The Best Kids Movies 2016, Complete List of Films

It has been a long time since year 2016 ended, though we are going to talk about popular Kids movies released last year. We will have a look on the best kids movies of 2016, movies that were just missed to be in the best category and the entire list of films for little ones released in the year.

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The list contains films that relate to kids in any manner. Like films that are animated, cartoon, based on fantasy, adventure, superhero or fairy tale. All the films in the best category in the article are PG rated, so they are purely made for children. But the proceeding lists also contain PG-13 rated movies.

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The List of Best Kids Movies of 2016

10. Pete’s Dragon

PG

Rating: 3.4 Stars (3.4 / 5)

Director: David Lowery

Star Cast: Oakes Fegley, Bryce Dallas Howard, Oona Laurence

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At first the film might seem identical to another Disney’s movie “The Jungle Book”, however it is modified very creatively.

Plot: The film focuses on an 11 year old child (Pete) who lost his family a few years ago in an accident and grew up in a jungle from there. Pete was parented by a dragon (Elliot). On a day, a lady named Natalie brought Pete her home. She shockingly came to know that a dragon took care of Pete for six years. Now because of being a Dragon, Elliot is being hunted by the mankind.

Box Office: The film performed well at the Box Office if not amazingly, especially in foreign countries.

Domestic: $76,233,151, Foreign: $67,462,187, Total worldwide gross: $143,695,338.

9. Storks

Storks

PG

Rating: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Director: Nicholas Stoller

Star Cast: Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Jennifer Aniston (voices)

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Storks is based on a fascinating concept, the film will take you in a super cute, fantasy world. It has been adored by the audience highly.

Plot: In a fantasy world, Stork birds used to deliver human babies to people who need to have one. But now the CEO of the company has decided to deliver only packages for an e-commerce website. However, there is still one baby left to be delivered which has no address with it. The baby was ordered by a family who needs to have it with them.

Box Office: Storks has performed amazingly at the foreign box office.

Domestic: $72,679,278, Foreign: $109,700,000, Total worldwide gross: $182,379,278.

8. Sing

Sing

PG

Rating: 3.6 Stars (3.6 / 5)

Director: Christophe Lourdelet, Garth Jennings

Star Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon (voices)

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The film is loaded with multiple elements. It has several interesting animal characters in it like a mobster’s son gorilla who wants to be a music artist. The film has music, comedy and drama in it. So, Sing is ideal for kids and general audience too.

Plot: Buster Moon (a koala) owns a theater which is going through harsh time. To recover from the financial condition he decides to organize a singing competition. Then, all the aspiring singers in the city burst out for the audition, highly influenced by the prize money of $100,000 which was misprinted and actually was $1,000. Having come to know about the situation, Buster needs to fix it anyhow.

Box Office: Sing has earned massively at the box office, around 9 times more than its production budget.

Domestic: $270,329,045, Foreign: $361,928,074, Total worldwide gross: $632,257,119

7. Kung Fu Panda 3

Kung Fu Panda 3

PG

Rating: 3.6 Stars (3.6 / 5)

Director: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson

Star Cast: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston (voices)

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The film is a nice mix of comedy with action and adventure just like its preceding parts. Its concept is not a fresh one but its strength is its characters.

Plot:  The Dragon Warrior Panda Po has been found by his father after several years. Po’s father takes him to his panda village, which is full of old, young and little pandas. Besides, a supernatural villain (Kai) has been conquering over kung fu masters across China. Po has to stop him and he needs to train kung fu to all the pandas in the village.

Box Office: The film did really well at the box office, however it lagged with its first two parts.

Domestic: $143,528,619, Foreign:  $377,642,206, Total worldwide gross: $521,170,825

6. Finding Dory

Finding Dory

PG

Rating: 3.7 Stars (3.7 / 5)

Director: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane

Star Cast: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks (voices)

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A super cute movie which was made after 13 years to its preceding film Finding Nemo.

Plot: Dory, a blue tang fish was separated from her parents in childhood. A few years later she is still hunting for her parents but her short term memory loss condition makes her unable to do so. But the hopes remain when she teams up with Nemo and Marin to get back home.

Box Office: Finding dory has earned over a billion dollars, so these are simply whopping stats.

Domestic: $486,295,561, Foreign: $542,275,328, Total worldwide gross: $1,028,570,889

5. The Jungle Book

The Jungle Book

PG

Rating: 3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)

Director: Jon Favreau

Star Cast: Neel Sethi, Bill Murray (voice), Ben Kingsley (voice)

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The one of the most famous movie franchise, it has been released or crated several times for years. Even some grandpas have watched one of its versions at their childhood.

Plot: In an Indian jungle, Mowgli has been grown up among the animals, parented by a pack of wolves. A black panther (Bagheera) mentored and taught him about the jungle’s skills for survival. On a day, when all the animals of the jungle were drinking water at a pond, the tiger (Shere Khan) came and smelt fragrance of a human. He declared to kill and eat Mowlgi. Now all the animals and the wolf pack decide about “how to save Mowgli” from Shere Khan.

Box Office: The film just missed to reach the benchmark of billion dollar club, however no worries for its creators.

Domestic: $364,001,123, Foreign: $602,549,477, Total worldwide gross: $966,550,600

4. Moana

Moana

PG

Rating: 3.9 Stars (3.9 / 5)

Director: Ron Clements, Don Hall

Star Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Auli’i Cravalho (voices)

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Plot: Maui, the demigod of wind and sea who can reshape himself stole the heart of the goddess of island. However, he lost the heart and his fishhook during the theft and darkness begun to cast on islands. Thousands of years later, a girl from Polynesian island is chosen by the ocean to hunt for the stolen heart to save people from the darkness.

Box Office: Along with a good response from critics, Moana proved to be highly profitable for the creators.

Domestic: $248,757,044, Foreign: $393,613,449, Total worldwide gross: $642,370,493

3. The Little Prince

The Little Prince

PG

Rating: 3.9 Stars (3.9 / 5)

Director: Mark Osborne

Star Cast: Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy (voices)

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It is not just another kid movie; the film conveys a strong appeal for all the ambitious parents who want their child to be a perfect academic grown up.

Plot: A mom has created a perfect plan for her little daughter’s academic future. She has a schedule for every hour, day, week, month and year for her daughter to follow. This leaves the little girl with no spare time. On a day while the girl was reading, she got an interesting story by her neighbor Aviator. The little girl showed her curiosity to hear Aviator’s story about “A Liitle Prince”. Then during the story, she came to know that how the Aviator rediscovered the child inside him when his plane was crashed in a desert.

Box office: It is a French-Italian English movie which was released initially in France and Italy, then later in USA. That might be a reason for its average box office performance.

Domestic: $1,339,152, Foreign: $96,232,098, Total worldwide gross: $97,571,250

2. Kubo and the Two Strings

Kubo and the Two Strings

PG

Rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Director: Travis Knight

Star Cast: Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron (voices)

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It is a simple yet loaded with adventure movie which is rooted on samurai warriors in Japan. The film feels like playing some adventurous video game.

Plot: Young Kobo lives a sweet and uncomplicated life with his mother at a village in Japan. But the situation turned around when a spirit came back for a never ending vendetta. Now, to protect himself from the spirit, Kubo has to find out the magical samurai armor.

Box Office: Surprisingly the film did not do very well at the box office comparing to all other films in the list.

Domestic: $48,023,088, Foreign: $21,906,457, Total worldwide gross: $69,929,545

1. Zootopia

Zootopia

PG

Rating: 4.1 Stars (4.1 / 5)

Director: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Star Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba (voices)

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It was the first time when Disney released two animated films in a year. Zootopia is one of the finest films ever a kid should watch.

Plot: Zootopia is a place where there are anthropomorphic mammals, they are civilized and do not remain naked. When Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the Zootopia police force, she comes to know that she still has to prove herself as a true cop and so she jumps into a harsh case to solve it.

Box Office: 2016 brought zillions to the pocket of The Walt Disney Company; Zootopia also earned around a billion dollars along with Finding Dory and The Jungle Book.

Domestic: $341,268,248, Foreign: $682,515,947, Total worldwide gross: $1,023,784,195

Films that were missed to be in the “Best” list

There are some more fascinating movies from 2016 for kids; however they were missed to be in the list of the best because of their MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) ratings. Despite these films contain all the ingredients a kid wants in a film.

One such movie is “Sausage Party” which is rooted on unwonted concept where food items realize the fear of being eating or cooked. But the film is R rated so it had no chance to be called an ideal kid movie.

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is also in this missed films list because of its PG-13 rating but it can be called a kid movie because of the content type.

Sausage Party

Sausage Party

R

Rating: 3.2 Stars (3.2 / 5)

Director: Greg Tiernan, Conrad Vernon

Star Cast: Alistair Abell, Iris Apatow (voices)

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

PG-13

Rating: 3.4 Stars (3.4 / 5)

Director: Tim Burton

Star Cast: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

PG-13

Rating: 3.7 Stars (3.7 / 5)

Director: David Yates

Star Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Sam Redford, Scott Goldman

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A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls

PG-13

Rating: 3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)

Director: J.A. Bayona

Star Cast: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver

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Warcraft: The Beginning

Warcraft: The Beginning

PG-13

Rating: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Director: Duncan Jones

Star Cast: Travis Fimmel, Paula Patton, Ben Foster

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Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond

PG-13

Rating: 3.6 Stars (3.6 / 5)

Director: Justin Lin

Star Cast: Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto

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Batman: The Killing Joke

Batman: The Killing Joke

R

Rating: 3.3 Stars (3.3 / 5)

Director: Sam Liu

Star Cast: Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Tara Strong

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Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange

PG-13

Rating: 3.8 Stars (3.8 / 5)

Director: Scott Derrickson

Star Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams

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Best kids movies of 2016 other than Hollywood

Here is a list of kids movies other than Hollywood or English cinema which are worthy to watch. The list contains 6 films from which 3 are Indian animated movies. So you may want to search for your language version of these films.

One such film here is Antboy 3 which is a Danish superhero movie, it is a classic type of kid movie where a young boy got powers and then he faces off against bad.

Another film is “Motu Patlu: King of Kings”, it casts the comedy tale of two best friends “Motu and Patlu” who try to save a jungle along with the help of a Lion of a circus. There is also a TV show on “Motu and Patlu” that is popular among Indian kids.

6. Antboy 3

Antboy 3

NA

Rating: 2.6 Stars (2.6 / 5)

Director: Ask Hasselbalch

Star Cast: Oscar Dietz, Amalie Kruse Jensen

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5. Rock Dog

Rock Dog

PG

Rating: 2.8 Stars (2.8 / 5)

Director: Ash Brannon

Star Cast: Luke Wilson, Eddie Izzard, J.K. Simmons (voices)

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4. Boonie Bears III

Boonie Bears III

NA

Rating: 3 Stars (3 / 5)

Director: Ding Liang

Star Cast: Wan Danqing, Chen Guang (voices)

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3. Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure

Chhota Bheem Himalayan Adventure

NA

Rating: 3.5 Stars (3.5 / 5)

Director: Rusauro B. Adorable

Star Cast: Jigna Bhardwaj, Rupa Bhimani, Sonal Kaushal (voices)

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2. Motu Patlu – King of Kings

Motu Patlu - King of Kings

NA

Rating: 4 Stars (4 / 5)

Director: Suhas Kadav

Star Cast: Saurav Chakrabarty, Vinay Pathak (voices)

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1. Chaar Sahibzaade 2: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur

Chaar Sahibzaade 2: Rise of Banda Singh Bahadur

U

Rating: 4.4 Stars (4.4 / 5)

Director: Harry Baweja

Star Cast: Om Puri (voices)

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So now we have just gone through a bunch of films here. Some movies may be controversial to be in kids category like “Batman: The Killing Joke” and “Sausage Party” because of their aggressive material, however it does not seem like such films were made for audience other than kids.

It would be interesting if you will share your views about films that you have watched or like to mention a kid movie that has been missed here.

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