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Top 7 Movies for Children Under 5 Years Old

Updated on November 6, 2017
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Ms. Inglish has been a professional writer and critic of films, books, music and theater for over 20 years.

Balto, the famous hero sled dog, has his own movie.
Balto, the famous hero sled dog, has his own movie. | Source

G Rated Movies Best for Small Children and Families

My Top Picks for movies both suitable and enjoyable for children ages five and under are all G rated movies that have a minimal amount or none of the following materials

  1. sex and/or nudity,
  2. violence,
  3. profanity of any kind,
  4. substance use, and
  5. negative stereotypes.

On a Likert scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the highest amount of any such material that could be packed into one film and 0 being none, all of my Top Picks for young children would score either a "0" or a "1" in each of the categories listed above.

These movies are also humorous and some may contain a lesson or a special message to be learned. Parents and children can enjoy these movies together.

In addition to family viewing, I have shown these films at overnight indoor camps for young students. Their older brothers and sister and even some of the parents and grandparents have joined us and had a good time watching them.Even some neighbors have attended!

The first three films on the list are the favorites of not only myself, but of many of my friends' children and grandchildren.

Top 7 Films for Young Children Ages 5 and Under

1. Jonah: A Veggie Tales Movie

I love all of the Veggie Tales half-hour films and this full length feature. I thought they sounded silly until a friend and his wife invited me over to watch some of the singing vegetables with their five children.

When the weekend came, I went out and bought every single episodes of Larry Cucumber, Bob Tomato (like Harold and Uncle Red on The Red Green Show), and all the rest!

Larry the Cucumber and Bob the Tomato remind me in a lot of ways of Harold Green and his Uncle Red Green on the Red Green Show. I have never found out if this is intentional or not. However, Harold and Red really make me laugh and when I heard Harold's voice patterns coming out of a cucumber, I was beside myself with hilarity.

Imagine vegetables with personalities. In one of their episodes, the Veggies reenact Hamlet as "Omelet." In another episode, they perform "Sumo of the Opera." Each episode has an interlude for a "Silly Song" that is so funny, adults cannot stop laughing and the songs are great for young children. "The Yodeling Veterinarian of the Alps" is a good one, but my favorite Silly Song is "Endangered Love" about a soap opera star named Barbara Manatee.

  • Video Credit: VeggieTales - YouTube

    Through hilarious storytelling, silly songs and lovable characters, VeggieTales presents meaningful lessons with faith-based values - like forgiveness, honesty and thankfulness - that are easy for kids to understand and that help guide them in their

Veggie Tales has superheroes! Larry Boy and his Larrymobile.
Veggie Tales has superheroes! Larry Boy and his Larrymobile. | Source

A Similar Set of Films

A second set of half-hour computer animation stories from the same company is called 3-2-1- Penguins and set in England, where three British astronaut penguins take a young girl and her bother on adventures in outer space to learn about concepts like telling the truth. it is great fun.

My favorite Penguins episode is the "The Cheating Scale of Bullamanka" in which an Australian lizard challenges the young girl to a game show in a coliseum and everyone learns that cheating doesn't work in the long run. It is hilarious all the way through and teaches a lesson without browbeating the viewer.

2. Babe

I think many kids love talking animals and the blind trio of singing mice (Three Blind Mice) in the corner of the frame from scene to scene sends me into gales of laughter. The sequel to this film, Pig in the City is just as good.

3. Finding Nemo

I have watched this one so many times that I have lost count. The seagulls shrilling "Mine, mine, mine!" sound just like gulls at the seashore I have known and all the characters have great personalities. The film shows the importance of family and trust.

4. Charlotte's Web

I put this in the same category as Babe, stories about pigs. This one also has a lady spider. My first grade teacher read the story to us in during classes. Parts of it made her weep and we found the story beautiful.

As an adult, I have scene several stage productions of the story, including a well-done Greek Theater production performed with masks by a high school drama class. I completely enjoyed the movie and have recommended it for all children of elementary age and younger.

"That's some pig!" A Charlotte's Web Float.
"That's some pig!" A Charlotte's Web Float. | Source

5. Ferngully: The Last Rainforest

This movie is beautiful. Parents can talk with youngsters about the importance of preserving nature if they choose to have their children watch this film. Robin Williams and Tim Curry have great voices for animated films.

6. The Muppet Christmas Carol

I could watch the Muppets every day and I know preschoolers that do! The Muppets, now owned by Disney,will be appearing in many more films.

7. Balto

Based on the famous dog that inspired the Iditarod:

Not everyone supports the concept of running the Iditarod yearly, but Balto helped save many children from dreaded Polio with the vaccine he helped carry across the Alaskans wilderness. I am glad the story of Balto is being told.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS


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      10 years ago

      Almost anything on the Pixar movies list can be watched by very young children - and the good news is that there's something to watch for their parents and grandparents too. My little two-year old has been mesmorised by the Cars movie for ages!

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Yes, I have heard that one! Love it.

    • hot girl2 profile image

      hot girl2 

      10 years ago

      Newsboys (a chrsitian band) made a song about the veggie tales jonah movie called in the bellie of the whale. Great Song! you should listen to it!

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      10 years ago

      Garfield and Friends

    • axeny profile image


      11 years ago

      I can advise you to watch Nemo and 101 Dalmatians - also very funny movie.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      It sounds like a fun movie, but I have not seen it yet. I hope to soon. :)

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Patty talking about feet dancing have you seen Happy Feet. It's my almost 3 year old granddaughters fav. I love it too.

      regards Zsuzsy

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      12 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks, Friends! These movies are so much good FUN!!

      ///////\/\/\/\/\/\///// (these are my feet dancing with fun) :)

    • Kenny Wordsmith profile image

      Ashok Rajagopalan 

      12 years ago from Chennai

      Thanks, Patty, I have a seven year old! And nice to see Super Bee and sidekicks here!

    • Zsuzsy Bee profile image

      Zsuzsy Bee 

      12 years ago from Ontario/Canada


      We took a vote.

      Ferngully, Nemo,Balto and of course the much loved muppets are my granddaughters and my favorites.

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy & Sidekicks

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      13 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      For detailed information on a huge number of films you can read in order to make informed decisions for family viewing, go to

      It's every family's right to make informed decisions.


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