While the Covid-19 pandemic has affected the opening, closing and attendance of movie theatres, it hasn't stopped the production of some excellent-looking family films. In fact, the schedule for the year is set to be stacked with fairy tales, new animated movies, robot adventures, musicals and, of course, the ever-popular sequels and remakes. We compiled a list of the best kid's movies of 2021.
You can pencil these into your calendar or if you're looking for more inspiration for at-home family movie nights, you can also check out the best kids' movies on Netflix. Now, who wants popcorn?
The Madrigals are an 'extraordinary family' who live in 'a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charming place called an Encanto.' Every child in the family has a 'unique gift,' except for Mirabel. 'Gift or no gift, I am just as special as the rest of my family,' she declares in the trailer. Although Mirabel is ordinary, she might just be her family’s only hope when the magic surrounding Encanto is in danger.
Release Date: Nov. 24
How to watch: In theatres
Buster Moon (voiced by Matthew McConaughey) is back and wants to launch a new show at the Crystal Tower Theater in Redshore City. Buster promises 'egocentric gangster', Mr Crystal,and it will star lion rock legend Clay Calloway (Bono). However, Buster doesn’t know the now-reclusive rockstar. ``Desperate to save the show, and his life, Buster embarks on a quest to find Clay and persuade him to return to the stage,'' according to Universal Pictures. 'What begins as a dream of big-time success becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.'
Release Date: Dec. 22
How to watch: In theatres
Clifford- The Big Red Dog
What It's About: 'When middle-schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gifts her a little, red puppy, she never anticipated waking up to find a giant ten-foot hound in her small New York City apartment. While her single mom (Sienna Guillory) is a way for business, Emily and her fun but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) set out on an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat as our heroes take a bite out of the Big Apple. Based on the beloved Scholastic book character, Clifford will teach the world how to love big!'
Release Date: Nov. 10
How to watch: In theatres and on Paramount+)
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
What It's About: 'Greg Heffley is a scrawny but ambitious kid with an active imagination and big plans to be rich and famous – he just has to survive middle school first. To make matters worse, Greg's lovable best friend Rowley seems to coast through life and succeed at everything without even trying! As details of his hilarious – and often disastrous – attempts to fit infill the pages of his journal, Greg learns to appreciate true friends and the satisfaction that comes from standing up for what is right.'
Release Date: Dec. 3
How to watch: on Disney+