7 Bilingual Kid Movies on Netflix [Holiday Edition]

BilingualKidMoviesAs the temperatures dip, kids are out of school, and colds rear their sniffling heads, your TV may be on a little bit more. At least in our house it is!

One way I rationalize extra screen time is finding ways to make it educational. We’re big fans of PBS shows that promote literacy, science, and social skills. And since bilingualism is a really important part of our family, I am also always keeping an eye out for ways to incorporate more Spanish. TV can be a perfect way to boost my kids’ exposure to their second language.

We utilize Netflix a great deal, and they do offer bilingual shows. Sadly, I have not found a simple way to search for Spanish cartoons on Netflix. Even when I changed my daughter’s profile to Spanish, this only affected the menus, not viewing suggestions. Therefore, I have done a little research and compiled my own list to share.

With the holiday season upon us, I thought I’d share seven holiday movies on Netflix that your kids can watch in Spanish. Grab a cup of hot chocolate, snuggle under a blanket, and enjoy!

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

Our favorite Pooh Bear rocks the Spanish in this holiday special focused on a New Year’s party that Pooh helps Rabbit plan.

Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas

This is a collection of three short stories that make up the 65 minute movie. You can choose audio and/or subtitles in English or Spanish.

Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas

We’ve enjoyed good bilingual luck with Netflix’s Mickey options in general. For a bonus, you can also find Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mickey Mouse.

Kung Fu Panda: Holiday

It’s a fun, multicultural fusion experience to watch Kung Fu Panda in Spanish. This is a shorter film at just 26 minutes.

The Muppet Christmas Carol

If you prefer puppets to cartoons, you can enjoy this classic movie. I’m not sure how you get a puppet to roll his R’s, but Kermit has me beat!

The Search for Santa Paws

You can’t go wrong with cute, Spanish-speaking puppies during the holidays. This movie (and the sequel) are both available on Netflix.

Ernest Saves Christmas

Have older kids? Ernest Saves Christmas might be just what you’re looking for! Enjoy a fun family. Laughter transcends all languages!

I hope this list helps you if you’re looking for Spanish options on Netflix this holiday season. To change the language, you can just select “Audio & Subtitles” on the menu for the show you choose. On some systems, this is represented with an icon of a speech bubble. Then, you can click on the language you prefer.

Happy holiday movie watching! What bilingual movies on Netflix have you found to watch with your children?

SarahQuezada copySarah Quezada lives in Atlanta, Georgia in a talkative, Spanglish household with her Guatemalan husband and two amusing kiddos. She is a writer and blogs about multicultural life, culture, and immigration at A Life with Subtitles. Sarah is a big fan of travel, marketing, blogging, and the beach. You can connect with her on Twitter or Facebook!

 

 

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Sarah Quezada is a writer living in a talkative, Spanglish household in Atlanta. She has a master’s in sociology and writes regularly about faith, justice, and culture at sarahquezada.com. She is the author of Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World (Herald Press, 2018).

6 thoughts on “7 Bilingual Kid Movies on Netflix [Holiday Edition]”

  1. WHAT!?!?!? THere are SPanish movies on NETFLIX for KIDS!?!!? 🙂 How did I not know this???? I don’t understand how you get them to play in Spanish!? We have seen these very movies in English on netflix- but how do you get them to play in Spanish?

    1. Hi Becky! The specifics vary a little bit based on which system you use to access Netflix (online, Roku, FireStick, etc.). But you first select the specific show, and then look for the “Audio & Subtitles” menu. On one of our systems, that’s listed under the “Play Movie,” “Resume Playing”, etc. menu. Online there’s a speech bubble icon I have to click after the movie has already started. Then it gives choices for which language you want your audio or subtitles to be in. Does that make sense? I hope you all enjoy watching these in Espanol! 🙂

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