18 Best Cartoon Movies, You Need To Watch With Your Children Before They Grow Old

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You’re never really too old to watch cartoons, but sadly the window of time when your kids will snuggle next to you on the couch and watch one with you is shorter than you might think.

Before they move on to bigger and louder blockbusters, make sure to add these best animated movies to your to-watch list.

Below are the interesting cartoons you need to watch with them.

1 Frozen II

Through Frozen is a movie that kids just can’t let go, could Frozen II — which details Elsa’s journey to discover the roots and depths of her powers

2. Your Name

For older ones, this movie describes the strange connection between a girl named Mitsuha, who lives in a rural town, and a boy named Taki, who lives in the city.

When the two start dreaming about each other, they have to figure out if what they’re seeing is happening in real life.

3. Moana

Moana goes on a seafaring hero’s journey complete with monsters and demigods, and it’s all soundtracked to some catchy tunes. What can you say to your kids afterward except, “You’re Welcome?”

4. The Lego Movie

Is there a more joke dense movie animated or not — than The LEGO Movie? You’d be hard-pressed to find one. Whether it nods to ’80s LEGO collectors or one-liners about superheroes, this one is wall-to-wall gags in blocky, square package.

5. How to Train Your Dragon

It’s easy to get a kick out of the uncouth viking village and marvel in the designs of the different dragons, but this movie really gets going when the dragons take flight and you get to go along for the ride, swooping through the air.

6. Fantastic Mr. Fox

In this stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved children’s book, everything looks like it was handmade with such care, it almost feels like you’re playing with the world’s most intricate dollhouse instead of watching a movie.

7. Coraline

This spooky, stop-motion flick sympathetically captures a tough part of childhood: Coraline is at an age when she’s old enough to play and explore on her own, but still craves her parents’ attention.

when they’re too busy for her, she seeks the companionship of an enchanted “other mother” who seems to offer her everything she wants.

8. Wall E

There’s so much to love about Wall-E: Not only is the little Earth-cleaning robot one of the most instantly endearing characters, but his space adventure is also one of the most beautiful Pixar movies.

9. The Incredible

Not only do the heroes in this movie fight bad guys with cool superpowers, they learn how to work together as a family. Throw this one on the next time your kids are caught up in sibling squabbles or refuse to do their chores.

10. Chicken Run

From their silly-looking faces to the way they flap around in a panic, everything these chickens do is inherently funny.

11. The Iron Giant

This film, about a boy who befriends a giant robot from outer space, follows the classic kid meets misunderstood outsider formula and, like the best of that genre, it gives a powerful tug on the heartstrings, so you might want to keep some tissues on hand.

Fun fact: The voice of the robot is a pre-fame Vin Diesel, so you can shock your kids by revealing that the Iron Giant and Groot are really the same person.

12. Princess Mononoke

Disney royalty is great, but if you’re looking for a princess with a little more oomph, this one was raised by wolves and is on a mission to protect her forest from those who deplete her natural environment.

13. The ‘Toy Story’ Series

Your kids will be entertained by the antics of all the toys on screen. You, on the other hand, will have to stifle your tears as you notice their owner, Andy, growing up just offscreen and remember how fast this whole parenting thing is going.

14. The Lion King

From the opening “Circle of Life” and its parade of animals on the African plain, you can tell that The Lion King is epic and it delivers. Plus, Scar is one of the scariest villains ever to grace a children’s cartoon.

15. The Nightmare Before Christmas

Whether you put it on at Halloween or Christmas (or both!), this creepy stop-motion tale is one you can keep re-watching together through their teen goth years.

16. Batman: Mask of The Phantasm

If you have a superhero fan at home who isn’t ready for the big blockbusters, this PG-rated movie is more tailored to younger viewers, while still being a suspenseful Batman story. It also gets points for the cool.

17. Beauty and the Beast

This was the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, and it’s easy to see, because it has some of Disney’s best songs.

courtesy of the powerhouse collaboration of composer Alan Menken and lyricist Howard Ashman.

18. My Neighbor Totoro

The Japanese film, from beloved director Hayao Miyazaki, follows two sisters as they move into a new house and encounter strange and wonderful creatures there.

Since these new friends aren’t menacing or full of peril, this is another good one to watch with the littlest movie fans.

They deserve to see it and make sure they do.

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