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The Best New Kids' Movies

Best New Kids Movies in Theaters

The Best New Kids’ Movies Coming to Theatres

(Updated 04/02/2019)

Families who love movies have more choices than ever when it comes to entertainment that is suitable for audiences of all ages. Whether it’s a revival of classic characters, a sequel to a recent hit, or an all-new story full of adventure and inspiring characters, 2020 is shaping up to be an incredible year. And with our discount pricing for children's tickets and special Family Day pricing at select theatres, a family outing to the movies is one of the most affordable entertainment options around! Build a playdate around a new movie, or reserve a party room or book a private screening for the ultimate birthday party! Thanks to our locations which offer concessions from Pizza Hut Express, you can even organize a movie-lover's pizza party.

Whether it's a family night out, or a birthday party blowout, here are the best new kids’ movies — or movies for families to watch together — playing on the big screen in 2020.


The Best New Kids’ Movies in Theatres: Onward

[Image Credit: Pixar]

Pixar's new film, ONWARD, is set in a suburban fantasy world where magic has slowly been replaced with technology. Two teenage elf brothers (voiced by Chris Pratt and Tom Holland) undertake an extraordinary quest to see if they can find a little bit of magic, in the hopes of being able to reconnect with their late father, who died when both elf boys were too young to know him. MONSTERS UNIVERSITY filmmaker Dan Scanlon directs a cast that also includes Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer.

Trolls World Tour

The Best New Kids’ Movies in Theatres: Trolls World Tour

[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]

TROLLS WORLD TOUR will take the trolls, voiced once again by Anna Kendrick and Justin Timberlake, well beyond what they’ve known before. Poppy (Kendrick) and Branch (Timberlake) discover that there are five other Troll tribes scattered throughout many different lands, with each devoted to a different kind of music: Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop and Rock. Trouble brews when Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom), aided by her father King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), wants to destroy all other kinds of music to let rock reign supreme. Poppy and Branch, along with their friends — Biggie (James Corden), Chenille (Caroline Hjelt), Satin (Aino Jawo), Cooper (Ron Funches) and Guy Diamond (Kunal Nayyar) — set out to unify the Trolls in harmony against Barb, who’s looking to upstage them all.


The Best New Kids’ Movies in Theatres: Scoob

[Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]

Scooby-Doo's origin story is told in SCOOB!, the first full-length animated adventure featuring the large, lovable hound and his Mystery, Inc. pals. This story reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met, and how they became BFFs with the enterprising young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne. SPACE JAM animation director Tony Cervone directs, and the SCOOB! cast features Kiersey Clemons, Zac Efron, Will Forte, Jason Isaacs, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Gina Rodriguez, Amanda Seyfried, Mark Wahlberg, and Frank Welker, best known as the voice of Optimus Prime, as Scooby-Doo.

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

The SpongeBob Movie: It's a Wonderful Sponge

[Image Credit: Paramount Pictures]

Spongebob Squarepants turned 20 in 2019, and the character's third movie will arrive in 2020 to honor the show's late creator, Steven Hillenburg. SPONGE ON THE RUN will be the first fully-CG animated film in the series, and will act as a prequel to the long-running TV series. As the title implies, the story will also feature an homage to Frank Capra's Christmas classic movie IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE. In 2018, Mireille Soria, president of Paramount Animation, said, "For the first time ever, we’re going to get to the origin of how little Spongebob met the rest of the Bikini Bottom gang at summer camp." She went on to explain that "The film’s opening will take place at Camp Coral when all of our favorite characters meet for the first time."

Chicken Run 2

New Kids Movies in Theatres:  Chicken Run 2

[Image Credit: Lionsgate]

Quick: Name the most successful stop-motion animated film of all time. That question is probably more difficult to answer than you'd guess. The answer? CHICKEN RUN (above), released in 2000, which was the first full-length feature from "Wallace & Gromit" creators Aardman Animation. Now, after escaping a dire fate on the farm owned by the Tweedy family, CHICKEN RUN 2 shows how the chickens face new problems while living on an island where they are free and safe — or so they thought.


New Kids Movies in Theatres:  Soul

[Image Credit: Pixar]

Ever wonder where your passion, your dreams and your interests come from? What is it that makes you... YOU? In SOUL, the second Pixar movie of 2020, we'll experience an epic journey that ranges from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life's most important questions. INSIDE OUT filmmaker Pete Docter directs.

Minions: The Rise of Gru

New Kids Movies in Theatres:  Minions: The Rise of Gru

[Image Credit: Universal Pictures]

At long last, MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU bridges the first MINIONS spin-off with its parent series, DESPICABLE ME. In 2015, MINIONS revealed the history of the chattering little yellow mischief-makers. Now the sequel will take the creatures towards their destiny with the most despicable villain of all: Steve Carell's Gru. Kyle Balda returns to direct, with Brad Ableson as co-director.

Jungle Cruise

New Kids Movies in Theatres: Jungle Cruise

[Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures]

JUNGLE CRUISE follows scientist Lily Houghton (Emily Blunt) and her brother McGregor (Jack Whitefall) as they enlist the help of a riverboat captain named Frank (Dwayne Johnson) to help them find the fabled Tree of Life, which is said to possess miraculous healing powers. Frank isn't as adventurous as he first appears, however. Mostly, he navigates manufactured thrills for his customers. Lily encourages Frank to prove his skills as a true captain, and they're soon navigating a dangerous journey through the jungle in a race to beat competing explorers to the tree.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

The Best New Kids’ Movies in Theatres: Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

[Image Credit: Sony Pictures]

PETER RABBIT was a surprise hit movie for kids in 2018. Now the lovable rogue rabbit returns in PETER RABBIT 2: THE RUNAWAY. While Bea (Rose Byrne), Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson), and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, Peter (James Corden) can’t shake his reputation as a mischievous prankster. When the furry hero leaves his garden home to explore the greater world beyond, he finds a place where his nature seems to be appreciated, but his disappearance sends his friends and family off on a frantic rabbit-hunt, leading to a turning point where Peter must decide what kind of bunny he wants to be.

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