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The Best Family Thanksgiving Movies for Kids Rated G

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If you’re looking for the best family Thanksgiving movies for kids rated G, you aren’t alone! It’s a struggle to find Thanksgiving movies, nevertheless movies that are actually appropriate to snuggle up and watch with young kids after Thanksgiving dinner.

One of our favorite ways to spend quality time together during the holiday season is to gather the entire family and have a holiday movie night. While we have never had trouble finding a Christmas movie that the whole family can enjoy, there aren’t many Thanksgiving movies!

When I started to look into it further, I realized that a lot of the movies that made it on the list of the best Thanksgiving movies for kids, weren’t actually, in my opinion, kid-friendly.

I’ve divided this post up into sections for you: Thanksgiving Movies for kids rated G, for those of you who want to have a family movie night, but have really little ones and want a wholesome movie.

Since there aren’t too many Thanksgiving movies for kids rated G, I found some other appropriate Thanksgiving content with a section that containsThanksgiving television episodes, specifically geared toward toddlers and preschoolers,

Moving on, we have nontraditional Thanksgiving movies. This category includes movies that embody the spirit and atmosphere of Thanksgiving, even if the plot isn’t actually about Thanksgiving. This does include some movies with ratings that are higher than G.

The last category is the best family Thanksgiving movies for older kids. These are great family Thanksgiving movies for those of you with older kiddos who don’t want to watch Paw Patrol over and over. Not hating on the Pups, but it can get old, right?

I give a brief overview of things to watch out for in the movie, so you can decide for yourself if it has content that you don’t want your children to see. I like to use Common Sense Media as a resource to see if there is any iffy material in movies.

Thanksgiving Movies for Kids Rated G

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A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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Rating: G

Where to Watch: Apple TV

Watch Outs: While this is technically a Thanksgiving movie for kids rated G, there is quite a bit of name-calling and bullying. The words hate, stupid, blockhead, you sly devil, and idiot are all used. I don’t love the language, however, it makes room for good conversations about the power of our words and how name-calling and bullying are very hurtful.

It’s a good idea to watch it before showing it to your younger kids so you can decide how they will do with it.

The Mayflower Voyagers is another short movie that’s frequently shown immediately after a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Is a bit more intense, accurately depicting deaths and sickness on the Mayflower. This is better suited for children 8+.

Synopsis: Your favorite characters from Peanuts celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. When Peppermint Patty invites herself and her friends to Charlie Brown’s for Thanksgiving, Charlie Brown is tasked with hosting a Thanksgiving dinner.

Things take a comical turn as their Thanksgiving menu includes popcorn and jellybeans. With its timeless themes of friendship, gratitude, and the spirit of togetherness, this is a true holiday classic that you will enjoy with your children during the Thanksgiving season for years to come!

Winnie the Pooh Seasons of Giving

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Rating: G

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon or purchase the DVD. Sadly, this movie isn’t always available to stream and is expensive to purchase. I would suggest checking your local library to see if they have it available!

Watch Outs: This is truly one of the best Thanksgiving movies for kids rated G. Winnie the Pooh is a great Thanksgiving movie and is as wholesome as you can get! If you can find this available, this is a wonderful, wonderful movie to watch with little ones this Thanksgiving season.

Synopsis: This movie contains 3 festive stories of Thanksgiving and Christmas. 1. GroundPiglet Day, 2. A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving, and, 3. Find Her, Keep Her (a Christmas special).

“Winnie the Pooh: Seasons of Giving” is a touching animated film that takes place in the Hundred Acre Wood. As the seasons change, Pooh and his friends embark on various adventures to celebrate the holidays, from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

This delightful movie is a charming reminder of the importance of friendship, sharing, and the joy of coming together to celebrate the seasons in the magical world of the Hundred Acre Wood.

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We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story

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Rating: G

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon.

Watch Outs: Some scary scenes of violent dinosaurs. The dinosaurs are shown as both gentle and peaceful and scary and violent. There’s also a scary villain. This movie is appropriate for most kids ages 6+, but if you have a particularly sensitive kiddo (I certainly do!), it’s a good reason to watch this one first by yourself before showing it to your children.

Synopsis: “We’re Back: A Dinosaur’s Story” is an animated adventure that follows a group of friendly, time-traveling dinosaurs who find themselves in modern-day New York City, just in time for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Led by a kind-hearted professor, these dinosaurs embark on a journey to bring joy and wonder to the parade, all while learning valuable lessons about friendship and courage.

With its mix of prehistoric fun and contemporary holiday cheer, this film is a delightful choice for the whole family to enjoy during the Thanksgiving season.

Garfield’s Thanksgiving

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Rating: NR

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon

Watch Outs: This isn’t rated because it’s a television special, but there are plenty of things to watch out for. Many people find Garfield to be hilarious and lovable, but I, personally, don’t always think it’s appropriate for young children. However, a lot of this stuff does go right over their heads!

Here are some things to watch out for. Jon threatens to hold his breath and suffocate until the vet agrees to go out on a date with him. This is very manipulative and problematic. This would never be included in a movie written in 2023!

Diet: Garfield’s vet is forcing him to go on a diet, which isn’t age-appropriate for young kiddos. Can we get away from diet culture, please?!

Synopsis:

Garfield likes to celebrate Thanksgiving by devouring as much food as he can. Unfortunately, his veterinarian has put him on a diet. Jon has fallen for Garfield’s vet and invited her to Thanksgiving, but unfortunately, Jon has no idea how to cook.

As the chaos of the holiday unfolds, who will be able to save the Thanksgiving scene?

A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving

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Rating: NR

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon, Apple TV, or Vudu

Watch Outs: Mentions of diets and Elmer Fudd does his standard cartoon violence trying to shoot Bugs Bunny with his rifle.

Synopsis: “A Looney Tunes Thanksgiving” is a hilarious holiday special that brings your favorite Looney Tunes characters together for a Thanksgiving feast like no other.

When Bugs Bunny invites his zany friends to his Thanksgiving dinner, you can expect a wild and comical adventure filled with classic Looney Tunes humor and mishaps.

Join Bugs, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and the gang for a side-splitting Thanksgiving celebration that’s sure to entertain the whole family!

ey Town

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Rating: NR

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon

Watch Outs: While this has no inappropriate content, there is not a single positive review for this movie. Most people state that even 1 star is too high and that even their youngest children screamed for it to be turned off. The reviews are so bad that I almost want to watch it out of curiosity. Let me know if you watch it!

Synopsis: “Turkey Town” is a heartwarming and hilarious family film that takes you on a feathered adventure like no other. When a group of plucky turkeys embarks on a mission to save their fellow gobblers from becoming Thanksgiving dinner, you’re in for a gobble-tastic ride full of laughs and surprises.

Join these brave birds as they hatch a plan that’s as funny as it is heartwarming in this feel-good holiday film for all ages!

Thanksgiving Television Episodes for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Since there aren’t very many Thanksgiving movies for kids rated G, I rounded up some Thanksgiving television episodes. If you have a toddler or preschooler, these Thanksgiving episodes are wholesome and absolutely perfect for them!

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Dora’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Season 7, Episode 12

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Rating: G

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon or Paramount Plus

Watch Outs: Nothing to be concerned about.

Synopsis: Everyone’s getting ready for the big Thanksgiving Day parade, but when the Pirate Piggies accidentally float away on Dora’s boat float, it’s up to Dora and Boots to rescue them and save Thanksgiving Day.

Kiddos will learn how to say “Muchas Gracias” on Thanksgiving Day! After the parade, Dora’s family sits down for a traditional Thanksgiving Day dinner, complete with tamales. They celebrate their favorite Thanksgiving tradition, being together with family members and friends!

This is a short but enjoyable episode of Dora the Explorer, at only 23 minutes long. It’s perfect entertainment for toddlers and preschoolers as you’re preparing the Thanksgiving feast!

Paw Patrol: Pups Rescue Thanksgiving/Pups Save a Windy Bay

Season 10, Episode 8

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Rating: G

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon or Paramount Plus

Watch Outs: While this isn’t exactly a quality Thanksgiving film, there is nothing inappropriate to watch out for.

Synopsis: It’s Thanksgiving in Adventure Bay! This is a delightful animated adventure that brings everyone’s favorite rescue pups together for a special holiday mission.

When Mayor Humdinger’s mischievous turkey causes a Thanksgiving mishap, the brave Paw Patrol team springs into action to save the holiday feast. With teamwork, problem-solving, and plenty of canine courage, this heartwarming episode is a perfect choice for the kids to watch as you’re setting the Thanksgiving table.

In true PAW Patrol fashion, the Pups make a grand rescue and save Thanksgiving. This 23-minute episode has everything you would expect from an episode of Paw Patrol.

An Arthur Thanksgiving

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Rating: G

Where to Watch: Rent or buy on Vudu

Watch Outs: Totally appropriate!

Synopsis: “Arthur’s Thanksgiving” is a heartwarming animated film that follows the lovable aardvark Arthur and his friends as they prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday.

When their school’s Thanksgiving play faces a crisis, Arthur and his pals work together to save the day, teaching valuable lessons about friendship, gratitude, and the true spirit of Thanksgiving. This family-friendly movie is filled with humor, heart, and the warmth of the holiday season, making it a perfect choice for a Thanksgiving movie night.

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Best Family Thanksgiving Movies: Non-Traditional

While these movies aren’t traditional Thanksgiving films, they are perfect movies to watch during the Thanksgiving season with your family.

Ratatouille

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Rating: G

Where to Watch: Watch on Disney+ or stream on Amazon

Watch Outs: There is a little bit of name-calling in this movie, such as stupid and loser, but nothing too terrible. There is also the sentence “Welcome to hell, now recreate the soup” so that might need some explaining if you have little ones.

Synopsis: “Ratatouille” is an animated movie by Pixar. While it isn’t a traditional Thanksgiving movie, it’s the perfect way to get in the spirit of Thanksgiving. After all, what better way to get in the Thanksgiving mood than by watching a movie about an aspiring French Chef (even if he happens to be a rat!)?

This charming movie is one of the best family Thanksgiving movies as it celebrates the joy of food, family, and following your dreams.

With its lovable characters and mouthwatering culinary creations, “Ratatouille” reminds us that the true magic of the holiday season lies in coming together to savor delicious meals and create cherished memories with loved ones.

Little Women

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Rating: PG

Where to Watch: Stream the 2019 version on Amazon and the 1994 version here on Amazon

Watch Outs: Minor violence that was relevant to the period, such as scarlet fever, a child having a welt on their hand from being struck by a teacher, and (spoiler) the devastating death of a main character.

Synopsis: “Little Women” is a timeless tale of sisterhood, love, and ambition, based on the classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. There are two notable film adaptations of this beloved story, the 1994 version and the 2019 version.

Both films beautifully capture the lives and dreams of the four March sisters as they navigate the challenges and joys of growing up during the Civil War era, making it a must-watch for fans of classic literature and heartwarming family dramas.

The Blind Side

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Rating: PG-13

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon

Watch Outs: There are racial stereotypes (both covert and blatant) and white saviorism depicted in this movie. There is a small bit of swearing, drug paraphernalia, and some fighting. The most concerning point is the blatant racism at times and this can be a good starting point for a conversation as a family.

Synopsis: “The Blind Side,” starring Sandra Bullock and Tim McGraw, is a heartwarming and feel-good movie that’s perfect for Thanksgiving. This inspiring film tells the incredible true story of Michael Oher, a homeless and disadvantaged teenager who finds a new home and family with the Tuohy’s.

As football plays a central role in Michael’s journey, “The Blind Side” beautifully highlights the themes of love, kindness, and the importance of coming together as a family – making it an ideal choice for a heartwarming Thanksgiving movie night, after watching the football game, of course!

The Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Rating: PG

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon.

Watch Outs: Mr. Fox’s tail is shot off and used as a trophy. There are some scenes that are a bit scary as the farmers try all different ways to try to kill Mr. Fox, including guns, explosives, and drowning.

There is a bad guy character who starts a knife fight and dies; there are a few scenes with fights and chases that are a bit tense and scary, especially for sensitive kids.

The word cuss is used instead of profanities: “What the cuss are you doing?” and “cluster cuss.”

Mr. Fox also steals from the farmers and lies to his wife, but in the end, he attempts to right his wrongs.

Synopsis: “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” is a delightful and witty animated film, based on Roald Dahl’s beloved book and featuring the voices of George Clooney, Meryl Streep, and Bill Murray.

It follows the clever Mr. Fox as he embarks on a daring heist to outsmart three nasty farmers and secure a feast for his family and friends. It’s the perfect movie for Thanksgiving, with the thematic autumn elements and focus on the animal friends coming together to share resources and create the most wonderful feast!

With its heartwarming message of family and gratitude, The Fantastic Mr. Fox is sure to become a cherished Thanksgiving tradition for all ages, reminding us of the importance of sharing and celebrating with loved ones.

While it’s not a traditional Thanksgiving movie, it’s one of the best family Thanksgiving movies out there!

Miracle on 34th Street

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Rating: NR

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon: 1994 version and 1947 version.

Watch Outs: The movie starts out with the little girl being very outspoken about not believing in Santa. This could cause children to have doubts or question the realness of Santa, so proceed with caution.

Synopsis: While this movie is typically watched during the Christmas season, it starts out taking place on Thanksgiving Day! “Miracle on 34th Street” is a heartwarming holiday classic that will get you in the holiday spirit. It tells the story of Kris Kringle, a kindly elderly man who claims to be the real Santa Claus.

When he’s hired as the Macy’s department store Santa, his genuine spirit of giving and belief in the magic of Christmas inspire both children and adults alike. As Kris’s authenticity is questioned, a courtroom trial unfolds, reminding us all that sometimes, the most wonderful things in life are the ones we believe in with all our hearts.

Get ready to kick off Thanksgiving and experience the joy and wonder of the holiday season.

The Best Family Thanksgiving Movies for Older Kids

The movies in this section are rated PG through R, so there is a vast variety. Be sure to check the watch-outs to see if there’s content in it you wish to have your children avoid.

Free Birds

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Rating: PG

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon

Watch Outs: The movie features instances of gun violence, leading to the unfortunate demise of a significant character. There is unkind language, with characters using words like “dumb,” “coward,” “son of a gun,” and “anti-corn.”

Additionally, there are moments that raise concerns about the portrayal of turkeys, drawing parallels that may be viewed as insensitive to Native American culture.

There’s also a romantic subplot, and viewers catch glimpses of a telenovela where a character is frequently seen in the company of beautiful women.

Synopsis: “Free Birds” is a hilarious and heartwarming animated adventure that features the all-star voices of Owen Wilson, Woody Harrelson, and Amy Poehler.

The film follows the escapades of Reggie, voiced by Owen Wilson, and Jake, voiced by Woody Harrelson, two feathered friends who are on a mission to change Thanksgiving traditions by traveling back in time to the very first Thanksgiving feast.

With the help of their newfound time-traveling abilities, this dynamic duo hopes to save their fellow turkeys from becoming the main course and bring some turkey-tastic fun to your holiday season!

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow

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Rating: PG

Where to Watch: Stream on Amazon

Watch Outs: A few sexual innuendos (that most kids most likely won’t understand). A few intense and frightening scenes.

In one instance, children encounter a menacing, growling figure in the woods, while in another, two kids are abducted and confined to a shed, which ultimately triggers a life-threatening allergic reaction in one of them.

Throughout the film, there are verbal threats of harm, and two individuals face electrocution by cattle prods in a suspenseful sequence.

Synopsis: “Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow,” is a heartwarming and quirky family film.

An adventurous family sets out on a Thanksgiving vacation to a quaint, small town called Turkey Hollow. There, they stumble upon a local legend of the elusive “Howling Hoodoo,” a creature with a magical reputation.

With the help of some newfound friends, they embark on a whimsical and wacky quest to uncover the truth and create lasting holiday memories in this enchanting tale that will have your entire family doubled over with laughter. It’s the perfect way to ring in the Thanksgiving Weekend!

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration

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Rating: PG

Where to Watch: You can purchase the holiday gift set (containing the Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas specials) on Amazon. While it’s not currently available to stream, you can check to see if the DVD is available at your local library.

Watch Outs: While this movie is mostly OK for younger children, the humor will resonate more with adults.

There is some mild language and name-calling, as well as quite a bit of attitude from the Chipmunks!

Synopsis: “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Alvin’s Thanksgiving Celebration” is a heartwarming holiday treat that’s perfect for the whole family! Join Alvin, Simon, Theodore, and their furry pals as they embark on a charming adventure.

When the Chipmunks sign up for a Thanksgiving play, their assignments get all mixed up and they, of course, pull some mischievous Chipmunk antics in an attempt to get out of it.

With a festive feast, catchy tunes, and a reminder of the importance of togetherness, this animated delight will have everyone feeling thankful and joyful this Thanksgiving season.

Addams Family Values

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Rating: PG-13

Where to Watch: Watch on Paramount+ or stream on Amazon

Watch Outs: There is a lot of dark, violent humor in this movie, such as Wednesday attempting to throw her baby brother off the roof, beheading attempts, and serial killer trading cards.

There are sexual innuendos, and Foster has a magazine with posters of scantily-clad women underneath his bed. There is smoking and drinking in the movie, as well as an alcoholic beverage being made for a baby.

Synopsis:

“Addams Family Values” is a delightful and darkly humorous sequel that reunites us with our favorite eccentric and spooky clan, the Addams family. In this quirky comedy, full of family drama, Wednesday and Pugsley Addams find themselves at summer camp, where their macabre sensibilities clash with the sunny optimism of the campers.

There is an end-of-camp play about The First Thanksgiving and Wednesday is cast as the role of Pocahontas. As chaos ensues, the slightly dysfunctional family faces new challenges and hilarious misadventures that will have you laughing and cringing in equal measure. Get ready for more kooky fun with the Addams family in this wickedly entertaining film!

Paul Blart: Mall Cop

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Rating: PG

Where to Watch: Watch on Pluto TV or stream on Amazon

Watch Outs: Although this is rated PG, the humor is definitely geared towards older children. Here are some things to know before you watch it with your kids.

There is some minor swearing, but also insults towards overweight people and name calling such as stupid and loser.

Paul attends a happy hour with his coworkers and gets very drunk. There’s some discussion about online dating, and hooking up; during an altercation with a female, her shirt gets lifted up and her bra shows. There’s also a very long scene that takes place in Victoria’s Secret.

There’s some humorous violence, but also hostages held at gunpoint and an attempt to kill the main character, Paul Blart. Paul is also beat up and there are a few explosions, but no blood.

Synopsis: “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” is a lighthearted comedy that follows the endearing and slightly bumbling character, Paul Blart, a dedicated mall security guard.

Set during the chaotic holiday shopping season, including the notorious Black Friday, Blart finds himself facing a gang of mischievous criminals who have taken over the mall.

It’s a hilarious tale of an underdog hero, showcasing courage, determination, and a touch of slapstick humor that makes it the perfect choice for a fun movie night for older kids.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Rating: R

Where to Watch: Watch on Paramount+ or stream on Amazon

Watch Outs: This movie is rated R, so while it is not suitable for young children, it makes a great family movie night for those of you with teenagers! Here is what you can expect in the movie.

There is quite a bit of bad language, which is probably why it’s rated R. The F word is used multiple times, as well as many other profanities.

There are a few scantily clad pinups shown, as well as one of the characters reading an X-rated book. There is a couple making out and groping each other, and a few other iffy scenes.

Synopsis: “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles” is a classic comedy that pairs up the brilliant talents of Steve Martin and John Candy. The film follows the hilarious misadventures of two mismatched travelers who are desperately trying to get home for Thanksgiving.

As they navigate a series of transportation mishaps, from planes to trains to rental cars, the odd couple forms an unlikely friendship, making it a heartwarming and side-splitting journey that’s perfect for a holiday movie night with family and friends.

There you have it! The top Thanksgiving movies for families. Let me know if you’ve watched them and what you think. Happy Thanksgiving, friends!

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