The past year has challenged the movie industry in many ways by postponing long-awaited films or moving new releases to streaming services due to closed theaters nationwide. Let’s hope this year will give us a chance to watch more new movies!
From wonderful remakes of classic movies or exciting sequels, here are some family flicks coming out in 2021.
Tom & Jerry, Feb. 26
Your favorite cat and mouse duo are back with a reimagined live action-animated remake. See Tom and Jerry in New York City as they take residence at a hotel preparing for the wedding of the century. Of course, Jerry’s mischief will get in the way.
Raya and the Last Dragon, March 5
In order to help restore peace in the world of Kumandra, lone warrior, Raya, is on a mission to find the last dragon in the world. On her journey, she learns that it will take more than a dragon to save humanity from the evil monsters known as the Druun.
Black Widow, May 7
Learn about Natasha Romanoff’s past before she became an Avenger. The Marvel film centered on Black Widow takes place between the films Civil War and Infinity War.
Cruella, May 28
This Disney live-action movie gives us the backstory of Cruella de Vil, the infamous villain from the book, One Hundred and One Dalmatians. Set in 1970s London, a young fashion designer, Estella, becomes interested with dogs’ skins.
Spirit Untamed, June 4
Not many details have been revealed about the Spirit sequel, but fans of the recent Netflix series, Spirit Riding Free, will be excited to watch their favorite stallion again.
Vivo, June 4
Get ready to dance and groove with the music-loving guy who travels from Havana to Miami to pursue his dreams. The animated musical will feature music from Hamilton creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Luca, June 18
The latest Disney Pixar movie takes place on the gorgeous Italian Riviera. There, a strong child friendship builds between a young boy and a sea monster disguised as a human. The movie’s director, Enrico Casarosa, also worked as a director and writer for the Pixar short, La Luna.
In the Heights, June 18
Before Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda became known on Broadway with his Tony award-winning musical In the Heights. Now the film adaptation will retell the story of a bodega owner with big dreams in his largely Latino neighborhood in Washington Heights.
Minions: The Rise of Gru, July 2
They’re back! The sequel to the 2015 film, Minions, and a prequel to the main Despicable Me film series will follow 12-year-old Gru as he works with the Minions to become a world-famous supervillain.
Cinderella, July 16
Starring Camila Cabello as Cinderella, the musical retelling of the classic fairytale features some of your favorite Broadway actors. Billy Porter plays Fab G, the genderless fairy godparent and Idina Menzel steps into the role as Cinderella’s stepmother.
Space Jam: A New Legacy, July 16
Yes, the 1996 movie starring Michael Jordan is finally getting a sequel. LeBron James is now teaming up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of your favorite Looney Tunes characters.
Jungle Cruise, July 30
Based on the theme park ride at Disney’s Magic Kingdom, Jungle Cruise, the movie takes riverboat travelers through a jungle filled with mysterious animals and reptiles.
Hotel Transylvania 4, Aug. 6
While the plot has not been revealed yet, we expect some families are still excited to see a fourth installment in the Hotel Transylvania series.
Paw Patrol: The Movie, Aug. 20
Your favorite pups are hitting the big screen! We can’t wait to see how Ryder and his team of pups will save the day in the animated series’ first full-length movie.
Boss Baby: Family Business, Sept. 17
The Templeton brothers are all-grown up and when they reunite, there’s a new boss baby in their family, Tina (voiced by Amy Sedaris). She recruits Tim and Ted to stop an evil genius, but it will require the brothers to turn back into babies first.
Ron’s Gone Wrong, Oct. 2021
In a world where robots and children are BFFs, an 11-year-old boy discovers that’s something is wrong with his robot friend. We’re definitely getting some Iron Giant vibes from 20th Century Studios’ newest family film.
The Addams Family 2, Oct. 1
Just in time for Halloween, the Addams return with more wacky adventures. We can’t wait to see what they’re up to next in the sequel of the 2019 animated film.
Clifford the Big Red Dog, Nov. 5
Clifford the Big Red Dog stars a 25-foot-tall red dog and his young owner, Emily, in this live-action movie adaption of the classic children’s book series.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Nov. 11
The next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, follows a family who discovers their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
Encanto, Nov. 24
After writing the music for Moana, Lin-Manuel Miranda is back with another Disney musical. Encanto takes place in Colombia where we learn about a magical family who lives in a magical home.
West Side Story, Dec. 10
The newest film adaptation of the 1957 musical explores the rivalry between two gangs, the Jets and Sharks, as Tony and Maria fall in love in this story loosely based on Romeo and Juliet.
Sing 2, Dec. 22
The sequel to the 2016 animated film, Sing, expects to hit theaters in late 2021. While we don’t know anything about the plot yet, we wouldn’t be surprised to hear more pop music!
This post was originally published in Jan. 2020 and is updated regularly.
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