Top Children's Movies, TV, 2020- Dr. Diane Howard, Reviewer

by DrDianeHoward | created - 21 Aug 2019 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Top Children's Redemptive Movies, TV, Diane Howard, Ph.D. (Performances Studies), entertainment editor, interviewer, and publicist reviews top redemptive, family movies & TV for content and artistry to promote the best for a range of viewers for Good, eternal difference in our world (See https://dianehoward.com/)

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1. The Star (2017)

PG | 86 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

42 Metascore

A small but brave donkey and his animal friends become the unsung heroes of the first Christmas.

Director: Timothy Reckart | Stars: Steven Yeun, Keegan-Michael Key, Aidy Bryant, Gina Rodriguez

Votes: 6,228 | Gross: $40.85M

2. VeggieTales in the House (2014–2016)

TV-Y | Animation, Short, Adventure

Get ready to love your veggies! The beloved faith-based brand has a fresh new look as Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber and all their Veggie friends venture off the countertop for the ... See full summary »

Stars: Phil Vischer, Mike Nawrocki, Tress MacNeille, Rob Paulsen

Votes: 246

3. VeggieTales in the City (2017)

TV-Y | Animation, Short, Adventure

Larry, Bob and all their Veggie friends share their city adventures.

Stars: Mike Nawrocki, Rob Paulsen, Phil Vischer, Tress MacNeille

Votes: 82

4. Mary Poppins Returns (2018)

PG | 130 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

66 Metascore

A few decades after her original visit, Mary Poppins, the magical nanny, returns to help the Banks siblings and Michael's children through a difficult time in their lives.

Director: Rob Marshall | Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 74,610 | Gross: $171.96M

5. Joseph: King of Dreams (2000 Video)

Unrated | 75 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

A prophet who has the ability to interpret dreams is sold into slavery in Egypt, where people learn of his gifts.

Directors: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez | Stars: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd, Maureen McGovern

Votes: 10,882

6. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973 TV Short)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends over to Charlie Brown's for Thanksgiving, and with Linus, Snoopy, and Woodstock, he attempts to throw together a Thanksgiving dinner.

Directors: Bill Melendez, Phil Roman | Stars: Todd Barbee, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger-Powers

Votes: 8,691

7. A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965 TV Movie)

TV-G | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Depressed at the commercialism he sees around him, Charlie Brown tries to find a deeper meaning to Christmas.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Ann Altieri, Chris Doran, Sally Dryer, Bill Melendez

Votes: 30,594

8. Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown (1975 TV Short)

Not Rated | 30 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The gang celebrate Valentine's Day while Charlie Brown hopes for at least one valentine for a change.

Director: Phil Roman | Stars: Duncan Watson, Stephen Shea, Melanie Kohn, Greg Felton

Votes: 2,109

9. The Peanuts Movie (2015)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

67 Metascore

Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their archnemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life.

Director: Steve Martino | Stars: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller, Francesca Capaldi

Votes: 41,700 | Gross: $130.18M

10. A Boy Named Charlie Brown (1969)

G | 86 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

Charlie Brown makes his way to the national spelling bee finals.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Pamelyn Ferdin, Glenn Gilger, Andy Pforsich

Votes: 4,372 | Gross: $13.08M

11. It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 25 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Peanuts gang celebrates Halloween while Linus waits for the Great Pumpkin.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer, Cathy Steinberg

Votes: 15,975

12. You're Not Elected, Charlie Brown (1972 TV Short)

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Linus runs for school president with Lucy and Charlie Brown being his campaign managers.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Chad Webber, Robin Kohn, Stephen Shea, Hilary Momberger-Powers

Votes: 1,484

13. He's Your Dog, Charlie Brown (1968 TV Short)

24 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

When Snoopy is sent back to the puppy farm for obedience training, he free-loads at Peppermint Patty's instead.

Director: Bill Melendez | Stars: Peter Robbins, Gabrielle DeFaria Ritter, Christopher Shea, Sally Dryer

Votes: 1,082

14. Happiness Is a Warm Blanket, Charlie Brown (2011 Video)

TV-G | 46 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

Linus is pushed to his limits when he learns Grandma is coming to visit and plans on ridding him of his childish security blanket.

Directors: Andrew Beall, Frank Molieri | Stars: Austin Lux, Amanda Pace, Trenton Rogers, Grace Rolek

Votes: 1,115

15. You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1985 TV Movie)

G | 49 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

The Peanuts gang performs the classic Broadway musical.

Director: Sam Jaimes | Stars: Kevin Brando, Michael Dockery, Brad Kesten, Jeremy Scott Reinbolt

Votes: 852

16. You're a Good Sport, Charlie Brown (1975 TV Short)

TV-G | 24 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Peppermint Patty compete in a motocross race.

Director: Phil Roman | Stars: Duncan Watson, Melanie Kohn, Stuart Brotman, Jimmy Ahrens

Votes: 599

17. Christopher Robin (2018)

PG | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

60 Metascore

A working-class family man, Christopher Robin, encounters his childhood friend Winnie-the-Pooh, who helps him to rediscover the joys of life.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss

Votes: 67,004 | Gross: $99.22M

18. Pooh's Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin (1997 Video)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Winnie the Pooh and company embark on a quest to rescue Christopher Robin from certain doom in a place called "Skull" after misreading a note he left for them.

Director: Karl Geurs | Stars: Jim Cummings, John Fiedler, Ken Sansom, Andre Stojka

Votes: 5,129

19. The Jungle Book (1967)

G | 78 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

65 Metascore

Bagheera the Panther and Baloo the Bear have a difficult time trying to convince a boy to leave the jungle for human civilization.

Directors: Wolfgang Reitherman, James Algar, Jack Kinney | Stars: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot, Louis Prima, Bruce Reitherman

Votes: 163,606 | Gross: $141.84M

20. Dolphin Tale 2 (2014)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family

58 Metascore

The team of people who saved Winter's life reassemble in the wake of her surrogate mother's passing in order to find her a companion so she can remain at the Clearwater Marine Hospital.

Director: Charles Martin Smith | Stars: Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff

Votes: 8,239 | Gross: $42.02M

21. Dumbo (2019)

PG | 112 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

51 Metascore

A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Danny DeVito, Eva Green

Votes: 63,739 | Gross: $114.77M

22. The Stray (2017)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Family

A young father takes his nine-year-old son, the family dog, and two of his son's friends backpacking in the mountains of Colorado only for all five of them to be struck by lightning.

Director: Mitch Davis | Stars: Michael Cassidy, Sarah Lancaster, Connor Corum, Pluto

Votes: 986 | Gross: $1.58M

23. Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)

PG | 89 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

The Madagascar animals fly back to New York City, but crash-land on an African nature reserve, where they meet others of their own kind, and Alex especially discovers his royal heritage as prince of a lion pride.

Directors: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath | Stars: Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, Jada Pinkett Smith

Votes: 201,674 | Gross: $180.01M

24. Toy Story (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

95 Metascore

A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room.

Director: John Lasseter | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney

Votes: 871,170 | Gross: $191.80M

25. Toy Story 2 (1999)

G | 92 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

88 Metascore

When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends set out on a rescue mission to save Woody before he becomes a museum toy property with his roundup gang Jessie, Prospector, and Bullseye.

Directors: John Lasseter, Ash Brannon, Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer

Votes: 518,389 | Gross: $245.85M

26. Toy Story 3 (2010)

G | 103 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

92 Metascore

The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home.

Director: Lee Unkrich | Stars: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Ned Beatty

Votes: 744,893 | Gross: $415.00M

27. Lady and the Tramp (1955)

G | 76 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

The romantic tale of a sheltered uptown Cocker Spaniel dog and a streetwise downtown Mutt.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Cutting | Stars: Barbara Luddy, Larry Roberts, Peggy Lee, Bill Thompson

Votes: 120,633 | Gross: $93.60M

28. The Velveteen Rabbit (2009)

G | 97 min | Animation, Drama, Family

A lonely boy wins over his distant father and strict grandmother with help from a brave velveteen rabbit whose one wish is to become a real rabbit someday.

Director: Michael Landon Jr. | Stars: Jane Seymour, Tom Skerritt, Ellen Burstyn, Matthew Harbour

Votes: 652 | Gross: $0.14M

29. Pinocchio (1940)

G | 88 min | Animation, Comedy, Family

99 Metascore

A living puppet, with the help of a cricket as his conscience, must prove himself worthy to become a real boy.

Directors: Norman Ferguson, T. Hee, Wilfred Jackson, Jack Kinney, Hamilton Luske, Bill Roberts, Ben Sharpsteen | Stars: Dickie Jones, Christian Rub, Mel Blanc, Don Brodie

Votes: 128,771 | Gross: $84.25M

30. Peter Pan (1953)

G | 77 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

76 Metascore

Wendy and her brothers are whisked away to the magical world of Neverland with the hero of their stories, Peter Pan.

Directors: Clyde Geronimi, Wilfred Jackson, Hamilton Luske, Jack Kinney | Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conried, Bill Thompson

Votes: 124,183 | Gross: $87.40M

31. Cars 2 (2011)

G | 106 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

57 Metascore

Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Directors: John Lasseter, Bradford Lewis | Stars: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer

Votes: 156,720 | Gross: $191.45M

32. Planes (2013)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

39 Metascore

A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.

Director: Klay Hall | Stars: Carlos Alazraqui, Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett

Votes: 41,799 | Gross: $90.29M

33. Finding Dory (2016)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

Friendly but forgetful blue tang Dory begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 235,575 | Gross: $486.30M

34. An American Tail (1986)

G | 80 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

38 Metascore

While emigrating to the United States, a young Russian mouse gets separated from his family and must relocate them while trying to survive in a new country.

Director: Don Bluth | Stars: Dom DeLuise, Christopher Plummer, Erica Yohn, Nehemiah Persoff

Votes: 48,196 | Gross: $47.48M

35. Benji's Very Own Christmas Story (1978 TV Short)

Unrated | 25 min | Family, Short

While on a publicity tour in Switzerland, Benji, Cindy Smith, and Patsy Garrett convince Kris Kringle that his place on Christmas Eve is delivering presents to all "his" families all over the world.

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Ron Moody, Patsy Garrett, Cynthia Smith, Benjean

Votes: 228

36. Benji: Off the Leash! (2004)

PG | 97 min | Drama, Family

49 Metascore

Lost and alone on the streets of a small Mississippi town, Benji struggles to save his mom from a backyard puppy mill, avoiding two dopey dogcatchers and an unwanted sidekick.

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Nick Whitaker, Chris Kendrick, Nate Bynum, Randall Newsome

Votes: 575 | Gross: $3.82M

37. For the Love of Benji (1977)

G | 85 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

46 Metascore

Benji sniffs out a bogus CIA agent in Athens, Greece.

Director: Joe Camp | Stars: Patsy Garrett, Benjean, Art Vasil, Allen Fiuzat

Votes: 1,019 | Gross: $22.26M

38. Klaus (2019)

PG | 96 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

65 Metascore

A simple act of kindness always sparks another, even in a frozen, faraway place. When Smeerensburg's new postman, Jesper, befriends toymaker Klaus, their gifts melt an age-old feud and deliver a sleigh full of holiday traditions.

Directors: Sergio Pablos, Carlos Martínez López | Stars: Jason Schwartzman, J.K. Simmons, Rashida Jones, Will Sasso

Votes: 77,467



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