11 Best Videos for Kids

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by: Lindsay Hutton
From classics to newer releases, the best videos for kids often turn out to be favorites for parents, too. Check out our top picks for kids of all ages, and settle in for a great family-friendly flick!
The Cat in the Hat Movie
The Cat in the Hat [PG]
It's a rainy day at home and siblings Dick and Sally have nothing to do, but all of that changes when The Cat and his messy sidekicks, Thing One and Thing Two, burst onto the scene, bringing with them adventure and chaos much to the dismay of a worried pet goldfish. Come join the escapades in the remastered Deluxe Edition of the classic TV special, Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat. Then, The Cat in the Hat narrates the story of Daisy-Head Mayzie, a girl who mistakenly thinks that the flower blooming on her head will only bring trouble, but eventually propels her to fame and fortune. And finally, blast off to The Hoober-Bloob Highway, where every road from a space laboratory leads to Earth, and eventually to gratitude. It's Dr. Seuss-times-three in this fun and whimsical collection that's sure to be cherished by fans of all ages.

Bonus Features:
All-New The Cat in the Hat Sing-A-Long
Two Dr. Seuss Animated Stories: Daisy-Head Mayzie and The Hoober-Bloob Highway

Available 8/7 on Blu-ray™ & DVD Pack & Deluxe Edition DVD

Toy Story
Toy Story [G]
In the first of the groundbreaking and wildly popular animated Pixar movies, this is the story of what happens when toys have feelings, too. Woody (the voice of Tom Hanks) is a cowboy doll owned and loved by a little boy named Andy. Woody has been Andy's favorite toy for as long as he can remember — that is, until a new toy named Buzz Lightyear (the voice of Tim Allen) comes along.

Consumed with jealousy, Woody tries to get rid of Buzz. On his quest, Woody and Buzz both become separated from Andy and end up in the hands of ruthless toy killer Sid Philips.Their ensuing adventure has been a kid-favorite since its debut in 1995.

Check out Toy Story 2 and 3 for more adventures from Woody and the gang.

Wall-e Movie
WALL-E [G]
In this animated movie, also by Pixar, based in the distant future, the human race has abandoned Earth because it has become covered in trash. WALL-E, a garbage collecting robot, has been left behind to clean up the mess. He's all alone, save for his pet cockroach.

One day, EVE, a reconnaissance robot, is sent to Earth to find out if life is once again sustainable on the trash-riddled planet. After saving her from a dust storm, WALL-E quickly becomes smitten with this new robot. When EVE suddenly shuts down and enters a deactivated state, WALL-E does all her can to protect her — and soon finds himself on an adventure that could decide the fate of all mankind.

Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins [G]
In response to the Banks children's advertisement looking for a nanny with a little kindness and imagination, Mary Poppins (Julie Andrews) flies in on her magic umbrella to help set things right in the cold and boring house where the children live.

Often considered one of Disney's best films, this classic from 1964 is full of songs that span generations, color and sequences of live action blended with the movements of animated figures.

Finding Nemo
Finding Nemo [G]
In this animated favorite, Nemo (the voice of Alexander Gould) is a clownfish living in the sea with his dad Marlin (the voice of Albert Brooks). After ignoring his father's warnings not to venture too far out, Nemo is captured by a fishing boat and sent to live in a fish tank in a dentist's office in Sydney, Australia.

Frantic, Marlin sets out to save his son, and meets Dory (the voice of Ellen DeGeneres), a fish with short-term memory loss, along the way. Together, they brave the big ocean, encounter scary jelly fish, and dodge hungry sharks all in an effort to set Nemo free. Will they succeed?

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory [G]
Parents, you'll love re-living this 1971 classic through your kids. Candy-maker Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) has been a recluse for years, so the world is astounded when he makes his grand announcement that he's holding a contest. Five golden tickets have been hidden in chocolate bars around the globe for five lucky people to find. The winners get a tour of his factory and a lifetime supply of Wonka chocolate bars.

After a few failed attempts and in a stroke of incredible luck, poor and sweet Charlie Bucket (Peter Ostrum) wins a ticket and embarks on the tour with his grandfather. Along the way, he meets a crew of colorful characters, and a wondrous world of endless imagination. Nothing could have prepared him for the golden prize that awaits.

Christmas Movies in Theaters 2011, Hugo
Hugo [PG]
Set in 1930s Paris, Hugo (Asa Butterfield) is an orphan living in the walls of a train station. He spends his time keeping the station clocks running with the skills he learned from his father and uncle.

The only thing that he has left that connects him to his dead father is an automaton (mechanical man) that doesn't work without a special key. On his adventures to find the key, Hugo meets a shopkeeper named George Melies (Ben Kingsley), who works in the train station, and his adventure-seeking god-daughter. Together they discover memories and secrets from the past that have outlived the test of time.

Tangled
Tangled [PG]
In this Disney version of the classic fairytale, Rapunzel (the voice of Mandy Moore) was kidnapped when she was a baby by Mother Gothel (the voice of Donna Murphy), who keeps her locked high up in her tower with no access to the outside world.

Now a teenager, Rapunzel, and all 70 feet of her magical golden hair, is curious about life outside the walls of her prison. When a thief named Flynn Ryder (the voice of Zachary Levi) scales the tower wall, Rapunzel takes him captive and asks him to help her escape the tower and act as her guide as she uncovers the magical secrets about her past.

Shrek
Shrek [PG]
Parents and kids alike have come to know and recognize this loveably ugly creature. Shrek (the voice of Mike Myers) enjoys a life of solitude. So when he finds his swamp has been overrun by fairy tale creatures whose homes have been taken by the evil Lord Farquaad (the voice of John Lithgow), he sets off to set things right.

Shrek offers Lord Farquaad a deal — he will rescue Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz), Lord Farquaad's intended bride, and in return, the homes of all the animals invading Shrek's swamp will be returned to their owners. With the faithful (and loud) Donkey (the voice of Eddie Murphy) by his side, Shrek embarks on his quest to save the Princess, but things don't go exactly as planned.

Check out Shrek 2, 3, and 4 for more adventures from Shrek and the gang.

E.T. The Extraterrestial
E.T. [PG]
"E.T., phone home": The alien cry that has spanned generations. In this 1982 classic, Elliott (Henry Thomas) lives with his single mother (Dee Wallace), his older brother Michael (Robert MacNaughton), and his younger sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore). One day, while looking for something in the backyard, he discovers something extraordinary — an alien spacecraft on a scientific mission mistakenly left behind a funny-looking being who isn't sure how to get home. Elliott makes contact with the "little squashy guy," and helps him find his way while protecting him from a group of government scientists.

Kids will love meeting this irresistible creature, and parents will love re-watching one of their childhood favorites, too.

The Princess Bride
The Princess Bride [PG]
Fred Savage plays a sick grandson being read a story by his grandfather — one that is much more than a love story (although there is a little kissing, he's told).

This classic is about a beautiful princess named Buttercup (Robin Wright) being held against her will by the evil Prince Humperdinck (Chris Sarandon) in order to start a war. It's up to Westley (Cary Elwes), Buttercup's childhood beau, to save her.

With the help of some friends he meets along the way, including a band of thieves and a giant, Westley sets out to save Buttercup. Can he do it? Chock full of action, drama, and love, this fairytale does, indeed, seem to have it all for kids of all ages.