12 Shark Movies for Kids and Families


If your child is fascinated by sharks here are some kid-friendly movies and shows that feature the ocean’s most fearsome predators. From animated movies with shark characters to fascinating and educational shark documentaries, you can find shark fare for kids of varying ages and interests. Animated movies are listed first, followed by the documentaries. You could also use one of these movies to complement a shark-themed party.


“Fish are friends, not food!” In one of the best-animated shark scenes ever, the sharks in Finding Nemo have formed a support group to curb their appetite for fish, but you should never trust a shark on a diet! The three main character sharks in this classic scene in the movie are Bruce, the intimidating great white; Anchor, the hammerhead; and Chum, the mako shark. The best thing about these sharks?—their adorable Aussie accents. (Rated G)

The “Predator Power” DVD from features the episode “Stuck on Sharks,” which uses animation and a little live action to teach kids about sharks in a fun and exciting way. Perfect for kids ages 4-8, Wild Kratts airs on PBS KIDS GO! and follows the adventures of two brothers who love to study animals and explore animal habitats up-close and personal. The DVD contains three additional episodes of the show which feature other predators like cheetahs, wolves, and raptors.

In this funny fish tale, a small fish named Oscar (voiced by Will Smith) takes the credit for walloping a shark and becomes known as “Sharkslayer.” But, Oscar’s lie soon gets him caught in a net of deceit as he tries to maintain his celebrity status, get the right girl and avoid being caught by an angry mob boss who is a great white (Robert De Niro). Shark Tale is rated PG, for some mild language and crude humor, and the language and innuendo make the movie less suited for very young children, despite the colorful animation and comedic characters.

Jabberjaw, a 15-foot great white shark who talks like Curly of the Three Stooges, stars in this futuristic blast from the past. The 4-disc set contains the complete 16-episode Hanna Barbera series which aired in the ’70s. On the show, Jabberjaw may be a star, but he gets no respect. In the underwater cities where people live, great whites are none too welcome. But Jabberjaw does know how to rock, and along with the teens in his band, he does also a bit of crime-fighting on the side. The show is an old-school cartoon that will likely interest kids about ages 8 and up.

From Disneynature, Oceans is a documentary that is geared toward families. Many unique and beautiful ocean animals are featured in the film, including sharks. Other family-friendly ocean documentaries that feature sharks are highlighted in our list of ocean-themed movies for kids. Also see the amazing Blue Planet series, which features a myriad of ocean animals, including different species of sharks, and delves deep into the ocean habitat. The series is available on DVD and digital download.

Some shark documentaries steer farther from the facts and information about different species and more toward a conservation message. Pictured here, It’s Your Ocean: Sharks is a family-friendly documentary about three amazing artists who depict sharks through art and photography, and who are on a mission to save sharks as well. The documentary is interesting and heartfelt, and though young kids will not likely sit through it, older shark enthusiasts will enjoy the art and be moved by the call to action.
Alternatively, the documentary Sharkwater gives a suspenseful, fascinating and devastating look at sharks and would be a great resource for a research paper. The movie follows shark enthusiast Rob Stewart as he swims with sharks, and even more dangerous, as he goes up against illegal shark finning in an undercover sting operation if Costa Rica. The film is a bit melodramatic, but the message is strong: sharks are in danger, and we should be more afraid of losing them than being bitten by one. The movie is pretty hardcore in a couple of spots, and young kids may be disturbed by images of poachers cutting off shark fins. Sharkwater is rated PG, for images of animal cruelty, thematic elements, language, and some smoking.

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