25 Best Cartoon Movies for Family Movie Night
Pop the popcorn! It’s time to snuggle up on the couch for family movie night with the greatest cartoon movies of all time!
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The Lion King
If your family loves the live-action or stage renditions of this powerhouse Disney story, they’ll love to screen the cartoon movie version during family movie night. It’s the kind of cartoon movie that’ll leave tears in your eyes, filled with sweeping animation and one of the best songs in a Disney film. “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” won the Oscar for Best Song. Here are the 15 best songs in Disney movies—see how your favorite ranks.
Kung Fu Panda
If you’ve always wanted a martial arts cartoon movie, then Kung Fu Panda is here for you. Jack Black voices the hilarious panda Po whose been chosen by fate to save the day. Problem is, he doesn’t have the greatest Kung Fu skills yet, so he’s going to need some training. Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman, and Angelina Jolie round out the star-packed cast in this fun comedy from Dreamworks Animation.
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Your kids will love this whimsical delight about friendship—especially if there are sci-fi lovers in the family. The story follows Tip and Oh, a young girl and the eccentric alien who befriends her, buddy comedy about a road trip in a flying car. The animation is vibrant and this is the perfect cartoon movie to delight little ones.
The Iron Giant
You’ll find this story about a giant robot and the young boy, Hogarth, who befriends him oddly moving. The story takes on themes around friendship and prejudice in a cartoon movie with a deep take on the humanity of artificial intelligence. Action star Vin Diesel voices the enormous robot, with Jennifer Aniston as Hogarth’s mom.
The lovably cranky green ogre Shrek, from the Dreamworks Animation team, always captures hearts. This is wonderful film to return to for family movie night due to its brightly colored palette and innovative CGI style. The voice talent of Mike Myers and Eddie Murphy give this fairy tale redux a hilarious charm, as they help out Princess Fiona, voiced by Cameron Diaz, who might just fall for the green guy.
The Red Turtle
This is the perfect anime film to watch if your family’s looking for a movie that’s beautiful and thought-provoking. From the riveting first moments, you’ll be caught up in this haunting story of a shipwrecked man and the large red turtle who befriends him. If you’re still looking for a film to move your heartstrings here are the most romantic movies of all time.
One of the best cartoon movies of all time has to be Frozen–even if you’ve seen it before, and if you have a young girl of a certain age, you may have seen it hundreds of times! Frozen became an unforgettable hit due to its powerful theme song. Idina Menzel sings the Oscar-winning “Let it Go,” that perfectly showcases her powerhouse vocals. Your family will love singing along with sisters Anna and Elsa and their adorable snowman pal, Olaf. Can you imagine if Frozen had turned out to be a totally different movie? It almost did!
The Secret World of Arrietty
In this delightful animated movie from Studio Ghibli, you’ll meet the Clock family, tiny people, just a few inches high, who secretly live in a house where they steal items from humans to survive. When a human boy discovers them he tries to befriend the family’s daughter, and despite the size difference the two, they become friends. The story’s based on Mary Norton’s children’s book The Borrowers.
Take a blast to the past on family movie night with this delightfully trippy Beatles movie based on the group’s titular hit song. The surreal and electrifying animation recalls the psychedelic style of the late sixties. The score filled with classic Beatles tunes to keep heads bopping, while the Blue Meanies keep the action going.
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Though Tim Burton’s surrealist holiday tale was created with stop motion animation it has the look and feel of a painting or children’s book illustrations that’s come to life with shadowy, expressionistic imagery. The film explores what happens when holidays clash together, instead of keeping in their own universes. The charmingly creepy Jack Skellington from Halloween Town finds a portal to Christmas Town and tries to take over.