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Real talk: If you watch one more episode of Paw Patrol, you’re going to go f***ing postal on those cartoon canines. You need a proper movie. And you need it NOW. Here, ten great flicks that are all appropriate for the under-five set. 

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The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh film for toddlers
Walt Disney Productions

‘The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh’

Based on the classic tales from A. A. Milne, this movie follows Pooh Bear and his pals on a series of fun-filled shenanigans around the Hundred Acre Wood. There’s some mild danger here (think: Pooh getting chased by a swarm of bees) but no scary monsters or ghouls to speak of. 

Scary moments: Rabbit gets lost in the woods by himself, which may upset some sensitive kids.
Recommended age: 3+
Run time: 74 minutes

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My Neighbor Totoro film for toddlers
Studio Ghibli

‘My Neighbor Totoro’

Two sisters move into a new house, where they encounter plenty of weird and wonderful creatures (the soot spirits at the start of the film may be a little frightening for some, but they’re not around for long).

Scary moments: The girls’ mother is sick in the hospital, but these scenes aren’t sad or distressing.
Recommended age: 4+
Run time: 86 minutes

Rent it from Netflix

The Jungle Book film for toddlers
Walt Disney Productions  

‘The Jungle Book’

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear try to convince a young man-cub named Mowgli to leave the jungle and join the human world in this Disney classic. Just try not to sing along to “Bare Necessities.” 

Scary moments: The final fight scene between Baloo and Shere Khan (a tiger) may be a little intense for sensitive viewers.
Recommended age: 4+
Run time: 78 minutes

Buy it from Amazon

The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland toddler movie
Columbia Pictures/Jim Henson Pictures

‘The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland’

When Elmo’s blue blanket accidentally gets thrown away, he embarks on a journey to Grouchland to get it back. Kids will love the catchy songs and parents will love the valuable lessons about sharing and working together.

Scary moments: There’s a bad guy who wants the blanket for himself…but that’s about it.
Recommended age: 4+
Run time: 73 minutes

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Curious George movie for toddlers
Universal Feature Animation    

‘Curious George’

The man with the yellow hat (voiced by Will Ferrell) travels to Africa in search of a rare artifact but returns with a stowaway. Now back in New York, he must look after his pet monkey while halting plans to demolish the museum where he works.

Scary moments: There’s nothing scary about this funny tale although impressionable kids may need reminding that some of George’s whacky antics are for monkeys only.
Recommended age: 3+
Run time: 87 minutes 

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Thomas and Friends The Adventure Beings toddler movie
HiT Entertainment/ Arc Productions

‘Thomas & Friends: The Adventure Begins’

All aboard this train-filled adventure that follows a fearless young tank engine getting to know his new home, the Island of Sodor. Features lots of great themes about friendship, hard work and cooperation.  

Scary moments: There’s nothing scary here, although the bickering amongst the engines may cause adult viewers to require extra vino.
Recommended age: 3+
Run time: 45 minutes

Rent it from iTunes

The Snowman best movie for toddlers
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment/ TVC London

‘The Snowman’

There’s no dialogue in this animated adaptation of the classic children’s book—just beautiful music, a sweet storyline and short run time for more distractible viewers.

Scary moments: None. (The snowman does melt at the end but the child isn’t upset about it.)
Recommended age: 2+
Run time: 26 minutes 

Watch on Amazon Prime

The Peanuts Movie best toddler movies
Twentieth Century Fox/ Peanuts Worldwide LLC

‘The Peanuts Movie’

The popular comic strip comes to life in this family-friendly flick starring the whole Peanuts gang. While Charlie Brown tries to win over the love of his life, Snoopy is determined to defeat the Red Baron.

Scary moments: No scary moments although Lucy is her usual rude self so you might want to make sure your kid doesn’t pick up any of her sass.
Recommended age: 4+
Run time: 93 minutes 

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The Gruffalo todder movie
Magic Light Pictures/ Studio Soi    

‘The Gruffalo’

This TV short is based on the classic children’s book about a mouse walking through the forest and outwitting predators along the way. A cute animation that will let your mini know that smarts are more important than size. 

Scary moments: There are a few imaginary scenes where the mouse is being eaten by other animals, but the little creature triumphs in the end.
Recommended age: 3+
Run time: 40 minutes 

Watch on Amazon Prime

The Red Balloon movie for toddlers
Films Montsouris

‘The Red Balloon’

This Oscar-winning short about a red balloon following a young French boy named Pascal around Paris is pure magic. With little dialogue and beautiful scenery, this film will captivate little kids (and grown-ups, too).

Scary moments: A little bit of bullying where a group of kids chases the boy to try and steal his balloon.
Recommended age: 3+
Run time: 34 minutes 

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