This 2006 animated tale follows Mumble, a penguin with a talent for tap dancing.

18 /33: 'The Jungle Book'

18/33 :'The Jungle Book'

A fun, jazzy animated classic, 1967’s The Jungle Book is a great intro to Disney films. Man-cub Mowgli is guided by jungle animals on a journey of self-discovery.

19 /33: 'Kiki’s Delivery Service'

19/33 :'Kiki’s Delivery Service'

A favorite from famous anime makers Studio Ghibli, 1998’s Kiki’s Delivery Service is a mystical coming-of-age story that follows a young witch.

20 /33: 'Monsters, Inc.'

20/33 :'Monsters, Inc.'

Monsters aren’t for every preschooler, but this 2001 Pixar flick is a cute movie. Monsters need kids’ screams to run their city, but what happens when a little girl enters their realm?

21 /33: 'A Bug’s Life'

21/33 :'A Bug’s Life'

Does your kiddo like creepy crawlies? This 1998 animated Pixar movie is for them. An ant recruits a ragtag group of bugs in order to defend his colony against grasshoppers.

22 /33: 'The Snowman'

22/33 :'The Snowman'

It’s holiday fare, but this wordless 1982 film about a boy and a snowman is special enough to watch anytime. Plus, it’s short enough to keep preschoolers’ attention.

23 /33: 'The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'

23/33 :'The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh'

This sweet 1977 animated movie depicts A. A. Milne's Hundred Acre Wood — and that silly old bear — perfectly.

24 /33: 'Toy Story'

24/33 :'Toy Story'

Toy box friends Woody, Buzz and more come to life in this 1995 Pixar classic. Will Andy’s favorite playthings make it back from the horrible neighbor kid’s house?

25 /33: 'Frozen'

25/33 :'Frozen'

This Disney musical juggernaut came out in 2013, but preschoolers just can’t let it go. Little ones love Anna, Elsa and company.

26 /33: 'Shaun the Sheep Movie'

26/33 :'Shaun the Sheep Movie'

The Wallace and Gromit stop-motion animators tackle barn animals in this adorable 2015 movie inspired by the British TV show.

27 /33: 'My Neighbor Totoro'

27/33 :'My Neighbor Totoro'

Children are entranced by Miyazaki's 1988 animated wonder about sisters and their fantastical friends. You’ll love it too.

28 /33: 'The Little Mermaid'

28/33 :'The Little Mermaid'

Disney’s 1989 classic is an enchanting romp under the sea. But beware the scary sea witch scenes.

29 /33: 'Trolls'

29/33 :'Trolls'

Despite the troll-hungry Bergens, which could scare sensitive little ones, this 2016 animated hit is a fun, colorful romp with a super-catchy soundtrack.

30 /33: 'Robin Hood'

30/33 :'Robin Hood'

Parents will remember this sweet 1973 Disney version of the Robin Hood folktale. It has cute critters and catchy tunes.

31 /33: 'Cars'

31/33 :'Cars'

Kids into vehicles should definitely catch this 2006 Pixar flick featuring talking cars. Then they can venture into Planes and the Cars sequels! Cars 3 is still in theaters in some areas.

32 /33: 'The Lion King'

32/33 :'The Lion King'

There are some dark moments in this 1994 Disney movie, but preschoolers love Simba’s musical coming-of-age tale.

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