Families who love movies have more choices than ever when it comes to entertainment that is suitable for audiences of all ages. Whether it’s a revival of classic characters, a sequel to a recent hit, or an all-new story full of adventure and inspiring characters, 2019 is an exciting year for young moviegoers.
Here are the best new kids’ movies — or movies for all those who are a kid at heart — playing on the big screen this season.
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The creepy, kooky and altogether ooky Addams Family returns to the big screen in an all-new animated movie! Few cartoon clans are more iconic than the macabre and funny Addams, who lovingly parody suburban Americana. While kids might not latch on to the satire in THE ADDAMS FAMILY, the new movie has plenty of jokes for all ages as the family members face off against a greedy reality TV host. With a cast that includes Charlize Theron as Morticia Addams, Oscar Isaac as her husband Gomez Addams, Chloë Grace Moretz and Finn Wolfhard as children Wednesday and Pugsley, Nick Kroll as Uncle Fester, and Bette Midler, Allison Janney and Elsie Fisher, this take on the cartoons of Charles Addams might be just as iconic as the ‘90s live-action version. [October 11]
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The Oscar®-winning FROZEN was just the beginning. Elsa and her sister Anna might finally understand one another, but Elsa is just beginning to understand herself — and she's about to discover the story behind her magical powers. The two sisters, together with Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, will journey far from their home to encounter challenges that may overpower even Elsa's icy gifts. Directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck return, as do songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and cast members Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Jonathan Groff and Josh Gad. [November 22]
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The LEGO movies can’t have all the fun; now PLAYMOBIL: THE MOVIE convinces Daniel Radcliffe to trade Harry Potter’s wand for the gadgets of a super-spy in a colorful new family adventure. Marla (Anya Taylor-Joy, GLASS) goes in search of her young brother Charlie (Gabriel Bateman, CHILD’S PLAY), who has disappeared into a world of Playmobil toys. There, she finds that Charlie is just one target of a top-secret organization which is spiriting away people from different lands. Joined by secret agent Rex Dasher (Radcliffe) and food truck driver Del (Jim Gaffigan), Maria races headlong into danger as she searches for her brother. [December 6]
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Lance Sterling, voiced by Will Smith, is a super-famous and super-capable super-spy. But even a great espionage agent like Sterling can't do everything alone. Walter Beckett (Tom Holland) is the young man who works behind the scenes to design gadgets and weapons Sterling. One of his new gadgets works a little too well, leaving the spy trapped in a tiny, feathered disguise. Can this spy still save the world while transformed into a pigeon, or will Beckett have to step up to active duty in order to maintain order? [December 25]
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Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Holland reunite! This won't exactly be a recap of their roles from the Avengers and Spider-Man movies, however, because, in THE VOYAGE OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE, Tom Holland plays… a dog. Downey stars in this new version of the story of a doctor who can speak to animals, and Holland is among the many stars who voice CG animal characters. The cast also features Rami Malek, John Cena, Kumail Nanjiani, Selena Gomez, Emma Thompson, Ralph Fiennes, Octavia Spencer, Marion Cotillard, Michael Sheen, Antonio Banderas, Craig Robinson and Carmen Ejogo, all under the direction of SYRIANA filmmaker Stephen Gaghan. And if the person who made a George Clooney political thriller seems like an interesting choice for a children's film, we agree! We can't wait to see what this new DOCTOR DOLITTLE looks like. [January 17]
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Pixar's new film, ONWARD, is set in a suburban fantasy world where magic has slowly been replaced with technology. Two teenage elf brothers (voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) undertake an extraordinary quest to see if they can find a little bit of magic, in the hopes of being able to reconnect with their late father, who died when both elf boys were too young to know him. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY filmmaker Dan Scanlon directs a cast that also includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer. [March 6]