10 films toddlers will love

Mum watching a film with toddler

Seen Frozen one hundred too many times? These wonderful films are suitable for little ones – and grown-ups can definitely enjoy them, too

1. My Neighbour Totoro

1. My Neighbour Totoro

When sisters Satsuki and Mei move to rural Japan, they encounter a mysterious world of forest sprites and woodland companions.

“My Neighbour Totoro is a safe three-year-old way into Studio Ghibli films – magical, childs-eye, and joyous. And with fantastic female characters and a brilliant sense of fun.”

"I am convinced that this film has some special brain trickery. After watching, we're all calm and drift round the house singing 'Totoro, Totoro' on an endless loop."

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2. Sing

2. Sing

In a city of humanoid animals, a koala named Buster Moon has one final chance to restore his theatre to its former glory by hosting the world's greatest singing competition.

"My daughter (who's not yet quite four) loved it. She was standing up dancing at one point and hasn't stopped talking about it since."

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3. Curious George

3. Curious George

Will Ferrell stars as The Man in the Yellow Hat, an eccentric museum employee who has a pet monkey – an inquisitive and wonderful creature whose * curiosity * (clue's in the name) often gets the best of him. Features a delightful soundtrack by Jack Johnson.

“The kids enjoyed it and loved the slapstick, toddler-esque behaviour of George.”

"Lovely, lovely film. Perfect for teenies and grown-ups. It is funny, but doesn't have that level of 'adult humour' hidden in it like a lot of other kids' films do."

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4. Wall-E

4. Wall-E

Set in the Year 2700, Wall-E is one of the last robots on Earth tasked to rid the planet of rubbish, left behind by a human race who have fled to more luxurious climes. Wall-E has done his job in quiet solitude – until the female probe EVE comes along.

"Wall-E is brilliant - very sweet and keeps my two boys entertained."

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5. Rio

5. Rio

When Linda, small-town American resident and owner of pet macaw Blu, is informed that he is the last of the male species, the two must take a trip back to Blu's original home of Rio De Janiero. There he meets his would-be mate, Jewel, and courtship and carnival fun ensues.

"My two-year-old loves it - very colourful, and a few catchy songs."

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6. Ponyo

6. Ponyo

Tired of watching The Little Mermaid? This Japanese anime story is loosely based on the same story – featuring a feisty goldfish princess called Ponyo who longs to become human after falling in love with a boy who lives on a nearby clifftop.

“Lovely film, nothing scary, no-one dies.”

"My son loves Ponyo, which has a very gentle storyline and seems to be utterly compelling to toddlers. My friend's son would even watch it in Japanese without complaining!"

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7. Winnie the Pooh

7. Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh and his pals return to the Hundred Acre Wood for a new adventure, in which poor old Eeyore loses his tail and Owl ,Tigger and the rest have to help him find it. With narration by John Cleese and songs from Zooey Deschanel, it's a fresh take on a traditional family favourite.

"Winnie the Pooh, The Tigger Movie and Pooh's Heffalump Movie are all massive favourites of my my 2-year-old; my 5 and 7 year-olds love them too."

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8. Mary Poppins

8. Mary Poppins

Magical nanny Mary Poppins helps bring her two charges closer to their father through songs and fantastical adventures.

"Mary Poppins was a big hit with my toddler."

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9. Aristocats

9. Aristocats

When rich madame Adelaide Bonfamille decides to leaves all her money to her cat, sneaky butler Edgar isn't having any of it. He plots to get rid of Duchess the cat but luckily, streetwise alley cat Thomas O'Malley and his posse of feline jazz muscians are on hand to help.

"The only film our three-year-old has watched in full. It's about an hour long - she loves it and isn't scared by it at all."

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10. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit

10. Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were Rabbit

It's the annual giant vegetable growing contest and someone's set out to sabotage the day. But don't worry – Wallace and Gromit are on the case.

"This and all the Wallace and Gromit short films (Wrong Trousers etc) are so good that we can watch them over and over. Fabulous animation, and we notice new things every time."

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