The first Pixar film with a female heroine has the ambiance of a classic fairy tale. It's got plenty of laughable goofiness and exciting drama, and places heartwarming emphasis on a strong mother-daughter relationship.

The Sound of Music

Really, what film can ever top this one? Iconic musical numbers, singing nuns, an unexpected romance, a show-stopping wedding, and a dramatic escape: The Sound of Music really has it all. Maybe you can even get your kids to do their own rendition of "So Long, Farewell" while marching upstairs at bedtime (if only!).


It's not every day that a classic kids' movie is remade into something even more stunning than the original. The 2015 Cinderella gives a nod to the animated version while fleshing it out with much more backstory, character development, and absolutely breathtaking imagery.

Akeelah and the Bee

The inspirational film about a little girl who has to overcome the odds to excel in the National Spelling Bee is just the kind of underdog story kids love, and has positive messages about community, family, and trying your best.


There are so many reasons to love this 2016 flick, not least the 5 Incredible faith lessons from the movie. If the catchy and soaring soundtrack doesn't make you fall in love with this film, the lush animation and inspiring plot will!


If your kids have seen a lot of classic Disney films, they will have a blast catching all the references in this larger-than-life parody, which is an absolute delight from start to finish!

The Parent Trap

Both the 1961 and 1998 versions are so much fun, but if you have to pick just one, go with the 1998 version featuring Lindsay Lohan. The theme of parents rekindling their youthful love for each other and the twins' hilarious shenanigans make this film a pleasure to watch, but you may want to discuss with your child a few concerning elements (in particular, children may be concerned about the plot device that divorced parents would make no effort to see one of their children, and clarify that while the girls' pranks are funny onscreen they would be very inappropriate in real life!).