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2010 KIDS FIRST! Top 100 Kid Films

Title Release Date Studio MPAA rating
A Bug's Life 1998 Walt Disney Studios G
A Little Princess 1995 Warner Bros.  NOT RATED
Adventures Of Elmo In Grouchland 1999 SONY G
Adventures of Milo and Otis 1989 SONY G
Alice in Wonderland 1951 Walt Disney Studios G
Alice in Wonderland (2010) 2010 DISNEY PG
Aliens in the Attic 2009 FOX PG
All Dogs Go to Heaven 1989 FOX G
Alvin and the Chipmunks 2007 Fox PG
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel 2009 FOX PG
Annie 1982 Sony/Columbia G
Babe 1995 Universal Studios G
Back to the Future 1985 Universal Studios PG
Beauty and the Beast  1991 Walt Disney Studios G
Because of Winn-Dixie 2005 FOX PG
Big 1988 Fox PG
Bolt 2008 Walt Disney Studios PG
Cars 2006 Walt Disney Studios G
Charlotte's Web 2006 Paramount G
Chicken Run 2000 Dreamworks Animation G
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang 1968 MGM G
Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian 2008 DISNEY PG
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2009 SONY PG
Coraline 2009 UNIVERSAL PG
Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2010 FOX PG
Dr. Seuss - How the Grinch Stole Christmas 2000 Universal Studios PG
Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who 2008 Fox G
E.T. -  The Extra-Terrestrial  1982 Universal Studios PG
Elf 2003 Warner PG
Enchanted 2007 Walt Disney Studios PG
Ferngully: The Last Rainforest 1992 FOX G
Ferris Bueller's Day Off 1986 Paramount PG-13
Field of Dreams 1989 Universal Studios PG
Finding Nemo  2003 Walt Disney Studios G
Fly Away Home 1996 Sony/Columbia PG
Ghost Busters 1984 Sony/Columbia G
Grease 1978 Paramount PG
Hanna Montana, The Movie 2009 Walt Disney Studios G
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 2002 Warner Bros.  PG
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire  2005 Warner Bros.  PG-13
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 2009 WARNER PG
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 2007 Warner Bros.  PG-13
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban 2004 Warner Bros.  PG
Harry Potter and the Sorcer's Stone 2001 Warner Bros.  PG
High School Musical 2006 Walt Disney Studios  
Hook 1991 Tri-Star PG
Ice Age 2002 Fox PG
Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs 2009 FOX PG
Ice Age: The Meltdown 2006 Fox PG
Igor 2008 FOX PG
It's a Wonderful Life  1946 Liberty Films, RKO NOT RATED
James and the Giant Peach 1996 Walt Disney Studios PG
Kung Fu Panda 2008 Dreamworks Animation PG
Little Rascals 1994 UNIVERSAL PG
Madagascar 2005 Dreamworks Animation PG
Madagascar - Escape 2 Africa 2008 Dreamworks Animation PG
Mary Poppins 1964 Walt Disney Studios G
Miracle on 34th Street  1947 Fox NOT RATED
Monsters vs. Aliens 2009 PARAMOUNT PG
Monsters, Inc.  2001 Walt Disney Studios G
My Dog Skip 2000 Warner PG
My Neighbor Totoro 1993 DISNEY G
Nanny McPhee 2006 Universal Studios PG
National Treasure 2005 Walt Disney Studios
National Velvet 1944 MGM G
Night at the Museum 2006 Fox PG
Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian 2009 FOX PG
Nim's Island 2008 Fox PG
Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 FOX PG
Pinocchio 1940 Walt Disney Studios G
Ponyo 2009 DISNEY G
Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981 Paramount PG
Ratatouille  2007 Walt Disney Studios G
Robots 2005 Fox PG
Shark Tale 2004 Dreamworks Animation PG
Shrek  2001 Dreamworks Animation PG
Shrek 2 2004 Dreamworks Animation PG
Shrek the Third 2007 Dreamworks Animation PG
Sleeping Beauty 1959 DISNEY G
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs  1937 Walt Disney Studios G
Stuart Little 1999 Sony/Columbia PG
Stuart Little 2 2002 SONY PG
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch ad the Wardrobe 2005 Walt Disney Studios PG
The Goonies 1985 Warner Bros.  PG
The Incredibles  2004 Walt Disney Studios PG
The Polar Express 2004 Warner Bros.  G
The Princess Bride 1987 Fox PG
The Sandlot 1993 Fox PG
The Secret  Garden 1993 Warner Bros.  G
The Sound of Music 1965 Fox G
The Tale of Despereaux 2008 Universal Studios G
The Wizard of Oz  1939 MGM G
Tim Burton's Corpse Bride 2005 WARNER G
Tinkerbell 2008 Walt Disney Studios G
Annie 1995 Walt Disney Studios G
Toy Story 2  1999 Walt Disney Studios G
Up 2009 DISNEY PG
Wall-E 2008 Walt Disney Studios PG
Where the Wild Things Are 2009 WARNER PG
Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory  1971 Paramount G

What is the KIDS FIRST! Top 100 Kid Films List?

These are films for kids between the ages of 2 and 18 that we believe to have universal appeal, exhibit outstanding attributes in terms of their production quality. They exhibit qualities that make them as applicable today as the day they were first released.  

We know that media has the power to influence children, negatively or positively. The films on this list portray the values and ethics that we, as a culture wish to instill in our children. The idea behind this list is to provide a parent or caregiver with as much information as possible about the age appropriateness of a film, a brief synopsis, the key artists involved and any special audience issues it may address. 

 What are the criteria to be in the Top 100?

These are all feature films. As with anything that KIDS FIRST! endorses, a film must first meet or exceed the baseline criteria established by the organization. These are: no gratuitous violence or abuse; no inappropriate sexual behavior; no bias in terms of race, gender, culture or religion; no condescension toward children; no replicable unsafe behavior. Additionally, any film on this list has been compared with others and found to be exceptional.

Other viewing lists for children include older, more classic titles. This list does not include some of these. Why not?

Many critics have created lists of top children's films over the years. In reviewing some of those lists, we found that they often took a more academic look and made recommendations based on "what's good for kids" rather than "what kids like." We at KIDS FIRST! take the approach that you can combine these two ideas and come up with a list that accomplishes both. This is not to say that some older, classic films are not valued by us, but we feel some newer, more up-to-date titles have superceded them.   

 Why only feature films?

This is a starting point. Come back to see our "Top 100 Children's DVDs," "Top 100 Children's TV Shows," and other Top 100 lists.

Who voted?

Our 196 nominees were listed on our voting website for 30 days. The nominees came from a select group of our jurors, colleagues and others associated with KIDS FIRST! The public was invited to vote for their favorites from the list of nominees. This list is updated annually. If you didn't have a chance to vote this year, come back next year to do so.

How can I become a juror for KIDS FIRST!?

We welcome jurors at any time. Our jury comprises educators, librarians, child care providers, Girl and Boy Scout Leaders, and other interested adults as well as their associated groups of kids ages 0 to 18. We welcome you to join our jury at any time and help us evaluate and rate children's films, DVDs, and other media. There is a $40 fee for our online training which is completely refundable upon completing the training and review six titles in six months. For more details, go to http://www.kidsfirst.org/become-a-juror. Or, call 505-989-8076.

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