What are the best movies for toddlers?

Meagan - posted on 08/21/2010 ( 185 moms have responded )

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What are the best movies for toddlers? do toddlers like movies or is it best to stick to cartoons for toddlers? My 2.5yr old son loves watching cartoons but there always the same ones, i went out and bought him the Finding Nemo movie, he didnt like it?! he just kept asking to watch cartoons. I was wondering if anyone knew of any other movies that might be more suitable for a toddler and something different for a change then the same old cartoons?

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Elizabeth - posted on 05/28/2013

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Ina perfect world, no movies are best for toddlers, because they shouldn't be watching tv, but let's face it! Mommy needs an escape sometimes and TV is the best way to get the children to sit and be quiet and behave. We have found that Curious George and anything with Mickey Mouse work best. The Land Before Time series has also been a big winner in my family.

Mandy - posted on 04/14/2013

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I spend a lot of time with my kids (3 and 1.5) watching educational music videos -- I find that they are entertaining and educational. I usually buy a DVD or find stuff on youtube. These children's channels on youtube are my kids' favorites: kidstv123, Toddler World TV, and Super Simple Learning. The great thing about youtube is that I can play videos from those channels on my iPhone while we are out somewhere and that keeps the kids calm.

Sachin - posted on 03/24/2013

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first thing i want to make clear, is that i am a father not a mom. Just reached here to find answer for similar question of mine that is what other movies small kids like ? mine is a huge fan of toy story 3, for her toy story 3 is cartoon, sorry, Kaakoon. It is what she pronounces cartoons. but in last two months we as accompanying parents have become sort of bored of seeing it repeatedly. Tried other movies but none attracts her the same way as toy story 3 does.

J - posted on 06/21/2013

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Charlie and Lola, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, some Veggie Tales, Aristocats, Lady and the Tramp, The World of Peter Rabbit and Friends (just the first volume), Baby Einstein and the Pink Panther. All of these are very nice.

John - posted on 05/24/2013

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My grandson was hooked on Cars later and Cars II, he now enjoys Elmo. He is 2 1/2.

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Karina - posted on 08/09/2014

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Hi everyone. My son likes education series Tiny Love on youtube in Russian and English. ages 1 and up. He is abssesed with Tayo japanese cartoon on you tube. About little busses. And our first begining to end movie is Monster's Inc

Karina - posted on 08/09/2014

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Also try Tiny Love its an educational series cartoons. Awesome for ages 1 and up. There is a russian and english version.

Evelyn - posted on 07/05/2014

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Have you tried Sesame Street, Dora, Blues Clues, and some of those shows. He might find them entertaining and at the same time he will learn a bit about colors, numbers, shapes, ABC's, and such. Also try older Disney films like Oliver and Compnay.

Chet - posted on 07/05/2014

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The first movies our kids watched were Mary Poppins, Milo & Otis, Whinnie the Pooh and The Sound of Music (though I forgot about the ending and they found that scary). Oh, and the Thomas the Tank Engine movies.

Linda - posted on 07/01/2014

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I am a grandmother, and I like to combine old school knowledge with current knowledge. (If we don't change, after all, we die!) I like to read what the latest research says about child development, and I found an interesting article in the "Creativity Research Journal" (April 2012). The author cited a lot of studies that said that too much technology had a negative effect on development of creativity in a child's brain. (He didn't explain what "too much" might be.) But then he said a newer study showed that the effects were located in a different area of the brain than originally thought. And that naps could lessen the effects, since the brain is so plastic (able to grow and change).

All that to say is that I think everybody is still learning about how TV affects brain development. So, my solution has been to combine reading with TV. My granddaughter, 21 months, loves the book Room on the Broom. We watch the animated version on the TV, and she is entranced. It's about 30 minutes long, and we stop it here and there to talk about what she is seeing.

Technology is not going to go away, and as long as you choose something that is enjoyable, that you can talk about (either during or after), and is only part of the daily routine of activities, then I think we are safe in continuing. Kids have their favorites, though, and a good place to start would be an animated version of a favorite book. The younger the child, the shorter the time in front of the screen (due to attention span and unknown effects on the brain!).

Maarten - posted on 06/20/2014

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Hi there toddler parent,

We created a series especially for toddlers to learn words, is't fun and educating.
It's a Youtube series only, you can see it here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4lMY75-_2Y&list=PLT79VRwFFYaztft99btOd98hOQP3mEJW-

Please feel free to ad a comment or send us feedback, that would be very helpful.
Thanks in advance!

John - posted on 05/12/2014

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try this movie, its free on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lc7hSoAznzA

Cameron - posted on 05/02/2014

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Another father here, my kids enjoy watching some of the older classic movies such as Marry Poppins and Heidi. These classics are good for the kids as they can relate to the main characters and i can enjoy it too. I think the Magic in Marry Poppins was what made my kids enjoy it so much. I also feel better having them watch somethign other than a cartoon.

Emma - posted on 03/13/2014

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My 2yo daughter loves The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo's Child & Room on the Broom. All three are are around 25 mins long and hold her attention from start to finish. Often as the film finishes she wants it on again & again so it's not that she can't sit still for long periods. With that in mind, we've tried her with longer films but they don't seem to work yet. I guess she loves the familiarity of the shorter ones and likes to say the words ahead of the narrator. Hoping to find a slightly longer film so we can work our way up to a full, feature length movie.

Allyson - posted on 02/15/2014

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Wesley, who is 2.5, loves Sophia the First, Little Einsteins, Henry Hugglemonster, and Jake and the Neverland Pirates. These are all on Disney Junior. There is a Disney app for your iPad or iPad mini that works great when Mommy and Daddy are trying to have dinner at a restaurant instead of finishing the second half of dinner at home out of doggie bags.

Allyson - posted on 02/15/2014

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My son, who is 2.5, cannot get enough of Despicable Me 2. The Minions keep him giggling for hours. It is PG, but I think it is harmless. I just love seeing my son laugh so hard. :) Cars 2 is a favorite as well.

Cartoons - posted on 01/19/2014

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Cartoon videos in Android about education same mickey mouse clubhouse, peppa pig...
you can download from link

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse : play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cartoon.mickeymouse.clubhouse
apps.opera.com/en_us/mickey_mouse_clubhouse_cartoon.html

Peppa Pig : play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=cartoon.peppapig.kidvideo
apps.opera.com/en_us/peppa_pig_cartoon_video.html

My son watch peppa and mickey every day in tablet

Mark - posted on 12/23/2013

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I second what Mandy said above: Toddler World TV and Kidstv123 are VERY good channels for kids on youtube. Good music, good videos.

Sabina - posted on 12/01/2013

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my little girl is 20 months old and she loves Tinker Bell Secret of the Wings!!! not too sad or scary, perfect for a toddler:)

Natasha - posted on 11/16/2013

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All of the disney movies are great, especially the ones with a little more music in it my 2 1/2 yr old daughter loves it. It's something I can also enjoy because I remember them when i was little too.

Haligali - posted on 11/07/2013

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Nobody mentioned TELETUBBIES, my little one loves it. Also MASA AND MEDVED is very nice, we all love to watch it together.

Haligali - posted on 11/07/2013

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Nobody mentioned Teletubbies. My little one LOVES it. Also Masa and Medved is very cute.

Jacqueline - posted on 10/29/2013

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My 20 month old LOVES Aristocats, Tarzan, Finding Nemo, and he also enjoys A Turtle's Tale, Lady and the Tramp, 101 Dalmations (original cartoon), The Fox and The Hound and pretty much anything with talking animals.

January - posted on 09/23/2013

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Your Baby Can Read videos are the BEST! My kids loved them and learned a lot too!

Amanda - posted on 09/19/2013

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my lo is so picky i try to use a movie to put him to sleep but hes so picky if its not what he wants the arms go a flapping and the legs go a kicking. hes clicked on monsters inc and despicable me. i try introducing new movies like balto-lets face it his adventure is a legend and who dosnt likea talking doggy movie... well apparently not my son- and i try putting tiggers and piglets movie on but nothing else seems to stay on any longer then a half hour, but his morning cartoons that keeps him quiet seen to be the pbs kids shows he will sit in his baby swing and watch then he gets into the dinosaur train and curious george. he likes the cat and the ha knows a lot about that and the wild krats they are all vary educational. i dont let him watch the lil tiger tho the white cat is so annoying. but good luck with any one who has a picky baby

Amanda - posted on 09/19/2013

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my lo is a pain and vary picky if its not what he wants to watch or not un the mood he will be so annoying, arms go flapping legs go kicking its like forget it. but onece he hears the monsters inc. the ams start up he just stops and hes like a stiff log hes the same way with despicable me. but he wares them out i try introducing balto the tigger and piglet movie.but dosnt always seem to stay on. so good luck on and mom who has a picky baby

Will - posted on 05/22/2013

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Didn't see many fathers posting for girls but mine Loves "The Legend of The Guardians of Ga'hoole" And I used Vuze to download the old Magic School Bus tv shows, she loves them, she just turned two so try those.

Tracy - posted on 04/26/2013

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My son is almost 2 and he LOVEs Sponge Bob, Bob the Builder, Chuggington, Sesame Street (or Street as he calls it), Super Why and Bubble Guppies. Never heard of Word World but it looks like a really cool idea. My son has learned the most from Super Why and Sesame Street. Also he he has a couple dvds called GiggleBellies that he likes as well.

Lauren - posted on 04/18/2013

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Looney Toons cartoon DVDs are the best! My husband and I loved those as kids, and now our 7-year-old has watched them for the past few years. Classic cartoons!

Lauren - posted on 04/18/2013

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Looney Toons cartoon DVDs are the best! My husband and I loved those as kids, and now our 7-year-old has watched them for the past few years. Classic cartoons!

Leah - posted on 03/09/2013

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disney/pixar also have shorts---5-10 mins long---some are extensions of an original movie or new with a learning spin on them. we have the loaded on the tablet and she can get them herself with permission.

Leah - posted on 03/09/2013

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i dug right into the classics--i find them less 'busy' than the new disney/pixar, although great movies i will probabaly wait till my daugher is 3+ to watch these---we started with junglebook, little mermaid, aristocats, fox & hound, cinderella, peter pan, etc....the ones i watched as a kid and loved. i am really enjoying watch them again, it's funny what you do/dont remember. i find these slow enough for her to follow and get the 'plot' a bit more than the older ones....i can't wait to get watching those too.

Amanda - posted on 11/05/2012

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My daughter (3) quite enjoys disney movies as there s lots of songs to sing along with (unfortunately she takes her singing ability from me so this is very loud & very out of tune) I started her watching them about a year ago as a break from CBeebies. You may find the pixar movies are best to start on for boys (I'd recommend Cars or Toy Story) which is what both my nephews were daft on at 2.5 xx

Robin - posted on 11/03/2012

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My grand daughter is 15 months old and LOVES Despicable Me and Mega Mind. We've watched these over and over. She also likes Barney and some of the Veggie Tales.

Zaida - posted on 11/03/2012

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My 1 year 4 month old and 3 year old are both obsessed with the new muppet movie on dvd. They want to watch it a couple of times a day.

Tina - posted on 04/05/2012

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My kids LOVE Lilo and Stitch. They're 1 and 2yrs. old and will sit through almost half of the movie before ever making a sound! They also love the grinch (the original one), Stuart Little, Beauty and the Beast and Tarzan. I also have Finding Nemo and they haven't seemed to take a liking to it either... maybe it's just too mature for them? I noticed it also has a lot of bickering between Dory and Marlin (I believe that's his name... Nemo's father). I saw the kids lose interest fast when the first argument came up, and they never really came back to it. I found when introducing a new show or movie, if you hype it up to them, and spend the first few minutes identifying everything you see, and commenting on what will happen next they get excited about it too. Now my kids insist on getting my attention at the beginning of the movie to point out the characters, then they're engrossed and I can enjoy some qiuet!

Heather - posted on 04/03/2012

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I have 2.5 year old b/g twins. Around 1.5 theyw ere obsessed with the Ice Age movies. My son now loves Cars and Cars 2 and daughter likes Finding Nemo. They also both like Rio

Morrie - posted on 03/10/2012

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My son is going to be 2 next month an he loves Happy Feet, all the Shreks, Dora an Bubble Guppies! One thing i don't let him watch but his dad does is Spongebob.

Nelia - posted on 03/09/2012

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My little girl (Victoria) LOVES to watch adventures like Puss in Boots,also her little brother (Eddie) likes to watch funny cartoons like Pink Panther.Also you can go on youtube.com and search for Lunktik.

Liz - posted on 03/08/2012

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my 2.5year old son loves monsters inc( i wouldnt really recommend it though cuz he did go through a phase where "the monsters" were trying to "get him" :S) shrek, the backyardigans, lilo and stitch, dora the explorer, puss in boots, and how to train your dragon

Alanea - posted on 03/08/2012

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My son would only watch yo gabba gabba for the longest time. I started sneaking in other shows slowly! i started with the wiggles since it was only a 15 minute show. and now he watches almost anything.

Kara - posted on 03/06/2012

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I have no idea why but both of my boys liked Gaither's Homecoming kids movies. It's cool but not the most professionally made movies, lol. No matter how many we turned on, they were only interested in those and the Wiggles.

**Jackie** - posted on 03/05/2012

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Thanks for the tip on Toy Story! My daughter loves all 3!....(psst....I do too! hehe)

Gabrielle - posted on 03/05/2012

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You could try getting the seasons of some kid shows. My son is almost 3 and he loves scooby doo and bob the builder. We buy them on dvd or vhs. They both have 4 to 5 episodes on each disc/vhs tape.

Sara - posted on 03/03/2012

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My 2.5 year old and 1 year old (both boys) looove the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse "movies" (just an hour long), Strawberry Shortcake movies, and Tinkerbell movies. Also Toy Story (1,2 and 3), and Care Bears movies. They'll sit and watch them all day if I let them.

Helen - posted on 02/02/2012

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My daughter is 3 & was have a whole collection of Disney movies that her & our 8 month old love to watch. Her favorites are Toy Story 1.2.3, How To Train Your Dragon, Curious George, Lion King (our lil one is obsessed with this one). We have even gotten the older ones like 101 Dalmations, Beauty & The Beast... our daughter is in love with Pongo haha. Watching these has even helped our daughter with talking more especially when she really gets into the movies. Can't go wrong with Disney movies for the kids, they never get old.

Clarice - posted on 08/22/2010

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My son is 2 1/2 and he loves Finding Nemo, Toy story 1 2 and 3!!! He loves Yo Gabba gabba and sesame street. My toddler likes all the disney movies.

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