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Remember when we were kids and would get excited at the handful of new release family films that would come out each year? These days kids get to experience that feeling all year round.
In 2021 the list of big-budget family film extravaganzas coming to cinemas is set to be incredible. From live action feature films to mind-blowing animations, we’re in for a treat this year.
Get the popcorn ready, here’s a round-up of what’s coming and when …
The Addams Family 2
Released: January 6
Everyone’s favorite spooky family is back in the animated comedy sequel, The Addams Family 2.
In this all new movie we find Morticia and Gomez distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with “scream time.”
To reclaim their bond they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. Their adventure across America takes them out of their element and into hilarious run-ins with their iconic cousin, IT, as well as many new kooky characters.
What could possibly go wrong?
Starring the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Kroll, Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton, Wallace Shawn, with Snoop Dogg as ‘IT’, with Bette Midler and Bill Hader.
Disney And Pixar’s Turning Red
Released: March 31, 2022
All-new original feature film Turning Red from Pixar Animation Studios is coming!
Director Domee Shi, who won an Oscar® for her 2018 short film, Bao. Young actress Rosalie Chiang lends her voice to Mei Lee, a 13-year-old who suddenly “poofs” into a giant red panda when she gets too excited (which is practically ALWAYS).
Sandra Oh (The Chair, Killing Eve) voices Mei Lee’s protective, if not slightly overbearing mother, Ming, who is never far from her daughter—an unfortunate reality for the teenager.
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ All-New Original Film “Encanto” takes us to Colombia!
Release date: December 2
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Encanto, is the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto.
The all-new original film features the voice of Stephanie Beatriz as Mirabel, an ordinary 15-year-old who’s struggling to find her place in her family. “Mirabel is a really funny, loving character who also deeply yearns for something more,” says Beatriz. “She’s also not afraid to stand up for what she knows is right—something I love and relate to very much.
Clifford The Big Red Dog
Release date: January 1, 2022
When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a gigantic hound in her small New York City apartment.
While her single mum is away for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle set out on an adventure that sees our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple.
Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big!
Release date: December
This holiday season, the new chapter in Illumination’s smash animated franchise returns with big dreams and spectacular hit songs as can-do koala Buster Moon and his all-star cast of animal performers prepare to launch their most dazzling stage extravaganza yet …in the glittering entertainment capital of the world. There’s just one hitch: They first have to persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star—played by global music icon Bono, making his animated film debut—to join them.
PAW Patrol – The Movie
Release date: September 16 (advance screenings from August 21)
The PAW Patrol is on a roll! When their biggest rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and everyone’s favourite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head on.
While one pup must face his past in Adventure City, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty.
Together, armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City!
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Release date: July 15
NBA superstar LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes for this long-awaited sequel.
This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids.
When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitised champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before.
It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life, that will redefine LeBron’s bond with his son and shine a light on the power of being yourself.
The ready-for-action Tunes destroy convention, supercharge their unique talents and surprise even “King” James by playing the game their own way.
Release date: July 15
Lucky Prescott becomes pals with a wild mustang named Spirit, who shares her rebellious spirit.
When a mean wrangler plans to capture Spirit and his herd, Lucky and her new friends set out to rescue the horse that forever changed her life.
The Boss Baby: Family Business
Release date: September 9
In the sequel to DreamWorks Animation’s Oscar®-nominated blockbuster comedy, the Templeton brothers—Tim (James Marsden, X-Men franchise) and his Boss Baby little bro Ted (Alec Baldwin)—have become adults and drifted away from each other. Tim is now a married stay-at-home dad. Ted is a hedge fund CEO. But a new boss baby with a cutting-edge approach and a can-do attitude is about to bring them together again … and inspire a new family business.
Hotel Transylvania: Transformania
Release date: September 9
Drac and the pack are back, like you’ve never seen them before in Hotel Transylvania: Transformania.
Reunite with your favourite monsters for an all-new adventure that presents Drac with his most terrifying task yet. When Van Helsing’s mysterious invention, the ‘Monsterfication Ray,” goes haywire, Drac and his monster pals are all transformed into humans, and Johnny becomes a monster!
In their new mismatched bodies, Drac, stripped of his powers, and an exuberant Johnny, loving life as a monster, must team up and race across the globe to find a cure before it’s too late, and before they drive each other crazy.
With help from Mavis and the hilariously human Drac Pack, the heat is on to find a way to switch themselves back before their transformations become permanent.
Raya and the Last Dragon
Release Date: March 4
Long ago, in the fantasy world of Kumandra, humans and dragons lived together in harmony. However, when sinister monsters known as the Druun threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, those same monsters have returned, and it’s up to a lone warrior to track down the last dragon and stop the Druun for good.
Tom and Jerry Movie
Release date: April 1
A legendary rivalry reemerges when Jerry moves into New York City’s finest hotel on the eve of the wedding of the century, forcing the desperate event planner to hire Tom to get rid of him. As mayhem ensues, the escalating cat-and-mouse battle soon threatens to destroy her career, the wedding, and possibly the hotel itself.
Release date: May 27
A live-action feature film following the evil exploits of Cruella de Vil, the villain from the Disney film, “101 Dalmatians’.
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
Release date: June 10
Despite his efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his reputation for mischief among the other rabbits. Once he adventures out of the garden Peter finds himself in a world where mischief is appreciated, but soon his family come to bring him home.
The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run
Release date: June 17
When SpongeBob SquarePants’ beloved pet snail Gary goes missing, a path of clues leads SpongeBob and his best friend Patrick to the powerful King Poseidon, who has Gary held captive in the Lost City of Atlantic City. On their mission to save Gary, SpongeBob and the Bikini Bottom gang team up for a heroic and hilarious journey, where they discover nothing is stronger than the power of friendship.
Release date: June 17
Set in a beautiful seaside town on the Italian Riviera, the original animated feature is a coming-of-age story about one young boy experiencing an unforgettable summer filled with gelato, pasta and endless scooter rides. Luca shares these adventures with his newfound best friend, but all the fun is threatened by a deeply-held secret: he is a sea monster from another world just below the water’s surface.
Release date: July 1
The film tells the story of a capuchin monkey who travels from Cuba to Miami to become a star of the stage.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote a spate of brand-new songs for this animated film, about a music-loving monkey and his travels around places like Havana and Miami
Release date: July 15
Cinderella is an upcoming American musical romantic comedy film written and directed by Kay Cannon, based on the fairy tale of the same name. Singer Camila Cabello will play the lead role in her acting debut. The film also stars Billy Porter, Idina Menzel, Pierce Brosnan, Nicholas Galitzine, and Minnie Driver.
Release date: July 27
Dr. Lily Houghton enlists the aid of wisecracking skipper Frank Wolff to take her down the Amazon in his ramshackle boat. Together, they search for an ancient tree that holds the power to heal — a discovery that will change the future of medicine.