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Family Movies We're Excited to Watch in 2016

There are even more superheroes, old and new animated characters, and live-action remakes!

January

The Peanuts Movie
Charles M. Schulz comics comes to life again, this time as a full-length 3D-animated movie.Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang make their big-screen debut. There’s also a new girl in town that Charlie wants to make friends with, while his dog Snoopy takes to the skies to pursue his arch-nemesis, the Red Baron.

 

Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
This third time around, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore thinks that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami and leave them. So what else were they supposed to do? They go on a road trip to try to stop the whole thing. They might even save themselves from getting a new stepbrother, too.

 

Norm of the North
A polar bear named Norm winds up in New York City with his three lemming friends to change the fate of his icy hometown. See, Norm is strongly against building condos for tourist in the Arctic—and he’s a polar bear on a mission to stop it from happening. Not even big business and a big identify crisis can stop him.

 

February

Zootopia
In a city full of modern mammals, rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voiced by Ginnifer Goodwin) discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t easy. She's so eager to prove herself by solving a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox Nick Wilde (voiced by Jason Bateman).

 

El Americano: The Movie
This movie is about a young Mexican parrot named Cuco who would rather copy TV super-parrot El Americano than help with with circud family chores. When his father is threatened by a flock of bully birds, he sets off to Hollywood to get his idol to help him. Will El Americano help or would Cuco need to just step up his game?

 

March

Daddy's Home
Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are together in a movie once again—this time as biological biker dad Dusty (Wahlberg) and straight-in-line step dad Brad (Ferrell) compete for the kids’ attention and affection. It might tug a few heartstrings in the end (we hope so!) after having laugh-out-loud session watching the daddy face-offs.

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Kung Fu Panda 3
The Dragon Warrior Po needs to rediscover himself with the help of his real panda dad, and they meet a lot of new pandas in their journey to self discovery. However, supervillain Kai is back and is out to destroy the kung fu masters. To save his friends, Po needs a panda army—but he needs to teach them kung fu first (not easy!).

 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
It’s the movie that the DC Comics big three share big-screen time and it promises to introduce DC's superhero group, the Justice League. Comic book-loving parents will surely not want to miss this. We’re not sure if the film has been rated for how old-enough kids, but nevertheless, reserve it for date night until further notice.

 

Miracles from Heaven
A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder is miraculously healed after surviving a horrible three-story fall from a tree. Based on the book "Three Miracles from Heaven” by Christy Beam, it tells the true story of the author (played by Jennifer Garner) and her 10-year-old daughter Anna (played by Kylie Rogers).

 

April

The Jungle Book
It's the live-action retelling of the story of Mowgli, a boy raise by animals in the jungle. It features renowned actors voicing its iconic characters: Scarlett Johansson as Kaa the snake, Idris Elba as Shere Khan the tiger, Bill Murray as Baloo the bear, Ben Kinglsey as Bagheera the panther, and Lupita Nyong-o as Raskha the wolf mother.

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Captain America: Civil War
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain American (Christ Evans) are set top clash against each other when a proposed legislation would have superheroes identify and register themselves for the government to have some sort of control over them. This political meddling in the Avengers’ cause is seriously destroying our heroes’ bonds.

 

May

The Angry Birds Movie
From the crazy addictive app game to TV shorts, and now a full-length film! Those Angry Birds have sure gotten big to grace the big screen. Red has a temper problem, while yellow bird Chuck and black bird Bomb have always been outsiders. Together, they team up to save their island from mysterious green piggies.

 

Ratcher and Clank
This is a movie about two unlikely heroes who are trying to stop an alien villain named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. They also team up with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers when they discover a powerful weapon that is capable of wiping out entire planets.  

 

Alice Through The Looking Glass
The sequel to Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland brings us back to the mystical place after years of absence. Alice returns to the whimsical world of Underland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter. We get to see the whimsy characters again. However, time travel is a very tricky thing to do.

 

X-Men: Apocalypse
The follow-up to the highest grossing X-Men film ever X-Men: Days of Future Past will tackle the end of the world. Apocalypse is the first and most powerful mutant—he’s immortal and invincible. It’s up to the X-Men to save the world Another movie for superhero-loving parents’ date night.

 

June

Finding Dory
The adorable forgetful blue fish is back and this time, her story moves to the spotlight. The Finding Nemo sequel is set six months after the first, and we find Dory—still voiced by the adorable and funny Ellen DeGeneres—sleep swimming and talking about her family in her sleep.

 

Independence Day: Resurgence
The then-defeated aliens of Independence Day 20 years ago were apparently able to send a distress signal and their backup has arrived on earth--and their ships are definitely bigger. Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, and Viveca Fox reprise their roles, with new-to-the-franchise Liam Hemsworth.

 

The Legend of Tarzan
We all know the story of Tarzan, right? This one is its live-action remake featuring actors Alexander Skarsgård (True Blood) as the titular character and Margot Robbie (Wolf of Wall Street and Suicide Squad) as Jane and is directed David Yates. It also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Djimon Hounsou.

 

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of The Shadows
The first live-action movie dealt with their re-introduction (and it did surprisingly well!), while this second movie feels like they have settled in their place as the city’s protectors. Megan Fox and Will Arnet reprises their roles and will be joined by Arrow’s Stephen Amell as Casey Jones.

 

July

The BFG
This is an adaptation of Ronald's Dahl's classic tale about a "big friendly giant." In this movie, the giant makes friends with an orphan named Sophie, who was afraid of him at first, but BFG turned out to be sweet, kind, and nice. The duo then embarks on a mission to fight off the mean children-eating giants

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The Secret Life of Pets
It's like the Toy Story movie, only it's about pets. When the humans are away, the pets will play, right? If there's any indication from the trailer, we bet a lot of silly, funny, per behavior transpires. This film is made by the same group who brough us Despicable Me movies and Minions.  

 

Ghostbusters
At this point, we know very little about the plot of this new Ghostbusters film, but we're excited for it anyway. It has been decades since the last film or show. Nostalgia is the reason this is included in this list. Plus, we get an all-girlwomen cast with Leslie Jones, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon and Kristen Wiig. 

Ghostbusters 2016 moviePhoto from slashfilm.com

 

Ice Age: Collision Course
Scrat, in his pursuit of that elusive acorn ends up in outer space, where he accidentally sets off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the planet. To save the planet, Manny, Sid, Diego, and the rest of the herd embark on a quest, travelling to new lands and meeting new characters, and of course, a new enemy.

 

Star Trek Beyond
Yes, that other space saga (kidding!) is back for its third installment to the franchise. Justin Lin (Fast and Furious) is behind the helm. Chris Pine, Simon Pegg, Zach Quinto, Zoe Saldana, John Cho, Anton Yelchin, and Karl Urban reprise their roles with Idris Elba as a new addition, a baddie perhaps? We’ll have to wait and see.

 

August

Pete’s Dragon
Another Disney live-action remake, this time of a 1977 film about a young orphan who seeks refuge from his abusive adoptive parents with the help of a pet dragon and a couple who live in a lighthouse. It stars Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, Wes Bentley and Karl Urban.

Pete's Dragon Disney movie 2016
Photo from movienewz.com

 

September

Bridget Jones Baby
Bring out the diary again--it’s the third installment in the Bridget Jones film franchise. Renee Zellweger back as the titular character. Also back for the third film Colin Firth (Mr. Darcy), while Patrick Dempsey joins the duo in an undisclosed role. The story will still be based on Helen Fielding's book "Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason".

 

Storks
This movie is about how the storks have perfected the art of delivering babies to couples, or so they say. Andy Samberg and Kelsey Grammar lead the voice actors for the movie. The original story was written by Nicholas Stoller (Neighbors) and together with Doug Sweetland (Oscar-nominated short Presto) co-directed the movie.

 

The Red Turtle
The first movie since Studi Ghibli's lead animator Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement in 2013, The Red Turtle will be co-produced with European film distributor Wild Bunch and will be directed by award-winning director Michaël Dudok de Wit. It about a man stranded on an island and his relationship with a giant turtle.

 

November

Trolls
A 3D-animated musical movie based ont he populat '90s toy.  The poster features a first look at the colorful pink hair of the film’s main character, Poppy, voiced by Anna Kendrick. Poppy embarks on a journey to rescue the previous leader of the Forest Trolls who was kidnapped by a troll named Chef. 

Trolls movie 2016
Photo from rotoscopers.com

 

Kubo and the Two Strings
Another clay-mation movie from Laika (Coraline, ParaNorman, and The Boxtrolls), this tells the story of a young Japanese boy who, in order to survive, must locate a magical suit of armor once worn by his late father, a legendary Samurai warrior.Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Matthew McConaughey and Ralph Fiennes star,

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Moana
Disney’s new princess is Princess Moana, voiced by 14-year-old Auli'i Cravalho, from Oahu, Hawaii. While we don’t exactly have a plot yet, Auli'i describes Moana as “brave, she is so empowered, she knows what she wants and she’s not afraid to get it.” She’s going to be voice-acting alongside Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. 

 

Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them
It's just as magical as you would expect it to be coming from the Harry Potter universe. The not-a-sequel-nor-a-prequel film stars Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander, a famous magizoologist who travels to New York to help the American wizarding community. But his magical creatures are on the loose, and he needs to get them back.

 

December

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
While we're still high on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, another movie is set to takeove the box office around this time next year. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a spin-off film where rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. Piece by piece, Disney is completing the Star Wars saga. 

Rouge One: A Star Wars Story movie 2016
Photo from starwars.wikia.com

Sing
This 3D-animated musical is about a koala named Buster (Matthew McConaughey) recruits his best friend to help him drum up business for his theater by hosting a singing competition. It also features the voices of Reese WitherspoonSeth MacFarlaneTori KellyJohn C. ReillyTaron Egerton and Scarlett Johansson.

Sing movie 2016
Photo from film.ru

 

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiars
Tim Burton's take on the best-selling book, this film tells the story of Jacob, a teen who ends up in the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine's School for Peculiar Children. He discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar--they have super powers--and they may still be alive.

Mis Peregrine's Home for Peculiars movie 2016
Photo from comingsoon.net

 

Sly Cooper
Sly Cooper is an orphaned raccon who discovers that he comes from a long line of highly-skilled, international thieves. His team is composed of s childhood friends Bentley, a small green box turtle (the brains), and Murray, a large pink hippopotamus (the brawn). This 3D-animated movie is based on the video game of the same name. 

 

Sheep and Wolves
Retiring sheep's flock pack leader Magra needs a successor who must prove his right to lead by vanquishing his rivals. It's a fight between powerful and blood-thirsty Ragear and the only wolf brave enough to challenge him, Grey, the pack's favorite, but a hopeless goof ball.  

 

 

Did we miss a family-friendly movie that you're excited to watch next year? Let us know in the comments below!

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