Essential Children's DVDs

You can argue that the big kids among us will appreciate this list more than the little ones they were made for. But we're sure of one thing - you sit any child in front of one of these films and they'll be captivated from beginning to end.

The titles are listed in bestselling order - so it's you, the customers, who are shaping this list of essential children's DVDs. Go back to our Essential DVDs homepage to browse more of the foremost films of our time.


1. The Jungle Book : 40th Anniversary 2 Disc Platinum Edition [1967] [DVD] [1968]
The Jungle Book : 40th Anniversary 2 Disc Platinum Edition [1967] [DVD] [1968] (1968)
DVD ~ Wolfgang Reitherman
4.7 out of 5 stars (710 customer reviews)
In stock
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
5 November 2007
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£12.10

From Amazon.co.uk
One of the very best animated films that the Walt Disney Studio has ever released (and the last to be produced by Walt Disney himself), and as downright brilliant as it was on its debut in 1967, ... Read more

2. Hannah Montana the Movie [DVD]
Hannah Montana the Movie [DVD] (2009)
DVD ~ Miley Cyrus
4.4 out of 5 stars (80 customer reviews)
In stock
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
7 September 2009
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£3.18

From Amazon.co.uk
It's easy to forget that superstars are real people, but when Hannah Montana (Miley Cyrus) shows signs of forgetting her roots as Miley Stewart, her father Robbie Ray (Billy Ray Cyrus) puts his foot down. Miley has always strived to live a relatively norma... Read more

3. The Wind In The Willows [DVD]
The Wind In The Willows [DVD] (2007)
DVD ~ Rik Mayall
4.5 out of 5 stars (76 customer reviews)
In stock
ITV Studios Home Entertainment
12 February 2007
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£3.90

Product Description
"Toad was always my favourite character and I've always, always wanted to play him..." Rik Mayall. ... Read more

4. Matilda - Special Edition [DVD] [2004]
Matilda - Special Edition [DVD] [2004] (1996)
DVD ~ Danny DeVito
4.8 out of 5 stars (252 customer reviews)
In stock
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
21 June 2004
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£3.95

From Amazon.co.uk
Danny DeVito's adaptation of the Roald Dahl book for children is mostly just fine, helped along quite a bit by the charming performance of Mara Wilson (... Read more

5. Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (2 Disc Platinum Edition) [DVD]
Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs (2 Disc Platinum Edition) [DVD] (2009)
DVD ~ Adriana Caselotti
4.5 out of 5 stars (354 customer reviews)
In stock
Disney
9 November 2009
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£11.95

From Amazon.co.uk
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was nicknamed "Disney's Folly" by contemporary observers; they doubted that the short cartoons shown before the main film could ever successfully make the transition from filler to feature presentation. Surely, no one would sit still for over an hour to watch an animated ... Read more

6. E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial [Special Edition] [DVD]
E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial [Special Edition] [DVD] (1982)
DVD ~ Dee Wallace Stone
4.5 out of 5 stars (311 customer reviews)
In stock
Universal Pictures UK
4 July 2005
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£6.97

From Amazon.co.uk
Steven Spielberg's 1982 hit about a stranded alien and his loving relationship with a fatherless boy (Henry Thomas) struck a chord with audiences everywhere, and it furthered Spielberg's reputation as a director of equally strong commercial sensibilities a... Read more

7. Enchanted [DVD] [2007]
Enchanted [DVD] [2007] (2007)
DVD ~ Amy Adams
4.6 out of 5 stars (209 customer reviews)
In stock
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment
7 April 2008
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£5.00

From Amazon.co.uk
If you’re looking for signs that the modern-day Disney has lost neither its touch nor its savvy nature, then there’s evidence in abundance in the smart modern-day fairy tale Enchanted. Bookended by the kind of old-style animation the studio is rightly famed for, the main, live action segment of ... Read more

8. The Goonies [DVD] [1985]
The Goonies [DVD] [1985] (1985)
DVD ~ Jeff Cohen
4.6 out of 5 stars (276 customer reviews)
In stock
Warner Home Video
4 October 2004
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£3.00

From Amazon.co.uk
You may be surprised to discover that the director of the ... Read more

9. Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Collection [DVD]
Indiana Jones: The Ultimate Collection [DVD] (2008)
DVD ~ Harrison Ford
4.6 out of 5 stars (283 customer reviews)
In stock
Paramount Home Entertainment
10 November 2008
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£15.00

From Amazon.co.uk
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark It’s said that the original is the greatest, and there can be no more vivid proof than Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first and indisputably best of the initial three Indiana Jones adventures cooked up by the dream ... Read more

10. The Witches [DVD] [1990]
The Witches [DVD] [1990]
DVD ~ Anjelica Huston
4.5 out of 5 stars (126 customer reviews)
In stock
Warner Home Video
17 October 2005
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£3.00

From Amazon.co.uk
This splendid adventure-fantasy from 1990 was adapted from Roald Dahl's book, ... Read more

11. Harry Potter 1-6 [DVD]
Harry Potter 1-6 [DVD] (2009)
DVD ~ Daniel Radcliffe
4.5 out of 5 stars (272 customer reviews)
In stock
Warner Home Video
7 December 2009
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£25.85

From Amazon.co.uk
You get six films for your money here, as the Harry Potter franchise takes our bespectacled young wizard from his early days at Hogwarts, through to some of his darkest. And it’s wonderful to look back and see just how far the character, and the films, have come. ... Read more

12. Monsters Inc. [2002] [DVD]
Monsters Inc. [2002] [DVD] (2001)
DVD ~ Billy Crystal
4.8 out of 5 stars (412 customer reviews)
In stock
Disney Pixar
7 September 2002
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£6.50

From Amazon.co.uk
The very best animated films have stories that stand up to repeated viewings, over long periods of time. Already, ... Read more

13. The Wizard of Oz (Sing-Along-Edition) [DVD] [1939]
The Wizard of Oz (Sing-Along-Edition) [DVD] [1939]
DVD ~ Judy Garland
4.6 out of 5 stars (365 customer reviews)
In stock
Warner Home Video
2 November 2009
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£5.00

From Amazon.co.uk
Young Dorothy Gale (played by Judy Garland), her dog, Toto, and her three companions on the yellow brick road to Oz -- the Tin Man (Jack Haley), the Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr), and the Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) -- have become pop-culture icons and central figu... Read more

14. Shrek [DVD] [2001]
Shrek [DVD] [2001] (2001)
DVD ~ Mike Myers
4.4 out of 5 stars (241 customer reviews)
In stock
Paramount Home Entertainment
12 November 2001
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£6.99

From Amazon.co.uk
Full of verve and wit Shrek is a computer-animated adaptation of William Steig's delightfully fractured fairy tale. Our title character (voiced by Mike Myers) is an agreeable enough ogre who wants to live his days in peace. When the diminutive Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow) evicts local fairy tale creatures ... Read more

15. The Incredibles (2-disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2004]
The Incredibles (2-disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2004] (2004)
DVD ~ Craig T. Nelson
4.6 out of 5 stars (265 customer reviews)
In stock
Walt Disney Studios HE
18 March 2005
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£4.20

From Amazon.co.uk
After creating the last great traditionally animated film of the 20th century, ... Read more

16. Freaky Friday [DVD] [2003]
Freaky Friday [DVD] [2003] (2003)
DVD ~ Jamie Lee Curtis
4.7 out of 5 stars (73 customer reviews)
In stock
Buena Vista Home Entertainment
26 April 2004
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£4.66

From Amazon.co.uk
In the wonderfully entertaining Freaky Friday, teenager Anna (Lindsay Lohan) and her fortysomething psychiatrist mum Tess (Jamie Lee Curtis) have sunk into a rut of frustrated bickering--until a magic spell causes them to switch bodies. Suddenly Tess finds herself faced with petty teachers, vicious rivals and a hunky boy, ... Read more

17. Bugsy Malone (Sing-Along-Edition) [DVD]
Bugsy Malone (Sing-Along-Edition) [DVD]
DVD ~ Scott Baio
4.5 out of 5 stars (281 customer reviews)
In stock
Studiocanal
26 March 2007
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£6.10

From Amazon.co.uk
Writer-director Alan Parker's feature debut Bugsy Malone is a pastiche of American movies, a musical gangster comedy set in 1929, featuring prohibition, showgirls, and gang warfare, with references to everything from Some Like It Hot to The Godfather. Uniquely, though, all the parts are played by children, including an ... Read more

18. Oliver! [DVD] [1968]
Oliver! [DVD] [1968] (1968)
DVD ~ Mark Lester
4.8 out of 5 stars (327 customer reviews)
In stock
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
11 December 2000
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£3.00

From Amazon.co.uk
Film buffs and critics can argue until their faces turn blue about whether this lavish Dickensian musical deserved the Academy Award for Best Picture of 1968, but the movie speaks for itself on grandly entertaining terms. Adapted from Dickens's classic nov... Read more

19. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [2 Disc Special Edition] [1968] [DVD]
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang [2 Disc Special Edition] [1968] [DVD] (1968)
DVD ~ Dick Van Dyke
4.6 out of 5 stars (362 customer reviews)
In stock
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
10 November 2003
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£4.77

From Amazon.co.uk
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang entranced and thrilled children and their parents when it puttered into the cinema in 1968. More than three decades later, and despite the eventual arrival of a stage version that throws the full weight of blockbuster effects at the story, the original remains the real ... Read more

20. Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005]
Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] [2005] (2005)
DVD ~ Peter Sallis
4.8 out of 5 stars (158 customer reviews)
In stock
Dreamworks Home Entertainment
20 February 2006
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£4.99

From Amazon.co.uk
A decade after their last hilarious short, the Oscar-winning ... Read more

21. Finding Nemo (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2003]
Finding Nemo (2 Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2003] (2003)
DVD ~ Albert Brooks
4.6 out of 5 stars (500 customer reviews)
In stock
Walt Disney Studios HE
27 February 2004
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£11.73

From Amazon.co.uk
A delightful undersea world unfolds in Pixar's animated adventure ... Read more

22. WALL-E (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]
WALL-E (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD] (2008)
DVD ~ Ben Burtt
4.5 out of 5 stars (401 customer reviews)
In stock
Walt Disney Studios HE
24 November 2008
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£16.99

From Amazon.co.uk
Pixar genius reigns in this funny romantic comedy, which stars a robot who says absolutely nothing for a full 25 minutes yet somehow completely transfixes and endears himself to the audience within the first few minutes of the film. As the last robot left ... Read more

23. The Complete Toy Story Collection: Toy Story / Toy Story 2 / Toy Story 3 [DVD]
The Complete Toy Story Collection: Toy Story / Toy Story 2 / Toy Story 3 [DVD] (2010)
DVD ~ Tom Hanks
4.8 out of 5 stars (466 customer reviews)
In stock
Walt Disney Home Entertainment
22 November 2010
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£10.00

From Amazon.co.uk
Toy StoryThere is greatness in a film that can be discussed, dissected, and talked about late into the night. Then there is genius that is right in front of our faces--you smile at the spell it puts you into and are refreshed, and not a word needs to be ... Read more

24. Watership Down (Deluxe Edition) [DVD] [1978]
Watership Down (Deluxe Edition) [DVD] [1978] (2002)
DVD ~ Martin Rosen
4.1 out of 5 stars (113 customer reviews)
In stock
Warner Home Video
29 August 2005
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£10.00

From Amazon.co.uk
Much like Richard Adams' wonderful novel this animated tale of wandering rabbits is not meant for small children. It is, however, rich storytelling, populated with very real individuals inhabiting a very real world. The animation is problematic, sometimes appearing out of proportion or just below par; but it seems ... Read more

25. Mary Poppins [DVD] [1964]
Mary Poppins [DVD] [1964] (2009)
DVD ~ Julie Andrews
4.7 out of 5 stars (391 customer reviews)
In stock
Walt Disney Studios HE
2 March 2009
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£16.96

From Amazon.co.uk
A pioneering film within Animation, Musicals and Fantasy, Walt Disney's ... Read more

26. The Railway Children [DVD]
The Railway Children [DVD] (2006)
DVD ~ Dinah Sheridan
4.7 out of 5 stars (138 customer reviews)
In stock
Optimum
21 August 2006
DVD

Click here for more information

Price:£19.99

Product Description
This adaptation of E. Nesbit's children's classic follows the fortunes of a group of Edwardian children whose father is wrongly jailed for treason. Exiled with their mother to a life of genteel poverty on the Yorkshire Moors, they are soon drawn to the rai... Read more