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1. The Dark Crystal (1982)

PG | 93 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.2
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66 Metascore

On another planet in the distant past, a Gelfling embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal, and so restore order to his world.

Directors: Jim Henson, Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Kathryn Mullen, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz

Votes: 51,487 | Gross: $40.58M

2. Ratatouille (2007)

G | 111 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

8.0
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96 Metascore

A rat who can cook makes an unusual alliance with a young kitchen worker at a famous restaurant.

Directors: Brad Bird, Jan Pinkava | Stars: Brad Garrett, Lou Romano, Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm

Votes: 583,714 | Gross: $206.45M

3. The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984)

G | 94 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.9
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64 Metascore

Kermit and his friends go to New York City to get their musical on Broadway only to find it's a more difficult task than they anticipated.

Director: Frank Oz | Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Dave Goelz, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 17,956 | Gross: $25.53M

4. The Muppets (2011)

PG | 103 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

7.1
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75 Metascore

A Muppet fanatic with some help from his 2 human compatriots must regroup the Muppet gang to stop an avaricious oil mogul from taking down one of their precious life-longing treasures.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Chris Cooper, Rashida Jones

Votes: 82,951 | Gross: $88.63M

5. Team America: World Police (2004)

R | 98 min | Action, Comedy

7.2
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64 Metascore

Popular Broadway actor Gary Johnston is recruited by the elite counter-terrorism organization Team America: World Police. As the world begins to crumble around him, he must battle with terrorists, celebrities and falling in love.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Elle Russ, Kristen Miller

Votes: 151,497 | Gross: $32.77M

6. Blue's Clues (1996–2007)

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

6.8
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Blue is a puppy who puts her paw prints on three clues. Steve has to deduce the clues (with the help of off-screen children) to figure out what Blue wants to do.

Stars: Steve Burns, Traci Paige Johnson, Seth O'Hickory, Aleisha Allen

Votes: 3,933

7. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family, Fantasy, Music

8.6
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Fred Rogers explores various topics for young viewers through presentations and music, both in his world and in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe.

Stars: Fred Rogers, Betty Aberlin, David Newell, Joe Negri

Votes: 5,495

8. Cats & Dogs (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Family

5.2
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47 Metascore

A look at the top-secret, high-tech espionage war going on between cats and dogs, of which their human owners are blissfully unaware.

Director: Lawrence Guterman | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Tobey Maguire, Jeff Goldblum, Elizabeth Perkins

Votes: 53,017 | Gross: $93.39M

9. The Muppet Show (1976–1981)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Music

8.4
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Kermit the Frog and his fellow Muppets put on a vaudeville show at their theatre, bringing in a famous celebrity to help out for each episode.

Stars: Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Richard Hunt, Dave Goelz

Votes: 21,073

10. The Beaver (2011)

PG-13 | 91 min | Drama

6.7
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60 Metascore

A troubled husband and executive adopts a beaver hand-puppet as his sole means of communication.

Director: Jodie Foster | Stars: Mel Gibson, Jodie Foster, Anton Yelchin, Cherry Jones

Votes: 45,279 | Gross: $0.97M

11. Fraggle Rock (1983–1987)

TV-Y | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.9
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The adventures of the various inhabitants of an underground civilization.

Stars: Karen Prell, Gerard Parkes, Kathryn Mullen, Steve Whitmire

Votes: 6,235

12. Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore (2010)

PG | 82 min | Action, Comedy, Family

4.3
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30 Metascore

The on-going war between the canine and feline species is put on hold when they join forces to thwart a rogue cat spy with her own sinister plans for conquest.

Director: Brad Peyton | Stars: Bette Midler, Chris O'Donnell, Jack McBrayer, James Marsden

Votes: 12,696 | Gross: $43.59M

13. Hobgoblins (1988)

Not Rated | 88 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

2.2
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A young security guard must track down diminutive aliens who kill people even as they make their fantasies come true.

Director: Rick Sloane | Stars: Tom Bartlett, Paige Sullivan, Steven Boggs, Kelley Palmer

Votes: 10,324

14. Paper Heart (2009)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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54 Metascore

Charlyne Yi embarks on a quest across America to make a documentary about the one subject she doesn't fully understand: Love.

Director: Nicholas Jasenovec | Stars: Charlyne Yi, Michael Cera, Jake Johnson, Gill Summers

Votes: 7,854 | Gross: $1.27M

15. Bear in the Big Blue House (1997–2006)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.8
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Bear lives in a Big Blue House with several of his muppet friends: Treelo the lemur, Ojo the bear cub, Tutter the mouse, and Pip and Pop the otters. Every day bear uses his reassuringly ... See full summary »

Stars: Lynne Thigpen, Geoffrey Holder, Noel MacNeal, Peter Linz

Votes: 2,733

16. Adventures in Wonderland (1992–1994)

TV-Y | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

8.2
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A young girl named Alice has many zany adventures with her friends in a magical world on the other side of her looking glass.

Stars: Robert Barry Fleming, Elisabeth Harnois, John Hoffman, Richard Kuhlman

Votes: 494

17. Lili (1953)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.4
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An orphaned young woman becomes part of a puppet act and forms a relationship with the anti-social puppeteer.

Director: Charles Walters | Stars: Leslie Caron, Mel Ferrer, Jean-Pierre Aumont, Zsa Zsa Gabor

Votes: 2,983

18. Marley & Me: The Puppy Years (2011 Video)

PG | 86 min | Comedy, Family

3.7
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More fun from Marley and this time he speaks! The worlds worst dog now has an attitude and a frisky voice. He and his summer pal, Bodi Grogan cause mayhem at the local dog contest. Marley outsmarts lots of other dogs while winning hearts.

Director: Michael Damian | Stars: Travis Turner, Donnelly Rhodes, Alex Zahara, Geoff Gustafson

Votes: 1,758

19. Oobi (2000–2005)

TV-Y | 22 min | Comedy, Family

6.7
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The everyday discoveries of a curious young hand puppet named Oobi. He and his family have funny, simple adventures that celebrate the awkward steps of growing up.

Stars: Tim Lagasse, Stephanie D'Abruzzo, Noel MacNeal, Tyler Bunch

Votes: 1,134

20. Terrahawks (1983–1986)

23 min | Family, Sci-Fi

7.3
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The missions of a planetary defense organization dedicated to protecting Earth from a Martian menace.

Stars: Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Anne Ridler, Windsor Davies

Votes: 555

21. Ziegfeld Follies (1945)

Approved | 110 min | Comedy, Musical

6.6
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The late, great impresario Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. looks down from Heaven and ordains a new revue in his grand old style.

Directors: Lemuel Ayers, Roy Del Ruth, Robert Lewis, Vincente Minnelli, George Sidney, Merrill Pye, Charles Walters | Stars: William Powell, Judy Garland, Lucille Ball, Fred Astaire

Votes: 2,643 | Gross: $7.93M

22. Hansel and Gretel (1983 TV Movie)

45 min | Fantasy

6.6
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This is Tim Burton's Disney Channel Halloween film short that only aired once. It combines live action and stop-motion, making for a creepy adventure into the woods.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Michael Yama, Andy Lee, Alison Hong, Jim Ishida

Votes: 613

23. Illuminata (1998)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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60 Metascore

It's the start of the 20th century, and Tuccio, resident playwright of a theatre repertory company offers the owners of the company his new play, "Illuminata". They reject it, saying it's ... See full summary »

Director: John Turturro | Stars: Leo Bassi, Henri Behar, Maurizio Benazzo, Fernando Bolles

Votes: 1,479 | Gross: $0.84M

24. Eureeka's Castle (1989–1995)

TV-Y | 22 min | Musical, Family, Comedy

7.4
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In a wind-up toy castle, a fantasy world of talking animals and assorted creatures live together with a giant who's in charge.

Stars: Pam Arciero, Cheryl Blaylock, Lynn Hippen, James J. Kroupa

Votes: 1,246

25. The Hugga Bunch (1985 TV Movie)

48 min | Family, Fantasy

7.4
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A girl travels through her mirror into HuggaLand to find a way to keep her grandmother, the only one who knows how to hug, young.

Director: Gus Jekel | Stars: Gennie James, Natalie Masters, Terry Castillo, Tony Urbano

Votes: 308

26. Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992–1997)

TV-Y | 30 min | Family

7.3
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An enthusiastic singing lady and her puppet animal friends go on a variety of adventures.

Stars: Amy Castle, Brian Ito, Shari Lewis, Amanda McAdam

Votes: 1,439

27. Dante's Inferno (2007)

Not Rated | 88 min | Animation, Comedy

6.6
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A darkly comedic travelogue of the underworld - set against an all-too-familiar urban backdrop of used car lots, gated communities, strip malls, and the U.S. Capitol. And populated with a contemporary cast of reprobates, including famous - and infamous - politicians, presidents, popes, pimps. And the Prince of Darkness himself.

Director: Sean Meredith | Stars: Tony Abatemarco, Scott Adsit, Matt Besser, Bill Chott

Votes: 1,384

28. Mongrels (2010–2011)

30 min | Comedy

8.3
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A look into the dysfunctional lives of a group of friends, in a typical American sitcom. But, there's a twist. It is a sort-of spoof of The Muppets, with HBO, UNCENSORED humor, with a lot ... See full summary »

Stars: Dan Tetsell, Rufus Jones, Katy Brand, Lucy Montgomery

Votes: 1,090

29. Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama, Family

6.7
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86 Metascore

A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Hippolyte Girardot, Simon Iteanu, Fang Song

Votes: 3,674 | Gross: $0.46M

30. Jackboots on Whitehall (2010)

Not Rated | 91 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi

5.3
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A satirical alternative history of World War II where the Nazis seize London and England must band together to prevent a full-on invasion.

Directors: Edward McHenry, Rory McHenry | Stars: Hugh Fraser, Alexander Armstrong, Rory McHenry, Ewan McGregor

Votes: 1,181

31. Pluk van de petteflet (2004)

91 min | Family, Fantasy

6.2
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On a quest to find a new home young Pluk in his little red crane wagon end up in the Petteflet. He moves in to a little deserted tower room and quickly befriends some of the inhabitants and... See full summary »

Directors: Ben Sombogaart, Pieter van Rijn | Stars: Janieck van de Polder, Suzanne Zuiderwijk, Yeshela Crommelin, Colin Tetteroo

Votes: 547

32. CBS Children's Film Festival (1967–1978)

Family

9.0
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Kukla, Fran and Ollie hosted this film program. They would introduce children's films from around the world. In between, the three would act in short skits.

Stars: Perry Benson, Anoop Singh, Raymond Boal, Brett Way

Votes: 50

33. Johnny and the Sprites (2005– )

TV-Y | 5 min | Short, Family, Music

7.3
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Johnny is a musician who moves to a house in the woods in order to work on his music. Once he arrives, however, he discovers that this is not just any house! His solitude is subsequently ... See full summary »

Stars: Lara MacLean, John Tartaglia, Tim Lagasse, Heather Asch

Votes: 150

34. Kukla, Fran and Ollie (1947–1957)

15 min | Family, Comedy

8.1
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Stars: Burr Tillstrom, Oliver J. Dragon, Kukla, Madame Ooglepuss

Votes: 83

35. Choose Connor (2007)

Unrated | 109 min | Drama

6.6
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46 Metascore

Idealistic 15-year old Owen gets the chance of a lifetime to be the youth spokesman for U.S. Senate Candidate Lawrence Connor, only to be exploited in a fierce campaign of TV and radio ads,... See full summary »

Director: Lucas Elliot Eberl | Stars: Darin Cooper, Chris Marquette, Alex D. Linz, James Runcorn

Votes: 287 | Gross: $0.01M

36. The Adventures of Dudley the Dragon (1994– )

30 min | Family, Fantasy

7.6
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The story focuses on Dudley, a dragon who recently woke up from centuries of hibernation and his new ten-year-old friends Matt and Sally as well as other kids down the line. The many kids ... See full summary »

Stars: Alex Galatis, James Rankin, Kirk Dunn, Asia Vieira

Votes: 90

37. The Story of the Fox (1937)

63 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

7.8
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When Renard the Fox's mischievous pranks go too far, King Lion is forced to attempt to bring the trickster to justice.

Directors: Irene Starewicz, Wladyslaw Starewicz | Stars: Claude Dauphin, Romain Bouquet, Sylvain Itkine, Léon Larive

Votes: 1,036

38. Thunderbolt Fantasy (2016– )

Fantasy

8.6
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Set in an Eastern fantasy setting, Dan Fei and her brother, guardians of a sword known as the Tian Xíng Jin, are pursued by the evil Xuan Gui Zong clan, who seek to obtain the sword for ... See full summary »

Star: Jun'ichi Suwabe

Votes: 86

39. Kooky (2010)

95 min | Comedy, Family, Fantasy

7.3
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Young Ondra has asthma and so his mom throws away his favorite toy: a musty old stuffed bear named Kooky. That night Ondra dreams that Kooky is determined to find his way back home from the... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Zdenek Sverák, Ondrej Sverák, Jirí Machácek, Petr Ctvrtnícek

Votes: 1,025

40. Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey (2011)

PG | 80 min | Documentary

7.6
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71 Metascore

The Muppet Elmo is one of the most beloved characters among children across the globe. Meet the unlikely man behind the puppet - the heart and soul of Elmo - Kevin Clash.

Director: Constance Marks | Stars: Kevin Clash, Whoopi Goldberg, Frank Oz, Bill Barretta

Votes: 6,453 | Gross: $0.30M

41. Nanalan' (1999–2004)

TV-Y | Family

7.4
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A small girl has adventures in her grandmother's back yard.

Stars: Jamie Shannon, Todd Doldersum, Ali Eisner, Jason Hopley

Votes: 257

42. Pajanimals (2008– )

TV-G | 2 min | Family, Musical

7.4
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The Pajanimals (a group of friendly animal puppets) sing songs to help children get ready for bed in a series of segments aired on Nick Jr. UK.

Stars: Victor Yerrid, Alice Dinnean, John Kennedy, Donna Kimball

Votes: 55

43. I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014)

Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

7.4
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71 Metascore

Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street's Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969; at 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

Directors: Dave LaMattina, Chad N. Walker | Stars: Caroll Spinney, Jim Henson, Frank Oz, Debra Spinney

Votes: 1,224 | Gross: $0.01M

44. Tales of the Riverbank (2008)

Not Rated | 76 min | Animation, Family

5.2
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Tales of the Riverbank tells the story of three friends - Hammy Hamster, Roderick Rat and GP the Guinea Pig - who, having swept down the river in a violent storm, embark on an epic journey ... See full summary »

Director: John Henderson | Stars: Stephen Fry, Peter Serafinowicz, Miranda Hart, Morwenna Banks

Votes: 205

45. Space Pirates (2007– )

Comedy

7.6
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Stars: Connor Panayi, Luke Toulson, Adam Carter, Kirsty Rider

Votes: 25

46. Mopatop's Shop (1999– )

Comedy, Family

8.1
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Mopatop's Shop is a wondrous shop where you can get everything you could ever want - a rainbow, the hiccups, or a friend. The show, aimed at pre-school children, features Mopatop and his ... See full summary »

Stars: Mak Wilson, Sue Beattie, Brian Herring, Nigel Plaskitt

Votes: 33

47. Space Police (1986 TV Movie)

52 min | Action, Crime, Family

5.5
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A New York cop is put in charge of a space police precinct and charged with the duty of protecting alien worlds from the evils of organised crime.

Director: Tony Bell | Stars: Shane Rimmer, Catherine Chevalier, Desirée Erasmus, Jeff Harding

Votes: 25

48. Ik, mik, Loreland (1994–1996)

Adventure, Comedy, Family

8.4
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Mik lives in Loria, a Kingdom that loves words.Everybody knows how to write and read except The Karbonkel. One day he gets so enraged he deletes Loria's whole alphabet, leaving everybody illiterate. It's up to Mik to find the letters.

Stars: Marjolein Macrander, Siem van Leeuwen, Catherine van Woerden, Barbara Gozens

Votes: 63

49. Absentia (II) (2011)

60 min | Sci-Fi

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An abstract sci-fi movie made with puppets and focusing on the control of the masses by religion and critiquing the power of money in the art world - All in a way that only Mr Young's imagination could present things.

Director: Steven Young | Star: Steven Young

50. The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986 TV Movie)

51 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

8.3
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Bean Bunny is too small to be useful (says his brother) to help prepare for the Bunny Picnic, so he wanders off and sees a legendary persecutor of all rabbits: the farmer's dog. But nobody ... See full summary »

Directors: Jim Henson, David G. Hillier | Stars: Steve Whitmire, Richard Hunt, Camille Bonora, Ron Mueck

Votes: 297



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