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Best Kids Movies 2013

Updated on November 29, 2014

Top 10 Kids Movies 2013

Here is my list of the best kids movies 2013.

What have I based this list on? Well not only do I love kids movies but these are some of the best movies released in 2014. I especially love Disney/Pixar movies, along with superhero movies and a few movies for older children too. These choices were not only among the top 10 kids movies of the year but were also some of the highest grossing movies of 2013!

You can vote in the kids movies 2013 poll too and see if you agree with my choices and share your favorite moments from kids movies released in 2013.

And remember. It doesn't matter how old you are, it's never too late to laugh at a kids film! I already know which of these films my nieces and nephews are desperate to get for their birthdays!

Update: New Kids Movies 2015 has more new movies coming up in the future and is always kept up to date.

Top 10 Kids Movies 2013!

Listed in order of how much I really enjoyed them.

Disney's Frozen Based on The Snow Queen


Classic tales by Hans Christian Anderson


1. Frozen

Disney's latest adventure is another adaptation of a Christian Anderson book - The Snow Queen. Just like they did with Tangled, they have improved the story and given it an almost Shrek like twist. There are some really great characters, my favorite being the talking Snowman who finds himself in lots of sticky situations.

However, the story is about a pair of sisters. One is the Snow Queen and has brought an eternal Winter to the land. The other sister must find a way to bring sunshine and laughter back to the world and even to her sister. There are some great songs sung by Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell is super cute too.

This movie isn't just for young kid. It's great fun for the whole family.

So sit back and enjoy this magical fairy tale and musical which is the perfect backdrop to Christmas and Winter.

Frozen Preview

2. Despicable Me 2

The Best Kids Movie 2013 For Little Kids

Gru is back and so are the minions! It feels like ages since these like workers were running around our screenings with their funny little noises. Well this time around they are just as funny, if not funnier, than the first time we met them.

In Despicable Me 2, Gru has retired from the dastardly work of being a villain. Instead, he is concentrating on raising his three little girls. He would do anything for those girls, including dressing up as a fairy. (He really does this and it's so funny).

However, there is a new threat and Gru is called in to help figure out who stole a special serum, that turns nice things evil. He has to go undercover, with a female operative, to discover who the new wrongdoer is. Meanwhile, he still has to balance being a dad and dealing with the oldest girl dating, the minions disappearing and even he begins dating, reluctantly.

Although it looks like this movie is just for kid, it was one of he funniest movies I watched this year. I would recommend it to everyone that has kids, but also those who want some lighthearted fun and entertainment.

Despicable Me 2 Trailer

3. Monsters University

Sully and Mike are Back!

Our favorite green and blue monsters return and this time we get to see them when they were younger. Mike and Sulley are at Monsters University learning to be Scarers! Yeah!!!

Mike is all book smart and we find out what inspired him to want to scare little kids. We see just how small and cute he was as a little monster at school and how he stuck in at the books to learn his craft. Meanwhile, Sulley is the complete opposite and comes from a long line of Scarers. He's expected to ace Scare School but doesn't think he has to study to achieve.

When Mike and Sulley struggle in class they begin to realize that they will have to work together, if they have any chance of getting the job they have always wanted.

It's really cool seeing Monster Sororities and Fraternities. There are new characters to meet and this is a real feel good movie. There are sad parts but there are lots of laugh out loud moments too. Really young kids might find the Principle of the University a little scary (She's a really creepy monster), but apart from that it's not as scary as you'd expect.

Instead, the movie teaches that it doesn't matter what you look like. You can achieve your dreams, it just might take you longer to get there but you should never give up!

Monsters University Trailer

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4. Oz The Great and Powerful

Kids Will Love the Prequel to The Wizard of Oz

Remember the Wizard of Oz that tried to help Dorothy return home? Well Oz the Great and Powerful is a prequel to the movie and is the tale of how a normal man, who was an illusionist, became the great Wizard of Oz. You see he was also from Kansas and his arrival was foretold. He has a destiny to help the people of Oz deal with the Wicked Witch. However, he's not really a magician and he doesn't know the rules and he's way over his head on this one.

This film has amazing animation effects and wonderful new creatures to meet. It's also got some big names in the cast including Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams. However, there will be some scary parts so really young children may need their hand held or a hug at certain parts.

I loved watching Oz the Great and Powerful. The costumes were amazing, along with new characters and also the classic ones we recognize from The Wizard of Oz. The story behind how a good witch transformed into the Wicked Witch is not to be missed, and the actual transformation was mesmerizing. And I also saw where the ruby slippers came from and felt bad for the once good witch.

Oz the Great and Powerful Trailer

5. The Croods

Go Back in Time For an Adventure

The Croods is one of the best animated movies of 2013. It's got a great cast including Ryan Reynolds and Nicolas Cage.

Dreamworks took a leaf from the Disney playbook and gave audiences a female lead! Although she is backed up by her Dad, after she doesn't listen to him of course.

The Croods is set in prehistoric times when people lived in caves. A protective caveman tells his family never to leave the cave. Except one day, curiosity gets the better of his eldest daughter and she finds herself looking at the rest of the world. The family quickly follows, but disaster strikes!

There's a character for everyone. There's an old granny, a protective father, a dumb brother and a daughter who just wants to be independent and do her own thing. There's also an ultra cute little cave girl that will make you go awww. This is another reason The Croods makes the top 10 kids movies 2013 list.

If you liked Ice Age then you'll love the Croods!

After watching the movie I wanted my own prehistoric pet just like Belt. He was so cute and funny and endearing. He's the best kind of friend you'd want and you know he'd always be there for you. Super cute and I bet a popular item on lots of kids Christmas wish list!

The Croods Trailer

6. Iron Man 3

The Best Superhero of 2013?

Robert Downey Jr is back as Iron Man 3. This is definitely my favorite superhero movie of 2013, although Thor The Dark World was pretty good too!

This time around, Stark has his work cut out for him. He's attacked fairly early on in the movie and Ms Potts is taken hostage. He'll have to try to figure out what an old associate is up to, played by Guy Pearce, and where the real threat lies.

Meanwhile, audiences will get to meet more Iron men and can pick their favorite versions. There are so many awesome Iron man costumes to choose from including a very Patriotic one too!

Although this movie is really cool for kids, it might be better for kids over ten years old, as there are a lot of scenes where people get blown to bits. And there are scenes where people are clearly going to "do it", so if you want to avoid the embarrassing questions.....

Iron Man 3 Trailer

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7. The Hunger Games - Catching Fire

The 2nd Installment of The Hunger Games

Jennifer Lawrence returns as arrow wielding savior in The Hunger Games - Catching Fire. She thinks the games are over now that she has returned home and has managed to save not only herself, but also Peta. However, now things are awkward with Gale.

Katniss is secretly struggling to deal with the trauma of being in the games, and having killed other kids. Peta still loves Katniss, even though he knows everything in the games was for show. Gale questions Katniss' real feelings for Peta. Meanwhile, there are signs of an uprising in a number of the Districts as they saw a little girl defy the Capitol.

President Snow convinces Katniss to continue to be in love with Peta on screen, in order to smooth the tension in the Districts. However, when this doesn't work he takes drastic action and decides to hold a special Hunger Games to commemorate the 75th year of the games. This time only previous victors will be able to fight to the death, and there will be only one winner.

As Katniss is the only female winner from District 12, she already knows she will be competing again. However, what she doesn't know is that the other victors have a special plan of their own. One that could save Katniss' life but could cost her everything else she holds dearly in return. And by the time she figures it out, it's too late!

Needless to say, this is a movie more geared towards older children. There's lots of killing, threats and politics. I loved the action scenes, the subtle story line underneath and also the relationships we discovered the other victors have.

Catching Fire Trailer

8. Thor - The Dark World

Chris Helmsworth and Natalie Portman return in The Dark World.

An old threat has come out of hiding just as the planets are aligning which will lead to a momentous occasion where the planets will overlap and be in the same place. This ancient race can only release a great evil during this particular event, and if they succeed they will plunge all the worlds into eternal darkness.

Only Thor, with Loki's help, can stop this from happening. However, it's not that simple as this evil has decided to use Jane Foster as it's host. Thor has to decide if the human woman he loves is worth more than the universe and his birthright of becoming the next Asgardian King,

There's lots of action, and Thor looks great as any would be God should, but it's also about love and sacrifice. And of course, Loki is up to his usual tricks.

The Dark World Trailer

9. The Smurfs 2

Smurfs in Paris

The Smurfs return and this time their girl has been kidnapped!

Gargamel takes Smurfette to Paris as he needs her to make his own version of the Smurfs. He's made the Naughties and they are like Smurfs but they prefer mischief. The only problem is they are unable to harness the power of the Smurfs.

The other Smurfs have to return to the human world, work with their human friends and find Smurfette before Gargamel woes her with boutique shops in Paris and into sharing the secrets of the Smurfs!

This movie was funny, but I have to say I felt sorry for the cat.

The Smurfs 2 Trailer

10. The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones

Best New Teen Movie 2013

For supernatural fans this is likely to be the biggest movie of the year. And it's teen friendly too!

If you are suffering from Twilight withdrawals then you'll absolutely love what I am about to tell you. The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones book by Cassandra Clare was adapted into a movie and stayed very true to the books..

Why will Bella and Edward fans love this film? Well, for starters there's a love triangle just like in Twilight. Except, instead of it being between a Vampire and a Werewolf, it's between a human and a Shadow Hunter.

What's a Shadow Hunter I hear you asking? Well, they are special beings that look human, but they fight demons and other evil things and protect the human world, without us ever seeing or knowing about them. They are descended from Angels, but a young girl see's them kill someone at a nightclub. Her friend thinks she's crazy because there is nothing there. Only she can see them.

Clary finds out she's special and not a Mundane like the rest of us poor human folk. Indeed, she's a Shadow Hunter, like her mother and father. She would love to find out more from her mum but she can't as she has to discover who kidnapped her and why her memory has been tampered with.

When she comes face to face with her father for the first time, all her nightmares come true.

The Mortal Instruments - City of Bones Trailer

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    • asereht1970 profile image

      asereht1970 3 years ago

      Great choices you have here. Love The Croods and next is Frozen.

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      Radgrl 3 years ago

      My daughter loves "Frozen". She was terrified of "Oz"

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      Great selection of kids movies!

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      jenny6 3 years ago

      Frozen,Disney a nice return

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      Jess Martell 3 years ago

      These are all great movies! Sweet lens

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      kumki660 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing ... This is what i need..

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      chat2vishakha 4 years ago

      Very nice collection of kids movies.Thanks for sharing this post.

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      @steadytracker lm: Yeah 6 is fairly young so it's understandable she enjoys the cartoons best. Since she liked the ones you mentioned above, she'll probably love Disney's Frozen coming out in the later part of the year.

      Thanks for visiting this page and leaving a comment.

    • steadytracker lm profile image

      steadytracker lm 4 years ago

      My six year old loved the Smurfs, Despicable Me 2 and Monsters University, but did not like the others very much. She still prefers cartoons I guess. Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens.

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      BlowDryBar 4 years ago

      Nice layout of the different movies according to release date. This lens was really helpful!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can't wait for city of bones!

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      @Javon149: Yeah that's gonna be a popular choice. I can't believe it's been so long since we first met Mike and Sulley!

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      Underrated 4 years ago

      Great list

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      Javon149 4 years ago

      Wonderful list of movies. Can't wait for Monsters University.

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      Toytasting LM 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! Waiting to watch "Iron Man 3" and "Monster University"!

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      @katiecolette: Me Too!!

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      katiecolette 4 years ago

      Can't wait to see "Oz The Great and Powerful"!

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yeah I agree. Monsters Inc is one of my favorite movies. I loved the characters so much and cried when Boo's door got destroyed and then again when it got put back together.

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      tophatpro 4 years ago

      @LiliLove: Congrats! Me too! Thx for coming back and letting me know and the angel blessing.

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      LiliLove 4 years ago

      Hi Laury! Came back to take another look at your great lens and leave an angel blessing :). Just got my wings!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Definitely going to take my 4 yr old for Monsters University. The first one was great for adults too!

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      kabbalah lm 4 years ago

      Some good new movies coming out this year. Thanks

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      audrey07 5 years ago

      My son would definitely want to watch the Iron Man. For me, I would like to watch the The Smurfs.

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      LiliLove 5 years ago

      Great selection of kids movies - love it!

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      kcsantos 5 years ago

      I can't wait for Monsters University. Monsters, Inc. is one of my favorite animated films. Again, thanks for this lens.

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      WindyWintersHubs 5 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Great choices! I would enjoy seeing many of these new movies! Happy Holidays!

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      tophatpro 5 years ago

      @ItayaLightbourne: Yeah there are loads of great movies coming out in 2013. Thank for the Angel blessing!

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      Itaya Lightbourne 5 years ago from Topeka, KS

      Wow! Didn't know there were so many awesome movies coming out in 2013! Great features. Angel Blessings. :)

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      Great selection of movies, I love it.

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      tophatpro 5 years ago

      @shawnhi77 lm: Thx glad you liked it!

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      shawnhi77 lm 5 years ago

      Wonderful lens full of great information about the Kids movies of 2013. I can't wait to see Iron Man 3. You did a great job!