With a mix of promising sequels and a variety of beloved children’s classics brought to life, 2018 is shaping up to be a great year for kids’ movies!
While we love popping in a DVD or turning on Netflix for a cosy fam-bam movie night over the weekend, taking the kids to watch a film is a great indoor activity for parents and kiddos to enjoy together. And 2018 promises to be a fun year at the movies for children with a wide variety of animated and non-animated features for kids of all ages. Here are some upcoming kids movies we are super excited about this year.
While your kid may watch movies at home occasionally, watching them on a big screen in a dark theatre can be quite a different experience. So, while these movies are all stories the little ones will enjoy, Mamas and Daddies can make the call on whether your former toddlers are movie-ready yet.
Peter Rabbit: Now Playing
For the first time ever, the mischievous, adventurous little rabbit from Beatrix Potter’s beloved book series has made it to the big screen in an irreverent, contemporary comedy with a healthy helping of attitude. Kiddos will love following the hilarious misadventures of Peter, his angelic triplet sisters Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, and his war with the mean farmer Mr. McGregor (Sam Neill) in this live action and CGI mash-up. In a modern update for the film, Peter’s feud continues with Mr. McGregor’s great-nephew Thomas (Domhnall Gleason), who inherits the farm. There’s even room for a bit of romance with sweet next door neighbour Bea (Rose Byrne), which is sure to keep mamas entertained! Book fans will do a happy dance when they see so many classic Beatrix Potter animal characters brought vividly to life, including Jemima Puddleduck, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Benjamin Bunny and more.
Sherlock Gnomes: 15 March
Take your little elves along to see Gnomeo and Juliet recruit detective Sherlock Gnomes and his sidekick, Gnome Watson to help investigate the mysterious disappearance of other garden gnomes. It’s also a great way to introduce your kiddos to the world’s greatest (and oldest) detective duo! A British-American 3D computer-animated film, Sherlock Gnomes is a sequel to 2011’s Gnomeo & Juliet, and has Hollywood celebrities like James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, and Johnny Depp lending their voices to the movie’s characters.
Plus, if you’re looking for something to do over school holidays, head over to Parkway Parade between 12-18 March for a chance to win tickets to the movie! Put on your detective hat and hunt for hidden gnomes in a special garden ( it’s on level B1), snap and share pictures, and you can win tickets the movie or a tote bag. Spot all three gnomes and you can be one of five lucky winners to walk away with 100$of PP shopping vouchers! *Terms and conditions apply. Visit Level 1 concierge at PP or www.parkwayparade.com for all the details.
Duck Duck Goose: 20 April
A Chinese and American collaboration, Duck Duck Goose is a computer-animated comedy about a high-flying bachelor gander who finds himself looking after two young ducklings when injury forces him to lay low. With no clue of what to do, and two little birdies who won’t let up (sound familiar mammas?), he joins the two little lost ducklings as they journey south. This one promises to be all kinds of cute.
Incredibles 2: 21 June
Parenting can put even superheroes to the test, as the delightful family of Incredibles showed us in the wonderful first movie. We are super excited about the storyline that involves Daddy Mr. Incredible handling the kids while Momma Elastigirl is out fighting crime and campaigning. Give us fun with a fresh take on traditional gender roles and we are on board. But when a new sinister villain appears on the scene, all the Incredibles joins powers with Frozone to make sure good triumphs over evil.
Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation: 13 July
Taking place six years after Hotel Transylvania 2, the third installment sees the Dracula family (and assorted ghoulish friends) take a luxury Monster cruise, where the widowed Drac (Adam Sandler) unwittingly falls for the ship’s captain, who happens to be descended from legendary vampire slayer Van Helsing. Featuring the voices of funnymen like Andy Samberg, Mel Brooks, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi and others, this looks to be one that will have kiddos rolling in the aisles.
Small Foot: 28 September
Reversing the human curiosity in Big Foot and Yetis, Small Foot is an animated film about a big footed Yeti community who are both scared and in awe of the idea of small footed people (humans). Migo, voiced by Channing Tantum, is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “Smallfoots” (actually Humans) really do exist. Will he find them, and what hilarious adventures does he encounter? We can’t wait to find out.
The Grinch: November 9th 2018
This 3D animation film is based on the very popular 1957 Dr. Seuss story, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”. Benedict Cumberbatch will be voicing The Grinch in this holiday classic, which celebrates all things Christmassy, while subtly commenting on commercialism, and how Christmas should be less about presents and more about actually being present and loving your family.
For slightly older kiddos who are more familiar with the movie experience, there is a little more room for experimentation while keeping the fun quotient going.
Sgt Stubby: 13 April
Based on the amazing true story of a Boston Terrier who became a hero during WW1, Sgt Stubby is an animated film about a little dog who wanders into an army camp and changes the life of young Army doughboy Robert Conroy (Logan Lerman). Despite lacking formal military working dog training, Stubby and his human companions find themselves in the trenches of France, where they brave harsh conditions and perform heroic acts of courage. Narrated by Robert’s sister Margaret (Helena Bonham Carter), the movie shows Stubby’s combat skills, which included the ability to sniff incoming gas attacks, find wounded allies in No Man’s Land, and even catch a German spy in the trenches. Go watch the pawsome exploits of Sgt Stubby, the only doggy to ever be promoted to the rank of Sergeant in the United States Army!
Christopher Robin: 3 August
Who doesn’t love Winnie the Pooh, the cuddliest bear there ever was? But unlike the cartoons and kiddie stories, this movie takes a semi-grown-up spin on the franchise. While childhood is all about wonder and imagination, growing up can turn many of us into dull boys and girls. The same happens to Christopher Robin (played here by Ewan McGregor), the little boy from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, who has grown up and lost all sense of imagination. Pooh and his friends Piglet, Tigger, Kanga and Owl re-enter Christopher’s life to help him rediscover the joys of life.
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms: 2 November
This live-action Disney fantasy film based on the famous Nutcracker ballet is sure to enchant as it brings magical winter fairylands to life for the first time. It doesn’t hurt that screen legends like Morgan Freeman and Helen Mirren will be headlining, or that ballet superstar Misty Copeland will be pirouetting her heart out. The trailer for this one looks a little dark, but kids who are familiar with the story should definitely enjoy it.
Mary Poppins Returns: 25 December 25th
For those of us who loved the first Mary Poppins starring the inimitable Julie Andrews, here’s a chance to introduce your little ones to the delightful story of the Banks family and their magical nanny Mary Poppins. Set in Depression-era London, 25 years after the events of the original movie, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal tragedy. Through her unique magical skills, and the aid of her lamplighter friend Jack (uber-performer Lin-Manuel Miranda stepping into Dick Van Dyke’s shoes), she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. The movie boasts of an impressive star cast that includes Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep as Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy.
Ages 11 to 15:
Your teenage drama queens and kings may frown upon watching a movie with their suddenly uncool parents, but in case they are still comfortable being seen with you, take them along for these upcoming movies. Or win brownie points by buying surprise tickets for the grumpy teenager and his/her best buds.
A Wrinkle in Time: Now Playing
When Meg Murry finds out that her astrophysicist father, Alex, is being held captive on a distant planet, she joins hands with her highly intelligent younger brother Charles Wallace, her new friend Calvin O’Keefe, and three astral travelers, Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who, to save him.The movie stars big names like Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling, and Chris Pine. While the trailer looks spectacular, we are also super excited about the fact that this is the first movie to be directed by a woman of colour, and made one a nine-figure budget, no less! We love movies that break new boundaries on and off screen.
Mowgli: 19 October
Generations will come and go but The Jungle Book will always remain an eternally loved story. Mowgli, a live-action adventure fantasy film, follows the upbringing of the human child Mowgli (Rohan Chand) raised by a pack of wolves in the jungles of India. As he learns the rules of the jungle under the tutelage of a bear named Baloo (Andy Serkis) and a panther named Bagheera (Christian Bale), Mowgli becomes accepted by the animals of the jungle. All but one; the fearsome tiger Shere Khan (Benedict Cumberbatch). As he learns the ways of the forest, a greater danger lurks in the jungle for Mowgli — coming face to face with his human origins.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald: 16t November
A sequel to the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and the tenth movie in the JK Rowling wizarding world, the fantasy adventure pickups where the first one ended in 1920s New York City: Powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers to raise pure-blood wizards up to rule over all non-magical beings. In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander. But who can tell what dangers and adventures lie ahead? We look forward to seeing how Jude Law portrays the legendary Dumbledore in his younger days.