14 fall movies for kids

With the start of the school year in full swing, fall can be particularly hectic for families. But lower temperatures and earlier sunsets provide the perfect opportunity to slow down the pace with a cozy movie night. And if the film is thematic, so much the better.

From films for toddlers to films for slightly older children — and their parents! — you’ll enjoy, here are 14 fall movies for kids (and where you can watch them right now!). Popcorn and pumpkin scented candle not included.

1. “Fantastic Mr. Fox”

Set in the most pleasant season – fall – “Fantastic Mr. Fox” follows Mr. Fox as he breaks his promise to his wife to raid the gardens of neighboring farmers after 12 years of a quiet, life without incident.

Director: Wes Anderson

Release date: November 25, 2009

Duration: 1 hour, 28 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Fantastic Mr. Fox” on Apple TV

2. “The Book of Life”

Even though life has taken his childhood friends Manolo, Joaquín and Maria on different paths, one constant remains: Manolo and Joaquín still want to marry Maria.

Director: Jorge R. Gutierrez

Release date: October 17, 2014

Duration: 1 hour, 35 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:The book of life” on Hulu

3. “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone”

An adaptation of the first book in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone” is utterly cozy and mystical (this is when Harry first discovers that he is a Wizard). And while there’s a scary moment with Voldemort at the end, it’s generally the least scary of the films. As far as fall movies for kids go, it’s hard to beat!

Director: Chris Columbus

Release date: November 16, 2001

Duration: 2 hours and 32 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone» on Amazon Prime

4. “Open season”

Elliot, a mule deer, convinces Boog, a domesticated grizzly bear, to leave his cozy life in a garage for the great outdoors. The only problem? Opening season is in three days.

Director: Jill Culton and Roger Allers

Release date: September 29, 2006

Duration: 1 hour, 27 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Open season» on Netflix

5. “Little Women”

Years before Greta Gerwig gave us ‘barbie“, she gave us the 2019 adaptation of the Louisa May Alcott classic that begins in December—which, yes, is still mostly fall!—and has a warm, earnest vibe throughout.

Director: Greta Gerwig

Release date: December 25, 2019

Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Little woman” on Apple TV

6. “The Incredible Maurice”

Maurice, a clever street cat, hatches a plan to make money from a gang of rodents. But when they encounter a bookworm named Malicia, their plan is foiled.

Director: Toby Genkel

Release date: February 3, 2023

Duration: 1 hour, 33 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:The incredible Maurice» on Amazon Prime

7. “Soul”

An existential animated film for children (and adults!) about a music teacher who comes face to face with his soul.

Director: Pete Doctor

Release date: October 11, 2020

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Soul» on Disney Plus

9. “Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving”


Partially set for Thanksgivingpart Christmas, this old-school Disney film features Pooh and the crew in a heartwarming tale.

Director: Jun Falkenstein, Karl Geurs, Gary Katona, Ed Wexler

Release date: November 8, 1999

Duration: 1 hour, 10 minutes

Rating: g

Watch:Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving” on Vudu

10. “Bridge to Terabithia”

An outcast boy befriends the new girl at school. Together, they create an imaginary world that benefits them in real life.

Director: Gábor Csupó

Release date: February 16, 2007

Duration: 1 hour, 36 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:Bridge to Terabithia» on Disney Plus

11. “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe”

During World War II, siblings find a door to a magical world in the closet of the country house where they stay for protection.

Director: Andrew Adamson

Release date: December 9, 2005

Duration: 2 hours and 20 minutes

Rating: PG

Watch:The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe» on Disney Plus

12. “My Father’s Dragon”

Elmer struggles to adjust to life after moving to town with his mother. To escape, he flees to Wild Island in search of a dragon.

Director: Nora Twomey

Release date: November 11, 2022

Duration: 1 hour and 39 minutes

Rating: PG

WatchMy father’s dragon» on Netflix

13. “Coraline”

Coraline is always looking for excitement, and one day she finally finds it by opening a small door in her house that leads her to a parallel universe.

Director: Henry Selick

Release date: February 6, 2009

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes

Rating: PG

WatchCoraline” on Hulu

14. “Sweet Autumn”

Aunt Dee leaves her candy store to her niece and a local maple grower, and through a series of letters – and incidents – the two finally discover why.

Director: Gary Yates

Release date: September 14, 2021

Duration: 1 hour, 23 minutes

Rating: 7+

Watch “Sweet Autumn” on Amazon Prime


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