Although they might be geared towards younger audiences, some children’s movies have a depth to them that even adults can appreciate. Pixar has mastered the art of doing just this and some of its best films even move adults to tears. But there are many more children’s movies out there that might have slipped under your radar as an adult, which you should definitely give a watch.
The Princess Bride (1987)
The Princess Bride is a classic film that can be enjoyed by all ages. It has a great cast that gives phenomenal performances and the story has a little bit of everything from sweet romance to adventure and action.
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Studio Ghibli has many animated films that adults can enjoy and My Neighbor Totoro is one of their best ones. Written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki, this magical film is about two girls who have adventures with forest spirits. It is also unique in its narrative as it manages to be compelling without having any bad guys.
The Iron Giant (1999)
Before Brad Bird went on to make Ratatouille and The Incredibles for Pixar, he had made The Iron Giant. This heartwarming story of a young boy who becomes friends with a giant robot from outer space is going to be one of the most beautiful animated films you’ll ever see.
Coraline is another animated stop-motion film that is seen as a children’s movie but adults might actually enjoy more. Based on a novella by Neil Gaiman, the film follows a girl who enters a world that is an idealized version of her own, but where everyone has buttons for eyes. It’s a dark film with deep underlying themes that’ll make you think.
Paddington and its sequel from 2017 are both children’s movies that are equally enjoyable for adults. This charming series about a talking bear that becomes a part of a British family is much better than you’d expect.
My Life as a Zucchini (2016)
This stop-motion animation French film was nominated for an Oscar. Although it is bright and colorful, it deals with some heavy themes. The film follows the life of a boy who enters a foster home after his mother dies, where he comes to learn the true meaning of trust and love.
Based on a best-selling children’s book, Wonder features Jacob Tremblay as Auggie, a boy with facial differences who attends school with other children of his age for the first time. It’s an emotionally moving film that captures what it’s like to feel different on the inside than how you look on the outside.
So, celebrate this Children’s Day by watching some movies that don’t have an age limit on entertainment.