Kids movies that inspire travel (Part 2)

So, we finished Part 1 with Madeline. What do you think? Was your favourite listed? Or maybe it’s here in Part 2 of Kids movies that inspire travel…

My Neighbour Totoro (1988): A Japanese animated film about two young sisters whom move to the countryside and their interactions with magical creatures in the nearby forest. My Neighbour Totoro is in Japanese, however was re-released in 2006 in English.


Parent Trap (1998): The Lindsay Lohan remake about two girls (one from California, the other from London) who discover they are twins and decide to switch places to get to know their other parent.


Ratatouille (2007): An animated movie by Pixar about a rat named Remy whom dreams of becoming a chef in a restaurant in Paris. He has to fight the disapproval or his family, and the prejudice of humans.


Rio (2011 – ): A domesticated macaw named Blu journeys to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to meet Jewel, a beautiful female macaw. In 2014, Rio 2 follows Blu and Jewel’s adventures in the Amazon.


Sisterhood of Travelling Pants (2005 & 2008): Based on young adult book series by Ann Brashares; from South Carolina, USA to Mexico to Greece, four girlfriends share a pair of second-hand jeans (that fits all of their bodies perfectly!) and write letters to stay connected when their lives start going in different directions.


Spirited Away (2001): An Japanese animated film about Chihiro, a young girl, whom moves to the countryside with her parents. After taking a wrong turn, they end up in a magical world. In 2002, Spirited Away was re-released in English. It became the highest-grossing film in Japanese history (surpassing Titanic).


The Adventures of Tintin (1991 – 1992): Based on a series of comic albums by cartoonist Georges Remi, this animated television series follows reporter named Tintin. Together with his dog, Snowy, the show chronicles their adventures around the world. The Adventures of Tintin became a feature-length film in 2011, and second one will be released in 2016.


The Karate Kid (2010): A new take on the 1980s Karate Kid movies, Dre and his mother move to Beijing, China when his mother received a work promotion. After a rough start, Dre learns kung fu from Mr. Han (played by the great Jackie Chan). Fantastic shots of the Great Wall of China!

If you want to check out the originals:

The Karate Kid (1984)
The Karate Kid, Part II (1986) – Daniel and Mr Miyagi travel to Okinawa
The Karate Kid, Part III (1989)
The Next Karate Kid (1994) – revamped with Hilary Swank


The Lion King (1994): Set in the pride lands of Africa, a young lion prince, Simba, is cast out of his pride by his uncle who claims Simba killed his father. There are variety of sequels and spin offs, and even a live musical.


Up (2009): An animated film about a man named Carl who tries to fly his home to South America to avoid going to a nursing home. Without realising, a young boy scout also comes along for the adventure.


Where on earth is Carmen Sandiego? (1994-1999): Based on computer games, this animated television series follows a world-famous thief, Carmen Sandiego, where it’s up to teen detectives, Zack and Ivy, to stop here. Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? was a television game show where contestants had to answer questions about geography. It ran from 1991-1996.


Wild America (1997): Based on a true story about the three Stouffer brothers who spend their 1960s summer filming wildlife in America. Watch out for Jonathan Taylor Thomas; pretty sure, every girl has a celebrity crush on him back in the day. (Hmm, am I showing my age? Haha)


Have we missed any of your childhood favourites or one that your kids leave on repeat? Since we’re native-English speakers, I’d love for someone to share with us ones that are in another language. Let us know if there’s any films or television shows we missed out! If you haven’t read Part 1, you can read it here.


Happy watching,
Bag Most Travelled


Disclaimer: For parents – these films and television shows are for a variety of age groups and will contain material that isn’t strictly travel-related. Please check the ratings and viewing recommendations for content that might not be suitable for your child’s age and development. Sorry, we can’t be held responsible, if your child picks up a swear word 🙂