12 Most Anticipated Family Movies of 2019, 2020

Families are complicated; family movies are not. Typically, anything that is entertaining, G-rated and fun can be classified into a family film. While the classification is not difficult, what is not easy is to choose a film that the whole family can watch together, without anyone complaining it of being a total bore or another requiring something more evolved to watch. Due to the different age groups, among other classifications, it is natural that everyone prefers movies of a certain genre. Then, how do you pick a movie for the whole family? At this moment, the question that might be circling in your mind is what are the new family movies slated to be released soon? What can we watch together with our families this year. Worry not, we are here to help. Here is a list of the upcoming family movies releasing in the year 2019, 2020 and beyond. We hope the latest family movies will be as good as the previous ones.

12. Detective Pickachu (May 10, 2019)

Detective Pikachu is an upcoming action adventure film based on the video game of the same name. The movie is directed by Rob Letterman and written by Nicole Perlmanand. Detective Pikachu features Ryan Reynolds as the voice of Pikachu, Justin Smith, Kathryn Newton, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy in supporting roles. The movie will be released on the 10th of may 2019. According to a report by SuperBroMovies, ‘Detective Pickachu really tested well with the audiences at a recent test screening and the character design of Pickachu is similar to that of Rocket Racoon. Ryan Reynold’s voice performance as Pickachu stood out, and is described as being the highlight of the movie.

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11. A Dog’s Purpose 2 (May 17, 2019)

Every living being on this Earth has variable lifespans. While humans live longer, dogs have a considerably shorter span of life. In our long lives, we keep wondering about the things that we are meant to do. Everyone is looking for something that defines their life, something that sets their purpose. Something similar happens with dogs. ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ explores the meaning of life from the perspective of a dog who lives many lives while humans spend their single life-span. The first instalment of this film was a heartfelt story of a dog who reinvents his purpose with every new life. The second part will explore further angles of this story.

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10. Alladin (May 24, 2019)

Guy Ritchie is directing the upcoming live-action adaptation of Disney’s ‘Alladin’. Mena Massoud is starring as the titular character along with Naomi Scott as Jasmine and Will Smith as the Genie. The film is an adaptation of the famous folklore stories from the “The Arabian Nights,” which centres on the battle of Alladin against the sorcerer named Zafar with the help of his trusted aid “Genie.” The screenplay of the film is written by John August, Guy Ritchie and Vanessa Taylor. Walt Disney Pictures, Rideback and Marc Platt Productions are producing this upcoming fantasy with Disney distributing the movie worldwide.

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9. Toy Story 4 (June 21, 2019)

Toy Story is fourth in the series of the famous franchise that started way back in 1995. Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts and Joan Cusack are returning back as the voice casts, with Josh Cooley directing the movie from a screenplay by Stephany Folsom. John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich developed the story, which is set after Toy Story 3, where they are introduced to Forky (Tony Hale), a spork that has been made into a toy. Woody and Buzz teach him about the life of toys and how it’s like to be one by taking him on a road trip. The movie is produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios and is scheduled to release on the 21st June, 2019.

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8. The Lion King (July 19, 2019)

‘The Lion King’ is one of those timeless stories that can be told and retold a number of times, and still, its magic won’t fade away. Its animated version first came in 1994, the time when perhaps you were a kid yourself. It was as loved by the kids then, as ‘Frozen’ is loved now. The film has been remade into a live-action film, and its trailer is generating some serious nostalgia amongst the fans of the original. This is the film that you should watch not only for your kids but for yourself, as well. The story comes with a strong message about family and is a perfect thing to show to the children.

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7. Artemis Fowl (August 9, 2019)

This film is based on the book of the same name by Eoin Colfer and tells the story of a boy who discovers the existence of fairies. Artemis Fowl II is the protagonist of this story, but he is not your normal hero. He comes from a family of criminals and intends to keep up the name of the family by becoming a great criminal himself. He is only twelve years old, however, he has already shown a lot of taste for the notorious things. When his father is captured, the future of his family’s empire faces decline. Artemis Fowl II decides to make things right and discovers that there is a very magical way to solve the problems of his family. He employs the help of Domovoi Butler, his bodyguard whom he trusts more than anyone else to reach the world of fairies. Believing that they are rich beings, he plans to capture one of them and demand ransom for its release. But there are some things that are way beyond the control of the boy. Ferdia Shaw will star in the leading role, while Judi Dench and Josh Gad will appear in supporting roles. The film will be directed by Kenneth Branagh.

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6. The Addams Family (October 18, 2019)

You can have your reservations about showing this movie to your kids, but ‘The Addams Family’ is a story worth watching. The severed hand might scare the kids, and there might be some gothic tone to the story, but it’s not really horror. Rather it is a comedy movie. Because it focuses on a very weird family, ‘The Addams Family’ is the perfect film that you can watch with your whole family, and everyone will find at least character to whom they can relate personally. This personal investment in the story makes it all the more engaging and worth watching.

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5. Last Christmas (November 15, 2019)

Written by Emma Thompson, who has already won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for her work in ‘Sense and Sensibility’, this film will tell the story of two people coming together from different walks of life. Emilia Clarke will play the role of Kate whose life is nothing but an accumulation of bad decisions. Her life seems to have come to a disappointed standstill until Tom, played by Henry Golding, comes into her life. His entry changes everything in her life, and through a series of hysterical circumstances, they fall in love with each other.

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4. Jumanji 3 (December 13, 2019)

2017’s ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ was a sequel, as well as a reboot, for the 1995 film, ‘Jumanji’. The film was a huge success as it packed some serious action and adventure with moments of riotous laughter. Even though the expectations were not that high with the film, considering that the original is practically a classic and the stakes are pretty elevated, the film did manage to do some justice with its source material. With the success of the film, a sequel was quickly worked up and now another ‘Jumanji’ movie is slated for release next year. The whole cast will return to reprise their roles, and it is expected that it will explore the origins of the game.

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3. The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle (January 17, 2020)

Doctor Doolittle is the character that forms the focal point of the stories written by Hugh Lofting. The novels were published in the early 1920s and have formed the basis for several films since then. In 1967, Rex Harrison played the role of the titular doctor who has the ability to talk to animals. The film received multiple Academy Award nominations, winning in two categories. Years later, Eddie Murphy took on the role of the doctor and the comedy film turned out to be a great success, though it didn’t receive any nominations. There were several sequels but the effect of the story faded with its content. Now, the story is being brought to the screen again, this time Robert Downey Jr playing the role of Dr John Doolittle. With his sarcastic sense and innate humour, it will be interesting to see what new things he brings for the character. Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen and Jim Broadbent will appear in the supporting roles. The voices of the animals will be provided by actors like John Cena, Marion Cotillard, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Holland, and Rami Malek, among others.

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2. The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun (2020)

The Adventures of Tintin: Prisoners of the Sun is an upcoming fantasy movie which is directed by the man behind the successful “The Lord of The Rings trilogy,” Peter Jackson’. The movie is an adaptation of the comic book Prisoners of the Sun. The Screenplay is written by Anthony Horowitz. The film follows Tintin and Haddock as they head to South America to find a cure for their friend professor Calculus.. The movie is rumored to have voices of Andy Serkis, a regular in Jackson films, and Jamie Bell. No release date is finalized yet, but the film is expected to come out in 2020.

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1. Avatar 2 (December 18, 2020)

It has been almost a decade since James Cameron’s masterpiece, ‘Avatar’ graced the screens, and the wait is over for its sequel, almost! You’ll have to wait a tad bit more, but the future looks pretty good for the fans of this film. Another sequel has already been announced (so, this is certainly not the end of the story), and the stakes are higher and better for this one. If you are wondering “what took so long to make this sequel?”, then you should know that the director had been waiting around for a tech that hadn’t been used, or maybe even conceived, before! Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana and Stephen Lang, among others, are set to reprise their roles. Sigourney Weaver will return, but clearly in a different manner, because things sort of ended for her role, the last time we saw her! The film is scheduled to release on 18th December, 2020.

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