Spanish Movies for Kids: G and PG Rated Titles

by | Apr 26, 2018

Inside: A list of family-friendly Spanish movies for kids.

 

A lot of my recent Spanish movies and shows lists have been for parents and teachers. Today I’m focusing on more kid-friendly movie options. After the wild popularity of Coco, hopefully producers understand we want more Spanish-language options!

I’m starting with my top picks overall, for watching as a family or using in your Spanish classes. You might have to rent or grab these off of Amazon, but they are great films.

There are of course many popular films with a Spanish-language option, but I’ve tried to include movies that are either originally written in Spanish, or at least Latino-themed. A few are rated NR, but fall within the family-friendly category. Of course, please preview or check parent content advisories if you’re watching with young kids.

Many of these are available on Netflix as well! My post on how to change the language on Netflix might be helpful and also includes quick tips on different searches and adjusting settings.

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Spanish Movies for Kids

 

I have marked which titles are available on Netflix, though remember that Netflix regularly adds and pulls shows. I do my best to keep updated!

Ready? Let’s get started.

 

1. COCO 

A young Mexican boy, Miguel, has dreams of being a musician. Unfortunately, music is the one thing that’s forbidden in his family. Miguel ends up visiting the Land of the Dead, where he uncovers old family secrets. This has to be one of the most beautiful Latino movies made, with good music, stunning visuals, and a heart-warming tale of family, love, and memory. Keep the tissues nearby. Coco was meticulously researched, and is an excellent introduction to Day of the Dead traditions in Mexico.
Available on Netflix. 

Info: PG | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 1hr 45min

 

 

2.  Zipi y Zape y la Isla del Capitán (Zip and Zap and the Captain’s Island

Zipe and Zape– the main characters in the film, are based on two popular, mischievous Spanish comic book characters that have been read for decades. In this movie (the sequel is also on Netflix!), a family vacation goes wrong and they end up at a mysterious home with missing parents. 

Available on Netflix. 

Info: PG | Spanish Audio | 1hr 45min

 

 

3.  Pachamama

An original Netflix production, Pachamama is a film deeply entrenched in the indigenous traditions of Andes culture in South America, while also introducing Incan culture and the invasion of the Spaniards. A young boy living in a remote village takes it upon himself to rescue a cherished relic, on a dangerous journey to the capital Incan city of Cusco.

Available on Netflix. 

Info: PG | Spanish Audio | 1hr 12min

 

 

4. El Libro de la Vida (The Book of Life)

Manolo is a young Mexican man with big dreams. Unfortunately, his father’s are completely different: he wants Manuel to continue the family tradition of bullfighting. Torn between the two, he travels to three fantastical worlds (the underworld, the Land of the Forgotten, and the Land of the Remembered). Told in semi-musical style, with surrealist graphics, El libro de la vida is a beautiful movie. 

Info: PG | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 1hr 29min

 

 

5. Canela (Cinnamon)

A story about a grandmother and her granddaughter, Maria. Maria tries to convince her grandmother to her return to her former love of cooking and the family restaurant El Molcajete– which has been straying from its original traditional recipes.

Info: NR | Spanish Audio | 1hr 41min

 

 

6. Ferdinand

Ferdinand is a calm bull who likes to sit and smell flowers. Due to a run-in with a bee, he gets mistaken for a fierce fighter, and selected to fight the infamous matador, El Primero. This has a great, happy ending and introduces watchers to Spain and bullfighting without the gore. 

Info: PG | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles (DVD, I think) | 1hr 48min

 

 

7. Atlético San Pancho (Never Too Young to Dream)

A rag-tag soccer team in Mexico get help from the school janitor to reach their dream of playing a championship game. 

Info: NR | Spanish Audio, English Subtitles | 1hr 3min

 

 

8. ANINA

Anina, a ten-year-old girl in Uruguay, gets into a fight on the playground at school. The punishment from the principal is strange: each student gets a black envelope they’re not allowed to open for a whole week. During that anxious week, all sorts of adventures happen that help Anina understand herself better. 

Info: PG | Spanish Audio, English Subtitles | 1hr 18min

 

 

9. McFarland, USA

 

McFarland USA has all the makings of a classic sports Disney story: this time about a cross-country team in California. It explores cultural tensions and life in a predominantly Latino and agricultural community. This one isn’t in Spanish. 

Info: PG | English Audio, Subtitles | 2hr 22min

 

 

10. The Road to El Dorado

Two swindlers get waylaid in their search for gold in the famous city El Dorado. This one has some cultural connections, but be sure to preview or read through the parent content advisory. 

Available on Netflix. 

Info: PG | English Audio, Subtitles | 1hr 29min

 

 

11. Kronk’s New Groove

At last, a G-rated movie! This sequel to The Emperor’s New Groove has Kronk wanting to impress his hard-to-please father, only to find in the end that he just has to do his own thing.

Available on Netflix. 

Info: G | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 1hr 14min

 

 

12. Casi Casi

Emilio, a teenager is Puerto Rico, ends up running for school president against the most popular girl in school– who also happens to be his crush. Will he choose winning, or her– or is there a third option? This is a fun story about friendship and loyalty. (Rated PG for language and innuendo.)

Info: PG | Spanish Audio, English Subtitles | 1hr 33min

 

 

13. Rio and Rio 2

Though Rio and Rio 2 are set in Brazil and not technically Spanish-language films, both DVDs have Spanish-language options and deal with many Latin American themes (environmentalism, deforestation of the Amazon rainforest). 

Rio: A pet Macaw in Minnesota, Blu, travels to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to learn about his home. 

Rio 2: Blu and Jewel now have 3 kids. When they see their kids are too used to life in the city, they decide to take them into the Amazon jungle to experience real life. 

Info: G | Spanish/English Audio, Subtitles | 1hr 35min, 1hr 

 

 

14. Selena

Selena introduces the life of Mexican singer Selena Quintalla-Perez, from her early life, to her rise to to the top of Latin and U.S. music charts, and untimely death. Jennifer Lopez stars as Selena in this emotional film. (I’m including this on the list as a PG film, but I don’t recommend it for young kids.)

Info: PG | English Audio, Subtitles | 2hr 7min

Info: PG | Spanish Audio, Spanish/English Subtitles | 115min

 

 

15. Il Postino

An Italian film that introduces Pablo Neruda during the time of his exile. A local boy is hired to as a personal postman, discovers Neruda’s poetry, and the two form a friendship. 

Info: NR | English Audio, Subtitles | 2hr 7min

 

 

16. Peru: Tesoro Escondido (Peru: Hidden Treasure)

Explore the culture, geography, and history of Peru with this documentary. 

Available on Netflix. 

Info: PG | Spanish Audio, Spanish/English Subtitles | 115min

 

 

17. Bizarre FoodS with Andrew Zimmerman 

Andrew Zimmerman explores the signature foods of places around the world. Here are the Spanish-speaking places he visits:

Managua

Veracruz

Santiago

Lima

Bogota

Puerto Rico

Mexico City

Buenos Aires

Barcelona

Available on Netflix. 

Info: PG | English Audio, Subtitles | 2hr 7min

 

 

18. Colombia: Wild Magic

Available on Netflix. 

Info: PG | Spanish Audio, Spanish/English Subtitles | 135min

 

 

19. Living on One Dollar 

Four friends leave the U.S. and plan to live on $1 per day in Guatemala. Although this film can reinforce the storyline of interpreting poverty and Latin America only through the eyes of foreigners, it can be a powerful way for students and families to see outside their everyday lives. 

Available on Netflix. 

Info: PG | English Audio | 53min

 

 

 

20. Ghosts of Machu Picchu

Discover the mysteries and marvels of Machu Pichu in this doucmentary from PBS. (Be aware that skulls are shown in places.)

Available on Netflix. 

Info: PG | English Audio | 53min

 

 

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4 Comments

  1. Gracias ! Yo tengo 2 ninos. Ellis Vive en Estado Unidos un ano.

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  2. Have you seen “Cartas a Elena” on Amazon Prime?

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    • Amazon Prime won’t work for us in Peru right now (booo). I’ll have to check it out on our next visit to the US!

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  3. Thank you so much! This is a phenominal list of Spanish movies!!!

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