7 Best Kids Movies on Starz – 2020 update

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7 of the Best Kids Movies Available on Starz

  1. Coraline (2009)
  2. Frozen (2013)
  3. Big Hero 6 (2014)
  4. Night at the Museum (2006)
  5. The Land Before Time (1988)
  6. Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest (1992)
  7. Hotel Transylvania (2012)

1. Coraline

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Coraline (2009) – IMDb

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7.7/ 1085/ 100Starz free trial
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This is a perfect film to watch with kids who don’t scare easily. There are mild frightening elements in this film, and it’s suggested to watch with kids ages seven and above. Despite being a little on the scary side, I felt this was a great film that teaches kids that not everything that looks better is actually good for us.

Coraline (played by Dakota Fanning) is a rebellious and adventurous 11-year-old girl. When she and her parents move to a strange and mysterious new house, Coraline is less than enthusiastic about it. 

At the distracted encouragement of her father, Coraline goes off to explore the new home. What she finds is a mysteriously locked door behind some wallpaper. After finally opening the door, Coraline becomes swept away by the world she finds behind the door.

She learns rather quickly that things aren’t exactly as they seem. There are dark secrets hidden in the world that’s intent on keeping her there. Forever.

2. Frozen

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Frozen (2013) – IMDb

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7.4/ 1089/ 100Starz free trial
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This Disney movie has been proven to be a great show for all ages, boy or girl alike. Its songs will get stuck in your head, and your kids will simply fall in love with Olaf and Sven. This film is a personal favorite of mine. It focuses on the love between sisters, rather than a romantic love story.

Frozen focuses on two princess sisters. One born with magic and one born without. As children, the girls are close and share a wonderful bond. Their love for each other is clear from the film’s opening scene, and it isn’t hard to fall in love with Anna (Kristen Bell) and Elsa (Idina Menzel).

After a childhood accident between the girls, Elsa is kept away from Anna, and their relationship suffers as a result. When the girls lose their parents, Anna lives almost entirely alone as Elsa continues to self-isolate in an attempt to protect everyone from her magic.

Once crowned queen, Elsa accidentally uses her magic again. This reveals her powers to the rest of the world. In her fear, Elsa believes she can no longer remain in Arendelle and runs away. Anna enlists a local named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), to help her reach the top of the mountain where she knows her sister is hiding.

The danger is lurking closer to home without Anna having a clue. In a surprising turn of events, audiences will not see who the true villain is until it’s almost too late.

3. Big Hero 6

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Big Hero 6 (2014) – IMDb

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7.8/ 1090/ 100Starz free trial
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Another Disney movie, this film is a great option for kids. Big Hero 6 isn’t a musical, but rather uses songs as part of the background score instead. My son truly loved this film and played it on repeat for several weeks. 

Big Hero 6 follows the storyline of Hiro (Ryan Potter), who is a child prodigy. Their aunt raises Hiro and his brother after the tragic death of their parents. From the start of the film, you can see that the brothers have a tight bond, even though Hiro is going down a path his brother doesn’t quite approve of.

Hiro decides to follow in his brother’s footsteps and go to the same college. After a tragic accident, Hiro’s brother dies. Following his death, Hiro discovers his brother’s most recent experiment: Baymax (Scott Adsit).

Hiro learns to deal with his grief through his new bond with the robot. The two of them embark on a touching adventure to find the cause of the accident. They uncover troubling truths about his brother’s death as they race to save the world.

4. Night at the Museum

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Night at the Museum (2006) – IMDb

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6.4/ 1075/ 100Starz free trial
Amazon Prime (rent or buy)

This is a fun movie for family members of all ages. Kids will love it for its action and humor. The cast works so well together, and we get a wonderful performance from the late Robin Williams.

Night at the Museum follows the story of Larry (Ben Stiller), a divorced father who is trying to find a job to keep his son in his life. He’s established early in the film as being unreliable and a bit selfish. This sets up nicely for a redemption story arc.

Larry gets a job at the Museum of Natural history as a security guard. As he is shown around by the old guards, he learns that the museum has many secrets, none of which he is prepared to handle.

Hilarity ensues when the instructions are destroyed, and Larry has to figure out how to navigate the museum and keep its secrets safe.

5. The Land Before Time

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The Land Before Time (1988) – IMDb

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7.4/ 1078/ 100Starz free trial
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A classic kids movie if there ever was one. This film is a beautiful and timeless embodiment of the power of family and love among friends. It was a favorite in my family and has been a favorite for my son as well.

The Land Before Time follows a group of young dinosaurs as they make their way to the Great Valley in an attempt to reunite with their families. This story takes place after a major shift on the planet. Food is scarce, and danger lurks around every corner.

6. Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest

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Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest (1992) – IMDb

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6.5/ 1069/ 100Starz free trial
Amazon Prime (rent or buy)

This is a fun little story that kids are sure to enjoy. The music is enjoyable for parents and kids alike. For those who don’t enjoy musicals, there isn’t that much singing and dancing in this film. We get another great performance by Robin Williams in this film as well. It was a popular movie choice in my family as a kid.

Fern Gully follows Crysta (Samantha Mathis) and her friends as they work together to save their rainforest home from a company of loggers. When one of the loggers unknowingly releases a pollutant called Hexxus (Tim Curry), Crysta works with one of the loggers to put a permanent end to Hexxus.

7. Hotel Transylvania

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Hotel Transylvania (2012) – IMDb

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7.1/ 1078/ 100Starz free trial
Amazon Prime (rent or buy)

This movie is great. It’s not too scary, despite being about vampires and other monsters. It has a hilarious cast who work well to bring the characters to life. As an adult, I appreciated the relationship that was developed between Dracula (Adam Sandler) and Johnny (Andy Samberg). 

After the loss of his wife, Dracula builds and runs a high-end hotel exclusively for monsters. He believes it’s the safest place to raise his vampire daughter, Mavis (Selena Gomez). However, things get complicated when Mavis turns 118 and decides she’s ready to go out into the human world.

As a result of Dracula’s attempts to keep her home, a human manages to find the hotel. Funny hijinks are afoot as Dracula tries to keep Johnny away from Mavis. Not only does Mavis fall in love with Johnny, but Dracula and Johnny develop a beautiful friendship and bond that makes this film so special.

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