The 20 Funniest Kids Movies of the 2010s, Ranked

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What makes kids’ movies successful? Is it colorful and engaging animation, or relatable characters the young viewers can connect with or relate to? While all of these elements are important, there’s no denying one of the most essential parts of a kid’s movie is the humor, to break up the more serious scenes.

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Companies like Disney, Pixar, and Dreamworks Animation are known for creating movies and franchises that stick with viewers for years, ranging from classics like The Lion King to newer franchises like Shrek, which first debuted to audiences in 2001. From the 1950s through the millennium, Disney dominated children’s cinema, until Dreamworks Animation released its first production, Antz, in 1998.

Since then, children’s movies have expanded to include a wide range of subjects, from important life lessons to necessary social commentary. This is often presented hand-in-hand with a bit of humor and jokes that are silly enough for younger viewers to laugh at, but clever enough to keep the attention of adults, too.

Classic kid’s films have withstood the test of time and are rewatchable to this day. But these 20 recent kids’ movies from the 2010s are hilarious classics in the making, perfect for kids, and will keep the entire family laughing from start to finish.

20 Paddington (2014)

Paddington

Release Date
November 24, 2014

Director
Paul King

Runtime
95

The 2014 family comedy Paddington follows the adventures of a small bear who is forced to leave his Aunt and Uncle in the jungle of Peru after their home is destroyed by an earthquake. The adorable anthropomorphic bear heads off to London, where he meets the Brown family at Paddington Station — naming him after the place where they find him.

The Browns take Paddington into their home and try to find him a permanent place to live, all while he is being pursued by an evil taxidermist. The movie has a star-studded cast featuring Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman and Julie Walters, and has a great balance between the funny, wholesome content and the more serious, dramatic scenes. The CGI is impressive, perfectly capturing the essence of the cute character that people have loved since his creation in 1958.

Paddington Bear lifts his hat as he enters the home
StudioCanal

There’s no denying Paddington is a playfully humorous movie, with the little bear’s hilarious antics and accidents as he learns about life in London. It has the perfect type of humor for kids of all ages, and was a success upon its release, earning the award for Best Comedy at the Empire Awards in the UK. The movie isn’t all laughs, though, as behind the comedy is an important commentary on immigration and uniting as humans to help one another.

19 Zootopia (2016)

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Zootopia

Release Date
February 11, 2016

Runtime
108

Disney’s animated comedy Zootopia debuted in 2016 and has characters voiced by actors like Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, and Ginnifer Goodwin. The movie is set in a town filled with anthropomorphic animals, where both predator and prey live among one another.

Viewers meet one of the main characters, the rabbit Judy Hopps, who is the newest member of the Zootopia Police Department. Judy, much smaller than her peers, works as a parking officer until she’s put on a kidnapping case and forced to work with the local con artist, a fox named Nick Wilde. Through the investigation, Judy learns a lot about life, herself, and how to be a good friend.

Zootopia Is a Charming and Delightful Buddy Cop Film

Zootopia Jason Bateman as Nick Wilde mocks Ginnifer Goodwin as Judy Hopps
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Similar to Paddington, Zootopia is a kid’s movie with charming humor that has a deeper story underneath the surface that adults can relate to or learn from. The humor and jokes are very Disney-esque, but that’s what makes this one of the funniest movies of 2010s.

The plot is somewhat predictable but very upbeat, and the movie has become an instant classic. It also incorporates real-life issues like racism and stereotyping, leaving this movie lower on the list of funniest movies of this decade, as this aspect may appeal more to adults than children.

18 ParaNorman (2012)

Kids with a love for spooky season will enjoy the 2012 animated comedy ParaNorman. This fun stop-motion movie follows the adventures of Norman Babcock, who lives in the town of Blithe Hollow, Massachusetts. Norman has a special ability that allows him to communicate with the dead, but unfortunately, most people don’t believe in his powers.

When Norman’s uncle reaches out to him to warn him of a centuries-old curse that only Norman can stop, it sends him on a mission to complete a ritual that will prevent the undead from wreaking havoc on the town. The journey helps Norman become a hero after tapping into his bravery and learning about the area’s jaded history.

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ParaNorman Is The Perfect Gateway Horror Movie for Kids

ParaNorman 2012 Norman holds a book in front of zombie undead
Focus Features

While ParaNorman is surprisingly scary at some points for a children’s movie, there are just as many hilarious moments that balance it all out. It’s the perfect family movie night watch for kids who are interested in scary movies without having to jump right into the horror genre. The main characters are likable, and their constant stream of quick jokes makes this one of the funniest movies of the 2010s.

17 Diary of a Wimpy Kid (2010)

The 2010 movie Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a family comedy based on the 2007 book by Jeff Kinney. The story follows a 12-year-old boy named Greg Heffley, who documents his life in a diary. He’s struggling with the transition to middle school, and is overwhelmed with trying to make friends, avoid bullies, and find somewhere to sit at lunch.

Greg goes above and beyond to try and gain popularity and ends up getting himself into more troubling scenarios than intended. The characters are all humorous and likable, and the actors’ performances are what make this movie a true success.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Is a Solid Family Friendly Book-Adaptation

Greg, played by Zachary Gordon, Rowley, played by Robert Capron, Chirag Gupta, played by Karan Brar, and Fregley, played by Grayson Russell, talk in the school hallway.
20th Century Fox

Movies based on books are usually a hit or miss, especially with fans of the content who have high expectations for the characters they’ve come to love. Being a live-action film gives this an extra edge to the humor and adds an extra layer of depth to the maturity journey viewers watch Greg experience.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid received nominations for Best Film of the Year at the Las Vegas Film Critics Society Awards, as well as Favorite Movie at the US Kids’ Choice Awards. Disney has rebooted the series, with a new animated version of the story that came out in 2021.

16 Goosebumps (2015)

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Goosebumps

Release Date
August 5, 2015

Runtime
103

Goosebumps, starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush, is a 2015 adaptation of R.L. Stine’s well-loved book series from the ’90s. This take on the original stories has Jack Black appearing as the author R.L. Stine, the new neighbor of teenager Zach Cooper.

Zach and his mother had just moved in next door to Stine and his daughter after the death of Zach’s father. When a strange series of events start happening, he ends up breaking into Stine’s house and unleashing all the monsters from the stories. The group must then work together to find the monsters and send them back into the books.

A Chance for New Generations to Experience Goosebumps

Goosebumps 2015 Jack Black and three kids in a van screaming in terror
Sony Pictures Releasing

There have been several Goosebumps adaptations over the years, but this movie has an excellent blend of humor and special effects. It’s full of high-action scenes, and much of the comedic success is thanks to Black, who brings his character to life with a great performance.

It’s a fun watch that’s not too scary for younger viewers, and has quick jokes and wit that will entertain older kids, too. Overall, Goosebumps was well-received by audiences, receiving a nomination for Best Fantasy Film at the 2016 Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.

15 Incredibles 2 (2018)

Disney Pixar’s superhero comedyIncredibles 2 is the sequel to the 2004 hit The Incredibles. Following suit with other Pixar productions, the animation, storyline, and characters are all well-developed and suitable for viewers of any age.

This installment reintroduces the family to a reality where superheroes are banned, until they are contacted by a billionaire who wants to help the public trust in the Superhero Relocation Program again. This leaves the family’s patriarch, Bob Incredible, as the one who must stay home and take care of the rambunctious children while his wife has to stop Screenslaver from taking over the world.

Incredibles 2 Is a Sequel That Matches the First Installment’s Humor

Incredibles 2 2018 Bob Incredible asleep while reading to his baby
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Fans of the original movie can take solace in knowing this sequel has the same main characters, each with their own quirky humor. Fans seem to find Jack-Jack, Edna, and Bob to be the funniest characters, and one of the most hilarious scenes is when Violet shoots water out of her nose. Today, Incredibles 2 holds a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes, not much lower than the first movie’s 97% rating.

14 The Muppets (2011)

Jason Segel as Gary, standing with a group of Muppets, in The Muppets
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

A perfect movie night addition for kids and adults is the 2011 musical comedy The Muppets by director James Bobin. This take on Jim Henson’s heartwarming characters has a strong cast, and earned over 16 awards after its debut.

The plot opens with one of The Muppets’ biggest fans, Walter, enjoying a vacation in Las Vegas with his brother Gary, and Gary’s girlfriend. However, when Walter learns Muppet Studios is set to be demolished and turned into an oil drilling site, it leaves him no choice but to work with Kermit the Frog to reunite the characters so they can save the theater.

Fresh Energy and Comedy for the Classic Characters in The Muppets

Jason Segel in The Muppets dancing with Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The fact that The Muppets is a modern-day comedy that pays homage to loved classic characters sets it apart from other releases during this time. Viewers get to see all the classic characters like Kermit, Miss Piggy, and Fozzie Bear, while experiencing fresh jokes with pop culture references. There are cameos from fun celebrities like Dave Grohl, Emily Blunt, and Neil Patrick Harris, and the humor has the charm that older viewers will find endearing and nostalgic.

13 The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

The 2016 animated comedy The Secret Life of Pets is a hilarious movie that will capture the hearts of any animal lover. The characters are voiced by actors and comedians like Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, and Jenny Slate, which only adds to the level of humor in the film.

The story follows the pampered life of Max, a cute terrier who lives a great life with his owner in a Manhattan apartment. That is until his owner brings home a huge stray dog named Duke, and his world is turned upside down. Max doesn’t particularly care for Duke, and that’s only amplified when the two get lost outside during their walk and befriend a bunny named Snowball, who’s part of a group of abandoned pets.

The Secret Life of Pets is Great Fun for Little Kids

Secret Life of Pets 2016 Max and Snowball in the street
Universal Pictures

While this movie is entertaining for viewers of any age, the high-energy, silly comedy and colorful scenes will appeal most to younger children. Some parts of the plot feel a bit weak, but that’s made up for by the constant stream of jokes and fluffy, cute characters. There’s also an important message behind this animated movie, teaching viewers that even stray animals can be valuable members of our families.

12 Inside Out (2015)

One of Pixar’s more unique releases during the 2010s was Inside Out, a movie about a young girl named Riley who is struggling with her family’s recent move from the Midwest to San Francisco. The big life change leaves Riley dealing with a flood of emotions, which are presented as individual characters that live in her ’emotional headquarters’ in her head.

Joy, voiced by Amy Poehler, tries to keep Riley feeling happy through the experience, but others, like Anger, Fear, and Disgust, are there to take over her emotional state. It may seem like a straightforward story on the surface, but each emotion adds a different layer of depth and discovery to the movie.

Inside Out Is a Powerful Story With the Perfect Amount of Laughs

Inside Out Amy Poehler as Joy and Phyllis Smith as Sadness watch Riley's memory
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Inside Out is one of Pixar’s most successful releases of all time, and was an instant hit with critics and audiences. It has maintained a rating of 98% on Rotten Tomatoes and received one Oscar win among the 118 award nominations.

Much of the success can be attributed to the incredible voice-acting performances by Poehler, Bill Hader, and Mindy Kaling, who bring incredible humor and energy to their characters. It’s the type of movie that can have viewers laughing in one scene, and crying in the next, and is already considered a timeless classic film.

11 Monsters University (2013)

Released 12 years after Monsters Inc., Monsters University is a prequel to the original that shows how the iconic characters Mike Wazowski and James Sullivan met while studying at Monsters University. The movie opens and shows how Mike Wazowski has always dreamed of becoming a scarer, even if it seems like all the odds are stacked against him.

Mike meets James “Sully” during their first semester and quickly realizes Sully has a natural talent for scaring. This sets the two off as rivals rather than friends, and their behavior gets them expelled from scare classes. In true Pixar fashion, they must unite and find a way to work together, becoming friends during the process.

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Monsters University Provides a Cute Backstory for the Beloved Characters

Monsters University Sulley and Mike run through an obstacle course
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Fans of Monsters Inc. will find the humor in Monsters University to be similar to the first film, as it has numerous laugh-out-loud moments. The two main characters have larger-than-life personalities and keep their signature quirks that show how they developed into who viewers loved in the original installment. It may not be as strong as Monsters Inc. overall, but it is a great prequel that will keep you laughing on your first or fifth watch.

10 Frozen (2013)

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Frozen

Release Date
November 20, 2013

Runtime
108

Disney’s animated musical Frozen is a movie that was inspired by the classic fairy tale “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Andersen. Many Disney movie characters have taken pop culture by storm, but the Frozen phenomenon that ensued after its release was a true testament to not only the marketing success, but the strength of the actual film itself.

The movie tells the story of Anna, a princess who sets off to find her sister, Elsa, who’s retreated away from everyone due to her magical ability to create snow and ice. Anna, a mountaineer named Kristoff, and his reindeer set off to find Elsa, meeting a bunch of different characters along the way.

A Sing-Along that Mesmerizes Younger Viewers

Elsa and Anna holding hands in Frozen
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

It’s clear that the catchy songs, impressive CGI, and funny characters work together to create a film that is downright mesmerizing for kids. Olaf the Snowman and Sven the Reindeer are two of the funniest characters in the movie and help to add comedic relief to the two sisters’ struggles. It may not be the ideal comedy for adults, but the age-appropriate humor of Frozen and the deeper messages in the plot make it great for kids.

9 Penguins of Madagascar (2014)

The all-business penguins from the Madagascar series returned for the fourth installment, titled Penguins of Madagascar. This spin-off finds the four tiny birds, Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private, as they team up with an elite organization called North Wind.

The story opens with a flashback scene that shows how the penguins found an egg that eventually hatches into Private. There’s a time jump of ten years that follows the penguins and the organization as they try to stop Dr. Octavius Brine from taking over and destroying the world.

Penguins in Madagascar Is a Silly Story Focused on Mischievous Penguins

Penguins of Madagascar 2014 four penguins sit at a bar
20th Century Fox

Fans of the Madagascar movies will enjoy this film focused solely on the spy penguins, though it’s not necessary to be familiar with the series to understand or enjoy the story. The penguins are known for their quick wit, funny one-liners, and hilarious banter, making this an entertaining watch for kids.

However, some of the humor is a little silly, so it may attract younger viewers or fans of the franchise. It may not have been as big of a success as the original movies, but it did receive eight award nominations after its release.

8 Tangled (2010)

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Tangled

Release Date
November 24, 2010

Runtime
100

Tangled is a 2010 animated musical fantasy movie by Disney, inspired by the fairy tale “Rapunzel.” In this adaptation, Rapunzel is kidnapped as a child by the evil Gothel, who uses her magical hair as a way to gain eternal youth.

Rapunzel is locked away in a tower, but dreams of getting out and being able to experience the outside world. Out of nowhere, a thief on the run named Flynn Rider, takes refuge in Rapunzel’s tower, giving her the perfect chance to escape and see the lantern lights. The two work together to break free and end up falling in love during the process.

Tangled is a Modern Twist on a Classic Tale

Pascal in Tangled
Walt Disney Pictures

This Disney princess movie falls in line with others in this genre, providing a cute story and catchy songs while somehow capturing the essence of classic 2D films from years ago. Yet certain parts of the plot are fresh and break traditional stereotypes, making it a great watch for the younger generations.

Tangled is silly in the best ways and serious when needed, and received an Oscar nomination in 2011. The witty humor is appropriate for any age viewer and is overall perfect for the whole family.

7 Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

Another Walt Disney movie that’s as much fun for adults as it is for kids is Wreck-It Ralph. This adventure comedy follows Ralph, a villainous character in the retro ’80s video gameFix-it Felix Jr. Ralph desperately wants to fit in with the other characters in his game rather than being treated like an outcast.

This causes him to leave the safety of his game so he can win a gold coin to finally earn respect from everyone at the arcade. His journey not only takes him to the game Sugar Rush, where he meets Vanellope, but he also unleashes a monster that puts the whole arcade at risk.

Wreck-it Ralph has the Perfect Blend of Nostalgia and Pop Culture

Wreck-It Ralph John C. Riley as Ralph tries to hand out cherries
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

The mesmerizing and highly detailed elements of Wreck-It Ralph make it a fun watch for all ages, but a lot of the humor is found in Vanellope, who is voiced by comedian Sarah Silverman. Her fearless attitude, quick jokes, sense of adventure, and heartbreaking story help this movie feel more like a complete story than other releases during this decade.

The movie went on to inspire a sequel in 2018, Ralph Breaks the Internet, which continues Ralph and Vanellope’s adventures. Wreck-It Ralph also received an Oscar nomination, along with 33 wins after its release.

6 Despicable Me (2010)

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Despicable Me

Release Date
July 8, 2010

Director
Pierre Coffin , Chris Renaud

Runtime
95

The 2010 hit animated comedy Despicable Me made a huge impact on pop culture with the iconic little yellow minions that won the hearts of viewers across the world. This Illumination Entertainment film has an incredible cast featuring Steve Carell, Miranda Cosgrove, Jason Segal, Julie Andrews, Will Arnett, and numerous other talented actors who bring strong personalities to their characters.

The movie’s plot follows Gru, a supervillain who has constructed an evil plan to steal the moon. His evil thieving is stopped, however, when a group of young orphan girls take a liking to Gru and want him to be their dad.

Steve Carell Shines in His Role as Gru in Despicable Me

Despicable Me, Gru, Agnes, Margo and Edith
Universal Pictures

With Steve Carell being one of the funniest comedic actors of our time, it’s no surprise he brings incredible humor and funny jokes to the Despicable Me franchise. The young orphans who bring out the soft side of Gru are also hilarious, especially Agnes with her giant ponytail.

This cute little seven-year-old has a love for unicorns and an innocence that makes it impossible to dislike her. Watching the growth between Gru and the girls is not only heartwarming, but provides great comedic relief for kids and adults.

5 The Croods (2013)

DreamWork Animation’s The Croods debuted in 2013 and follows a prehistoric family who spend much of their time trapped in a cave due to natural disasters. Known as The Croods, this family faces serious problems when they are warned of an impending apocalypse, and an earthquake destroys their cave.

This leaves them no choice but to trust a stranger to help them learn to survive outside their former comfort zone and experience the world around them. This underrated movie has a phenomenal cast featuring Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, and Ryan Reynolds, among others.

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The Croods Is a Fast-Moving and Silly Story

The Croods 2013 the family standing together
20th Century Fox

Fans of slapstick comedy and overly silly content will enjoy The Croods. Some of the humor is a bit (inevitably) crude and unrefined, but given the characters and time period, it all fits into the world created in the film.

There are deeper themes behind the rough exterior of the movie, like bravery, commitment, and the importance of community, but overall, it’s an energetic and funny adventure the viewer doesn’t need to take too seriously.

4 Finding Dory (2016)

Finding Dory reunites viewers with the adorable and hilarious marine life characters introduced in the 2003 Pixar film Finding Nemo. In this sequel, the friendly blue fish Dory, who suffers from memory loss, realizes she became estranged from her parents as a child.

Thankfully, Dory has her faithful friends Marlin and Nemo by her side to travel to California and find them, until she is captured by the Marine Life Institute. This is where she meets an array of new friends who try to help her free her parents from captivity, while Marlin and Nemo try to save Dory before she’s transferred to an aquarium across the country. Dory’s hilarious commentary and the new characters are part of what makes this movie so charming.

A Comical Journey to Find Dory’s Missing Parents

Dory voiced by Ellen DeGeneres and Hank the octopus
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

Finding Dory does an excellent job of keeping the same tone and humor as Finding Nemo, a movie that dominated the box office, and earned the title of the second highest-grossing film of the year. It presents a new story that feels fresh and does everything it can to avoid repetition while introducing comedic characters like Gerald the Seal and Becky the Buzzard. Along with Dory, these bold personalities provide the jokes and laughs to this endearing comedy.

3 The Lego Movie (2014)

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Lego Movie

Release Date
February 6, 2014

Runtime
100

One of the most sidesplitting movies released in the 2010s is the animated adventure The Lego Movie. The characters in The Lego Movie are voiced by a star-studded cast, including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Elizabeth Banks, and Will Arnett, among several others, and it has an impressive 96% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

The plot follows Emmett, voiced by Pratt, who is an average LEGO worker determined to be special. When he becomes accidentally labeled as part of a prophecy, his new title means Emmett must work with a group he’s never met to defeat the evil LEGO named Lord Business, who has plans to destroy the LEGO universe.

The Lego Movie Was One of the Strongest Animated Films of the Decade

Chris Pratt as Emmet and Elizabeth Banks as Lucy in The LEGO Movie
Warner Bros. Pictures

The Lego Movie’s strong writing not only helps to create this immersive universe, but also builds the platform for endless laughs, especially from the main character voiced by Pratt. There’s a depth to the film that may surprise many adults, though it still remains entertaining enough to keep kids engaged in the story. Overall, it’s a funny, cheery, and upbeat movie with some subversive satire that older viewers will pick up on.

2 Toy Story 3 (2010)

The iconic Toy Story franchise originated in 1995 with the first movie’s release and spawned a universe that has charmed viewers for decades. ’80s and ’90s kids may be more familiar with Toy Story and Toy Story 2, but Toy Story 3 is an installment that keeps the same nostalgic and heartwarming feeling the first two movies provided.

This chapter finds all the loved toys from earlier movies being accidentally donated to a daycare center, where they face the chaos of being trapped in a room with rough-playing children. Woody, Buzz and the other toys have to work together, with the help of some new faces like Mr. Pricklepants and Big Baby, to plan the perfect escape.

Toy Story Is a Series That Continually Produces Hilarious Hits

Toy Story 3 Andy gives his toys to Bonnie and plays with the toys one last time before leaving for college
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

What makes the Toy Story movies so wonderful is that they’re not just for kids, but can resonate with viewers of any age. The familiar voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen have provided consistency over the years and created a world where humor and lighthearted jokes thrive.

There are scenes that will have viewers break out into laughter and ones so emotional they will pull on heartstrings and make fans feel for these toys with their larger-than-life personalities. Toy Story 3 is a great movie for kids who want some wholesome laughs, or adults who want to feel connected to their childhoods.

1 Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018)

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a 2018 animated superhero movie with a PG rating, making it a great selection for family movie night. This take on the classic comic book finds teenager Miles Morales, voiced by Shameik Moore, dealing with newfound superpowers after being bitten by a radioactive spider in subway tunnels underground.

He develops the classic powers of Spider-Man, only to realize there are numerous people across different dimensions that share the same special super abilities. This comes in handy when the group must fight against the evil Kingpin, who has the ability to open portals to different dimensions and poses a threat to multiple universes.

Into the Spider-Verse Mimics a Classic Comic Book

Spidey in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Sony Pictures Releasing

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse was an undeniable success both as a kid-friendly comedy and as a part of the Spider-Man franchise. It’s a fast-moving, high-energy movie filled with hip-hop needle drops and a technicolor backdrop that can entertain any viewer.

Most of the humor and jokes are geared toward children, but that’s not to say the content is immature for older kids or teens. This was an incredibly successful production, with the movie earning Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards, the first for a Pixar movie in nearly eight years. It won over 80 additional awards at events following its release and, overall, remains one of the best-animated comedies of the 2010s, as well as the funniest kids’ movie of the decade.

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