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All the Kids Movies New To Netflix in August 2018

Every family-friendly movie premiering on the streaming service this month.


Taking the whole family out to the movies during the summer months is not only a huge financial strain, it’s also, occasionally, a logistical nightmare. Which, is probably why the media gods invented Netflix. Every month, new movies and TV series come and go from the super-convenient streaming service, but how can you keep track of which family-friendly movies you can watch with your kids? Easy. We’ll tell you right here.

From Batman to Hobbits, here are all the family-friendly feature films coming to Netflix for the month of August. Not all of these are cartoons and not all of them are for very little kids. Use your own judgment! For those who are watching straight from their laptops, we’ve included the Netflix links directly to the movies, too.


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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Chances are, you’ve probably heard of this one. Obviously, some of the stuff in the very first Lord of the Rings movie is a little bit too scary for very young children, but if the kids are over 10 or so, there’s a reason this adaptation of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novel was an instant classic in 2001. Plus, the first one is still the best of all of these movies.

Rated: PG-13

Streaming on Netflix on August 1.

The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement

Remember when Anne Hathaway starred in a series of innocent movies about being a reluctant princess? Well, if you don’t, here’s some good news: the second film in this series is actually way more tolerable than the first one.

Rated: G

Streaming on Netflix on August 1.


The Golden Compass

Though hardcore YA fans consider this movie adaptation of the beloved Philip Pulman book to be lackluster, who cares what hardcore YA fans think? Plus, if your kid hasn’t gotten into these books, this 2007 adaptation of the first book in the “His Dark Materials” series is a great gateway.

Rated PG-13

Streaming on Netflix on August 1.


Batman Begins

Kids love Batman, which is weird, because other than Adam West, Batman is easily the creepiest and moodiest of all the popular superheroes. Regardless, it’s hard to keep your kids away from Batman. Unlike some cartoons, the Christopher Nolan Batman movies are pretty hardcore. But for older kids, they’re going to want to watch them. Batman Begins has some scary stuff in it for sure, but the notion that Batman will not kill people is made really clear in this movie, which is awesome.

Rated: PG-13

Streaming on Netflix on August 1.

The Nut Job 

Chances have you probably missed this animated caper when it was in theaters in theaters in 2014. And in terms of animated movies new to Netflix for the younger kids, this one is your best bet. If anything, the fact that it has a pun for a title should make anyone who makes bad jokes to their kids really happy.

Rated: G

Streaming on Netflix on August 13