We’ve stockpiled candles, rooted out the torches and charged our devices. Ophelia is hurtling her way nearer. We’ve filled the cupboards with non-perishables. We’re ready. The last job before the expected power outages is to download some essentials from Netflix to save everyone’s sanity. Here are some of our faves from the ‘available for download’ options on Netflix. They’ll come in handy later when the power is out! There’s still time. Go!


matilda netflix

Treated cruelly by her parents, clever Matilda Wormwood finds joy in reading and uses telekinetic powers to teach lessons to some of the awful adults in her life. Danny De Vito and Rhea Pearlman play her thick-witted parents perfectly and Pam Ferris as The Trunchbull will have your kids’ eyes as wide as the students she hammer throws. Roald Dahl at his best.


Annie Netlix

Orphan Annie and her buddies are holed up in a 1930s orphanage with the reprehensible, bathtub gin-swilling Miss Hannigan. There’s some ‘goddamning’ and Miss Hannigan’s sexual frustration is palpable but the kids will love the all-singing, all-dancing cast of youngsters and, in the heel of the hunt, Annie is rescued by a parent who loves her, so it’s all good. Grown ups will enjoy the chuckles and nostalgia. Worth watching for Carol Burnett’s performance alone.

Hotel Transylvania

Adam Sandler and Steve Buschemi are among the stars voicing this fun seasonal caper.  When ghouls and monsters want to get away from it all they visit Dracula’s lavish hotel for refuge. Complications unfold when an unsuspecting human is thrown into the mix and falls in love with Dracula’s teenaged daughter. Expect gags for both adults and kids.  And if you like it, Hotel Transylvania 2 is available for download too!



This prequel to the Despicable Me series is voiced by Sandra Bullock, Jon Hamm and Michael Keaton and sees the familiar babbling, yellow creatures attempt to foil the attempts at world domination of supervillain Scarlet Overkill. You’ll miss Steve Carell’s felonious Gru and the Minionese will drive you to distraction but the kids will howl with laughter.

Gnomeo & Juliet

This re-imagining of Shakespeare’s classic (without the tragic ending) sees two feuding families of garden gnomes struggle to overcome the romance of their kids, star-crossed lovers voiced by Emily Blunt and James McEvoy. Much like Toy Story, the gnomes come to life in neighbouring gardens resulting in fun, colourful visuals and unexpected action. All this, combined with some choice gags and an Elton John soundtrack makes for fun family viewing on a stormy afternoon.

Our fave downloadable kids' movies on Netflix. www.shinnersandthebrood.

Disclosure: I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. I receive a Netflix subscription in return for Stream Team contributions.



  1. Brilliant! Much needed on a day like today! Has helped me finally make a decision to get Netflix for once and for all! Thanks

    • Sinéad Reply

      You won’t regret it, Brona. Bang for your buck for sure!

  2. I didn’t know you could download them… Must get onto that! Rescuebots on repeat here whilst I prepare for Armageddon 😂 #whatwouldwedowithoutNetflix

    • Sinéad Reply

      What WOULD we do! Yeah, S. So handy for car journeys and no faff. I’m ALL about no faff! Hope ye are nice and cosy! xx

  3. You’ve made some great picks there. I was so pleased when Netflix started to allow downloads, it makes all the difference for long car journeys for the kids, they got bored of iPlayer. Mich x

    • Sinéad Reply

      It really does. It’s so much easier than attempting to download from other sources and battling with hard drives!

  4. The minions is a firm fave in our house!! We needed Netflix with the weather today as well x

  5. Great choices Shinners! Glad you guys are all ok. We’re battening down the hatches here in Scotland, but I think the storm is only skirting us really. Take care x

    • Sinéad Reply

      Sunday’s a nice night for it, Kelly-Anne. A wind down after the weekend…

  6. Lots of brilliant family favourites there, can’t beat a good film in bad weather! How was the storm in the end? Hope it didn’t leave you with too much damage…

    • Sinéad Reply

      We escaped pretty lightly in comparison to others. It was a bit insane in some areas!

  7. I’ve had Netflix for soooo long – would be lost without it . Did nOt know you could download off there?! Obviously living in the dark ages here ha ! X

    • Sinéad Reply

      I’ve only recently started downloading! So handy for car journeys.

  8. Netflix is great isn’t it. I have been thinking about getting it again for a while. I didn’t know you could download things though so i am definitely more inclined to get it now because of that. Perfect for when we are out and about. X

    • Sinéad Reply

      We watch it way more than normal TV now, Samantha. Too many shows and not enough time! Lol.

  9. Perfect timing! With half term just around the corner, I needed to work out what we could watch on rainy days. And Netflix always saves the day on those occasions. Fab choices! Annie is such a classic. Little Miss H is a huge fan of all the My Little Pony; Equestria Girl movies too. And they are always one of our go-to options. But it will be nice to watch something new. Hugs Lucy xxxx

    • Sinéad Reply

      My lady loves My Little Pony too Lucy. We must check out Equestria Girls. Are they half-pony, half-girl? I haven’t quite got my head around them? Ha ha.

    • Sinéad Reply

      Isn’t it just gorgeous. I cry at the end every time. That being said, I cry at Annie too. Heck, I cry a lot! 😉

  10. I had no idea how much we would use Netflix until we got it!! These are all brilliant Annie reminds me of my childhood and I have not watched it for ages. Next time Hubby is out I am so putting that on! x

    • Sinéad Reply

      It’s such a trip down memory lane for me too and a bonus that my kids love it!

  11. I just adore the Minions! We really are spoiled for choice on Netflix, aren’t we?? There are so many great films to choose from! Great choices here – especially for this stormy weather!

    • Sinéad Reply

      I don’t think my kids laugh as loudly at anything else!

  12. Matilda is one of my absolute favourites. I’ve watched it countless times and yet still never get bored of it. The kids love Minions, although it does grate on me after a while! All of that banana talk! Grrr!!

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