It’s not a surprise that
unicorns are a favorite among children. Mystical and magical, unicorns represent a fairytale world that can still seem like a realistic possibility to many young kids. Unicorns are full of mystery, and they’re also fun, cute, and exciting. If your little one is completely obsessed, an easy way for them to get their fix is to watch TV shows and movies for kids who like unicorns. And if you’ve found yourself watching the same unicorn shows or movies over and over (and over and over and over) again, it’s time to switch it up.
The great thing about the many unicorn movie and show options out there is that they can range in age and complexity. There are
gentle animated series about unicorns that even little ones will be entertained by, and there are also some movies made about the fantasy creature that older kids and the whole family will be interested in as well. After all, it’s fun to watch films about unicorns, even when you know they’re not real.
Finding something new to watch can sometimes require a little digging through various streaming platforms. From unicorn cartoons to live-action films, these TV shows and movies about unicorns are sure to keep them occupied — for a little while, at least.
1 Wish Upon A Unicorn
This movie is perfect for middle school kids who still want to hold onto the hope that unicorns are actually real. In the film, two sisters move to their grandmother’s farm and discover a baby unicorn named Rocco. As the sisters try to save Rocco, they also have to convince everyone that they’re not making him up. Exciting and adorable, this is a great rainy day watch.
Watch Wish Upon A Unicorn, rated PG, on Netflix. 2 The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn
In the fairy world of Bayala, a magical country where fairies have been living in harmony with nature for centuries, something is wrong. The evil fairy queen steals the precious dragon eggs, putting Bayala and its inhabitants in danger. Only twin sisters Surah and Sera can save the country with the help of their friends (which includes a unicorn).
Watch The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn, rated G, on Hulu. 3 Princess Lillifee and the Little Unicorn WunderWerk and Caligari Films
This German animated film takes place in the fictional land of Pinkovia, where Princess Lillifee is enjoying a fun summer. But one night, a unicorn named Rosalie appears in the princess’ dream and asks her to help her find her baby Lucy. When Princess Lillifee wakes up, baby Lucy is sitting on her bed, and the princess is then on a mission to find Rosalie. This one is exciting and unique.
Watch Princess Lillifee and the Little Unicorn, rated 13+, on Amazon Prime. 4 Mia and Me
Looking for a television show that your child can look forward to watching? The series, which currently has three seasons, is about a 12-year-old girl named Mia who is given a book and bracelet that transport her to Centopia, a magical storybook world. In Centopia, Mia is a flying elf who has the ability to talk to unicorns, and she is told she has to save the unicorns from the evil queen. Her elven warrior friends help her as they struggle to keep the unicorns safe.
Watch Mia and Me, rated G, on MiaandMe.org. 5 Barbie Dreamtopia
The TV series
Barbie Dreamtopia is perfect for younger kids who love to watch anything about fantasy worlds. In the show, Barbie and her sister Chelsea visit the land of Dreamtopia, where they do everything from meet unicorns to transform into mermaids. While the show isn’t entirely about unicorns, the mystical creatures do make appearances in almost every episode. Watch Barbie Dreamtopia, rated TV-Y, on Amazon Prime. 6 The Last Unicorn The Last Unicorn is a bit of a throwback — it was made in 1982. That doesn’t take away from how fun it is to watch, even if the animation looks a bit old. In the movie, King Haggard wants to destroy all of the unicorns in the world. When one unicorn figures out she’s in danger, she gets the help of sorcerer Schmendrick and embarks on a long journey to defeat Haggard and save the unicorns from extinction. Watch The Last Unicorn, rated G, on Amazon Prime. 7 My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Another long series that kids can really sink their teeth into is
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. It’s a revamped version of My Little Pony that little kids and even preteens will find fun to watch. In the series, Princess Celestia sends her star pupil, Twilight Sparkle, to Ponyville. There, she meets five new friends, and the show follows their adventures together. Watch My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, rated PG, on Netflix. 8 Nico the Unicorn Kingsboro Greenlight Pictures
Another oldie but goodie,
Nico the Unicorn was made in 1998 and is based on a book by the same name. In the film, a boy named Billy gets in an accident that injures his leg, and he ends up visiting Starlight Circus. It’s there that he meets and buys a pony... who ends up giving birth to a unicorn named Nico. When the pony gets killed by a mountain lion, Billy is in charge of protecting Nico. Watch Nico the Unicorn, rated NR, on Amazon Prime. 9 Unikitty! The Lego Group/Warner Bros
Fun to watch and full of colorful animation, this Cartoon Network series is all about Unikitty, a unicorn and kitty hybrid who is the ruler of a magic kingdom. Unikitty has made it her life’s mission to make sure everyone in her kingdom is happy and to get rid of any negativity. The show follows Unikitty and her friends in their mission.
Watch Unikitty!, rated 6+, on Cartoon Network or Hulu. 10 The Little Unicorn Peakviewing Transatlantic PLC
Every kid who has ever wished for a unicorn will appreciate this movie. This modern-day fairy tale is about a girl named Polly who lives with her grandfather. When her favorite horse dies, a baby unicorn is also magically born on the farm. As villagers realize that Polly and her grandfather have a baby unicorn, they plot to try and steal her, and Polly has to keep her safe.
Watch The Little Unicorn, rated PG, on Amazon Prime. 11 Nella the Princess Knight Brown Bag Films/Nickelodeon
This adorable Nickelodeon Jr. series is all about Nella, a princess-knight who is a unique hero. Nella works with her loyal knight Sir Garrett, his trusty horse Clod, and her unicorn Trinket to fight for justice and go on adventures. Nella stays true to herself no matter what, and the show is meant to help foster relationship development and empower preschoolers to be courageous.
Watch Nella the Princess Knight, rated TV-Y, on Paramount+. 12 How to Catch a Unicorn
If you’ve ever read the
How To Catch A... book series and your kids were fans (my daughter is obsessed with every single one we’ve read), then it may be worth putting on How to Catch a Unicorn. The short animated film is based on the book, and is all about the crazy traps kids set trying to catch a mystical and elusive unicorn. Watch How to Catch a Unicorn, rated G, on Vimeo On Demand. 13 Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus
OK, so to be fair,
Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus is actually about a magical winged horse and not a unicorn. But, when you think about it, aren’t they kind of the same thing? Plus, this is a good way to introduce your child to another magical creature. In the film, Barbie stars as Annika, who teams up with the winged horse Brietta to break an evil wizard’s spell in Cloud Kingdom. Watch Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus, rated ALL, on Amazon Prime. 14 Hatchimal: Adventures in Hatchtopia
In this extremely adorable series, the Hatchimals — Cheetree, Penguala, Draggle, Puppit — and their new friends explore Hatchtopia, where they solve mysteries, learn life lessons, and have exciting adventures. Some of the little Hatchimals are unicorn hybrids, like Owlicorn and Mer-Unikeet, and your kids will get so excited when they show up on screen. There are also tons of Hatchimals toys out there, which makes this interactive and even more fun.
Watch Hatchimal: Adventures in Hatchtopia, rated G, on Netflix. 15 Fantasia 2000
There’s a pretty good chance that kids who like unicorns like all sorts of fantasy creatures and worlds. And if they don’t, there’s nothing wrong with introducing them to new ones. Fantasia 2000 is an updated version of the classic, which features several music selections with corresponding videos, as well as commentary from celebrities. Dazzling and even fun for you to watch, this one features some unicorns as well.
Watch Fantasia 2000, rated G, on Disney+. 16 Toy Story 3
Pixar’s movies are always a great pick for kids, but Toy Story 3 is especially great for unicorn fans. This is the film where viewers meet Buttercup, a stuffed unicorn first seen in Bonnie’s room and then later at daycare. While Buttercup doesn’t have a big role in the film, he’s still fun to spot — and the rest of the movie is great as well. It’s about Andy getting ready to leave for college and putting his toys away in the attic, only to have them sent to day care, where they do everything to escape. Watch Toy Story 3, rated G, on Disney+. 17 Despicable Me 3
You also really can’t go wrong with
the , especially the third one. In every film, Agnes carries around a plush unicorn she absolutely adores, and in the third film, she ends up getting sold and so has a slightly bigger story line. The film is about Gru retiring, while the reunited siblings have to work together to take down the elusive Balthazar Bratt, a child star seeking his revenge. Despicable Me film series Watch Despicable Me 3, rated PG, on FXNOW. 18 The Shonku Diaries: A Unicorn Adventure
In this animated film, two young adventurers Mo and Melody get the help of their father’s friend Professor Shonku to find their father, who went missing while he was searching for a unicorn. While searching for him, they encounter lots of adventure and interesting clues.
Watch The Shonku Diaries: A Unicorn Adventure, rated ALL, on Amazon Prime. 19 Ella Enchanted Blessington Film Productions
Adapted from the book of the same name,
Ella Enchanted is a comedy, fantasy, adventure, and musical all at the same time. Starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy, this movie is a great choice for you kids who love all things fantasy. It follows as Ella (Hathaway) embarks on an adventure to break a curse that was put on her as a child. And yes, there is lots of talk of unicorns in this film. Watch Ella Enchanted, rated PG, on HBO Max. 20 My Little Pony: The Movie
With all of your kid’s favorites from the
My Little Pony franchise — Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Rarity — the Mane 6 squad embarks on an epic journey to save Ponyville from a dark force. They meet new friends and face exciting challenges as they travel beyond Equestria to defeat the evil Storm King and his unicorn sidekick. Though it might fly over the head of your little one, this movie also has a cast of big Hollywood names, including Emily Blunt, Kristin Chenoweth, and Liev Schreiber. Watch My Little Pony: The Movie, rated PG, on Amazon Prime. 21 Go Away, Unicorn!
Unlike most girls her age, Alice Tsukino isn't interested in glitter, rainbows, and — you guessed it — unicorns. In this fun and comedic animated series, Alice and an energetic unicorn explore their differences to realize that sometimes friendships are formed between different people — or, in this case, animals.
Watch Go Away, Unicorn!, rated TV-Y, on Amazon Prime.
No matter your child’s age or attention span, there’s a unicorn show or movie out there they’re bound to love — just don’t expect the unicorn fervor to slow down anytime soon.
This article was originally published on
Aug. 2, 2021