21 Best Educational Movies Every Kids Must Watch

educational movies for kids

For a parent, child-education matters but what matters most is child development. And the development of kids does not only depend on schooling and books, playtime and educational-movies also play an important role.

Some of the educational cartoon movies give important life lessons. They are a pleasing source of learning for children that books can not teach. Educational movies can entertain as well as make learning a lot for kids.

Being a parent I want to do some work from home while I’d want my kids must watch some educational movies instead of worthless TV. Though they can watch these best educational movies for kids on TV.

Benefits of Watching Educational Movies 

Most of the kids love watching movies for fun and entertainment. But indirectly they learn a lot from those movies. So why don’t we get some educational movies for them that give both entertainment and education?

To watch educational movies or cartoon movies for kids could help in many ways and most parents believe it does so. 

  • Enhance mental strength. 
  • Improve social development.
  • Makes them learn things at an early age.
  • Improve language and speaking skills.
  • Creativity development.
  • Improve creative imagination skills.  
  • Boding with nature.
  • Enhance differential ability, such as in color, shapes, animals, birds, and other natural things. 

21 Best Educational Movies for kids

There are thousands of children’s movies available on several platforms such as TV, Netflix, Amazon Prime, or other sources. But which one is the best or which one child should watch for educational development?

So here we have added the top 21 best educational movies for kids that every child should watch at least once.

  1. Happy Feet
  2. Coco
  3. Dumbo
  4. Wonder Park
  5. WALL-E
  6. Monsters University 
  7. The Land Before Time
  8. Rango
  9. The Lion King 
  10. Moana
  11. Shrek
  12. The Good Dinosaur
  13. Inside Out
  14. The Incredibles
  15. Maya The Bee
  16. Finding Nemo
  17. Up
  18. Home Alone
  19. Bridge To Terabithia
  20. Zootopia
  21. Big Hero 6

Happy Feet

happy feet 2006

Movie Summary: It is a kids’ animation movie with the main character a little penguin Mumble. Where every penguin sings a song to attract a soul mate, mumble could not sing a song. Whereas he dances brilliantly. So he was different than other penguins. 

How he faces criticism for being different and how his different strength saves all the penguins. This movie tells about how we can use our strengths no matter how different we are. 

Launching Year: 2006

Director: George Miller

Category: Kids, Animation, Adventure, Arts, Entertainment, and Culture, Romance, Comedy

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/36DGBx7   


coco 2017

Movie Summary: A young Miguel has a dream of becoming a musician like his idol Ernesto de la Curz. But problem is that music is banned in his family. Miguel desperately wanted to become a musician.

Once he enters the stunning and colorful land of the dead. Where he meets his idol and discovered the story behind his family. The film “Coco” won many Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, and Best Animated Film at the BAFTA Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Critic’s Choice Movie Awards, and Annie Awards.

Launching Year: 2017

Director: Adrian Molina, Lee Unkrich

Category: Kids, education, comedy.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kAKzM8


dumbo 2019

Movie Summary: It is a fantasy film in which a circus elephant born with large ears and got the cruel nickname Dumbo. Circus owner Medici ordered to hide his ears before the performance but an accident reveals it and people laugh at it. So his mother enraged and damaged the circus.

Everything in this child movie changes when Dumbo discovers that his large ears can allow him to fly. Overall it is an interesting kids educational movie with a lot of emotion and entertainment. It is a new animation movie for children. 

Launching Year: 2019

Director: Tim Burton

Category: Kids, fantasy, emotion, fun.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Kf0ROf

Wonder Park

wonder park 2019

Movie Summary: It’s an adventure animation movie for children. This movie is about the dream come true of a young girl named June. June and her mother come up with the imagination of a Wonderland, a magical amusement park run by a group of animals. 

The trouble hits soon after discovering the park. This movie tells about how she and her friends save the park with devils while her mother was sick. 

Launching Year: 2019

Director: Dylan Brown

Category: kids, animation, cartoons, adventure, emotional, entertainment, and fun.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3lC89tb


Wall-e 2008

Movie Summary: WALL-E stands for ‘Waste Allocation Load Lifter – Earth’ is an animated science fiction movie. The movie is about the future when humanity is nowhere on Earth and WALL-E is the last robot on earth to clean the garbage.  

One day WALL-E meets a probe sent to scan our earth Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator named EVE. WALL-E shows her interesting collections including a living seedling. Then their story starts with an adventure across the galaxy and romance.

Launching Year: 2008

Director: Andrew Stanton

Category: Science Fiction, Animation, Action, Kids

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/38ToqpZ

Monsters University

monsters university 2013

Movie Summary: Mike Wazowski is a kid monster taken admission in the monster university with a dream of becoming a Scarer. He meets Sulley a natural-born Scarer. They took part in MU’s elite Scare Program.

Mike was determined to prove that he can become a Scarer, So he breaks into the school’s lab where he enters the human world. Where he scares the adult human and becomes the star of the university. 

Launching Year: 2013

Director: Dan Scanlon

Category: Action, Animation, Comedy, Kids.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3pLgugG

The Land Before Time

the land before time 1988

Movie Summary: It’s an American children’s animated adventure film with the main character of a young plant-eating dinosaur named Littlefoot. His mother got died while protecting him from a vicious carnivore. With her last moment, she tells about a Great Valley where he will be reunited with others of his kind.

On the way, he meets many friends but also being reached by a killer dinosaur. Throughout all films, they go through many adventures while learning lessons about life and friendship along the way.

Launching Year: 1988

Director: Don Bluth

Category: Kids, animation, adventure. 

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kF7xBH


rango 2011

Movie Summary: This kids’ movie is about a pet chameleon whose name is ‘Rango’. Rango found himself stranded in a desert after his terrarium falls from his owners’ car by accident.

He seeks the water in the desert with a series of thrilling situations and outrageous encounters force him to become a real hero. During his journey, he founds many villains. 

Launching Year: 2011

Director: Gore Verbinski

Category: Animation, Kids, Comedy, Action.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kz2Ol7

The Lion King

the lion king 2019

Movie Summary: It is an American animated musical drama film produced by Walt Disney Pictures. It’s a story about King Mufasa’s and Queen Sarabi’s newborn son, Simba. Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar plots to kill Mufasa and Simba. So that he can become king. 

His father got killed but Simba escapes. Later Simba returns as an adult and takes back his kingdom with the help of his friends.

Launching Year: 2019

Director: Jon Favreau

Category: Adventure, Kids

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/38K6GNQ


moana 2016

Movie Summary: It’s one of the best educational movies for kids where a child can learn a lot about life while having entertainment. The movie is about an adventurous teenager named Moana who sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

On her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds.

Launching Year: 2016

Director: John Musker, Ron Clements

Category: Kids, Animation, Action.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IGWZEP


shrek 2001

Movie Summary: It’s a fairy tale and animated comedy movie. The movie is about the character ‘Shrek’ who is an anti-social ogre. Shrek’s precious solitude has suddenly vanished when they were all banished from their kingdom by the evil Lord Farquaad.

He and his friend ‘Donkey’ is determined to save their home. During their mission, they fought with the dragon and also rescue the princesses.

Launching Year: 2001

Director: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson

Category: Action, Adventure, Kids, Comedy.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/38PC2Ti

The Good Dinosaur

the good dinosaur 2015

Movie Summary: It is an American 3D computer-animated adventure movie that was produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Young Arlo was living with his parents and two siblings. Arlo departs with his family during a rainstorm.
During his journey back home Arlo meets a boy whose name is ‘Spot’. Together they found his family while having a lot of adventures.

Launching Year: 2015

Director: Peter Sohn

Category: Kids, Animation, Adventure Film.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/36LWW37

Inside Out

inside out 2015

Movie Summary: Inside Out is one of the best educational movies for kids. It reaches how and which types of emotions matter to live a happy life. The movie is about a happy girl ‘Riley’ but her life gets changed when she and her family move to another city. 

Riley’s emotions Joy and Sadness slowly slept and took place by bad emotions such as Anger, Fear, and Disgust. This movie tells about how she faced these situations and get rid of it.

Launching Year: 2015

Director: Pete Docter

Category: Kids, Action, Adventure. 

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2ILN2pX

The Incredibles

the incredibles 2004

Movie Summary: The Incredibles is an animated superhero film for kids. The movie is full of adventure and action. It is about two superheroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl with their superpowers family.

Then the government banned super-power activities. And once Mr. Incredible got in trouble by some robots and then his family saves him with all the adventure. 

Launching Year: 2004

Director: Brad Bird

Category: Kids, Animation, Action, Comedy, Adventure.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kHoCLg

Maya The Bee

maya the bee 2015

Movie Summary: The movie story tells about the bravery of a little bee. Maya is a little bee with a dream of an exciting life of freedom, fun, and adventure. She gets in conflict with Queen’s narrow-minded royal advisor, Buzzlina.

most of the bees believe that insects should be feared, Maya and her friends show some brave adventures in the movie.

Launching Year: 2015

Director: Alexs Stadermann

Category: Animation, Kids

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/38QmLBq

Finding Nemo

finding nemo 2003

Movie Summary: Finding Nemo is an adventure cartoon movie produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie is about a young clownfish whose name is ‘Nemo’ and who lives with his father Marlin.

In the movie, Nemo swims close to the surface and caught by a diver. Marlin chases the boat and meets Dory, a blue tang who suffers from short-term memory loss. The movie is about the journey of how they reunite. 

Launching Year: 2003

Director: Andrew Stanton

Category: Kids, Animation.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2IIUySa


UP 2009

Movie Summary: UP is an animated comedy-drama and adventure film. Carl Fredricksen meets Ellie and fall in love. They marry each other. Ellie has dreamed of a trip to paradise but gets dead after an illness. 

Carl turns his home into an airship with help of many Helium balloons. Then he meets Russell a young boy and accident his home flew with balloons. They meet many adventures throughout the whole movie.

Launching Year: 2009

Director: Pete Docter

Category: Kids, Animation

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2Kh7JdZ

Home Alone

home alone 1990

Movie Summary: It is a classical comedy movie for kids and young children. McCallister’s family is preparing to spend Christmas in Paris at Peter and Kate’s home on the night before their departure.

But in an accident, Kevin, Peter and Kate’s youngest son ruins the family dinner and their flight tickets to Paris. Then Kevin sleep in an attic as a punishment. The movie is about some rumors and gives a lot of fun. 

Launching Year: 1990

Director: Chris Columbus

Category: Comedy, kids.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/2H7fz8E

Bridge to Terabithia

bridge to terabithia

Movie Summary: It is a fantasy adventure film for children. Jesse is a young boy living with his financially struggling family. In the Jesse is bullied by some classmates and also meets a new student named Leslie.

They create an imaginary world called Terabithia, a world of magical creatures. Once Terabithia world comes live. Jesse and Leslie become the king of Terabithia. The movie is about when the tragedy comes and they fight for the kingdom.

Launching Year: 2007

Director: Gabor Csupo

Category: Adventure, Drama, Kids, Fantasy.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/36Dm2ku


zootopia 2016

Movie Summary: The City of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where many animals lived. Judy Hopps is a rural rabbit who is the first rabbit to become a Police Officer. Judy wanted to solve a mysterious case happening in Zootopia. 

She meets Nick Wilde, a wily fox who makes her job even harder. Later Judy and Nick solve a case that has affected the whole city. 

Launching Year: 2016

Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Category: Kids, adventure, action, children comedy film.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/3kK625q

Big Hero 6

Movie Summary: Big Hero 6 is an animated superhero film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios. It is one of the best robotic educational movies for kids that every child must watch. 

‘Hiro’ lives in the city with his family and older brother, Tadashi. But Tadashi dies in an accident. Then Hiro finds Tadashi’s robot Baymax. The movie is about Hiro, Babymax, and his other superhero friends investigate his brother’s death.

Launching Year: 2014

Director: Don Hall, Chris Williams

Category: Kids, Education, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Animation.

Watch on Amazon: https://amzn.to/32NreRx

So these were the top 21 best educational movies for kids, after watching these movies your child can learn a lot of values of life with some fun and entertainment. 

Do tell us in a comment which educational movie for children you liked most. Also contact us, If you want to add some special one. 

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