A ton of films will premiere in 2018, but which ones are right for the whole family? It’s a question many parents ask, and the answer isn’t always readily available. Luckily, there are several family-friendly films premiering in 2018, from updated versions of classic stories to brand-new animal adventures.
To get you prepared for the coming year in movies, we’ve compiled a list of the five major family films hitting theaters this winter and spring. Along with a brief description of the film, we’ve included each film’s rating, runtime and release date.
Release Date: February 9, 2018 Rating: PG Runtime: 1hr 40mins
Peter Rabbit is based on the works of Beatrix Potter, and follows the adventures of the Peter Rabbit as he tries to steal vegetables from Mr. McGregor’s garden. The original book series is over 100 years old, but its overarching themes of morality and friendship are still relevant today.
The film features state of the art animation, and the voice talents of Margot Robbie, James Corden, Rose Byrne and Daisy Ridley. Peter Rabbit looks to reintroduce the property to a new generation, but also to entertain parents just as easily as children. The trailers for the film look fantastic, and if it can deliver, Peter Rabbit could become the next big family-friendly franchise.
Release Date: February 9, 2018 Rating: PG Runtime: 1hr 36mins
Monster Family is an original film that follows a normal family which is unexpectedly turned into a clan of monsters. In the face of tremendous adversity, the family must reconnect to be restored to their human forms. The cast is led by Jason Isaacs, Jessica Brown Findlay and Nick Frost, and the story puts a modern twist on classic monsters.
Based on the trailer, most of the humor seems to be aimed at younger audiences, but that doesn’t mean parents can’t enjoy it as well. Hopefully, Monster Family will rise to the occasion, and tell a heartwarming story the whole family can enjoy.
Release Date: February 16, 2018 Rating: PG Runtime: 1hr 29mins
Early Man is the latest project from the company that produced Shaun the Sheep and Wallace and Gromit. The movie follows a group of cave people and their adorable animal friends as they fight to save their home from a villainous enemy.
The film boasts an impressive cast, which includes Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams and Academy Award Winner, Eddie Redmayne. But the real star is Aardman's kookily endearing animation. With Aardman’s stellar reputation of producing quality family films, Early Man looks to continue the company’s long tradition.
Release Date: March 23, 2018 Rating: NR Runtime: 1hr 30mins
Sherlock Gnomes is the highly-anticipated follow up to the family-friendly hit Gnomeo and Juliet. Following the events of the first film, Gnomeo and Juliet recruit the world-famous detective Sherlock Gnomes to help them find other lawn ornaments that have gone missing.
James McAvoy and Emily Blunt reprise their roles as Gnomeo and Juliet, and the film will also feature Johnny Depp as the titular Sherlock Gnomes. The first film was an absolute delight and was praised by audiences of all ages. By all accounts, it looks like this twist on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle stories is going to be a home run.
Duck Duck Goose
Release Date: April 20, 2018 Rating: PG Runtime: 1h 22mins
Duck Duck Goose will hit theaters in time for Easter and is one of the few family friendly films to debut in late April. The film centers around a bachelor goose named Peng who helps two lost ducklings find their way home. Comedian Jim Gaffigan leads the delightful cast of characters, accompanied by the wonderfully talented Zendaya and Craig Ferguson.
The trailer showcases the film’s sleek animation style, but it also shows that Duck Duck Goose is really about a rebellious Goose’s journey to be part of a family. The humor is on-point, but it’s the emotional beats of the film that make it something worth looking forward to.
From early February to late April, these family friendly films are sure to keep audiences happy until the summer. Check back in to get the latest scoop on all the movies hitting in 2018.