10 Best Thanksgiving Movies Your Kids Will Love
Turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and gravy, and all the fun of the kids’ table. Be honest, we all know that the little kids’ table is always the coolest and most fun place for Thanksgiving. They get away with everything, they have the best conversations, and they definitely have the best movies of all! Who wants football when you can watch a kids movie?
In a holiday dominated by awkward family visits and pantyhose-wearing adults trying to steal a bullet from each other, the most important things in life come to light: silly and sometimes harrowing Thanksgiving movies for the whole family. From Charlie Brown to Paul Blart, there are so many amazing family movies to watch this Thanksgiving.
“A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” (1973)
One of the most beloved Thanksgiving movies for kids, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving follows the titular protagonist and his friends as they prepare their own Thanksgiving meal to share. Linus provides a beautiful narration of the original Thanksgiving, and each character learns a new lesson by being grateful.
The beloved Peanuts gang brings us one of the best-known Thanksgiving movies the whole family can enjoy. This classic movie is universally broadcast on television every year and is probably a Thanksgiving tradition for many viewers. It is also available on Apple TV+ and Amazon.
“Free Birds” (2013)
In this wildly ridiculous take on Thanksgiving, we see the pardoned turkey travel back in time to the first Thanksgiving in an effort to remove turkeys from the Thanksgiving menu. When Régie (Owen Wilson) gets trained at Jake’s (Woody Harrelson) plot to go back in time, absolute hilarity ensues in free birds.
This fresh take on Thanksgiving is sure to bring non-stop laughs and wholesome fun for the whole family. The comedic cast brings this Thanksgiving favorite to life. It’s available to watch on STARZ as well as rent on Amazon.
“Addams Family Values” (1993)
While not a traditional Thanksgiving movie, this one contains one of the most memorable Thanksgiving scenes of any movie. The Addams Family Values catches up with the titular (and iconic) family as they welcome a new child and attempt to balance family life with a new nanny.
In this film there is one of the most fantastic Thanksgiving scenes. Like Wednesday Addams (Christine Ricci) is at summer camp, she’s starring in a Thanksgiving play where she’s doing a legit re-enactment of the original Thanksgiving, and it’s horribly hilarious. Addams Family Values can be seen on Netflix, Paramount+ and a few other streaming services.
“Turkey Hollow” by Jim Henson (2015)
In this Lifetime Channel presentation of a Jim Henson creation, we follow a recently divorced man (Jay Harrington) as he takes his children (Graham Verchere and Genevieve Buechner) to stay with his goofy aunt (the amazing Marie Steenburgen) in the town of Turkey Hollow. For the rest of the movie, the kids end up searching for a huge monster, considered a legend in the town.
In what feels like a tribute to Jim Henson classics of the past, Turkey Trough brings fun and excitement for everyone to enjoy. It is currently available to watch on VUDU as well as Amazon for a fee.
“A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving” (1998)
This charming film brings Pooh and his entire crew together to celebrate Thanksgiving together in the Hundred Acre Wood. Each brings their own platter of acorns, honey, thistles, and ice cream, but Rabbit tells everyone they need a legitimate feast, and so everyone scatters to find the real food.
In such a delightful film about unity and working together, A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving shows the importance of being together and working on communication and cooperation with those around us, which can be difficult in this season. You may be able to catch this classic on TV this holiday season, but it’s not currently playing anywhere.
Walt Disney’s “Pocahontas” (1995)
While not technically a Thanksgiving movie, this Thanksgiving season is interesting to watch because it opens up a discussion of the first Thanksgiving and how Pocahontas likely helped pave the way for the survival of the colonists thanks to his connection with John Smith.
Including the voice talents of Mel Gibson, Christian Bale, Billy Connollyand several others, this film shows the dynamic between Pocahontas and John Smith and how that relationship grew to fruition despite a rocky start. Pocahontas is also available on Disney+ along with its sequel.
“We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story” (1993)
In We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story, a happy scientist wants to help kids discover the incredibly exciting nature of real-life dinosaurs, so he goes back in time and brings back four real-life Dinos after giving them the gift of intelligence through a cereal called BrainGrain. In an attempt to reach the Museum of Natural History, they end up being part of Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.
With an amazing voice cast from John Goodman, Walter Cronkite, Jay Leno, Julia Child, Martin runsand Rhea Perlman, among other things, this film pulls no punches with the talent it brings to the table. It is available for rent on Amazon for a nominal fee.
‘Paul Blart: Mall Cop’ (2009)
In what is one of his funniest films, Kevin James really brings Paul Blart: Mall Cop live. James is the titular character who is a mall security guard with low blood sugar who struggles to find a way to engage in his social life – hint: he doesn’t really have one.
This film is set over Thanksgiving weekend with James’ character having to protect his mall and hostages taken from thieves trying to steal all the money collected on Black Friday. It’s a wild and wacky misadventure that’s sure to entertain. You can stream this movie on Hulu and rent it on Amazon.
“Garfield’s Thanksgiving” (1989)
Nothing says Thanksgiving like our favorite lasagna-loving kitten. In Garfield’s Thanksgiving, the pasta-loving cat is seen having to go on a diet the day before Thanksgiving because of a slight concern about his weight. He’s naturally miserable and all sorts of ridiculous antics happen.
Garfield is such a classic character and bringing him into your home this Thanksgiving will be an amazing way to bridge the generational gap between the original fans and the kids, who may soon become new fans of the funny feline. Garfield’s Thanksgiving is currently available on the Peacock app.
‘Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving’ (1999)
This incredible movie is perfect for Thanksgiving in that it celebrates both Thanksgiving and Christmas, so it’s perfect for celebrating Thanksgiving and leading right into the Christmas season. Following these beloved characters created by A. A. Milne as they make the most of the holiday season in a creative and exciting way.
Follow Tigger, Pooh, Piglet and the whole gang celebrate the fall holiday season with their friends and see what kind of mischief they get into. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving can be streamed on VUDU and Apple TV for a nominal fee.
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