The Best Spanish Cartoons and Shows on Netflix
Inside: The best Spanish cartoons and shows for kids, on Netflix.
Cartoons can be a great source of Spanish input for little learners. Now, we all know to limit screen time for kids, right?
BUT… videos and shows really can be an incredible resource for authentic and rich language. Changing the audio to Spanish is a great way to maximize the screen time you allow, and make Spanish time extra-enjoyable.
In our situation, I’m not a native Spanish-speaker and can’t provide a totally fluent environment for my kids, by myself. (My husband is fluent, but not at home as much as I am.) So we rely on music, books, and shows to round out the input. Sometimes it’s funny to hear my three-year-old bust out a phrase I know I’ve never used (¡Ay, cielos! from Pooh).
Netflix has a ever-expanding amount of cartoons and movies with audio in Spanish, and here are my top picks. They do pull and add shows, so this list may change. Lucky for us, most Netflix original series are available in multiple languages and stay there for good!
(Not sure how to adjust the audio? Read here how to change Netflix language settings and audio – if you are learning Spanish with your kids, turn on the subtitles and everyone can get some Spanish immersion together!)
If you are looking for something for yourself, here’s a list of great Spanish shows on Netflix. Or check out:
- G and PG Spanish Movies for Kids
- Bilingual books for kids
- Authentic books in Spanish for kid
- Songs in Spanish
- Free online resources to learn Spanish with kids
I’ve include trailers for our favorite series, but they are mostly only available in English.
Our Favorite Spanish Cartoons on Netflix for Kids:
1. Puffin Rock
We love, love, love this show! It’s nature-based, with lovely graphics and sweet story-lines. The audio is very clear and understandable, and would be perfect for learners who understand a fair amount of Spanish, but aren’t fluent yet.
2. Llama Llama
The popular children’s series has arrived to Netflix- WITH Spanish audio!
3. Curious George
Originally aired on PBS, Curious George is about a monkey who is always getting into trouble, and a perennial favorite with kids. It’s also good for beginners, with it’s slower pacing.
4. The Magic School Bus Rides Again
Here’s something older kids will appreciate! Netflix brought back the classic Mrs. Frizzle, and it’s available in Spanish too.
5. Little Baby Bum
This is a series of popular children’s songs and nursery rhymes available in Spanish. Listening to songs is really one of the most effective ways to learn a language, and would be perfect for little ones.
6. Masha and the Bear
Originally produced as a shows for kids in Russian, Masha and the Bear is a lovable show based on the adventures of a young girl named Masha, and her bear friend.
7. Peppa Pig
I really like the slow pace and simple storylines. This is an excellent show for kids who aren’t fluent, because the audio is very clear. Even beginners would be able to pick out the phrases they already know. (This show isn’t available in every country. If you can’t find it, you can still access the Peppa Pig Spanish Channel on YouTube, with complete episodes!)
This is the best show for absolute beginners, as the phrases tend to be more isolated and easy to catch. Kids love this one! Again, not available in every country, but most episodes can be found on YouTube.
More Shows in Spanish on Netflix for Kids:
Below are series we haven’t necessarily seen or watched, but are in Spanish. Let me know if you love any and would recommend them!
1. PJ Masks
2. 72 Cutest Animals
(a nature show)
3. The Hive
5. Word Party
6. Luna Petunia
8. Beat Bugs
10. Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales
12. Inspector Gadget
13. The Cat in the Hat
14. Ask the Storybots
16. Julie’s Greenroom
17. Justin Time Go!
18. Care Bears and Cousins
19.Veggie Tales in the House
20. Lego Friends
21. My Little Pony
22. El Chavo del Ocho
23. Super Wings
And movies (some aren’t toddler-appropriate):
1. The Little Prince
3. The Fox and the Hound
4. The Wings of Life (nature documentary)
5. Lilo & Stitch
6. Kung Fu Panda
7. Brother Bear
9. All the Mickey Mouse movies
10. Disney Short Films
11. Piglet’s Big Movie.
Did I miss any of your favorite Spanish cartoons and shows? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!
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