10 family movies (and 9 Pixar shorts) to get you through the school holidays

We've picked out the most bearable animated movies and shorts you can stream over the school holidays.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and carers, the school holidays are now halfway through. Your kids are going absolutely insane at the thought of going back to school. There's only so many times you can listen to "Let It Go" or "Everything is Awesome" before absolutely losing your cool.

To tide you (and them) over, we've rounded up the most bearable kids and family movies available to stream on Presto. Take a look below at what's on offer.


1. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Someone has stolen the a magical book that contains the coveted Krabby Patty recipe. Now, Spongebob, Patrick, Sandy, and Squidward must team up with the nefarious Plankton to get it back. Their adventure takes them to dry land (the real world) where they search for the villainous Burger-Beard.

      • Voices of: Tom Kenny, Antonio Banderas (in real life),  Clancy Brown and Matt Berry
      • Available on: Presto

2. Shaun the Sheep

From Aardman animations, the claymation geniuses behind Wallace and Gromit, Shaun the Sheep follows the furry residents of Mossy Bottom Farm on an epic journey to get out of work. They achieve this by putting their master to sleep, but chaos ensues when the farmer finds himself in New York City with no recollection of who or where he is. It's a testament to laziness and an entertaining romp for young and old.

      • Voices of: John Sparkles, Justin Fletcher, and Richard Webber
      • Available on: Presto 


3. The Boxtrolls

Another under-appreciated stop-motion movie, The Boxtrolls is the tale of a community of subterranean trolls who are blamed for kidnapping and killing young children. This is, course, a fabrication as the Boxtrolls (named for their choice of attire) are a genuinely peaceful lot who come out at night to rummage through the trash for bits and pieces to make inventions with.

      • Voices of: Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Bran Stark), Elle Fanning, Ben Kingsley and Simon Pegg
      • Available on: Presto

4. Ratatouille

Remy is a rat with super-sensitive taste and smell has lofty dreams of following in the shoes of his idol, famed chef Augustus Gusteau. After a series of tumultuous events separate Remy from his family, he chances upon Gusteau's restaurant (now run by a new, somewhat villainous chef). With the help of a new friend, Remy is given an opportunity to put his culinary skills to use.

      • Cast: Patton Oswalt, Ian Holm, Janeane Garofalo and Peter O'Toole
      • Available on:  Presto


5. The Incredibles

The Incredibles is the one Pixar that absolutely begs for a sequel (and we're finally getting that sequel in 2019). The Incredibles is the story of a super-powered family trying to live a normal life. However, when duty calls and a new villain arises, Mr Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack are called upon to save the day once again.

  • Cast: Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson
  • Available on:   Presto

6. Finding Nemo

This fishy tale about a lost little clown fish won over hearts back in 2003 and the nautical journey still holds up. When an over-protective clownfish loses his only child, he enlists the help of a forgetful Dory fish to... well, spoiler alert, find Nemo. Meanwhile lost at sea, Nemo meets a menagerie of sea creatures who help him along the way.

      • Cast: Albert Brooks, Ellen DeGeneres and Willem Dafoe
      • Available on: Presto

7. Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F

ICYMI, Dragon Ball has been making a huge comeback over the last few years. Though the much hyped Dragon Ball Super is yet to get an English dub, a movie released last year is bringing back one of the series' most popular villains, Frieza.  Set years after the events of the Majin Buu saga, Frieza (who has spent years plotting in purgatory) is resurrected by a loyal follower with access to the dragon balls. With a huge army in tow, Frieza sets out to take revenge on Son Goku and the Z fighters.

      • Cast: Sean Schemmel and Christopher Sabat
      • Available on: Presto

8. We're Back

Released back in 1993 as the kid-friendly answer to Jurassic Park, We're Back is an odd animated movie about an intelligent squad of Cretaceous creatures living in modern day New York. Does We're back hold up in 2016? As an adult, you will guffaw at the insane plot of an alien (voiced by Jay Leno) feeding dinosaurs an intelligence-enhancing cereal, but children will eat it up. It's the perfect alternative if you're children are just too young to watch people terrorised by pteranodons in Jurassic World.

      • Cast: John Goodman, Jay Leno and Julia Child
      • Available on: Presto

9. The Jungle Book

Reviews of the recent live-action remake of The Jungle Book have indicated it might be a bit too dark for the younglings. Why not settle for the classic Disney version? We all know the story (and the songs) back to front, but here's a little refresher. When an orphaned boy raised by wolves is endangered by the predatory tiger, Shere Khan, he sets off an adventure for the human village. Helped along by Bagheera the black panther and Baloo the laid-back bear, Mowgli is determined to continue living in the jungle.

      • Cast: Phil Harris, Sebastian Cabot and Louis Prima
      • Available on: Presto

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10. Labyrinth

Do you really need any other reason to revisit Labyrinth other than Bowie's iconic Goblin King? Do you? Who do? You do? No. If you never had the pleasure of checking out this masterpiece by Jim Henson, then catch it these school holidays. When a young girl flippantly wishes her infant brother be taken by the mythical Goblin King, her wish is granted. She is transported to the Goblin King's kingdom, where she must solve a labyrinth before her baby brother is transformed into a goblin. School your kids with some of the most fascinating puppetry and practical effects to grace the screen.

      • Cast: David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly
      • Available on: Presto

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