Disney Films Grouped by Appropriate Viewer Age

Just the animation. And not including the many (many) straight-to-video releases. For the most part, straight-to-video sequels will be aimed at the same age that the original was.

Age ratings are according to Commonsense Media, with the occasional intervention from me. Their ratings are good, if perhaps a little conservative, ie. one year older than I’d expect.

Still, please look at reviews/descriptions of individual films before showing them to your child! Any age recommendations are necessarily very approximate – every child has their own unique ‘fear threshold’.

3+

1940     Fantasia (some sequences – see review)
1964     Mary Poppins
1977     The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
2000     The Tigger Movie
2003     Piglet’s Big Movie
2005     Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
2008     Tinker Bell
2010     Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
2011    Winnie the Pooh

4+

1937     Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
1941     Dumbo
1951      Alice in Wonderland
1953     Peter Pan
1959     Sleeping Beauty
1961     One Hundred and One Dalmatians
1967     The Jungle Book
1970     The Aristocats
1973     Robin Hood
1995     Toy Story     (Pixar Animation Studios)
1998     A Bug’s Life     (Pixar Animation Studios)
1999     Toy Story 2     (Pixar Animation Studios)
2002     Return to Never Land
2003     The Jungle Book 2
2003     Finding Nemo     (Pixar Animation Studios)
2008     WALL-E     (Pixar Animation Studios)
2009     Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure

5+

1940     Pinocchio
1940     Fantasia
1942     Bambi
1949     The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
1950     Cinderella
1955     Lady and the Tramp
1963     The Sword in the Stone
1981     The Fox and the Hound
1987    The Brave Little Toaster
1988    Oliver & Company
1989    The Little Mermaid
1991     Beauty and the Beast
1994    The Lion King
1998    Mulan
2001     Monsters, Inc.    (Pixar Animation Studios)
2002     Lilo & Stitch
2003     Brother Bear
2004     Teacher’s Pet
2006     Bambi II
2006     Cars     (Pixar Animation Studios)
2007     Enchanted
2008     Bolt
2009     The Princess and the Frog
2010     Toy Story 3 (Pixar Animation Studios)
2010     Tangled
2013    Monsters University
2013    Planes
2013    Frozen

6+

1977     The Rescuers
1986    The Great Mouse Detective
1990    The Rescuers Down Under
1992    Aladdin
1995    A Goofy Movie
1995    Pocahontas
1996    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1999    Doug’s 1st Movie
1999    Tarzan
1999    Fantasia 2000
2000     Dinosaur
2000     The Emperor’s New Groove
2001     Recess: School’s Out
2004     Home on the Range
2005     Valiant
2006     The Wild
2007     Ratatouille     (Pixar Animation Studios)
2009     Up    (Pixar Animation Studios)
2009     G-Force
2011    Cars 2
2014    Planes: Fire & Rescue
2015    Inside Out
2016    Finding Dory
2016    Moana

7+

1971     Bedknobs and Broomsticks
1977     Pete’s Dragon
1985    The Black Cauldron
1996    James and the Giant Peach
1997    Hercules
2002     Treasure Planet
2004     The Incredibles     (Pixar Animation Studios)
2005     Chicken Little
2006     The Nightmare Before Christmas 3-D (re-release)
2007     Meet the Robinsons
2011    Mars Needs Moms
2012    Brave
2012   Wreck-It Ralph
2014    Big Hero 6
2015    The Good Dinosaur

8+

2001     Atlantis: The Lost Empire
2012    Frankenweenie
2016    Zootopia

9+

2009     Disney’s A Christmas Carol

10+

1988    Who Framed Roger Rabbit
2010     Alice in Wonderland

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret White
    Apr 14, 2013 @ 08:45:39

    Hi! Thank you for this wonderful site you’ve created! I’m wondering if you can tell me the age appropriateness for The Reluctant Dragon? :o)

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  2. Lori
    Feb 28, 2014 @ 20:47:12

    Can you update with the new movies that have come out in the last few years like Brave and such?

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  3. Chris
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 13:47:19

    Excellent resource, thanks for sharing. Obviously so much depends on how easily your kid(s) scare, and what it is that scares them. Our daughter was never usually bothered by bits of animated violence, provided it was either cartoonish, or did not result in death. But what has always given her nightmares/problems were when the enemy is portrayed as spooky/ghostly/evil spirits…etc. so just a warning for those out there with children who have trouble with the more spooky aspects of films:
    – Short scenes in some of the classic films like Snow White in the forest, or Sleeping beauty with Maleficent… only a couple of minutes of each film, but a bit spooky for some in the 2-5 crowd.
    – Aladdin has a couple of scenes with Jafar that spooked our daughter.
    – The worst was probably Princess and the Frog. Such a good movie otherwise, but why did they have to go over the top with all the voodoo/spirits and such. Totally unnecessary, and ruins the film for younger viewers, without really adding anything to the film. Our daughter is now 7 and still is not ready to watch this one for that reason.
    – Ones that are generally safer for the 4-5 year olds tend to be most of the other ones that are listed. Tangled and Frozen are great stories/music without the really spooky stuff.
    Thanks again, great resource!

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    • Kim
      Mar 31, 2014 @ 09:48:33

      Thanks Chris, for your comment. It’s so true that each child is unique in what bothers them about a movie. I remember when my daughter was 4 or 5 she had no troubles at all with Snow White but simply couldn’t bear to watch a My Little Pony special in which the main character suffered social humiliation. My plan for my movie reviews has always been to give as much specific info on scenes as possible so that parents can make their own judgements. Thanks again for visiting my site!

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  4. Amjad Hussain
    Jul 18, 2015 @ 20:44:23

    Hi, Kim I just want to acknowledge you for this great work you have done for parents. It really simplifies what they can show to their kids.
    Thank you.

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  5. Sierra Tomlinson
    Feb 03, 2016 @ 12:47:52

    Kim, this list is great!! I have been trying to find something like this. I am a huge Disney fan and I cannot wait until my son enjoys these movies also!! He is only 2 and I am trying to figure out what to start out with. He likes some of the movies I’ve tried, like Cars and Nemo (only sometimes). However, I haven’t figured out any that really captivate his attention. Seeing that your list only starts at 3, I guess I just have to wait. He does love Mickey Mouse Club though!!

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    • Kim
      Mar 10, 2016 @ 10:45:59

      Hi Sierra! Thanks, I hope this list helps you pick out some good movies. For kids younger than 3 a ‘full-length feature film’ is pretty long for their attention spans, that’s why I started my ratings at that age. But you can always show bits of movies, like for example just the animated part of Mary Poppins (when they jump into the chalk drawing). Otherwise look for shorter programs, good TV shows etc. Thanks for visiting my website!

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  6. Michele
    May 12, 2016 @ 05:52:23

    2016 and your list is still being used! Thank you for taking the time to put this together!

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  7. Michael Mota (@TheRealMota)
    Nov 24, 2016 @ 15:07:47

    This helps out tremendously. Single dad with toddler. LOL we’ve been watching Toy Story and Cars, but I think Winnie would be something he likes, too. Thanks!

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    • Kim
      Nov 24, 2016 @ 15:12:41

      Glad to help! It’s hard to find kids’ movies for the youngest ones, I know! Apart from Disney picks – and Winnie is fantastic, my daughter was OBSESSED with that movie around age 2 and 3 – there are also movie spinoffs from preschool tv shows that are aimed precisely at preschoolers. The Little Bear Movie was a hit at our house.
      Thanks for checking out my blog and happy movie night!

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      • Kim
        Nov 24, 2016 @ 15:16:45

        I should clarify that my daughter was a toddler long ago, and it was “The Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” that we watched (over and over and over). But the newer “Winnie the Pooh” is probably good for young ones too!

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  9. Nade
    May 05, 2017 @ 07:01:52

    Hi Kim,
    What an amazing resource! We used to work for Disney so have all the films but have waited patiently for our little one to get started with Disney. Will you be adding any others to your listing now we’re in 2017? Our son is 3 and has gone through all the ones listed already! Loves them all! Many thanks!

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    • Kim
      May 24, 2017 @ 10:37:53

      I’m glad you found this useful! When I find some time I will try to update that list with the newer movies. I have to admit now that my daughter has grown out of Disney flicks we don’t watch them much anymore, but I remember how hard it was to find movies appropriate for 3 yr olds. You might try commonsense.org for other movie suggestions – they rate everything for age appropriateness and their reviews are very helpful and detailed. Thanks for visiting my site, and I’m glad it helped!

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  10. Rebecca
    Jun 07, 2017 @ 06:22:00

    Thanks so much for this list! I have been introducing my 4-yr old special needs daughter to Disney and other kids’ programs slowly over the years. I appreciate this guideline and film details for the ones I’m not personally familiar with. I also watch in entirety EVERYTHING by myself before allowing her to view, even the ones I know well – for instance, I thought all of beauty and the beast would be ok based on my memory of when it first premiered during my teen years – I loved it and couldn’t remember anything questionable in it, so I bought it for my daughter on DVD but when I sat to view it as a refresher before giving it to her, my “mommy eyes” saw things my teen eyes never gave a thought to. So still holding parts of it back for later. Among Disney, she loves the jungle book, Robin Hood, Mary poppins, aristocats. I still feel like the little mermaid has some things that are too “dark” for her to handle. Same with Aladdin and the lion king – I was pleased to see these on your older lists. I agree with others who have requested more updates – Tangled, Mulan, and some of the others I’d like a snapshot of as I know nothing about them. Great work! Thank you for caring about our little ones!

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    • Rebecca
      Jun 07, 2017 @ 06:25:18

      PS – just saw Tangled and Mulan on list – sorry!

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    • Kim
      Jun 09, 2017 @ 09:53:00

      Yes, it’s amazing how watching a movie with “mom eyes” changes the experience! I’ve had this happen so many times; a movie I remember as harmless but when I rewatch find it has surprisingly dodgy scenes in it. Bravo for you for prewatching everything before showing it to your daughter! It takes a lot of extra time but is so worthwhile. I’m glad my list is helpful to you, good luck with the movies! (Mary Poppins is our all time favourite!)

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