Watch these Empowering Movies for Kids!

Empower your kids through the power of cinema!

Watching movies with your kids is, of course, some great entertainment and downtime! However, it also is a great opportunity to teach some valuable lessons and promote extremely positive values.

We absolutely love Disney, but their most notable and classic characters aren’t the type of role models we are looking for our kids to have in 2019. Choosing empowering movies for kids instead of your old school kid-friendly classics can really ensure we are advancing our children, and encouraging them to live a more positive and empowered life!

With that being said, Disney along with a number of other movie-making-empires have created some truly empowering movies for kids with characters that are sure to educate and inspire your children!

Here is a list of our Social Stepmom approved empowering movies for kids that we cannot get enough of (we might have gotten enough of Frozen but we have let it go- see what we did there?)

Happy Feet

In the cold land of Antarctica, the Emperor Penguins each express their true love with a special heartsong of their own that expresses their very being. However, the misfit Mumble cannot sing, but instead has an extraordinary talent to tap dance with almost magical energy and expression.

Nevertheless, the deeply conformist leadership of the colony fearfully blames the young penguin's unorthodox ways for the lean fishing that threatens them all. Defiant in the face of unjust rejection, Mumble and his true friends set out to find the true cause of the famine.

Through the motley crew's trials and perils, Mumble learns many things about his frozen world, not the least of which being that his toe tapping talent may be what he needs to save his people.

Why we love it!

Mumble is a great example of pursuing your talents and passions, despite what anyone thinks! Also, the messaging about the environment is so crucial in the planet’s state today-- it’s never too early to teach kids about the effects of pollution for the environment as well as wildlife. 


Twelve-year-old Ted lives in a place virtually devoid of nature; no flowers or trees grow in the town of Thneedville.

Ted would very much like to win the heart of Audrey, the girl of his dreams, but to do this, he must find that which she most desires: a Truffula tree.

To get it, Ted delves into the story of the Lorax, once the gruff guardian of the forest, and the Once-ler, who let greed overtake his respect for nature.

Why we love it!

This is another film that highlights the consequences of greed and lack of respect for the environment, all painted in a kid-friendly picture!

Our kids are inheriting the world and the state that's it’s in as a result of the way it was treated by generations prior.

This sweet and adorable film is a great education for children in the realm of being environmentally conscious.

Inside Out

Riley is a happy, hockey-loving 11-year-old Midwestern girl, but her world turns upside-down when she and her parents move to San Francisco.

Riley's emotions -- led by Joy-- try to guide her through this difficult, life-changing event. However, the stress of the move brings Sadness to the forefront. When Joy and Sadness are inadvertently swept into the far reaches of Riley's mind, the only emotions left in Headquarters are Anger, Fear and Disgust.

Why we love it

This film not only empowers children but also teaches them about their emotions.

We put such a heavy emphasis on being happy which can actually be quite damaging as kids aren't taught how to handle the wide range of emotions they feel. Inside Out proves that acknowledging sadness is just as important every other emotion.

We love that this movie helps kids to understand how important it is to be in touch with themselves and their emotions!

The Little Prince

The Aviator introduces a girl to a world where she rediscovers her childhood and learns that it's human connections that matter most and that it is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

Why we love it!

Le petit prince, ‘The Little Prince’, is one of the most-read and most translated books in the world!

This film adaptation actually does the book justice and is a great watch, especially if Le Petit Prince was a book in their life or a piece of your childhood you want to share!




An adventurous teenager sails out on a daring mission to save her people.

During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds.

Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

Why we love it!

Moana embarks on her own journey and becomes her own hero! We love the message that kids don’t have to wait for their hero or ‘prince charming’, they can be that person!


Merida, the impetuous but courageous daughter of Scottish King Fergus and Queen Elinor, is a skilled archer who wants to carve out her own path in life.

Her defiance of an age-old tradition angers the Highland lords and leads to chaos in the kingdom. Merida seeks help from an eccentric witch, who grants her an ill-fated wish.

Now, Merida must discover the true meaning of courage and undo a beastly curse before it's too late.

Why we love it!

This movie is a great mother-daughter story and teaches kids that they are in control of their future. If they think something isn’t right, Brave teaches them to stand up for those beliefs!


When their kingdom becomes trapped in perpetual winter, fearless Anna joins forces with mountaineer Kristoff and his reindeer sidekick to find Anna's sister, Snow Queen Elsa, and break her icy spell.

Their epic journey leads them to encounters with mystical trolls, a comedic snowman, harsh conditions, and magic at every turn. Despite this, Anna and Kristoff bravely push onward in a race to save their kingdom from winter's cold grip.

Why we love it!

The heroine’s of this movie are strong, independent females, that don’t rely on men for saving. Not only that, but this movie drives home a strong message of family love and a sacred sibling bond which is a great message if you have a few kiddos in your home that have difficulty getting along!

The Jungle Book

Raised by a family of wolves since birth, Mowgli must leave the only home he's ever known when the fearsome tiger Shere Khan unleashes his mighty roar.

Guided by a no-nonsense panther and a free-spirited bear, the young boy meets an array of jungle animals, including a slithery python and a smooth-talking ape.

Along the way, Mowgli learns valuable life lessons as his epic journey of self-discovery leads to fun and adventure.

Why we love it!

Mowgli’s story is one of resilience!

We love the different family dynamic, and that Mowgli doesn’t dwell on being an orphan.

He has his jungle family and is more focused on loving them and the jungle he lives in!

The Boy Who Learned to Fly

Based on true events from Usain Bolt’s life, The Boy Who Learned To Fly is an animated short film showcasing his unique story and what drives him as an elite athlete.

From humble beginnings in a Jamaican schoolyard to his ascendance on the world stage, Bolt finds a way to fly past the pressure.

By keeping it light and overcoming the weight of fame he finds the joy of running, fulfilling his destiny as the fastest man alive.

Why we love it!

Very rarely do kids get to see how their role models get to where they are.

This short and cute film shows the hard work and determination of a world record holder that will not only give your kids a new appreciation for the athletes they love, but show them that even the stars they look up to are human and go through the struggles they too might be feeling in the activities they love.


Fearful that her ailing father will be drafted into the Chinese military, Mulan takes his spot -- though, as a girl living under a patriarchal regime, she is technically unqualified to serve.

She cleverly impersonates a man and goes off to train with fellow recruits.

Accompanied by her dragon, Mushu, she uses her smarts to help ward off a Hun invasion, falling in love with a dashing captain along the way.

Why we love it!

The original feminist Disney film, the movie shows that men and women can do the same things and teaches young girls that ‘no’ cannot stop you!

While we are craving some more positive role models for kids that don’t show the only way to succeed is to have to beat an unfair system-- this movie’s feminist and equality values still are enough to make our list!