Need something to occupy the kiddos during those rainy summer days? Your Amazon Prime subscription, fortunately, gives you a great library of kids’ movies to work with. It’s not quite on the same level as Disney+ or Netflix, but it’s good enough to keep the kids occupied for an afternoon! As with any collection, however, there are some duds in the bunch, so we’ve done the hard work to search the library and find the best kids’ movies on Amazon Prime Video available for free streaming now.
Surfing penguins? What’s not to love? Teenage penguin Cody Maverick (Shia LaBeouf) is the best surfer in his Antarctica home, but he knows that to become the true best, he’ll have to compete at the Big Z Memorial Surf Off on Pen Gu Island. Seeking respect and admiration, he sets out for Pen Gu with a documentary crew in tow. But when he meets washed-up surfer Geek (Jeff Bridges), he learns a lesson he never expected to learn.
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Stars: Shia LaBeouf, Jeff Bridges, Zooey Deschanel
Director: Ash Brannon, Chris Buck
Runtime: 85 minutes
Grizzly bear Boog loves his life entertaining tourists and hanging out in park ranger Beth’s barn. But when he rescues a one-horned mule deer called Elliot from a hunter, Boog takes a tranquilizer dart and is returned to the wild. Suddenly back out in a world he hardly knows, Boog teams up with Elliot and other animals in the forest to take on the hunters once and for all to make the woods a safer place to live.
Rotten Tomatoes: 79%
Stars: Martin Lawrence, Ashton Kutcher, Debra Messing
Director: Jill Culton, Anthony Stacchi, Roger Allers
Runtime: 87 minutes
Follow Elmo on a journey beyond Sesame Street! Elmo loves his fuzzy blue blanket more than anything in the world, but when it gets sucked into a swirling tunnel into Grouchland, Elmo jumps into the yuckiest place on earth to get it back! But it’s easier said than done as Elmo comes across many colorful characters in Grouchland.
Rotten Tomatoes: 77%
Stars: Kevin Clash, Fran Brill, Stephanie D’Abruzzo
Director: Gary Halvorson
Runtime: 73 minutes
Based on Beverly Cleary’s beloved children’s novels, Ramona and Beezus is a fun film for the whole family. Ramona Quimby (Joey King) is a plucky kid with a mischievous streak, always keeping her older sister, Beezus (Selena Gomez), on her toes. But when the two girls stand to lose their family’s home on Klickitat Street, Ramona’s vivid imagination and tireless energy will come in handy to save the day.
Rotten Tomatoes: 70%
Stars: Joey King, Selena Gomez, John Corbett
Director: Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum
Runtime: 103 minutes
The world-famous Parisian orphan comes to life in this live-action adaptation starring Hatty Jones and Frances McDormand. When Lord Covington (Nigel Hawthorne) connives to sell Madeline’s boarding school and home after the death of his wife, Madeline jumps into action to save the day. But her aptitude for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong is a burden for the goodhearted but stern headmistress, Miss Clavel. When Madeline and a schoolboy are kidnapped, however, it’s up to Miss Clavel to save both Madeline and the school.
Rotten Tomatoes: 65%
Stars: Frances McDormand, Nigel Hawthorne, Hatty Jones
Director: Daisy von Scherler Mayer
Runtime: 90 minutes
Nick Park’s classic stop-motion claymation style gets the chicken treatment in this supremely engaging and goofy movie about chickens fleeing the coop. When an American rooster stumbles his way onto a British farm, he soon falls in love with a gorgeous hen. However, the evil farmer is close to establishing a deal to send his chickens to become chicken pot pies. The new chicken couple now must devise a daring plan to escape the farm for good and find greener pastures in the wild.
Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Stars: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson
Director: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Runtime: 84 minutes
Peter S. Beagle adapted his own novel, The Last Unicorn, as an animated feature film nearly four decades ago. Mia Farrow provides the voice of the last Unicorn, as she goes on a quest to find the rest of her kind. Angela Lansbury has a rare villainous turn as Mommy Fortuna, but the real threat to the unicorn is King Haggard (Christopher Lee). To protect the unicorn, the magician Schmendrick (Alan Arkin) transforms her into a human. But once she becomes a woman, the unicorn falls for Haggard’s son, Prince Lir (Jeff Bridges), and risks losing her innate magic forever.
Rotten Tomatoes: 73%
Stars: Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Christopher Lee
Director: Arthur Rankin Jr., Jules Bass
Runtime: 84 minutes