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The best Thanksgiving movies for kids

From Snoopy to Pooh, here are the best Thanksgiving films for you and your kids to enjoy this holiday season.

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With a new school year upon us and fall in full swing, it’s no surprise that the masses are firmly in the spirit of pumpkin spice everything. The primary upside to a long, hot summer is knowing that humidity will eventually be replaced by cool breezes, plaid cardigans, and an endless library of streaming content to ensure we feel the fall feels even when we’re inside.

Autumn is the perfect season to pour a bowl of Count Chocula, light that Sweater Weather candle, and kick back in front of the TV with some cozy classics. Despite each passing year making us feel like we’re inching closer and closer to the apocalypse, we thankfully have plenty of films we can enjoy that are as colorful as the changing leaves.

Here are the best Thanksgiving movies for you and your kids to enjoy together as we inch closer to Turkey Day.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

It’s not a proper Thanksgiving without Snoopy and the gang, which is why you should follow up your annual viewing of It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown with A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. This holiday classic finds Charlie Brown rushing around to prepare for a Thanksgiving he didn’t know he was hosting until Peppermint Patty calls him up and invites herself over (rude). Luckily for Charlie Brown ⏤ whose cooking skills are questionable at best ⏤ Snoopy and Woodstock come to the rescue and prepare a meal of toast, popcorn, and jelly beans. The best part is that you can enjoy your own yummy feast while the Peanuts contemplate whether or not they should eat their lackluster meal or go to Charlie Brown’s grandparents’ house for dinner. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is available to stream on Apple TV Plus.

Fantastic Mr. Fox

Fans of Roald Dahl’s children’s book about a remarkably clever fox are in luck! In 2009, Wes Anderson adapted Fantastic Mr. Fox into a film and used stop-motion animation to breathe new life into the already popular tale. Starring George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray, the film follows the titular fox as he tries to protect his family and fellow animals from three nearby farmers — Boggis, Bunce, and Bean — who are hunting them. The eccentric and visually stunning animation captures the whimsical spirit of Dahl’s book, which parents would do well to have their children read before watching the film, as it’s one of Dahl’s best. Filled with chicken dinners, tunnel-digging, and gorgeous illustrations from the one and only Quentin Blake, Fantastic Mr. Fox is a worthy companion for a slice of post-turkey pumpkin pie and a wonderful reminder of the importance of community this time of year. Whether you read the book or not, you can stream Fantastic Mr. Fox now on HBO Max.

Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving

Does it get any cozier than Winnie the Pooh? We think not. Journey back to the Hundred Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving and join your favorite pals Pooh, Piglet, Tigger, and Eeyore as they prepare for the changing seasons. One of the episodes in this animated musical is A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving, which finds the friends trying to gather special items for their Thanksgiving feast. The film also includes an episode that takes place closer to Christmas, making for a nice collection to enjoy between the two holidays. Pooh and the gang always learn valuable life lessons during their adventures together, and Seasons of Giving offers enough upbeat, friendship-themed songs to keep you and your kids singing for weeks. Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving is available to rent on Apple TV Plus.

We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story

One of the best kids movies to come out of the ’90s, We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story features a colorful cast of prehistoric protagonists who eat a magic cereal that gives them human-level intelligence and the ability to talk. After discovering that they’re heading to New York City with a time-traveling scientist, they land smack in the middle of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade where they sing the delightful “Roll Back the Rock,” a song you won’t be able to get out of your head for the rest of your life (nor will you want to ⏤ it’s a real toe-tapper). Over the course of their adventure, the dinosaurs learn a thing or two about humanity, especially when they meet a creepy villain, an upper-class girl with an absent family, and a runaway boy in search of a friend. If your kids haven’t seen this touching classic yet, prepare yourself: it’s about to become their new fave. We’re Back! A Dinosaur’s Story is available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video and Apple TV Plus.

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

If you want your kids to put down their devices this holiday season and they resist, odds are they’ll be able to relate to the sibling characters in Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow. The film follows Tim and Annie as they travel to visit their Aunt Cly on her farm in Turkey Hollow, a town that — gasp! — doesn’t have internet. While there, they stumble upon forest monsters, a creepy sheriff, an evil turkey farmer, strange-looking pumpkins, and the legend of the Howling Hoodoo, which Tim and Annie hope to prove does exist despite the townspeople’s insistence that it’s only a myth. Ludacris narrates this fuzzy family film, which also stars Oscar winner Mary Steenburgen. With any luck, Tim and Annie will inspire your kids to go out on their own woodsy adventure this holiday season. Just make sure they’re home in time for Thanksgiving dinner! Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow is available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.


Thanksgiving wouldn’t be half as meaningful (or delectable) without the tradition of breaking bread with family and friends. That’s exactly the spirit that Remy the rat imbues in Ratatouille. Remy wants to become a real-life cook and make special dishes for people from all walks of life, and when he meets Linguini ⏤ a human who can’t cook half as well as Remy can ⏤ the duo proves that sometimes the tastiest fusions occur with a little bit of creativity and a lot of hair-pulling. This spirit of togetherness is definitely appropriate for Thanksgiving, and Ratatouille’s many kitchen scenes are enough to make anyone’s mouth water for days on end. If your kids want to help you cook the stuffing and mashed potatoes this year, Ratatouille is the perfect appetizer to give them a taste of what it takes to create a meal to remember. Ratatouille is available to stream on Disney Plus.

Dora’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

To entertain your little ones (or just the ones who are too stubborn to admit how much they still love Dora), look no further than the Thanksgiving episode of Dora the Explorer, Dora’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. This special finds Dora and Boots trying to save the Pirate Piggies after they float away on the float that Dora has made for the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Will they be able to get the Piggies back and save the day? One can only hope. Dora’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is available to stream now on Paramount Plus, and if the special’s sense of adventure leaves your kids wanting more, have them check out Dora and the Lost City of Gold, her first live-action film, available to rent or buy on Amazon Prime Video.

Garfield’s Thanksgiving

Television’s hungriest cat is about to face the biggest challenge of his life: going on a diet. That’s right, there will be no turkey dinner for Garfield this year. After a check-up at the vet’s office the day before Thanksgiving, Garfield is told by Dr. Liz that he has to start eating healthier. Unlike his owner Jon, who is smitten with Dr. Liz and thrilled that she has agreed to come over for Thanksgiving dinner, Garfield is miserable that he won’t be able to indulge the way he does every year. Will he find a way to convince Dr. Liz to let him enjoy the feast? Will there even be a feast, with Jon being such a terrible cook, or will Grandma have to come over and save the day? Find out in Garfield’s Thanksgiving, a comedic treat that will make you glad you’re not on a diet. Garfield’s Thanksgiving is available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.

National Treasure

Nothing says Thanksgiving like a centuries-old treasure hunt illuminating America’s rich history. National Treasure is an action-packed adventure film starring Nicolas Cage as Benjamin Franklin Gates, a treasure hunter in search of a hidden treasure his grandfather told him about when he was a young boy. The treasure was discovered by the Founding Fathers, brought to America, and buried somewhere only they knew about. Studying clues they left behind on dollar bills and the back of the Declaration of Independence, Benjamin hopes to find the hidden loot before a rival band of hunters do. Will he succeed? There’s only one way to find out. National Treasure and its sequel National Treasure: Book of Secrets are both available to stream on Disney Plus, as is the new spinoff series National Treasure: Edge of History.

Free Birds

It’s easy to understand why turkeys aren’t as gung-ho about Thanksgiving as the rest of us, and in the animated sci-fi adventure Free Birds, two of them actually go back in time in an effort to alter the first Thanksgiving and take themselves off the menu entirely! (The audacity.) While we can’t imagine Thanksgiving without the main course, you can’t help but root for the warm-blooded vertebrates, voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson. Even if you and your kids don’t want the birds to succeed in their mission (what else would we eat, though?!), their tale has plenty of goofy jokes and beautiful fall foliage to enjoy along the way. You can watch these fowls try to free themselves on Hulu if you have the Starz add-on or rent it on Amazon. (We love options.)

Addams Family Values

They’re creepy and they’re kooky, but somehow we always keep coming back to see what they’ll do next. Following their first eccentric adventure together, the Addams Family returns in Addams Family Values, which finds Uncle Fester in the spidery clutches of Debbie, a con artist out to steal his money. Meanwhile, Wednesday and Pugsley are mad at their parents for bringing a new baby into the family and allowing them to wind up at an overly cheerful summer camp. It’s there that the kids perform in a hilarious, if politically incorrect, Thanksgiving play with famously disastrous results. Addams Family Values is available to stream on Paramount Plus, and for an extra-special treat, follow it up with the newest Addams Family computer-animated adaptation starring Oscar Isaac and Charlize Theron, available to stream on Hulu.

Alvin and the Chipmunks

Look, you’re an amazing parent who can do literally anything, right? Then there’s a 100 percent chance you can put up with three squeaky, high-pitched voices for an hour and a half. With their numerous television shows and movies, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore have been a part of our lives since the late ’50s. Their first live-action adaptation stars Jason Lee as Dave, a down-on-his-luck songwriter who meets the musically inclined chipmunks and realizes that they can help him turn everything around. Chaos inevitably ensues (how can it not with Alvin around?), but together Dave and the chipmunks learn the meaning of family, something they all desperately want. Even if you have to wear earplugs, Alvin and the Chipmunks serves as a reminder that no matter how wild the people in our lives can be, at the end of the day, they’re the ones who make the holiday season worth experiencing. (Plus this is the one season where no one can judge you for relating to that face-stuffing little munchkin Theodore more than you’d care to admit.) Alvin and the Chipmunks is available to stream on HBO Max.

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Josh Conrad

Josh Conrad is the Managing Editor at We Got This Covered and has been writing and editing for the site since 2021. When he's not busy penning one of numerous novels in progress, he can usually be found at the local bookstore, geeking out over the latest Marvel release, or shamelessly downing another iced coffee. He received his Bachelor's degree from Illinois Wesleyan University and is the biggest fan of Andrew Garfield and Jessica Chastain you will ever meet.