Film

12 Family-Friendly Films to Stream Right Now If You Have Kids to Entertain

Lead Photo: Peni (Kimiko Glen), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) in 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.' Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment
Peni (Kimiko Glen), Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld), Spider-Ham (John Mulaney), Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Jake Johnson), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) in 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.' Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

As we all settle into the new normal that the COVID-19 pandemic has ushered in and ready ourselves to spend as much time at home in isolation as possible to curb its effects, those with kids may find their day to day lives most disrupted. In between remote learning and work from home accommodations, households are going to be in need for as much digital entertaining as parents find fit. Which is why we wanted to offer a guide tailored specifically to those who are looking for family-friendly fare that everyone in the house can watch together.

The list below covers Pixar and Marvel hits as well as more international indie fare; something for every taste. And since we didn’t want to restrict it to any one service, it covers Netflix and Disney+ but also the likes of Pantaya and Tubi, which you should be checking out if you’re already running out of titles from your go-to streaming pick.

So whether you’re stuck at home with a little one — or just want to feel like a kid again! — take a look at these family-friendly films you can stream all over the internet.

Also, in case you need any other suggestions, you can always check out all of our Netflixeando guides here.

1

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Rated PG. Parental guidance suggested. May not be suitable for pre-teenagers.

Available to stream on Netflix.

Co-written by Cuban-American Phil Lord, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse centers on Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), a new kind of Spidey. He’s the son of an emotionally available cop, Jefferson Davis (Brian Tyree Henry), and a doting nurse, Rio Morales (Nuyorican actress Luna Lauren Velez). Both are intent on bettering the life of their artistically minded kid, who’s all too eager to skip out at night and paint some graffiti with his uncle Aaron (Mahershala Ali). Once the film’s central conceit makes itself known – yet another science experiment has gone haywire in the city, bringing in a number of Spider-people from different universes and now threatens to swallow Brooklyn whole – it’s up to Miles to learn the ropes of being a superhero all the while shaping what an Afro-Latino Spider-Man can look like in the 21st century.

Read Remezcla’s review.

Synopsis By: Manuel Betancourt
United States
Animation, Adventure, Action
Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord
Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Amy Pascal, Christina Steinberg
2018
117

2

Pachamama

Juan Antin

Rated PG. Parental guidance suggested. May not be suitable for pre-teenagers.

Available to stream on Netflix.

In Pachamama, the Andes are the perfect setting for this children’s adventure, which evokes the journey-of-the-hero archetype. And every inch of Argentine director Juan Antin’s movie feels personal, ready to conjure a sense of magic that comes only from that region, its culture, its sounds and its colors – rearranged into a powerful visual tale. Antin is ready to use his icons as perfect, heartfelt, bigger than life and powerful toys, while managing to be smart enough to show the Spanish Conquest from another point of view – and still believing, above all, in magic.

France
Animation, Adventure
Juan Antin, Patricia Valeix, Olivier de Bannes, Nathalie Hertzberg
Didier Brunner, Olivier de Bannes, Damien Brunner
2019
72

3

Ana y Bruno

Carlos Carrera

Rated TV-14. This program contains some material that many parents would find unsuitable for children under 14 years of age.

Available to stream on Pantaya.

Ana y Bruno is a 3D animated action adventure comedy featuring an unlikely duo: young girl Ana is hoping to find her family. To do so she’ll team up with a green-skinned monster called Bruno who introduces her to a wildly colorful roster of supporting characters, each more monstrously funny than the one before. Based on the novel Ana by Daniel Emil and directed by Carlos Carrera — who worked on the film for more than a decade — this is one of the most expensive animated films ever to be produced in Mexico.

Synopsis By: Manuel Betancourt
Mexico
Family, Animation
Flavio González Mello
Pablo Baksht, Jose C. Garcia de Letona, Fernando de Fuentes, Alex Garcia
2017
96

4

Coco

Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina

Rated PG. Parental guidance suggested. 

Available to stream on Disney+.

Miguel has always wanted to pursue his passion for music. But his family, especially his abuelita, is against it. Music has been banned in their household for generations. But during this year’s Día de Muertos, he decides to go ahead and join a talent show. Yet when he steals an old guitar from Ernesto de la Cruz, a legendary singer who may well be his ancestor, he crosses over into the Land of the Dead, where he’ll have to earn his family’s blessing before traveling back. Pixar’s colorful celebration of the Day of the Dead quickly becomes a rollicking adventure through a world filled with skeletal ancestors, brightly tinged alebrijes and a trusty trickster by the name of Hector (Gael García Bernal).

Read Remezcla’s review.

Synopsis By: Manuel Betancourt
United States
Family, Animation
Adrian Molina, Matthew Aldrich
Darla K. Anderson
2017
105

5

Tito e os Pássaros

Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto

Not rated.

Available to stream on Tubi.

Tito loves helping his scientist dad, Rufus, with his inventions; Tito’s mom, though, always a skeptic, worries that something will go terribly wrong while the two are experimenting. When Rufus’s latest invention, a machine that can understand birds, starts smoking and sparking, Tito is injured and his mom decides that, for Tito’s safety, they should live apart. Years later, people start falling ill and the epidemic begins to spread: the cause, Tito determines, is fear. Recalling his father’s research, Tito knows that the cure must be in understanding birdsong. In order to save others, Tito must resist falling victim to his own fear. Relying on his friends, Sarah and Buiú, he sets out to find his father and complete the research before it’s too late. Created using oil painting, digital drawing, and graphic animation, Tito and the Birds is brought to life through richly textured and vibrant images that add to the storytelling. It’s like every background is its own character.

Brazil
Family, Fantasy, Animation
Eduardo Benaim, Gustavo Steinberg
Gustavo Steinberg
2018
73

6

O menino e o mundo

Alê Abreu

Rated PG. Parental guidance suggested. 

Available to stream on Netflix.

This modern-day fable follows the adventures of a young boy who leaves his small village after the death of his father only to find himself immersed in a chaotic and often confusing modern world filled with strange creatures, fantastic machines and giant, impersonal monuments to human progress. Filled with idiosyncratic plays on perspective and employing a variety of techniques — including collages pasted alongside the thick, waxy lines of Crayola crayons — O menino e o mundo feels like stepping into the imagination of a child set to a joyous samba soundtrack. The film was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.

Synopsis By: Andrew S. Vargas
Brazil
Animation
Alê Abreu
Fernanda Carvalho, Tita Tessler
2013
80

7

Condorito: la película

Alex Orrelle

Rated PG. Parental guidance suggested. 

Available to stream on Pantaya.

One of the most well-known comic strips in Latin American gets its big screen debut in Condorito: The Movie. Starring the famous condor humanoid known as Condorito, his girlfriend Yayita, his arch-nemesis Pepe Cortisona and his nephew Coné, this feature film debut sees the bumbling protagonist at the center of an action adventure that will pit him face to face with an alien race intent on destroying Earth. Boasting a stellar voice cast that includes Omar Chaparro, Jessica Cediel and Jesús Ochoa, among others, this is an ambitious sci-fi take on the beloved Chilean character created by Pepo.

Synopsis By: Manuel Betancourt
Peru
Animation
Martín Piroyansky, Ishai Ravid
Hugo Rose, Abraham Vurnbrand
2017
88

8

La leyenda de la Llorona

Alberto Chino Rodríguez

Rated TV-G. This program is suitable for all ages.

Available to stream on Pantaya.

Based on the famous Mexican legend about a weeping woman, this animated film tells the adventure of a group of children who fight against the ghost of a woman who wanders at night and who, burdened with guilt after the death of her children, kidnaps children in the forest. The OG film in Alberto “Chino” Rodríguez’s Leyendas films, La leyenda de la Llorona is a kiddie-friendly take on Mexican folklore that’s just scary enough to be fun for the entire family.

Family, Animation, Adventure, Action
Omar Mustre, Alberto Rodriguez, Ricardo Arnaiz, Jesus Guzman
Jose C. Garcia de Letona, Fernando de Fuentes
2011
75

9

El Ángel en el Reloj

Miguel Angel Uriegas

Rated TV-G. This program is suitable for all ages.

Available to stream on Pantaya.

Amelia wants nothing more in the world than to stop time. She’s got leukemia and she’s sick of taking her medication and losing her hair. In her search to make her wish come true, Amelia meets Malachi, an angel who lives inside her cuckoo clock that’ll take her on a wild adventure through the Fields of time where she’ll meet two faires, Aqui and Ahora (“Here” and “Now”). As she travels to this fantasy universe, she’ll have to come face to face with her fears and desires as she battled No-Time and attempts to get back home.

Mexico
Animation
Rosana Curiel, Miguel Ángel Uriegas
2014
91

10

Metegol

Juan José Campanella

Rated PG. Parental guidance suggested. 

Available to rent on Prime Video.

What would happen if Toy Story and Rudo y Cursi had a baby? I mean probably something more fucked up than this movie but you get the point. Metegol tells the story of a young boy named Amadeo who must face off against his rival on the pitch with the help of his disassembled foosball team. Come for the gorgeous CGI animation, stay for how Argentine the foosball players are.

Synopsis By: Matt Barbot
Spain, Argentina
2013

11

The Book of Life

Jorge R. Gutiérrez

Rated PG. Parental guidance suggested. 

Available to rent on YouTube.

Inspired by the folklore surrounded the Day of the Dead, Jorge R. Gutiérrez directs this colorful action adventure animated film with a stellar voice cast. The film centers on Manolo (Diego Luna), a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family (aka becoming a bullfighter) and following his heart (aka his music), who embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. At the core of the story, though, is a romance between Manolo and María (Zoe Saldaña), one that’s tested when María sinks into a coma and Manolo makes the choice to allow La Muerte to take him in hopes they can be reunited in death. What follows is a fantastic tale that could only be rendered in gorgeous Catrinas-inspired animation.

Synopsis By: Manuel Betancourt
United States
Animation, Adventure
Jorge R. Gutiérrez, Doug Langdale
Aaron Berger, Carina Schulze
2014
95

12

Anina

Alfredo Soderguit

Not rated.

Available to stream on Prime Video.

Anina — based on the novel Anina Yatay Salas by Sergio López Suárez — tells the story of its eponymous triple-palindrome named heroine (that’s a story point) who stands up to a bully at school only to receive “the weirdest punishment in the history of weird punishments” –- she’s given a sealed black envelope that she isn’t allowed to open for a week. Thus, begins her adventure. It’s a movie for the Matilda lover in all of us.

Synopsis By: Matt Barbot
Uruguay
2013