The Best New Family-Friendly Movies

March 6th, 2019The Best New Family-Friendly Movies

As we move into springtime, 2019 has something for everyone — but not every film is for all audiences. Depending on your point of view, AVENGERS: ENDGAME might not be a family-friendly movie. IT: CHAPTER TWO certainly won’t be. Heck, whether you’re looking to take the kids to a film or are flying solo, maybe you just want to see a film that is kind of … nice, you know?

With a lot of new films to choose from, here are the best new family-friendly movies in theatres and coming soon.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

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Things have moved forward since we last checked in with Hiccup and the dragon Toothless. Hiccup now governs Berk, along with Astrid, and they’ve created a wild and beautiful home for dragons. But then a new dragon, thought to never exist in the first place, shows up. This new dragon is part of a wave of change that threatens everything our heroes have ever known.

In a rare scenario for animated films, Dean DeBlois returns as writer and director. He wrote and directed both of the previous films in the series. And Jay Baruchel returns to voice Hiccup, while America Ferrera once again gives voice to Astrid. Cate Blanchett is back as Valka, and Craig Ferguson reprises his role voicing Gobber the Belch. (February 22)

Wonder Park

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June (Brianna Denski) once spent her childhood days imagining Wonderland, an incredible amusement park filled with epic rides and talking animals. As June got older, her imagination faded, and she forgot the park. All of that childhood creativity comes flooding back one day, however, when she stumbles across an old rollercoaster car in the woods.

Sitting in the car, June is transported to the land she dreamed up all of those years ago. Without her attention, the fun land has fallen into disrepair. The park’s animal inhabitants convince June to help them return a sense of wonder to Wonderland and save the space she imagined. WONDER PARK features the voices of Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, Kenan Thompson, Ken Jeong, Mila Kunis, John Oliver and Ken Hudson Campbell. (March 15)


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Visionary director Tim Burton revisits and expands the story of Disney’s classic DUMBO. Max Medici (Danny DeVito) operates a small, struggling circus, but his fortunes turn around in a big way when a young elephant with gigantic ears begins to fly around the big top. Dumbo and his aerial antics turn the Medici circus into a smash success.

The small outfit’s massive new popularity attracts attention from a persuasive businessman, V.A. Vandevere (Michael Keaton). The slick operator lures Dumbo and his keepers, Holt Farrier (Colin Farrell) and children Milly (Nico Parker) and Joe (Finley Hobbins), to Dreamland, his state-of-the-art amusement park. While the elephant thrills audiences, Holt begins to realize that Vandevere is hiding dark secrets. (March 29)

Missing Link

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The studio behind CORALINE and KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS explores a hilarious chapter in the story of human evolution. Hugh Jackman provides the voice of Sir Lionel Frost, a monster researcher who hopes to be as mythic as his subjects. Frost sets off on an exploration deep into the Pacific Northwest in search of a legendary creature.

What Frost finds is the Sasquatch-like creature Mr. Link (Zach Galifianakis). Link isn’t dangerous; he’s a friendly and eager guy who just wants to find his long-lost family. With help from free-spirited adventurer Adelina Fortnight (Zoe Saldana), Frost and Mr. Link set off to the fabled valley of Shangri-La, where hidden family secrets hopefully await. (April 12)


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The creation of Disneynature was inspired by the 2005 release of MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, so it’s only fitting that the nature-focused Disney label circles back around to the flightless aquatic birds. PENGUINS is the coming-of-age story about an Adélie penguin named Steve. As spring comes to Antarctica, Steve tries to build a suitable nest, find a life partner and start a family.

That sounds easy, but Steve struggles. From evading killer whales and leopard seals to dealing with competition from literally millions of other male penguins, he’s got his work cut out for him. The movie comes from the filmmakers of BEARS and CHIMPANZEE, with Ed Helms narrating and providing the voice of Steve. PENGUINS opens just in time for Earth Day 2019. (April 17)

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