Every family is different, yet every family loves to be entertained. Children, especially, delight in weird and wonderful sights that stretch their imaginations. We've peered into the future and brought back our forecasts for future family fun in the preview that follows.
A DOG’S WAY HOME (JAN. 11)
Join Bella (voiced by Bryce Dallas Howard) as she travels 400 miles to find her owner (Jonah Hauer-King) after the two become separated. This heartwarming tale from the author of A Dog’s Purpose tracks the pup on her adventures in the wilderness, where she befriends a cougar along the way.
Swifty the Arctic fox (voiced by Jeremy Renner) has to save the day when an evil walrus (John Cleese) plots to melt the polar ice caps and flood the world. The animated feature also stars Heidi Klum, James Franco, Alec Baldwin, Omar Sy and Laurie Holden as Swifty’s animal friends.
THE KID WHO WOULD BE KING (JAN. 25)
Young Alex pulls a sword out of its hiding place and discovers his destiny. He must gather allies and lead them into battle against an evil foe. Rebecca Ferguson and Patrick Stewart costar in an epic yet playful adventure.
Even though Bricksburg has become a wasteland, Emmet still thinks everything is awesome. His dreams for a future with his beloved Lucy are stolen away when a mighty invader kidnaps Lucy and their friends. Emmet voyages into space to rescue everyone and restore peace to the universe.
HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: THE HIDDEN WORLD (FEB. 22)
The aerial adventures of young Viking Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his heroic dragon Toothless come to a conclusion in the final installment of the animated trilogy. Before that happens, Hiccup and Toothless are tested as never before as they fight to protect what they truly love.
A young woman is reminded of her childhood sense of imagination in this animated feature about a fantastical hidden amusement park populated by talking animals and threatened by zombie chimpanzees. The stellar voice cast includes Jennifer Garner, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, Matthew Broderick and John Oliver.
You think you've got big ears? Even the biggest human ears pale in comparison to a certain young elephant's, but the great thing is that Dumbo's ears allow him to fly into our hearts. Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Alan Arkin, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton star; Tim Burton directed.
Laika Studios, makers of such stop-motion hits as Coraline and Kubo and the Two Strings, now promise their most ambitious animated movie to date. Zach Galifianakis stars as Mr. Link, a Bigfoot creature who is discovered by two explorers voiced by Hugh Jackman and Zoe Saldana, and then hilarity ensues.
For their next Earth Day release, Disneynature presents an epic documentary following the coming of age of an Adélie penguin in the Antarctic. The movie comes from the makers of Planet Earth and Disney’s own Chimpanzee, Bears and Monkey Kingdom.
What matters most in life? Led by Moxy (Kelly Clarkson), the lovable Uglydolls come face to face with Perfection, a town where they are challenged by a perfect doll (Nick Jonas) and face questions about what it truly means to be different in this animated musical comedy.
Gotta investigate 'em all! Pokémon makes its live-action feature film debut with Detective Pikachu, a parody of hardboiled noir thrillers. In it, Tim (Justice Smith), a former Pokémon trainer, teams up with a Pikachu (Ryan Reynolds) that only he can understand to track down his missing father and unveil a scheme that jeopardizes Pokémon everywhere!
Guy Ritchie (director of the unspeakably underrated Man from U.N.C.L.E.) directs Disney's live-action remake of Aladdin (1992). Frank Welker returns as the Cave of Wonders' voice, but the updated cast includes Will Smith as the bombastic Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin, Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine, Navid Negahban as the Sultan, and Marwan Kenzai as the evil Jafar. Disney's been on a roll with these live-action remakes, and we're confident this one will show us the world!
What do pets do while their owners are away? The Secret Life of Pets returns for an all-new, family-friendly adventure. In typical Illumination fashion, we have a hilarious trailer showcasing Max's (Patton Oswalt) visit to the vet, but how it gets crazy and brings in Duke (Eric Stonestreet), Gidget (Jenny Slate), Snowball (Kevin Hart), and Chloe (Lake Bell) has yet to be seen.
Andy's beloved toys return in their fourth adventure, which sees Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz Lightyear (Tim Allen), Bo Peep (Annie Potts) and Jessie (Joan Cusack) going on an unintentional road trip with DIY maybe-toy Forky (Tony Hale), carnival prizes Ducky and Bunny (Keegan-Michael Key & Jordan Peele respectively) and Keanu Reeves in an unknown role – maybe a wink to John Wick as a dog toy?
"I just can't wait to be king!" Fresh off The Jungle Book (2016), Jon Favreau directs the photorealistic CGI-remake of The Lion King (1994). It features a new cast starring Donald Glover as Simba, Beyonce Knowles-Carter as Nala, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Billy Eichner as Timon, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa, John Oliver as Zazu, John Kani as Rafiki and James Earl Jones as Mufasa - because who else is going to play Mufasa, father of an entire generation?
It's fun for the whole family when Dora the Explorer comes to the big screen! James Bobin (The Muppets ) directs Isabela Moner as the titular character, who must brave the treacherous wilds of high school, raise her mischievous monkey Boots and team up with her cousin Diego (Jeffrey Wahlberg) and a few classmates to plumb the depths of a lost Incan civilization and maybe learn something about family and friendship along the way.
ARTEMIS FOWL (AUG. 9)
Murder on the Orient Express director Kenneth Branagh brings the long-awaited capers of fantasy criminal mastermind wunderkind Artemis Fowl II. In it, the boy crime-genius (Ferdia Shaw) kidnaps LEPcon fairy Holly Short (Lara McDonnell) to ransom her to restore his family fortune and to find his long-missing father.
Life can be quite marvelous when it is well-ordered and carefully structured, according to the happy and contented Marla, voiced by Anya Taylor-Joy. When her younger brother disappears, though, she quickly leaves everything behind to search for him, leading her to unimagined wonders.
SPIES IN DISGUISE (SEP. 13)
Will Smith and Tom Holland star as the world's greatest spy and a scientific genius, respectively, in an animated adventure that sees one of them transformed into a pigeon for an important mission. The voices of Karen Gillan, Rashida Jones and Ben Mendelsohn are also featured.
The spooky family returns to the big screen in animated form as they are pitted against a crafty TV host, Meanwhile, they are also preparing for their extended family to pay a rare visit as comic chaos ensues. Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Chloe Grace Moretz give new voice to beloved family members.
SONIC THE HEDGEHOG (NOV. 8)
Everyone’s favorite speedy blue hedgehog is racing into theaters in this live-action/CG-animated video game adaptation. Ben Schwartz (DuckTales) voices the title character, while Jim Carrey will appear as the villainous Dr. Ivo Robotnik and James Marsden will play a rural cop who befriends Sonic. Don’t walk, run and roll to your nearest theater for this one.
FROZEN 2 (NOV. 22)
Disney can’t hold this sequel back anymore. Fans are anxiously awaiting the studio to let it go to theaters so they can enjoy -- for the first time in what seems like forever -- another feature-length tale of Anna and Elsa and their friends Kristoff, Sven the reindeer and Olaf the snowman. Too bad it’s not coming out in summer.