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The Best Family and Kids Movies on Hulu (September 2022)

While Hulu is certainly home to some adrenaline-pumping action films and a bevy of innovative indies, the streaming service also boasts a solid selection of family movies—if you know where to look. Luckily, we’ve combed through the Hulu library to pick out the best of the best when it comes to family and kids viewing options, from animated features to family-friendly blockbusters to even somewhat offbeat choices that might just become your kids’ new favorite movie. Peruse our selection below of the best family movies on Hulu right now.

For more family-friendly recommendations, check out our list of the best children’s movies on Netflix, Prime Video, and HBO.

Editor’s note: This list was updated September 2022 to include Hotel Transylvania, Akeelah and the Bee, Kazaam, and The Smurfs.

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Jumanji (1995)

1 hr 44 min | Fantasy Adventure | Joe Johnston

Cast: Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst, Jonathan Hyde, and David Alan Grier

Jumanji is based on the picture book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. The story begins in 1969 when a young Alan Parrish gets trapped inside a supernatural board game while playing with his friend, Sarah. Twenty-six years later, the game is found by siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd who begin playing it and release Alan, now grown-up and played by Robin Williams. Judy and Peter then decide to help Alan find Sarah so they can finish the game and fix the damage caused by it. It’s a fun, enjoyable movie and has inspired a whole franchise of related projects. It’s also a nostalgic childhood favorite for a lot of people. – Remus Noronha

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

1 hr 31 min | Animated Monster Comedy | Genndy Tartakovsky

Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher

The first film in a now popular franchise, Hotel Transylvania focuses on Count Dracula (Adam Sandler) as he runs Hotel Transylvania: a place where the world’s monsters can get away and take a break from human civilization. However, things get complicated during a party Dracula throws for his daughter Mavis’ (Selena Gomez) 118th birthday, as an ordinary 21-year-old human named Jonathan (Andy Samberg) visits the castle. Not only must Dracula keep the other guests from finding out that he’s a human, but he must also try to stop Mavis and Jonathan from falling in love. The film has been praised for its fun story and interesting characters, even being nominated for a Golden Globe and winning a Kid’s Choice Award. – Taylor Gates

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Akeelah and the Bee (2006)

1 hr 52 min | Drama | Doug Atchison

Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Angela Bassett, Keke Palmer, Curtis Armstrong

Coming off her excellent performance in Nope, Keke Palmer is hotter than ever right now. However, Palmer has been acting long before the Jordan Peele flick, and one of her best roles is in the 2006 drama Akeelah and the Bee, where she plays an 11-year-old girl from South Los Angeles who attempts to win the Scripps National Spelling Bee. With the help of her mother, Tanya (Angela Bassett), coach Dr. Larabee (Laurence Fishburne), and entire community, Akeelah overcomes obstacles and odds to make her dreams come true. – Taylor Gates

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Kazaam (1996)

1 hr 34 min | Fantasy | Paul Michael Glaser

Cast: Shaquille O’Neal, Francis Capra, Ally Walker, James Acheson

Kazaam is a wild premise with an even wilder execution. The premise centers on Shaq as a 5,000-year-old genie who appears from a boombox and must grant 12-year-old Max (Francis Capra) three wishes. Being a pre-teen, Max’s wishes include things like junk food raining from the sky. However, he’s also dealing with some more serious issues like an absent father and school bullies that Kazaam tries to help him through. Though the film was critically panned, it’s still a fun throwback to the 90s with a quirky plot that’s sure to engage kids and those craving a nostalgic watch. – Taylor Gates

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The Smurfs (2011)

1 hr 43 min | Animated Comedy | Raja Gosnell

Cast: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Sofia Vergara, Tim Gunn

Based on the classic comic series of the same name, The Smurfs centers around our favorite blue friends as they’re chased out of their village by the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria). Fleeing for safety, they find themselves in New York City – more specifically, the apartment of Patrick (Neil Patrick Harris) and Grace Winslow (Jayma Mays), a young couple expecting their first child. The families become friends, with the Smurfs ultimately staying with the Winslows. Hijinks naturally ensue when Gargamel arrives in the Big Apple as well, throwing everyone’s lives even further into chaos. With its slapstick humor and silly bits, The Smurfs is sure to delight youngsters. – Taylor Gates

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins (2011)

1 hr 34 min | Family Comedy | Mark Waters

Cast: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino, Anglea Lansbury

Jim Carrey’s more adult-oriented antics inMan on the Moonand Dumb & Dumbermay need to be saved for when the kids are a little bit older, but the heartwarming family comedy Mr. Popper’s Penguinsis the perfect introduction of Carrey’s manic energy to a younger crowd. Carrey stars in the title role as a divorced real estate employee and struggling father who is gifted a crew of adorable arctic creatures that force him to become a better man. Carrey may have phoned it in a few times over the past few years, but he’s in top form here in a heartfelt story about love, family, and penguins — Liam Gaughan

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Passport to Paris (1999)

1 hr 27 min | Comedy | Alan Metter

Cast: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Peter White, Matt Winston, Yvonne Sciò

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen take Paris by storm in their first of many direct-to-video movies where they travel abroad. Sent off to spend their spring break with their estranged grandfather (Peter White), these 13-year-olds make their own fun by exploring The City of Light with cute French boys, trying the local cuisine, and, of course, shopping. The twins help their grandfather and his sensible assistant (Matt Winston) let loose and find the fun in Paris. Passport to Paris is fun for the kids and nostalgic for the adults, all wrapped up in a free trip to France from the comfort of your couch. – Meredith Loftus

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Switching Goals (1999)

1 hr 25 min | Adventure Comedy | David Steinberg

Cast: Ashley Olsen, Mary-Kate Olsen, Kathy Greenwood, Eric Lutes, Keith Knight

If you combined The Parent Trap with Kicking & Screaming, you’d get Switching Goals. When star soccer player Sam (Mary-Kate Olsen) hatches a scheme to switch soccer teams with her popular girly twin sister Emma (Ashley Olsen), mayhem ensues. Along the way, the sisters learn from each other that winning isn’t everything. Plus, their father (Eric Lutes) learns to treat his daughters equally, seeing the strengths in both of them and encouraging them to be their best out on the field. Switching Goals is a crowd-pleasing, easy watch for the whole family. – Meredith Loftus

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Teen Spirit (2018)

1 hr 32 min | Musical Drama | Max Minghella

Cast: Elle Fanning, Rebecca Hall, Zlatko Burić

Teen Spiritis a Cinderella story for the post-American Idol generation. Although music reality programming is no new concept, Max Minghella’s directorial debut explores how such a program could change the life of a poor girl from the Isle of Wright. It’s a remarkably stylistic project from a first-time filmmaker. Is Teen Spirit riddled with cliches and entirely predictable? Absolutely. However, Teen Spirit transcends the “inspirational rise to stardom” hallmarks thanks to the phenomenal star performance from Elle Fanning. The determination, anxiety, and confusion that a young girl feels when she is thrust in front of the spotlight are evident thanks to Fanning’s authenticity.- Liam Gaughan

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Rio (2011)

1 hr 36 min | Animated Musical Adventure Comedy | Carlos Saldanha

Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway,, Jamie Foxx, Jemaine Clement, Leslie Mann, George Lopez, Tracy Morgan

Rio is a truly delightful tale of a bird named Blu who grew up in Minnesota returning to his roots in Brazil in order to save his species from extinction. On their journey, Blu and his friends must work together against the evil exotic bird smuggler Marcel and his henchman. With A-list talent and stunning, colorful animation, Rio is a journey you’ll want to go on again and again. – Taylor Gates

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Zapped (2014)

1 hr 42 min | Fantasy Comedy | Peter DeLuise

Cast: Zendaya, Spencer Boldman, Chanelle Peloso

Before she won two Emmys for playing Rue on Euphoria, Zendaya was a staple of Disney Channel, and Zapped is one of her most enjoyable projects from that era. Here, she stars as Zoey, who’s struggling to adapt to life with her new stepfamily when her mother remarries. To cope, she uses an app on her phone to make her father and brothers do whatever she wants them to do. In true Disney Channel fashion, Zoey realizes she liked her family the way it was and must set out to reverse the effects. Quirky and heartwarming, Zapped is a sweet, silly time. – Taylor Gates

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Billboard Dad (1998)

1 hr 27 min | Comedy Romance | Alan Metter

Cast: Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen

Another Mary-Kate and Ashley classic, this movie sees two 12-year-old sisters, surfer Emily (Ashley Olsen) and diver Tess (Mary-Kate Olsen), as they try to land their widowed father a date. After several failed attempts, they convince their friend Cody (Rafael Rojas III) to help them paint a giant billboard advertising that their father is single. He eventually hits it off with a woman named Brooke (Jessica Tuck), who has an obnoxious son named Ryan (Sam Saletta). However, when they realize their parents really like each other, they team up to save their relationship from people trying to break the two of them up. – Taylor Gates

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Nim’s Island (2008)

1 hr 36 min | Adventure | Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin

Cast: Abigail Breslin, Jodie Foster, Gerard Butler

Based on the children’s story by Wendy Orr, Nim’s Island follows a girl named Nim (Abigail Breslin) growing up on a remote island with her widowed marine biologist father (Gerard Butler). Nim is obsessed with a group of adventure books about a hero named Alex Rover, the author of which is an agoraphobic writer by the same name (Jodie Foster). A series of emails and mishaps cause Nim to find herself in danger and need Alex Rover – both real and fictional – to rescue her. Nim’s Island is exciting, empowering, and visually stunning while being grounded by its big heart and excellent performances. – Taylor Gates

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Robots (2005)

1 hr 30 min | Animated Sci-Fi Adventure Comedy | Chris Wedge

Cast: Ewan McGregor, Halle Berry, Greg Kinnear

Robots is, as its name suggests, about a world filled with robots – namely, one who’s an aspiring inventor named Rodney Copperbottom (Ewan McGregor). Rodney visits the big city to work for Bigweld Industries, a company that has inspired him since childhood. However, it quickly becomes apparent that not everything is as it seems, and there is some evil new leadership in the company he must work with a ragtag team to defeat. Robots has been praised for its stunning animation and combination of children and adult humor, making it a delightful watch for the whole family. – Taylor Gates

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1 hr 34 min | Animated Adventure Comedy | Chris Butler

Cast: Hugh Jackman, Zach Galifianakis, and Zoe Saldana

The folks at LAIKA have made a habit of lifting up the artform of stop-motion animation, and their 2019 film Missing Link is their most commercial effort yet. This buddy comedy takes place in the 1880s and follows a struggling mystical creatures investigator named Sir Lionel Frost (Hugh Jackman) who stumbles upon a talking sasquatch named Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis) in the Pacific Northwest. When Mr. Link claims his relatives are Yetis in the Himalayas, Sir Lionel Frost agrees to accompany the sasquatch on a globe-trotting adventure to find his long-lost family. The film is gorgeous and silly and big-hearted, as it’s really a story about found family and friendship. – Adam Chitwood

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