Fifteen Family-Friendly Pet Movies to Stream while Social Distancing
Story by Angela Wright
It can sometimes be a challenge to find good movies to share with the whole family, but we believe it is even more important to laugh with each other and enjoy the little things in times like this. So, in the spirit of making the best of social distancing, enjoy this collection of funny and heartwarming movies about some cute animals doing what they do. All of these entertainment options can be found on Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+ with a basic subscription and no need for renting.
This is one of the sweetest pet movies. Centering around a pampered pup who stars in a TV show, it shows the transformation of a lifetime when Bolt is forced to discover what truly matters to him after becoming lost from his beloved owner, Penny. It is a beautiful reminder about how life can send us down a new path, but the people we love will always be with us through it all- even if we don’t see them for a while.
Watch the trailer for “Bolt.”
These movies are not your average films about a boy and his pet. This is mainly because they revolve around Stuart Little, a quirky, clever mouse, and not a dog or a cat. Hey, we support all animal-lovers here! These movies will take people of every age on a ride through child-appropriate suspense and moving moments that will turn even the most cynical of hearts into melted butter.
For those who loved the cat Puss in Boots in the Shrek franchise, this is a spinoff of his character where he has to find his way out of a storybook fairytale full of suspense. This movie is particularly a good choice for the young ones, as it is interactive and allows the child to choose the end to Puss’s story. Give this one a try with your children.
Watch the “Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale” trailer.
Imagine American Idol, but with talking dogs. That is the premise of these adorable stories. The main dog, a yorkie named Tiny, faces far more than just judges in this movie, though. Check out these cuteness overloads of movies. With plenty of sequels (“Pup Star 2 Better Together” and “Pup Star World Tour”), you’ll have much to watch.
Scooby Doo is the classic example of a pet movie hero who has withstood the test of time. With countless variations of TV shows and movies, this is one example Netflix offers out of many on the streaming site. If you like zombies, mysteries and a whole lot of Scooby Snacks, be sure to check this movie out.
Watch the “Scooby Doo on Zombie Island” trailer.
A childhood favorite of many, the Clifford the Big Red Dog children’s books have entertained generations of children. This movie is based on the characters of the books and shows how much this dog cares about his family. It teaches valuable lessons about helping others and will surely make you smile. How can you not smile when it is about a gigantic red dog?
Watch the “Clifford’s Really Big Movie” trailer.
The lovable cartoon dog, Snoopy, is featured in this film, as well as the whole Peanuts gang. The film is set in Europe as the friends travel there. As with all Peanuts films, sassy Snoopy will continue to be the dog we all remember and love. Speaking of, all of this Snoopy talk gives us some major “Planet Snoopy” nostalgia from our kiddie ride days at Worlds of Fun.
Caution: this movie may cause leaky eyes from the cuteness. This movie is a classic, and while it is technically about farm animals, we think Wilbur the piglet deserves the designation of “pet,” as he sure is loved a lot by his friend and little girl, Fern Arable. Go ahead and watch it, if you want to see a story of the love between one girl and her pet pig.
Watch the “Charlotte’s Web” trailer.
This is a historical children’s film about a boy’s experience of World War II era France. Because of the subject matter, this may be more suitable for older children than younger, but it is worthwhile for the conversations it will start for them. It is a pet movie, a movie of multiple levels and worthwhile film, for sure.
Watch the “Belle & Sebastian” trailer.
There are at least two versions of this movie and an animated sequel on Disney+ right now. Part of the classical Disney repertoire, it’s a story of romance, love and allowing others to help. It’s a cute story and who can resist the iconic spaghetti-sharing scene?
“Everybody wants to be a cat!” A classic for cat-lovers everywhere, this is a story of adventure and redemption for the street-savvy Thomas O’Malley the alley cat. When Thomas O’Malley helps Duchess and her kittens return to the safety of their home, all involved gain new knowledge, friends and even love.
Watch the “Aristocats” trailer.
This live-action remake of the original cartoon is currently offered on Disney+ and would make a wonderful movie to watch as a family. When two dalmatians named Pongo and Perdita have puppies, their new family with their humans is full of love. However, Cruella De Vil wants to steal them to take their fur. Luckily, she is unsuccessful. This movie is sure to give dog lovers a lot of laughs and a severe case of spotted puppy fever.
Watch the “101 Dalmatians” trailer.
Lighthearted and fun, the “Buddies” series are a set of cute movies about little golden retriever puppies who go on adventures together. Any of the movies are suitable for a good night in, but this one is currently offered on Disney+ and is a dog superhero treat.
Watch the “Super Buddies” trailer.
Get ready to turn on the waterworks because this movie is a bit of a tearjerker, but in the best possible way. There are some mature themes in this movie that may be better suited for older children, but it is a wonderful movie about the friendship of a hunting dog and a pet fox. It is a movie that can show us how beautiful it is to live life with the pets we love and the preciousness of the friendships between unlikely friends.
This story is a beautiful story of how one orphaned dog helped to heal the heart of a young girl who had seen some hard times in life. Empathetic and a story of love, this movie is a feel-good movie with some valuable life lessons to teach to people of all ages.
Watch the “Because of Winn-Dixie” trailer.
We hope you bookmark some titles on this list for your next streaming marathon. Have fun!