You may remember these family-friendly fantasy adventure movies from your own youth. Each is highly rated and ready to take its place among your kids’ favorites. Descriptions are from IMDB.
The Dark Crystal (PG, 4.5/5 stars, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to buy in SD / $12.99 in HD)
Another planet, another time. 1000 years ago the mysterious Dark Crystal was damaged by one of the Urskeks and an age of chaos has began!
The evil race of grotesque birdlike lizards the Skeksis, gnomish dragons who rule their fantastic planet with an iron claw.
Meanwhile the orphan Jen, raised in solitude by a race of the peace-loving wizards called the Mystics, embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of the Dark Crystal which gives the Skesis their power and restore the balance of the universe. – Written by Anthony Pereyra
Krull (PG, 4/5 stars, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $7.99 to buy in SD / $12.99 in HD)
The planet Krull has been invaded by the evil monster The Beast and his army The Slayers, two rival kingdoms have formed a alliance against The Beast and The Slayers, as Prince Colwyn, the son of King Turlord marries Princess Lyssa, daughter of King Eirig, where Prince Colwyn and Princess Lyssa’s marriage will unite the two kingdoms and both Colwyn and Lyssa will rule the lands of Krull. But during the wedding, The Slayers attack and Lyssa is kidnapped…
Armed with a powerful weapon “The Glave” a disc with five blades, Colwyn and his companions set off in search of The Black Fortress which changes location every sunrise, where Colwyn vows to rescue Lyssa and defeat The Beast and The Slayers. – Written by Daniel Williamson
Legend (PG, 4/5 stars, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to buy in SD / $12.99 in HD)
A magical adventure which features elves, demons and other mythical creatures.
Darkness, the personification of evil, plans to disperse eternal night in the land where this story takes place, by killing every unicorn in the world.
Although he looks unbeatable, Jack and his friends are disposed to do everything to save the world and princess Lili (who Darkness intends to make his wife) from the hands of this evil monster. – Written by Chris Makrozahopoulos
Ladyhawke (PG, 4/5 stars, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD, $6.99 to buy in SD / $9.99 to buy in SD)
Philipe Gastone, a thief, escapes from the dungeon at Aquila, sparking a manhunt. He is nearly captured when Captain Navarre befriends him. Navarre has been hunted by the Bishop’s men for two years, ever since he escaped with the Lady Isabeau who the Bishop has lusted after.
Navarre and Isabeau have a curse that the Bishop has placed on them that causes Navarre to be a wolf during the night and Isabeau to be a hawk during the day.
Navarre insists that Philipe help him re-enter the city to help him kill the heavily guarded Bishop. – Written by John Vogel
The Golden Child (PG-13, 4/5 stars, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to buy in SD / $13.99 in HD)
In an unknown location in Tibet, a young boy with mystical abilities, the Golden Child, receives badges of honor and demonstrates his power by reviving a dead bird, which is to become a constant companion.
However, a band of villains led by a mysterious man breaks into the hidden temple, slaughters the monks and takes the boy away. Some time afterwards, a young woman named Kee Nang watches a Los Angeles TV show in which Chandler Jarrell, a social worker who is confronted by a young Asian woman who tells him that he is the Chosen One destined to save The Golden Child, the savior of all mankind, from the clutches of the evil demon Sardo Numspa, who won’t rest until he sees to it that the boy is in his clutches.
But Jarrell disbelieves the mysticism but he finds more and more evidence of demon worship as he starts investigating. – Written by Anthony Pereyra
The Neverending Story (PG, 4.5/5 stars, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $6.99 to buy in SD / $7.99 in HD, currently FREE for Prime members to view)
Bastian is having a hard time recovering from his mother’s death when he stumbles into a bookstore and learns of a book that’s “not safe”. Unable to resist such a temptation, he borrows the book and begins to read about the land of Fantasia, the land of human fantasy.
The land is being consumed by the Nothingness, and the Empress is dying. A warrior named Atreyu is chosen to save Fantasia from the Nothingness. As Bastian reads the adventures, he is drawn into the story, identifying with Atreyu.
Soon, however, he learns what the storekeeper meant about the book when he finds that the characters in the book seem to be aware of him, as well. All seems hopeless as the Nothingness is consuming Fantasia. Can Atreyu save them? Can Bastian? – Written by Dale M White
Labyrinth (PG, 4.5/5 stars, closed captions available, currently priced at $2.99 to rent in SD / $3.99 in HD, $9.99 to buy in SD / $12.99 in HD)
Young Sarah is left home alone by her parents and she has to babysit her little brother Toby.
But the baby keeps crying and Sarah, while telling him a story to make him sleep, inadvertently conjures from a fantasy world the Goblin King who steals the child and brings him to his castle in the middle of a labyrinth.
Sarah has to rescue him before midnight, or the baby will became a goblin… – Written by Flavio Rizzardi