Whether your child is a cartoon kid, likes live-action or has been not-so-patiently waiting for a sequel to her absolute favourite (you know, the movie that she’s watched no less than 4 billion times – over and over and over again), this year’s line-up of new family friendly movie releases includes some absolute must-see movies!
Featuring some of your kids’ favorite friends, these movies are the sequels that everyone has been waiting to see.
Kung Fu Panda 3, March 24:
Po’s back in the third instalment of the animated winner. Voiced by Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogan, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu, Dustin Hoffman, David Cross, JK Simmons and Bryan Cranston.
Alice: Through the Looking Glass, May 26:
If your older child enjoyed watching Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska in the 2010 Alice in Wonderland, she’s sure to enjoy returning to the whimsy of Wonderland again.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, June 9:
It’s a return for the live-action adventure starring Megan Fox and Will Arnett.
Finding Dory, June 16:
It’s been how many years since Finding Demo was out in the theatres? You were probably single, or at the very least childless when the Disney Pixar fav was originally released. The cast is back (with voices by Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy, Ed O’Neill and Diane Keaton) for a new adventure this summer.
Ice Age: Collision Course, June 30:
It’s the fifth of the Ice Age films! Following Scrat’s epic misadventure (the short Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe), the gang reunites as they travel to new lands.
Movies From Books
Along with the May release of Alice: Through the Looking Glass, these book-inspired flicks are kid-friendly and filled with family fun!
The Jungle Book, April 7:
The live-action adaptation of the Rudyard Kipling classic springs to life in this Disney epic. Directed by Jon Favreau, the film features newcomer Neel Sethi as Mowgli, along with the voices of Idris Elba, Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johannsson and Lupita Nyong’o.
The BFG, June 30:
DreamWorks brings Roald Dahl’s beloved book to life in a Steven Spielberg epic tale.
New Animated Friends
If the slew of sequels isn’t enough for your kids, these new stories (with brand new cartoon cuties) may be due a view.
Zootopia, March 17:
The Disney animated film brings together animals from all over the world – into the metropolis of Zootopia.
The Angry Birds Movie, May 12:
They’ve played the game, and now the kids are ready for the big screen debut of these fine feathered friends.
The Secret Life of Pets, September 8:
What happens when pet parents leave for the day? This hilarious look into the secret lives of pets will set your child giggling.
Storks, September 22:
Where do babies come from? Awkward question, but this family-friendly family keeps the answer at the stork.
Doctor Strange, October 27:
A former surgeon turns to sorcery. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, November 17:
Return to Harry Potter (or at the least J.K. Rowling’s universe) 70 years before Harry happens.
Moana, December 26:
An animated adventure from Disney, following a teen and her daring mission (sailing across the Pacific).
Movies for Teens & Tweens
You used to have a carefree cartoon-loving little kid. Now your eye-rolling teen wouldn’t even think about seeing some of the same animated feature flicks that he adored just a few years ago. These comedies and action adventure stories are packed with excitement and up to your older child’s standards.
Concussion, February 18:
Sports lovers will enjoy this true story of Dr. Bennet Imalu – a neuropathologist who fought to bring his findings on head traumas in American football to light. Starring Will Smith.
Allegiant, March 10:
The third installment of the Divergent series concludes the film versions of the Veronica Roth novels.
Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, March 24:
This superhero story follows up 2013’s Man of Steel. Featuring the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, along with Ben Affleck as Batman.
Captain America: Civil War, April 28:
Starting where the Avengers: Age of Ultron ended, this Marvel superhero movies stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Scarlett Johansson.
Zoolander 2, February 11:
Silly teen boy humor at its best. As if the first one wasn’t ridiculous enough, the sequel (still starring Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell) is nothing short of model-mocking mayhem.