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The Best Kids Movies on Disney Plus (September 2022)

Disney Plus movies for children are increasing in number every day. New animated and live-action features are added almost daily. It can be difficult to choose which Disney Kids movies to watch because of the ever-growing library.

But it doesn’t have be. These are the top Disney Plus kids movies that are both entertaining and family-friendly.

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Lightyear (2022). To Infinity and Beyond, Again

Disney Plus

IMDB Rating 5.8/10

Genre Animation, Action, Adventure

Starring Chris Evans, Keke Palmer and Peter Sohn

Director Angus MacLane

Rating : PG

Running Time – 1 hour, 40 min

This Toy Story spinoff follows the adventures and inspirations of Buzz Lightyear (Chris Evans), a fictional character. Buzz and his cat Sox (Peter Sohn) must rescue a crew that has been left behind on a hostile planet.

Lightyear may have failed at the box-office, but it received great reviews from those who saw it. You can now stream it along with the original Toy Story at Disney Plus.

“Lightyear” is on the screen 02 of 21

Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation 2022: The Empire Strikes back at the Beach

Disney Plus

IMDB Rating TBD

Genre Animation, Action, Short

Starring Yvette Nicole Brown and Anthony Daniels, Jake Green

Directors Ken Cunningham

Rating : G

Runtime – 45 minutes

Rey (Helen Sadler), and her friends have just defeated Emperor Palpatine in The Rise of Skywalker. Now they are all ready for a well-deserved vacation on the beach. The Dark Side does not take summer vacations so it is only a matter time until she needs to get out her lightsaber once more.

This special is recommended for those who enjoyed the Lego Star Wars Specials on Disney Plus. For later in the year, make sure to keep Lego Star Wars Terrifying Stories and Lego Star Wars Holiday Special on hand.

Watch ‘Lego Star Wars Summer Vacation’ 03 of 21

Billie Eilish is Happier Than Ever (2021) – A Love Letter to Los Angeles

Disney

IMDB Rating. 7.3/10

Genre – Concert

Starring: Billie Eilish

Director Robert Rodriguez, Patrick Osborne

Rating: TV-14

Runtime – 1 hour, 5 min

This special features Billie Eilish performing an intimate performance from her Happier than Ever album. It’s the only and only opportunity to see Eilish perform all the songs on her album in order at the Hollywood Bowl. Eilish’s brother Finneas, his collaborator, will be making special guest appearances. Also, there’ll be the Los Angeles Children’s Chorus and the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Eilish’s hometown, Los Angeles, is showcased in animated segments.

Watch ‘Happier Than Ever’ 04 of 21

Better Nate than Ever (2022): Best Disney Musical since ‘High School Musical’

Disney Plus

IMDB Rating, 6.2/10

Genre Comedy, Drama, Family

Starring – Rueby Wood. Joshua Bassett. Aria Brooks

Director: Tim Federle

Rating : PG

Runtime – 1 hour, 34 min

A thirteen-year old aspiring actor finds life difficult. Nate Foster (Rueby wood) dreams of being an actor on Broadway. But he has yet to be called back for his middle school musical. Nate (Rueby Wood) is fed up and decides to escape to New York with his friend Libby, Aria Brooks.

Better Nate Than Never features timeless tunes from Disney’s Lilo & Stitch and has a talented cast. Rueby Wood shines as the lead in his first movie.

You can watch “Better Nate Than Ever” 05 of 21

Mulan (1998): Best Disney Kids Movie About Family Honor

Disney

IMDB Rating 7.6/10

Genre Animation, Adventure, Family

Starring: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook

Rating : G

Runtime – 1 hour, 33 min

Disney’s Mulan, an animated version of the Chinese folk story, is hilarious and full of quirky characters. It also features action sequences that were groundbreaking back in 1998. Ming-Na Wen is a character that modern viewers will recognize from Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, the Disney Plus Star Wars The Mandalorian, and The Book of Boba Fett. She plays the role of the teenage girl who learns about honor and family. The iconic role of the dragon sidekick is played by Eddie Murphy, a creatively cast actor.

The 2020 live-action Mulan remake is getting a lot attention but it doesn’t even come close to the animated version in terms messaging, plot, characters and entertainment value.

Watch “Mulan” 06 of 21

Cruella (2021),: A Disney Classic Villain Gets an Origin Story

Disney

IMDB Rating 7.4/10

Genre: Comedy, Crime

Starring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Mark Strong

Director: Craig Gillespie

Rating: PG-13

Runtime – 2 hours, 14 mins

Disney created a compelling origin story for Maleficent, its evil fairy. It’s now doing the same with Cruella de Vil, another classic villain. Estella (Emma Stone), a teenage girl, dreams of being a fashion designer and living in London as an orphan. She’s granted the opportunity to design a signature piece for a rockstar one day. But she also has to deal with the evil Baroness (Emma Thompson). Two movies about Maleficent were made because of their backstory. Could Cruella become Disney’s next big hit?

Watch ‘Cruella’ 07 of 21

Raya, the Last Dragon (2021),: A Sassy Girl with Her Sassier Dragon BFF

Disney

IMDB Rating, 7.5/10

Genre Animation, Adventure

Starring Kelly Marie Tran. Awkwafina. Gemma Chan

Directors: Don Hall, Carlos Lopez Estrada

Rating : PG

Runtime – 1 hour, 54 min

Raya & the Last Dragon tells a fantasy tale about a mythical Kumandra world where dragons and humans once lived together. Raya (Kelly Marie Tran), a fantasy character, must locate Sisu (Awkwafina) and convince her to use her magic in order to save the land. The studio behind Frozen and Moana created this latest Disney product.

Watch “Raya and The Last Dragon” 08 of 21

Trevor The Musical (2022). A Coming Out Story for All Ages

Disney Plus

IMDB Rating, 4.9/10

Genre – Musical, Family

Starring: Holden Hagelberger, Aryan Simhadri, Ava Briglia

Director: Robin Abrams, Marc Bruni

Rating : PG

Runtime – 1 hour 53 minutes

After it is revealed that he has a crush upon a male classmate, a teenage boy obsessed about Diana Ross is expelled from school. Trevor’s bullies are being defended by the adults in his family.

Trevor The Musical was based on the 1994 Academy Award winning short film Trevor. The original movie was the inspiration for the Trevor Project, which is still a crisis hotline for LGBT+ youth.

You can watch ‘Trevor: The Musical. 09 of 21

Turning Red (2022): Cutest Coming-of-Age Pixar Movie

Disney

IMDB Rating. 7.1/10

Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, Ava Morse

Directors – Domee Shi

Rating : PG

Runtime – 1 hour, 40 min

Teenage years can be difficult, especially if your emotions turn into red pandas every so often. Mei Lee (Rosaliechiang) discovers that her family curse haunts her.

Turing Red is notable for its emphasis on Chinese culture. However, the story can be adapted to all ages, even adults.

Watch “Turning Red” 10 of 21

Luca (2021),: Best Film about Sea Monsters on an Adventure

Pixar/Disney

IMDB Rating, 7.5/10

Genre Animated, Adventure and Comedy

Starring: Jacob Tremblay, Jack Dylan Grazer, Maya Rudolph

Director: Enrico Casarosa

Rating : PG

Runtime – 1 hour, 41 min

Lucia tells the story of a pair a sea monsters and their adventures on the Italian Riviera. This is the second Pixar movie to premiere on Disney+, instead of in theaters. First was the Oscar-winning soul. This beautiful movie about finding your purpose is also worth a look.

See Luca. 11 of 21

Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers (2022). Most Creative Chipmunk Return Story

Disney Plus

IMDB Rating 7.4/10

Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring Will Arnett J.K. Simmons Seth Rogen

Directors: Akiva Schaffer

Rating : PG

Runtime – 1 hour, 37 min

It’s not fun to see your hand-drawn cartoons remade into computer-generated models. Chip doesn’t like it either, but Dale embraces the third dimension. He even went so far as to undergo controversial “CGI surgery.”

The Rescue Rangers must come together despite their differences to save a friend in this self-aware reboot. You’ll have a lot of fun watching their crazy antics, even if you don’t know them.

You can watch ‘Chip ‘n Dale’: Rescue Rangers 12 of 21

Zootopia (2016) – Best Disney Plus Kids Movie about Prejudice

 

IMDB Rating 8.0/10

Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman, Idris Elba

Directors Byron Howard, Rich Moore and Jared Bush

Rating : PG

Runtime – 1 hour, 48 min

Zootopia is a profound Disney children’s movie that examines racism through the eyes of an animal world where humans have never lived. Zootopia is a film that doesn’t talk down to the viewers or simplify the discussion. It manages to cover all the nuances of race very well in a visually appealing, entertaining and age-appropriate package.

Ginnifer Goodwin, also from Once Upon A Time and Jason Bateman, voice the leads. They are supported by an impressive cast of actors, which includes talents like Bonnie Hunt and Idris Elba, as well as Octavia Spencer and Alan Tuyk and Shakira.

See ‘Zootopia. 13 of 21

Black Panther (2018): The Most Original Superhero Movie on Disney Plus

Disney

IMDB Rating. 7.3/10

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o

Director: Ryan Coogler

Rating: PG-13

Runtime – 2 hours, 16 min

Black Panther was an important cultural moment in 2018 when it debuted. It’s easy to see why, with its well-shot action sequences and fun cast of characters and the big-screen debut by the futuristic city Wakanda. The film isn’t all action and fun. There is a strong sense and message about the dangers of protectionism that is present throughout.

Black Panther is a Guardians of the Galaxy movie that requires little to no knowledge of the MCU. It can be enjoyed completely on its own. The story continues in Avengers, also available on Disney Plus.

“Black Panther” video 14 of 21

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.1 (2014) – Most Fun Superhero Movie For Kids

Disney

IMDB Rating 8.0/10

Genre : Action, Adventure and Comedy

Starring Chris Pratt and Zoe Saldana. Dave Bautista

Director James Gunn

Rating: PG-13

Runtime – 2 hours

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume.1 is a Disney Plus movie that’s great for kids. It has a fun atmosphere, a diverse cast of characters and focuses on family-friendly spectacle and action. Although this Sci-Fi movie can be quite large, the main focus of the film is on the alien misfits that eventually learn to trust and accept one another as their family.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is also available on Disney Plus. Both Guardians flicks are a great addition to Avengers and Endgame.

Watch “Guardians of the Galaxy” 15 of 21

Mary Poppins Returns (2018): The Best Musical for Kids on Disney Plus

Disney

IMDB Rating = 6.7/10

Genre: Comedy, Family, Fantasy

Starring Emily Blunt Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Whishaw

Director Rob Marshall

Rating : PG

Runtime – 2 hours, 19 mins

Mary Poppins returns is a sequel to the original masterpiece that focuses exclusively on the two children Mary Poppins cared for all those years ago. Their adult lives are difficult, with financial and unemployment problems. Mary Poppins returns, like the original, brilliantly balances life lessons about accepting your inner child and taking the time to appreciate the beauty of nature with several entertaining animated sequences that keep viewers engaged.

Instead of reciting the same songs over and over again, the filmmakers integrated them into the film’s soundtrack. This leaves room for many new songs, and Mary Poppins returns has the chance to stand alone rather than relying on brand recognition and nostalgia. For both children and adults, a Disney Plus movie.

Watch Mary Poppins Returns 16 of 21

LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales (2021). Because LEGO Spoofs are Always Good Fun

Disney

IMDB Rating. 7.3/10

Genre Animation

Starring: Jake Green, Raphael Alejandro, Trevor Devall

Directors Ken Cunningham

Rating: TV-G

Runtime: 44 Minutes

This Halloween special is a LEGO series classic. It’s known for its hilarious take-offs on popular culture. It takes place following the events of The Rise of Skywalker. Poe Dameron, BB-8, and their companions travel to Mustafar, the volcanic planet that is home to Darth Vader’s castle. This hotel, now the first in the galaxy, appears to be a luxury all-inclusive resort for Sith who want to relax from their day jobs of evil and villainy. Vanee, Vader’s faithful servant, tells them three disturbing stories about some of the most famous villains from the Star Wars universe.

Check out “LEGO Star Wars Terrifying Tales” 17 of 21

Star Wars Visions (2021).–An Updated Look at a Galaxy Far Far Away

Disney

IMDB Rating 7.4/10

Genre Animated

Starring: Andrew Kishino, Jaden Waldman, Alison Brie

Director: Various

Rating: TV-PG

Runtime: 13-22 minutes per episode

Star Wars Visions is a collection short films made by various Japanese anime studios. Each team brings a unique perspective to the Galaxy Far Far Away. This collaboration is obvious because Akira Kurosawa movies and Japanese Mythology had an influence upon George Lucas and the original Star Wars trilogy.

“Star Wars: Visions” video 18 of 21

Jungle Cruise (2021).: Disney’s Newest Theme Park Ride is Now a Feature Film

Disney

IMDB Rating 6.8/10

Genre : Action, Adventure

Starring Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt

Director Jaume Collett-Serra

Rating: PG-13

Runtime – 2 hours, 17 mins

Disney has successfully created a whole film franchise that is based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Can they do it with Jungle Cruise. Dwayne Johnson plays the role of a boat captain, who agrees to transport Emily Blunt down the Amazon River to find an ancient tree that has fabled healing power. It is similar to the Piratesfilms and injects a supernatural aspect into the story. There’s also plenty of big-budget action.

See the ‘Jungle Cruise. 19 of 21

The Princess and the Frog (2008): Best Disney Kids Movie about Strong Work Ethics

Disney

IMDB Rating. 7.1/10

Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, Oprah Winfrey

Directors Ron Clements, John Musker

Rating : G

Runtime – 1 hour, 38 min

The Princess and the Frog, a modern interpretation of the classic frog fairy tale about a princess and her frog, is set in New Orleans. The focus on a strong black female character was praised in this Disney kids movie. It is one of the last Disney 2D animated movies. Its strong animation, strong chemistry among its two frog leads and powerful message about dreaming big and working hard to achieve it are what give it life.

“The Princess and the Frog” video. 20 of 21

Frozen (2013): Most Empowering Kids Movie on Disney Plus

Disney

IMDB Rating 7.4/10

Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Josh Gad

Directors Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee

Rating PG

Runtime – 1 hour, 42 min

Frozen was a huge hit for Disney thanks to its groundbreaking digital animation, top-charting songs and strong messaging. Adult viewers might laugh at the obvious plot holes and bizarre character moments. The strong theme of sisterly love, and the wintery visuals will keep everyone entertained.

Frozen 2 can also be viewed on Disney Plus if you have already seen the original. This sequel adds depth and dimension to the original characters while creating a fantastic world. Its scenes that teach how to deal with stressful situations, including traumatic ones, is what sets it apart from other Disney Plus movies. This sequel easily surpasses the original and displays a maturity that is equally unexpected and welcomed.

Watch ‘Frozen’ 21 of 21

The Ice Age Adventures Of Buck Wild (2022). Best Film for Some Prehistoric Shenanigans

Disney

IMDB Rating, 4.3/10

Genre Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Starring: Utkarsh Ambudkar, Simon Pegg, Vincent Tong

Directors John C. Donkin

Rating : PG

Runtime – 1 hour, 52 min

The latest installment of the Ice Age franchise features the thrill-seeking possums Crash, Eddie, and Buck Wild, the one-eyed weasel adventurer. They are trapped in a cave full of dinosaurs and must work together to save the Lost World. This is a great choice for little ones who are obsessed with prehistoric creatures

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