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The Best Feel-Good Family Films On Netflix

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Need something to cheer up the little ones? These streamable films will put a smile on anyone's face, whether you're 9 or 99.

Matilda
Danny DeVito did a stellar job when he translated Roald Dahl's classic children's book, about a young book-lover with telekinetic powers, into this cheeky, enchanting film. If anybody can sit through the scene set to Send Me On My Way without cracking a grin, we'll eat our hats – if they haven't been superglued to our heads first.

The Little Prince
Another book adaptation, this beautifully understated animation retains all the surreal whimsy of the source material. This version frames the story of the aviator and the Little Prince with another - that of a young girl befriending the old aviator telling her his tale. Weird and wonderful.

Shrek
This noughties classic has stood the test of time, becoming one of the most beloved children's films worldwide. Taking all the tropes of fairytale storytelling and subverting, inverting and playing with them until they become a hilarious and original pastiche, the story of the lonely ogre who learns to love never fails to warm the heart.
 
Happy Feet
Penguins? Penguins who dance? Penguins who dance in order to find their soulmate? One penguin with two left feet? Yes, please! Happy Feet is as joyous as its name suggests, celebrating difference and love, and has a banging soundtrack to boot. The whole family will be up on their feet in no time!

The Never Ending Story
A classic family fantasy film, a big part of the pleasure of watching The Never Ending Story is just how incredibly 80s it is – as proven by its inclusion into the latest series of Stranger Things. Sing along, quote along and enjoy the magic.
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