Let's face it, Thanksgiving is mainly all about the food, the pies, the cranberry sauce, the gravy and of course, the turkey. Thanksgiving is also a time for family to spend time together, sitting on the couch, watching football, and of course, copious amounts of movies until it's time for bed.
However, Thanksgiving for kids can be a little strange, as there are no gifts, no trick or treating. It's just sitting around a table and dealing with extended family members and family dynamics. Therefore, Thanksgiving can be a little boring for youngsters, so it is important to keep them entertained. Here are 10 Thanksgiving movies for little kids.
10 Miracle On The 34th Street (1947)
Okay, so Miracle on 34th Street might be one of the most famous Christmas movies of all time, but it does have a connection to Thanksgiving. That's right, the beginning of the film starts on Thanksgiving morning, during the famed Macy's Thanksgiving parade. At the parade, the main character happens upon Santa, which then transgresses into a whole, "Is Santa real scenario?"
The film was very successful and won three Academy Awards. In fact, the movie was later remade in 1994 and was just as popular. These days, both movies have become a holiday tradition, with many families sitting down to watch every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
9 Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2009)
Paul Blart: Mall Cop stars Kevin James as a mall security guard who ends up having to rescue a bunch of people who have been taken hostage by a group of criminals. The movie takes place on Black Friday, the famed annual shopping celebration the day after Thanksgiving.
Overall, the film did pretty well at the box office and finished with a lengthy profit. In fact, the movie was so successful that it even spawned a sequel, Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2. However, the film didn't quite hit the spot the second time around and received negative reviews all over the world.
8 Turkey Hollow (2015)
Turkey Hollow has the pleasure of being one of a few movies that were created just for Thanksgiving. The movie, which came out in 2015, was made by the legendary filmmakers at the Jim Henson Company and is narrated by stars, Ludacris and Mary Steenburgen.
The plot centers around a recently divorced man, Ron, and his children, Tim and Annie. During the Thanksgiving holidays, Ron takes his kids to the town of Turkey Hollow, the home of his eccentric aunt. The family goes on many fun and exciting adventures that you would only expect from a Jim Henson classic.
7 Garfield's Thanksgiving (2017)
is probably one of the most famous cats in the world and has inspired many people to name their cats after him. It comes as no surprise to see that a Thanksgiving-themed television special was based on him, with the Garfield Thanksgiving now a traditional Thanksgiving treat to watch over the holidays.
The film was first released in 1989 and has been on screens over Thanksgiving ever since. Even better, the movie also stars Gerald David "Lorenzo" Music, as the voice of Garfield, with the famed actor often voted as the best voice of the legendary ginger cat.
6 A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving (1973)
Charlie Brown and Snoopy are some of the most iconic figures in American history. Therefore, it seems obvious to center a Thanksgiving dinner around the pair. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, which was first released in 1973, was extremely successful upon its release and won an Emmy Award. In fact, as a result of its success, the movie continues to be aired in a prime time slot every Thanksgiving.
The plot follows Charlie Brown and Sally as they prepare for Thanksgiving dinner at their grandmother's house. However, soon, things get confusing when Peppermint Patty invites herself to dinner, along with a few other guests. The movie is great kids and toddlers, with even adults enjoying the magical nonsense.
5 Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Fantastic Mr. Fox was originally written by famed British author, Roald Dahl.
Yes, the movie has been somewhat Americanised, with director Wes Anderson choosing to voice the characters with famous American actors such as George Clooney, Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, and Bill Murray. In fact, even the movie itself looks straight out of Thanksgiving, with the reds and oranges complementing the seasonal tones of the cinematography. Plus, the movie features chicken dinners, with the dining table even looking like a typical Thanksgiving dinner.
4 Addams Family Values (1993)
Addams Family Values is one of the movies that gets better with age. The sequel to the first film in the franchise is based on Charles Addams' famed American cartoons featuring a strange family with creepy undertones.
The movie is pretty faithful to the original Charles Addams' idea and portrays the family just as bizarre as they appear in the comic. However, it is the Thanksgiving scene in particular that really ruffles a few feathers (get it) with Wednesday Addams, played by the amazing Christina Ricci, intent on ruining the Thanksgiving festivities with the dark truth.
3 Free Birds (2013)
Free Birds is probably one of the most perfect Thanksgiving movies for young children, mostly due to the 3D computer animation and hilariously voiced characters. That's right, the characters, which are mostly birds, are voiced by actors such as Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, George Takei, and the legendary Amy Poehler.
The plot centers around the main character Reggie, a turkey who is afraid of Thanksgiving for obvious reasons. Thankfully, there is a happy ending, so you don't need to worry about upset or traumatized children. The movie did very well at the box office and has now become a firm favorite for youngsters during the holidays.
Most people know the story of Annie, the little orphan girl who longs to meet her parents. The movie has a big connection to Thanksgiving, including the iconic Macy's parade. In order to help promote the original movie, which was released in 1981, the cast appeared on their own float.
Then, in 2012, the cast of the Broadway Musical appeared on a special Annie float during the Thanksgiving Macy's parade. Finally, in 2014, the cast of the latest version of Annie appeared on the Build A Bear Workshop float and performed the iconic Annie song, "It's a Hard-Knock Life." Yes, Annie really is a Thanksgiving classic.
1 Beethoven (1993)
Beethoven centers around the Newton family who happen upon a small St. Bernard puppy which grows up to be a gigantic dog. The family names the dog Beethoven, after the composer Ludwig Van Beethoven and they all equally fall in love with him, although the Dad is initially reluctant.
However, the family then meets a vet, who is secretly involved in lethal animal experimentation, something that family later finds out and eventually try to stop. The movie is not really Thanksgiving-themed, but it does feature a large Thanksgiving table and naughty hound, perfect for those dog owners who have experienced such havoc at their dinner table.