ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Films young girls will love

Updated on July 26, 2013

Slipper and the Rose


Movies for preschoolers

Here is a list of the best movies to watch with a preschooler. Primarily this list is aimed at girls, but that doesn't mean boys can't enjoy them too!

My Neighbour Totoro

This beautiful animated classic centres on two young girls. They move to their country with their father to be near the hospital where their mother is being treated for an unnamed illness.

Situated amongst steep hills, the children's house is surrounded by a combination of dense forest and rice paddies. Their father works at a university while looking after his two children. It's a nice role model for young girls to see the father as the prime care-giver, taking responsibility for house hold chores.

From the beginning of the film the children show a respect towards nature. When their father helps the girls explore the local forest he comments that one old tree has been growing since the time when trees and humans were friends.

An elderly neighbour, "granny" and her grandson befriend the children and provide company for them. However, the real highlight and focus of the film is when the children also meet what their father terms the 'forest spirits". Totoro, a friendly but loud creature, which looks sort of like a cross between a rabbit and an owl is their main friend. The children and Totoro don't speak the same language, but they can still help each other and provide companionship. This particularly helps the children through a tough time when they are desperately missing their mother who is in the hospital.

Released by Studio Ghibli in 1988 this film is sure to charm. Just make sure you use the version which is dubbed in English, rather than just subtitles.

March of the Penguins

Inspiring, beautiful and true. March of the Penguins is a very rewarding family film.

Don't avoid this film because it is a documentary. The footage is superb and the story is gripping. It's also great to also introduce an educational aspect as a bonus and an appreciation of the natural world.

This meticulously filmed 2005 documentary looks at the breeding cycles of Emperor Penguins.

The bleak and frozen lands of Antarctica plays host to one of nature's most epic survival stories. Every year the penguins overcome some of the harshest elements on the planet to breed and raise their young.

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, the March of the Penguins has some brilliant and candid footage of the penguins on the ice and swimming in the ocean. One warning, is that there are some sad scenes in the documentary, such as penguin chicks struggling to survive an Antarctic storm.

However, overall, this is a very worthwhile film which can be enjoyed by young children and their carers.


Walt Disney's animated film Bambi was produced in 1942. However, this enduring classic can still be loved and enjoyed by children today.

Bambi is a coming of age story about a young deer growing up in the forest. Bambi is looked after by his mother and his father "The Great Prince" or leader of the forest deer. He has a close group of friends. These include Thumper, a rabbit, a skunk named Flower and a fawn called Faline.

Bambi enjoys childhood in the forest. During wintertime, when food is scarce, he forages for food with his mother. During good times the forest is abundant with food and fun. The birds sing, and the forest animals play.

Children may find the scene where Bambi's mother dies distressing. She is shot (off screen) by a hunter. However, this is such a charming film that it still makes this list.

The Slipper and the Rose

Produced in the 1970s, this is a musical version of the well-known Cinderella story. This British film boasts beautiful costumes, dancing and singing. The score was nominated for an Academy Award. Unlike most versions of Cinderella there is a focus on both the prince and Cinderella in the story.

Loads of fun, particularly for young girls.

The Wizard of Oz

This classic musical film was produced in 1939. The story will be familiar to many. Based on the book by Frank Baum, the film tells of the adventures of a young girl called Dorothy. Dorothy is literally uprooted from her farm in rural Kansas when she is whisked away in a Tornado to the fantasy Land of Oz. She has her dog, Toto, with her to keep her company.

Arriving in Oz, Dorothy sets out on a quest to win her way back home. She is told that she must seek help from the Wizard of Oz who lives in the Emerald City. Along the way, Dorothy makes friends with an eccentric assortment of characters. These include the Tin Man, (a robot like looking man, made from tin) a "cowardly" lion and a talking scarecrow. She has many adventures and must overcome the Wicked Witch of the West in order to find her way home.

Some of the effects might look a bit daggy to modern eyes, but young children who enjoy singing and dancing, are likely to enjoy it.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)