15 Best Musical Movies For Your Kids

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Want your kids to get smarter and have fun while they’re at it? Try musical films. Singing is a great way to learn new things, and musical movies will teach them just that. If you want your kids to have fond childhood memories, our list of musicals for kids will have you covered.

Best Musical Movies for 3 to 5-Year-Old Kids

These top musicals for kids are best suited for kids aged 3 to 5 years. For the best viewing experience, we recommend sitting down with your kids and joining in on the fun.

1. Frozen

Frozen is an animation musical created by the masterminds at Walt Disney. The movie is about two sisters’ estrangement and how they get back together. The bond of sisterhood is showcased in this powerful and heart touching movie.

Why It’s Great

We think it’s great because it shows kids what life is like without parents. The story takes us through the struggles of both the sisters, a sweet little love story of a sister and also emphasises on being true to yourself no matter what. These key messages conveyed in the movie make it a recommended movie for kids.

Age Range

For kids aged 4 and above.

2. Jungle Book

This movie is about a young boy, Mowgli, who was raised by the wolves. Jungle Book is one of the most famous musicals that revolves around his adventures of the boy. The movie has lovable characters, beautiful songs, and a wonderful plot, which together make it a classic musical you’d want to keep revisiting as time goes by.

Why It’s Great

The reason Jungle Book is a hit among kids and adults alike is because of the characters. We think it’s absolutely great and it has catchy tunes too.

Age Range

Kids aged 4 and above.

3. The Snowman

The Snowman beautifully narrates the bond between a young boy and the snowman he made on Christmas Eve. With songs like ‘Walking in the Air’ and silent animation blended with gorgeous music, it’s simply a wonderful musical film for kids to watch.

Why It’s Great

The movie is a great one for kids because it conveys emotions through actions and gestures that are highly relatable.

Age Range

Kids aged 2 and above.

4. You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown

Remember the famous graphic novel series ‘Peanuts’? This musical is based on that. The movie also has several adventures and characters brought to life to make an interesting musical.

Why It’s Great           

The staging is simple, and we think the cast of characters is great too. Charles M. Schulz’s work is a huge hit among younger and older kids which is why we think your kids will love it. There are also two new songs in the script, and you’ll be seeing the Red Baron making his appearance too.

Age Range

Kids aged 3 and above.

5. Alice in Wonderland

Based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, this musical is a very modern spin on our dear old Alice’s tales. The plot is similar; Alice follows a rabbit down a hole and comes across an interesting world that she once visited when she was a child. Through the story, we see traces of the classic story until Alice commits to fight the evil Red Queen.

Why It’s Great    

We love it because there’s magic, innocence, wonder, and nonsense too. But, we absolutely love it because of how relatable it is to kids and adults alike.

Age Range

Kids aged 4 and above.

6. The Aristocats KIDS

Disney’s The Aristocats Kids is a beloved children’s musical that has jazzy and upbeat scores. When a millionairess decides to hand over her entire estate to a Duchess and her family of feline companions, things start to take a wild turn, and it’s up to the cats to save the day.

Why It’s Great               

We love the Aristocats because of how beautifully it blends adventure, romance, comedy, and family fun.

Age Range

Kids aged 4 and above.

7. The Muppets

A 2011 American comedy musical, The Muppets, makes a pleasant share of everyone’s childhood. Characters like Cookie Monster and Kermit the Frog are simply adorable and lovable in the show. The theatrics and adventures they have on-screen will simply make your kids smile as they sing along with them.

Why It’s Great

We love The Muppets mostly because of Kermit. His insanity is simply gleeful, and the other characters complete the stage/story.

Age Range

Kids aged 4 and above.

Popular Musical Movies for 6 to 8-Year-Old Kids

If you have older kids in the house and want movies that appeal them, we’ve got good news. Here are the best movies you can let your child watch if he is between 6 and 8 years of age.

1. Aladdin

Aladdin is one of the greatest Disney musicals of all time. It’s a classic tale of a young boy named Aladdin. The movie takes us through Alladin’s journey from a poor lad to a wealthy suitor who comes to court the princess and how his fate changes when he encounters a magical genie.

Why It’s Great

It’s a musical film that stays with you forever. It also teaches kids that love has the power to conquer everything, and how being just wealthy isn’t enough to win in life. The musical also focuses on how you can turn the tables even if you’re off to a poor start.

Age Range

For kids aged 6 and above.

2. The Sound of Music

One of the most popular old musicals out there, it visually narrates the story of a young Austrian convent who goes on a journey to take care of a Naval officer’s children. The film is also based on the true story of the life of Maria von Trapp. With magical songs like Do-Re-Mi and Edelweiss, there are plenty of romantic moments and charming adventures throughout the movie that keeps the kids entertained.

Why It’s Great 

We think it’s an excellent musical film because of how smoothly it flows in from one song to the next. The very focus on the film is on music, and many critics have rated it as an outstanding film.

Age Range

Ideal for kids aged 7 and above.

3. Anastasia

Anastasia is a musical film created for older age groups.  It is based on a 1997 film and is an animated Broadway musical about a princess who seeks to find out if she really is a princess. The romance, thrilling adventures and fascinating scenes of the ghosts of the Romanov Empire dancing across the screen make it sheer entertainment.

Why It’s Great

It’s a great film because it is a journey of self-discovery and adventure. The 1997 cartoon version is popular among kids, and there is a theatrical version of the movie too.

Age Range

For kids aged 7 and above.

4. The Wizard of Oz

If you want your child to be emotionally intelligent and have healthy self-awareness, the Wizard of Oz is a must-watch. It’s the story of a young girl who meets a Wizard after being swept away from her village by a tornado.

Why It’s Great                

It’s a wonderful musical film that tackles the subject of the deepest insecurities of childhood and narrates how to overcome them.

Age Range

For kids aged 6 and above.

5. Annie (1982)

Annie is the story of an orphan who daydreams about life outside the orphanage. It’s based on a Broadway musical film and has many memorable songs in it.

Why It’s Great 

It has humour and is rated by critics as one of the greatest musicals in the drama genre.

Age Range

For kids aged 6 and above.

6. Parent Trap (1961)

A charming musical film where two twins switch places and bring their parents back together.

Why It’s Great        

The songs are heart-warming, and there are many magical moments in the film which parents and kids love alike.

Age Range

For kids aged 7 and above.

7. The Lion King

The Lion King is one of the best musicals out there. It is based on the original animated Lion King Movie. The story is about the wildlife of the Pride Lands of Africa, the kingdom of King Mufasa, Queen Sarabi and their newborn, Simba, its fall and rise.

Why It’s Great         

The show has impressive costumes, acrobatics, and wonderful narration.

Age Range

For kids aged 7 and above.

8. Peter Pan

When Peter whisks away Wendy and her brothers to the magical world of Never Land, many adventures unfold before their eyes. It’s a wonderful musical and is often recommended amidst new musicals releases.

Why It’s Great            

We loved the ‘Virtual flight’ and behind the scenes segments in this musical the most, besides the gorgeous animation and story.

Age Range

For kids aged 7 and above.

Now that you have a clear idea about the best musicals for young and old kids, it’s time to sit down and set aside some time for watching them. These aren’t just musicals but a gateway to a world of exciting adventures and fun learning times.

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