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.
Just when the flightless birds thought they have vanquished their green, egg-stealing pig neighbors, their island peace is disrupted by a new threat that spells danger for the Bird and Pig Islands alike. So the die-hard enemies team up in order to safeguard both their homes. Animator Thurop Van Orman, who has worked on cult-favorite series such as “Adventure Time,” “Gravity Falls,” and “The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack,” directs this boisterous sequel. [August 14]
The forest is truly alive in this beautiful and deceptively simple Japanese classic, from animation master Hayao Miyazaki (SPIRITED AWAY, PRINCESS MONONOKE). A professor and his two daughters move to a new countryside home in order to be closer to the hospital where his wife is recovering from an illness. As the girls explore the nearby forest, they encounter a strange but kindly spirit — who looks like a big, cuddly animal with grey fur. This new friend, dubbed “Totoro,” guides them to a new understanding of how the world works. Part of Studio Ghibli Fest. [August 25]
You might know "Dora the Explorer" from watching the show in its initial run, and younger viewers probably know the character thanks to her presence on YouTube and other streaming services. Now a slightly older Dora, played by Isabela Moner, comes to the big screen! In DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD, the explorer is now a teen trying to deal with high school — and then her life gets a lot more complicated when her parents disappear. Soon Dora is back in her element, exploring ruins and jungles, with help from friends both familiar and new. [August 9]
Many young people dream of making a monster friend, and, in this animated adventure, Shanghai resident Yi (Chloe Bennet) gets the chance when she finds a Yeti on the roof of her apartment building. Yi keeps her cool, befriends the snowy-white giant, and nicknames him “Everest.” Soon she an a few friends are globe-trotting with the snowman, in the hopes of reuniting him with his lost family. There’s just one problem: A wealthy collector (Eddie Izzard) wants Everest for his own, and has hired a zoologist (Sarah Paulson) to help him pursue Yi and her friends. [September 27]
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]
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]