When a twist in a kids movie is obvious and someone points it out the inevitable response they get is “Well it’s a kids movie. What did you expect?”. Now that sounds like condescending bullshit and from most people it is. A lot of people use the “kids won’t get it” defense when you ask for a more complicated twist and that’s pretty shitty. Kids are smart and can handle a lot if you let them. Or more importantly if you challenge them. But you have to do it in the right ways. That’s what this article is for. Finding and discussing the right ways to create twists in kids films. I’m going to restrict myself to talking about films that came out in the last five years or so as I think there is a higher chance all of you will have seen them and there is a plentiful pile of examples to choose from. Warning: This article presumes that the reader has seen and has a reasonably high level of familiarity with Big Hero 6, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Frozen, ParaNorman and The Lego Movie. There will be major spoilers for all of the films mentioned above throughout the article. With that out of the way, let’s get going.