Best Animated Movies—For Grandparents and Their Grandchildren

We watch a lot of movies with our granddaughter. If you’re a parent or grandparent or babysitter or basically anyone who spends time with children, you will also know that you will probably watch their favorite ones over and over again. I am certain we watched Frozen when it first came out on video several times every day for at least a year. I was more than ready to just “Let It Go!”

The Wizard of Oz movieWhen I was growing up, I would have to say that The Wizard of Oz was my favorite movie. It aired on television one time a year. I would anticipate that one day of the year each and every year. I remember one year, our TV was on the blink and my dad set up a small black and white TV that had a picture that constantly rolled.

I cried and cried because I didn’t get to watch the movie that year!

Now we have the movie on video and also on our Amazon Prime account so I can watch it anytime! My granddaughter has not shown interest in this classic movie…yet! But because she is so much like me, I’m pretty sure she’s going to love the adventures of Dorothy, Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion! Oh, and don’t forget about Toto and the Wicked Witch of the West!

Most of the movies that attract the interest of children include a fun mix of music, adventure and drama, at least in the case of my granddaughter. It’s kind of funny because my grandchildren and I most often enjoy the same kinds of movies. Even my grandson!

Here is our pick for the best five animated movies that not only are fun to watch, but also teach a valuable lesson.


Frozen Disney Movie

Frozen is the story of two young sisters, one with a special gift. Anna and her sister Elsa, The Ice Queen, are caught in a story about fear and the power of love to overcome all wrong.

With a host of other characters including mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven and Olaf, this musical, animated drama includes the hit song, “Let it Go.”

It is an epic journey that teaches children that love can conquer evil. It’s a wholesome message for all of us.

It stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff.

My granddaughter and I give Frozen a 5 out of 5 rating! There are some scary things that take place in the movie.

At first, Anna was my granddaughter’s favorite character. Everything was about Anna! Now that she’s five, everything is about Elsa the Ice Queen!

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Monsters, Inc.

Monsters, Inc. MovieWe absolutely love Monsters, Inc. the story that focuses on two monsters Sulley and Mike Wazowski.

Sulley and Mike Wazowski are the top scare team at Monsters, Inc. The scare factory they work at collects screams for energy in the city of Monstropolis. Without screams there is no power for the city.

When human little girl “Boo” enters their life, their entire world changes—for the better and they learn the powerful lesson that there are things stronger than fear including love!

The movie stars John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Mary Gibbs.

My granddaughter and I give Monsters, Inc. a 4.5 out of 5. The movie is a bit scary for younger viewers.

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Moana Disney MovieAgain a wonderful movie which incorporates one of the elements that children (and adults, too) love—music! Who knew that Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) could sing? It’s a pleasant surprise.

Moana is the story of a young girl who is very curious about the world outside of her tiny island which is dying.

Moana sets sail with the help of her grandmother on a mission to save her people. Along the way she meets Maui—a once powerful demigod who reluctantly helps her.

Music, daring adventure and drama pack this movie making it a delight to watch and to learn from. Sometimes we have to go against the odds to make a difference in the lives of our family and friends.

The movie stars Auli’i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House.

We give this movie a 4.5 out of 5. There are some elements that can be frightening for younger viewers.

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Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast MovieThis is one of my favorite movies—I prefer the animated to the live action one, but both are very good. Because I love this movie, it was only natural that I would introduce my granddaughter to it.

Beauty and the Beast is the story of Belle, a beautiful peasant girl who wants more than “this provincial life!”

Her father, an inventor, goes to a fair to show an invention, but gets lost in the woods. Cold and afraid, he enters the enchanted castle of the Beast.

Through music, drama and danger, the movie teaches the lesson that beauty is only “skin-deep” and that love really is blind—it is the heart that counts.

“Be our guest” and enjoy this wonderful story! The animated version stars Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White. The live-action version stars Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans.

We give the animated version a 5 out of 5 and the live-action version a 4.5 out of 5 (because my granddaughter and I prefer the animated version.)

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Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo movieThis is one of the first movies we watched with our granddaughter. She enjoyed the bright color of Nemo the clown fish! Her favorite fish is still the clown fish!

Nemo is a young clown fish who gets separated from his dad, Marlin. The story revolves around Nemo, Marlin and Dory, a friendly, but very forgetful fish who helps Marlin in his search for Nemo.

Nemo is taken to a dentist’s office and there, he and his fellow captives in the aquarium come up with an escape plan for Nemo.

The movie stars Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres, Alexander Gould.

We give Finding Nemo a 4.5 out of 5.

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Tying it all Together

Children’s movies can be very good teaching tools giving our children, grandchildren excellent life lessons. The combination of music, action and drama make for a fine fit for most children. Some scary elements may need some explanation from an adult who should watch with their child/grandchild.

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G.G. and JazAbout the author

Karin Nauber, “G.G.” is a professional journalist who has worked in the newspaper business for the past 27 years. She is also a grandmother who, along with her spouse, is raising one of their granddaughters. G.G. has five grandchildren with whom she enjoys spending as much time as possible. She began this website with the hope of helping other grandparents who may be struggling with their role as parent/grandparents. If you would like to contact her, please do so at: gg@grandparentssecondstory.com.



    • They are very good movies for sure! Hope you enjoy them as much as your children and grands do!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  1. Thank you this is a lovely post, of this list my son loves Monsters Inc and Finding Nemo best. Do you have any other recommendations for boys?

    • Lucy,
      Thanks for your comment. There are many animated movies for boys including Cars, Wreck-It Ralph, (and my grandson can sing along with all the songs on Frozen!), Zootopia, Toy Story and many others!
      I think Monsters, Inc. is one of my favorites, too!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  2. These are some good movies and you manage to capture the heart of the movie in your review. I love how you incorporated pictures of each movie on your review. Your website is well done too. Loved it!!

    • Thank you for your very nice comments? Do you have any suggestions for movies that might fit this list?

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

    • Thanks for your comment, Jenny. Of those two movies, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite! It has all the elements that make a great disney movie including music, drama, intrigue, a certain “fear factor” and romance!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  3. Nice post Karin. These animated movies are world class. It gives you a wonderful opportunity to spend some quality time with your grand parents. One of my favourite movie on this post would be The Wizard of Oz. It is a great animation movie to watch. Thanks for the post Karin and keep up the superb work.

    • Thank you, Kuu! I love The Wizard of Oz, too. Definitely one of my all-time favorites. What other movies do you like to watch? I enjoy a good zombie movie, too! Not with my granddaughter, though!

      Best wishes,
      Karin 🙂

  4. Hi Karin, thanks for putting this list of movies together. Me and my kids really enjoyed frozen. We watched this movie several times and now 5 years later we still aren’t tired of the movie. My son who was 6 years old at the time frozen was released mastered the”let it go” song from the beginning to the end and he even got to sing it to his classmates and teacher that year. All his teachers loved how he sang the let it go song so beautifully.

    • Hi Bea! Thanks for visiting our site. We pull out Frozen and watch it now and again, too! My granddaughter loves singing “Let it Go,” and does all the actions along with it. She is six now!

      Are kids great! Now she is loving the “live action” remake of The Lion King and singing “The Circle of Life” all the time!

      Best wishes,
      Karin ?

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