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Family Films: Must-see new kids’ movies coming out in 2021

Lisa O'Keeffe

16 December 2020

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Grab the popcorn and get ready for action, as we reveal the best new kids’ movies in 2021! Coming to a big screen near you (or your own TV!), you can expect star-studded casts, much-awaited blockbusters and plenty of movie magic for the whole family. So sit back, relax and dig into the popcorn, with our list of the new family films due to be released in 2021.

  1. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway
    February 2021
    It’s been a long wait for the Peter Rabbit sequel, but after some Covid-related delays, the film is now due to be released in February 2021 - just in time for half term!

    If you thought Peter Rabbit’s adventures at the farm were exciting, wait until you see what trouble he gets into in the big city! The story takes place soon after the events of the first movie. Bea has published her bestselling Peter Rabbit book and this has brought our little hero newfound fame. However, his mischievous reputation causes a rift between him and Thomas, which eventually causes Peter to run away from home and get into even more trouble.

    Starring: James Corden, Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie and Rose Byrne



  2. The Croods: A New Age
    February 2021

    If you loved the first Croods movie, then you’ll definitely want to add this one to your must-watch list this year. Due for UK release in early February, this sequel takes place some years after the first film, with the family still searching for a place to settle down. When they stumble across a promising new land, they meet the Bettermans, who claim to be better and more evolved than the cave-dwelling Croods - but who will come out on top?

    Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds



  3. Cinderella
    February 2021
    Expect the fairytale magic of Cinderella with a modern twist, as popstar Camilla Cabello takes the lead in this musical adaptation. With Sony at the helm instead of Disney, this isn’t designed to be a remake of all the Cinderella films that have come before, so expect lots of twists and turns along the way. It’s already been revealed that there will be NO villains in this film, with Idina Menzel taking on the role of the not-so-evil stepmother.

    Starring: Camilla Cabello, Idina Menzel, James Corden and Romesh Ranganathan

  4. Raya and the Last Dragon
    March 2021
    The first major Disney release for 2021 is Raya and the Last Dragon, and just like in 2020, it’s been announced that this will be released to Disney+ so you can enjoy it all from the comfort of your own home! The story follows Raya, a fearless warrior princess who must restore peace to the world of Kumandra. With sinister monsters known as the Druun back for vengeance, Raya must find Sisu, the last remaining dragon to help defeat the Druun.

    Starring: Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina




  5. Black Widow
    May 2021
    The next release in the Marvel universe is the long-awaited Black Widow - which was delayed in 2020 due to Coronavirus. Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow was one of the toughest female superheroes on the Avengers Team without actually having any superpowers; she was just that awesome! Which is why it was even harder to accept she was never coming back after the events of Endgame. Don't despair though, Natasha Romanoff is back on the big screen in her very own movie (which predates the events of Endgame) and it looks absolutely epic. Teenage girls, boys and parents alike will be drawn into the fast-paced spy action.

    Starring: Scarlett Johansson, David Harbour, Robert Downey Jr. and Florence Pugh



  6. Rumble
    May 2021
    Giving us major Space Jam vibes, Rumble features superstar wrestling monsters, competing in a professional global event. The film centres on a teenage girl called Winnie, who dreams of following in her father’s footsteps by coaching the lovable underdog monster Steve to victory. Can she turn him into a champion in time to face Tentacular? Let’s get ready to Rumbleeeeeee!

    Starring: Ben Schwartz, Will Arnett, Geraldine Viswanathan and Chris Eubank



  7. Cruella
    May 2021
    Set in the 1970s, this film starring Emma Stone follows young fashion designer Estella de Vil in what’s designed to be a prequel to the 101 Dalmatians films we all know and love. As Estella becomes obsessed with dogs’ skins, especially Dalmatians, this film tells the story of how a young woman became the ruthless and terrifying legend known as Cruella - and you can expect to meet Horace and Jasper too!

    Starring: Emma Stone, Emma Thompson, Joel Fry and Paul Walter Hauser

  8. Minions: The Rise of Gru
    July 2021
    The sequel to the Minions prequel, this film is the fifth installment in the Despicable Me series - and it shows no signs of slowing down! Set in the heart of the 1970s, 12-year-old Felonious Gru is growing up in the suburbs, hatching a plan to become evil enough to join his supervillain heroes. With a little help from his lovable Minion friends, Gru suddenly finds himself the mortal enemy of the Vicious 6 - and the chaos we all know and expect begins! A must-see for any Minion fan!

    Starring: Steve Carell, Pierre Coffin, Russell Brand and Jean-Claude Van Damme



  9. Space Jam: A New Legacy
    July 2021
    The original 1996 film is still up there with one of the best films of all time, so we’ve got high hopes for the long-awaited sequel. NBA legend LeBron James fills the shoes of Michael Jordan and soon finds himself trapped in a digital space by a rogue AI-G Rhythm. LeBron must get them home safe with a little help from Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes, as they once again showdown on the basketball court - but who will come out on top?

    Starring: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Jeff Bergman and Eric Bauza



  10. Jungle Cruise
    July 2021
    Based on the riverboat ride at four Disney theme parks worldwide (including Magic Kingdom in Orlando), Jungle Cruise is an action-packed adventure with an all-star cast. Set during the early 20th century, a riverboat captain takes a scientist and her brother on a mission through the Jungle in search of the Tree of Life. With wild animals and a competing German expedition to contend with, will they succeed?

    Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Emily Blunt, Jack Whitehall and Édgar Ramírez



  11. Hotel Transylvania 4
    Expected summer 2021
    The plot for the latest instalment in the Hotel Transylvania series has been kept under wraps, but if the previous three are anything to go by, this is sure to be another family favourite…

    Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez

  12. PAW Patrol: The Movie
    August 2021
    If you’ve got a young child at home, then you’ll be no stranger to Ryder and the pups - but they’re back this year with their first movie release! Set to be the biggest PAW Patrol story ever, the whole gang are called to Adventure City to stop Mayor Humdinger from turning the bustling metropolis into a state of chaos. Expect exciting missions, new pups and new vehicles in a film that’s sure to be a hit with younger viewers.

    Starring: All your usual PAW Patrol voices, and Kim Kardashian West lends her voice to the film too!

  13. The Boss Baby: Family Business
    September 2021
    Also known as Boss Baby 2, the original Boss Baby, Ted, and his brother Tim are all grown up and have drifted apart, with Tim now a dad of two himself. It takes Tina, the next generation of Boss Baby, to bring them back together with a daring mission as a BabyCorp secret agent. With the help of some magic formula, Tim and Ted, can they all uncover the deep dark secrets and discover a new family bond?

    Starring: Alec Baldwin, James Marsden, Eva Longoria and Jeff Goldblum




  14. The Addams Family 2
    October 2021
    They’re kooky and they’re spooky, and they’re heading back to the big screen - yep it’s the return of the Addams Family! This is the sequel to the 2019 animated film, featuring more wacky adventures and mishaps with all sorts of unsuspecting characters.

    Starring: Charlize Theron, Chloe Grace Moretz, Oscar Isaac and Snoop Dogg



  15. Untitled Spider-Man Sequel
    Expected December 2021
    We’re losing count of the number of Spider-Man films out there, but this latest release in the Marvel Universe follows Spider-Man Far From Home with the same cast. Whilst the storyline hasn’t been released yet (or the final title decided!), it’s sure to deliver the same action and adventure you’d expect from Marvel - so watch this space!

    Starring: Tom Holland, Zendaya, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jamie Foxx


There you go - this was our list of the best kids’ movies to watch in 2021. Hopefully, these awesome upcoming releases have given you enough inspiration to brave taking the kids to the cinema!

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