Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockThere are a few versions of this movie, but the 1982 original is the best. Filled with spirit, constant movement, and music, Annie makes you feel light. You can't help but cheer on poor Little Orphan Annie as she escapes the evil clutches of Miss Hannigan in her dreary orphanage and finds an unlikely father in billionaire Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks. If the young'ns start singing along, then it's time to introduce them to the 10 best-ever movie musicals.
Cats Don't Dance
Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockCats can dream too! An overly energetic cat named Danny dreams of seeing his names in lights and moves to Hollywood in the 1930s to break out onto the scene. The only problem is, in Tinseltown, animals don't get starring roles. As he tries to push him and his new friends into the spotlight, he becomes the target of child starlet Darla Dimple who makes it her job to undermine their careers. But with a little faith and just the right amount of luck, they're able to have their day in the sun. This movie is saturated with fantastic musical numbers and will have you singing long after the movie is over, thanks to musical talent of Randy Newman, Natalie Cole, and Scott Bakula. These movies are also known for their rocking soundtracks.
The King and I
Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockThe most iconic movies about friendship aren't necessarily kid-friendly, but this film carries the same meaningful themes with a G rating. Travel to the mysterious Kingdom of Siam with English schoolteacher Anna Leonowens and her young son, as she butts heads with the stubborn king while trying to teach his children. Over time a beautiful bond blossoms between the pair, and they're able to use their combined forces to defeat an evil sorcerer plotting to steal the throne. The importance of friendship and the sacrifices of love shine in this animated take on one of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most celebrated musicals.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella
Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockCan you go wrong when you combine the stunning voices of Whitney Houston and Brandy for a modern twist on Roger and Hammerstein's classic Cinderella? Impossible! (After all, the duo did write some of the most influential Broadway musicals ever.) The 1997 made-for-television musical tells the story of how a prince and a pauper find their way to each other and fight for their love, despite their familial circumstances. Everything in this movie is vibrant, from the costumes to the musical numbers to the cast. What makes it so visually stunning is how people of all races and ethnicities are represented. Turns out, anyone can be a prince or princess.
A Goofy Movie
Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockWhen your kids start to find you embarrassing, pop this movie into the DVD player and remind them that parents have their cool moments too. Dragged on a family road trip with his embarrassing goof of a father, Goofy, Max is forced to spend quality time with his dad when all he wants to do is go on a date with his crush Roxanne. Together they travel down the open road, escape singing possums, survive rapid waters, and find themselves performing on stage with megawatt popstar Powerline. Prove you're even cooler by telling your kids the nine differences between Disneyland and Walt Disney World.
Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockBased on Astrid Lingred's children's books, this 1997 animated incarnation of the mischievous Pippi Longstocking shows that you can be an independent force at any age—even at nine-years-old. Not only can Pippi sail the mighty seas and outsmart some pretty dumb thieves, she can do it all while balancing a stack of books or pancakes on her head. It also helps that she has the constant encouragement of her two neighbor friends. By the way, Pippi makes a great DIY kids Halloween costume, as do these other 22 options.
Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockAfter your kids watch this animated film, they will probably spend the rest of their adolescence believing this tale is fully historical. That's okay though; they'll learn the truth eventually. Until then, they can go on thinking that Anastasia of the royal Romanovs is in fact alive and enlists the help of two Russian con artists to find her surviving family in Paris, while occasionally breaking out into song.
It Takes Two
Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockAdd this flick to your list of funny films for the whole family. This is the GOAT (Greatest of All Time) of Mary Kate and Ashley movies, hands down. Alyssa is a rich girl who loves being the apple of her father's eye and Amanda is an orphan who just wants to get adopted by her social worker; they're just two girls from completely different worlds who happen to look exactly alike. In a strange twist of events, they meet and come up with the perfect plan to get rid of Alyssa's stepmother-to-be and replace her with Amanda's social worker. All they need to do is switch places. If your kids love The Parent Trap, they'll love this.
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockThis movie should be every child's introduction to sci-fi, especially before they watch any mind-bending time travel movies. It tells the tale of a lonely suburban boy named Elliot who befriends an alien after he's stranded on earth. He takes E.T. into his home and introduces him to his siblings, who then decide to keep him their secret. But then the gentle alien falls ill and it's up to Elliot to help him get home before the government takes control.
Tatiana Ayazo/ Rd.com, ShutterstockMischievous youngsters Spanky and Alfalfa head an anti-girl organization called the He-Man-Woman-Hating Club. But when Spanky and the rest of the gang find out Alfalfa has been wooing their schoolmate Darla, they make it their mission to destroy their relationship. In the process, their clubhouse is burned down and the only way to earn enough money to rebuild it is to win the local soap box derby—and possibly Darla's heart.