7 Little-Known Children's Movies to Watch As a Family

Are you running out of things to watch with your kids? Today, we'll tell you about 7 little-known children's movies you can enjoy as a family.
7 Little-Known Children's Movies to Watch As a Family
Pedro González Núñez

Written and verified by the child educator Pedro González Núñez.

Last update: 27 December, 2022

When we think of children’s movies and animated films, Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks creations are probably the first to come to mind. These studios produce so much that we barely have time to enjoy the little-known children’s movies, but they’re always worth giving them a chance.

Most families are spending more time at home these days, meaning parents are running out of ideas to keep their kids entertained. By now, you may feel like you’re watching the same things over and over again, and need something new.

That’s why we’d like to highlight a few films created for young audiences that have somehow fallen off the grid. But we’re sure they’re worth your time!

Little-known children’s movies

Next time you’re looking for something to watch as a family, check out one of the following gems:

Stanley’s Magic Garden

This little cartoon movie, directed in 1994 by Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, tells the adventures of a troll who lives in Central Park, in the heart of New York City.

In just a little over an hour, the film narrates the adventures of the little troll who’s been banished from his land by a queen who hates flowers. Stanley just happens to love them and can make them grow with a simple gesture. Therefore, the film has a very interesting ecological background and respect for nature.

7 Little-Known Children's Movies to Watch As a Family
© Warner Bros. Family Entertainment / Warner Bros. Producer: Don Bluth

Titan A.E.

Next on our list of little-known children’s movies is from the same directors, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, who in 2000 shot this animated film that’s similar to Treasure Island. However, they take the characters on a galactic journey.

Although it’s an action and adventure movie, your little ones will have a great time. It’s full of non-stop action and, along the way, your kids can enjoy learning interesting values such as friendship and solidarity.

Bartok the Magnificent

Now we’re looking at a film released in 1999 by the same creators, but in this case, it’s a spin-off of the famous animated adaptation of the 1997 movie Anastasia . However, this film stars the funny little bat that accompanied Rasputin, the villain from Anastasia and a famous real-life character.

Unlike its predecessor, the aforementioned Anastasia, which seems more like the story of a Disney princess, Bartok lives a kind of epic journey, without losing his sense of humor. This journey leads him to get to know himself better and discover that there’s a whole world out there waiting for him.

The Black Cauldron, one of Disney’s little-known children’s movies

It’s surprising that Disney has a film as unknown as this one. It’s one of its most obscure and less famous movies, but no less interesting and attractive for children.

Directed by Ted Berman and Richard Rich, it tells the story of a cauldron with the ability to raise the dead from the grave.

However, let’s not forget that it’s a film created by Disney. So, though this is definitely one of its darker films, it’s still full of charm, imagination, and fun.

More little-known children’s movies to enjoy as a family

Cats Don’t Dance

This film is a classic animated musical released in 1997 and directed by Mark Dindal. In its day, it went rather unnoticed by the general public, which is a pity, as it’s quite funny and deserved more attention.

7 Little-Known Children's Movies to Watch As a Family
© Turner Feature Animation; Warner Bros; Family Entertainment

The film is a classic-style musical but starring animals. With an excellent soundtrack, it tells the story of beings who wish to see their dreams come true. In it, we’ll meet characters with a lot of charisma who persevere until they achieve success, including an homage to Hollywood movie classics.

Kirikou and the Sorceress

This film went unnoticed in 1998 simply because it was European. Directed by Michel Ocelot, it breaks with the usual Hollywood narrative to offer a different image of fantasy.

This film brings together, on the one hand, a touch of African folklore and, on the other hand, a nice hieroglyphic of legends and cultural myths. Therefore, your kids will enjoy this film in the form of a magical tale or fable.

The Iron Giant

We end our tour with a 1997 film directed by Brad Bird, a director who later went on to direct very important works including The Incredibles and Ratatouille.

In this work, we find a beautiful parable about weapons, peace and war. Through the giant protagonist, children will discover an unforgettable story about friendship and kindness.

Final thoughts on little-known children’s movies

As you’ve seen, not all children’s movies have to be from Disney, as there are some really interesting titles if you look elsewhere.

So, take note of these seven little-known children’s movies and expand the repertoire of films you can watch with your family. We know you’ll be glad you did!


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.