From Hop to Peter Rabbit 2: The best kids films for all the family to enjoy this Easter

From Hop and the Peter Rabbit movies to the Rise of the Guardians and classic films on Freeview, here's our pick of the best films to watch with the whole family this Easter.

Published: 14 April 2022 - 12.12pm
Peter Rabbit

Put your feet up, unwrap those chocolate eggs and pop the telly on - when better than the Easter bank holiday weekend to enjoy a fun film with the whole family?

While Easter may not boast the sheer volume of movies that Christmas enjoys, we've scoured the BT Player, Netflix and Prime Video to find seven movies for the kids to enjoy over the long weekend, as well as taking our pick of the classic family films airing on BBC, ITV and Channel 4

Sing 2, Encanto, Luca and more - Fantastic films to watch on the BT Player

Peter Rabbit 2

A mischievous rabbit upset at being cast as a troublemaker disappears on a trip to the big city and falls in with a gang of criminal animals who are plotting a heist.

Meet all your favourite Beatrix Potter characters in this family adventure which combines live action and computer animation and stars Rose Byrne, Domhnall Gleeson and David Oyelowo and the voices of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Lennie James, Hayley Atwell and Sia.

Watch Peter Rabbit 2 in the BT Player

Enjoy The Secret Garden, The Witches and more in the BT Player Easter Film Sale

Peter Rabbit

Peter Rabbit, the mischievous and adventurous hero who has captivated generations of readers, now takes on the starring role in this adorable live-action, computer-animated tale.

Peter has the run of Mr McGregor’s house following the death of his old adversary, but when McGregor’s nephew Thomas comes to town and falls in love with Peter’s friend Bea, the jealous young rabbit decides to use any means to get rid of the new arrival.

Domhnall Gleeson, Rose Byrne and Sam Neill star in this live action/computer-animated film alongside the voice talents of James Corden, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Daily Ridley and Sia.

Watch Peter Rabbit in the BT Player


A jobless slacker finds himself beyond busy after he runs over the Easter Bunny and has to take over the rabbit's duties so the holiday can continue.

Animated adventure starring James Marsden, Russell Brand, Kaley Cuoco, Hank Azaria, Elizabeth Perkins and Hugh Laurie.

Watch Hop on Netflix

The Dog Who Saved Easter

Easter is approaching, and the Bannisters are going on a family cruise. But when their beloved dog, Zeus, can't go, Belinda makes the difficult decision to have him stay at Alice's dog care facility where Zeus quickly meets new friends.

When a competitor hires a criminal to sabotage Alice's operation and force her out of business, it's up to Zeus and his new friends to save the day!

Stars Dean Cain, Elisa Donovan, Beverley Mitchell, and Mario Lopez as the voice of Zeus.

Rent The Dog Who Saved Easter on Prime Video

Easter Bunny Adventure

It's Easter time, so Benny the Easter Bunny and Wilma the chicken hop in a giant hot air balloon and journey to Fairy Tale Valley in search of the most amazing Easter Egg ever!

Animated movie for younger children starring Danni DanDan Gadigan, William McNamara, Bill Oberst Jr and KJ Schrock.

Watch Easter Bunny Adventure on BT Player

Rise of the Guardians 

Jack Frost teams up with Santa, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman to battle a malicious spirit determined to destroy the innocent beliefs of children.

Magical animated adventure starring Hugh Jackman as E. Aster Bunnymund, Chris Pine as Jack Frost and Isla Fisher as Toothiana.

Watch Rise of the Guardians on Netflix

Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg

Max, a young urban rabbit struggling with his identity, gets stuck in an old-fashioned Easter Rabbit school after it is surrounded by a clan of malicious foxes who want to take over the holiday.

With the help of girl rabbit Emmy and the instruction of the mysterious Madame Hermione, Max must learn the secret of the magic of the Easter bunnies and save the school from the evil foxes.

Buy or rent Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg on Prime Video

Best family films on Freeview over Easter 2022

Walt Disney Studios

Friday 15 April

Matilda (1996) – 2pm, ITV
Mara Wilson plays the schoolgirl with psychokinetic abilities in this colourful retelling of Roald Dahl's tale. With Danny DeVito, Rhea Perlman and Pam Ferris.  

Saturday 16 April

Jason and the Argonauts (1963) - 9.50am, Channel 4
Stop-motion animation master Ray Harryhausen brings the legends of Greek mythology - skeleton army and all - to life in this Bank Holiday classic. 

Peter Pan (2003) - 3.05pm, ITV
Jason Isaacs takes on the dual roles of Captain Hook and George Darling in this faithful retelling of J.M. Barrie's classic story of the boy who never grew up. 

Sunday 17 April

The Lion King (1994) - 5.45pm, BBC1
The original animated version of Disney's tale of treachery and revenge in the Pride Lands of Africa featuring hit songs including the Circle of Life and Hakuna Matata.

Monday 18 April

Shrek (2001) - 2.05pm, ITV
The first film in a series that turned a fairytale on its head, starring Mike Myers as grumpy ogre Shrek, Eddie Murphy as Donkey and Cameron Diaz as Princess Fiona.

Beauty and the Beast (2017) - 2.30pm, BBC1
Live-action adaptation of the 1991 animated favourite starring Emma Watson as bookish Belle, Dan Stevens as the bewitched Beast and Luke Evans as Gaston.