The 11 Most Bingeable Family Movies and TV Shows This May
We’ve got Academy Award winners, additions to popular Disney franchises, and two dark superhero stories. What’s on your family’s watchlist this month?
Graham Steinberg · about 2 months ago
It’s that time of the month again! With film and tv production back at nearly full force and the Academy Awards giving us all those movies we never actually watched that now WE HAVE TO WATCH, we thought we’d help you find some good movies and shows for the whole family. Here are CAMP’s picks for what you all should watch in May.
1. “My Octopus Teacher” (Netflix)
Coming on the heels of an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, My Octopus Teacher is one of the winners to enjoy with the whole family. This movie is about the relationship between a man and a single octopus he meets in the South African kelp forest. Even though this is about an octopus, she has more character than many humans we see on screen. It is delightful and perfectly captures the awe-inspiring intelligence of these underappreciated creatures.
2. “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” (Disney+)
Returning to the animated aftermath of the popular Clone Wars series, this series is based on the famous mercenary team from the original run. Dave Filoni, who has sort of become a second-coming of George Lucas after showing off his Star Wars knowledge with The Mandalorian, is back in the driver's seat. You know this one will be one of those “can’t wait to watch the next one” shows.
3. “Cruella” (Disney+)
Walt Disney Pictures
Disney is putting out its answer to Harley Quinn and Joker. But it’s not part of the MCU. Instead, they are bringing back the ultimate supervillain Cruella de Vil in this gritty reimagining of the 101 Dalmatians story. Emma Stone brings all of her talents to this character piece, and it looks like it will be a blast and definitely will have a more unique story than some of the other recent live-action reboots.
4. “Soul” (Disney+)
Pixar Animation Studios
We had just started this column after Soul was released but would have included it when it premiered. Soul was one of my favorites last year, and I am thrilled that it won not one BUT TWO Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score (one of only a handful of animated films ever to do so). The film feels different than any other Pixar movie I have seen, and I guarantee you’ll be just as choked up as your kids by the end.
5. "Over the Moon” (Netflix)
This dazzling animated musical spectacle follows 13-year-old Fei Fei as she gets wrapped up in the ancient love story of the Moon Goddess Chang’e. It was nominated for Best Animated Feature, and it’s not surprising why. The imagery is stunning, and the all-star voice cast includes Hamilton’s Phillipa Soo, Ken Jeong, and Sandra Oh. An excellent experience that will help your children learn more about Chinese culture and mythology.
6. "A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (Netflix)
I don’t think you can say a single bad thing about any film that came out of the claymation Wallace & Gromit franchise and the most recent entry, Farmageddon, is no exception. In this E.T. meets Babe adventure, Shaun the Sheep meets an alien who crashlands on his farm and laugh-out-loud hijinks ensue. This one was also recently nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Academy Awards.
7. “The Land Before Time” (Netflix)
There’s a lot of new stuff this month (as we’d expect coming into the summer,) but I just have to take a moment to appreciate the fact that The Land Before Time was just added to the Netflix library! You probably watched it dozens of times growing up, but it’s also probably been dozens of years since the last time you saw it. I know it’s true for me. Well, it’s about time to share this hauntingly beautiful Spielberg classic with your little ones.
8. “Jupiter’s Legacy” (Netflix)
And now for your regularly scheduled superhero content! Daredevil Showrunner Steven DeKnight and Netflix are releasing an adaptation of Mark Miller’s popular series for Image Comics. The show will explore the generational divide between famous heroes and their superpowered children in a world very much rooted in the Golden Age of Comics and Roman mythology. Jupiter’s Legacy will undoubtedly feel a bit more retro than your typical MCU content but get ready for some pretty epic world-building and action.
9. “Unbreakable” (Amazon Prime)
Okay, I’ll try to stop talking about superheroes after this, but Unbreakable is one of my favorite movies, and I am so excited to rewatch it. Before we had superhero fever in 2008, M. Night Shyamalan (when he was still good) made this contemporary critique on the more classic heroes we had seen up until that point. Ironically, this film is arguably a launchpad for the more modern way we explore the lives of antiheroes. It’s incredibly compelling, and, of course, get yourself ready for a great Shyamalan twist.
This one is PG-13, so it may not be for the youngest viewers in the family.
10. “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” (Hulu)
Samuel Goldwyn Films
Ben Stiller directs and stars in this super underrated dramedy about an assets manager at Life magazine (really going to age ourselves a bit here) who goes on an adventure across the globe to track down what is supposed to be the perfect photo. It is really heartwarming and packed full of beautiful cinematography and poignant lessons on life. What’s not to like about that?
11. “I Am Greta” (Hulu)
We always love sharing films for kids about other awesome kids. This documentary explores the rise of climate change activist and instant-icon Greta Thunberg. The voice of her generation, she will help inspire your kids to take up the fight to protect our environment and show them that you should never be afraid to make your voice heard.