10 Best Family Movies Premiering in 2016

by IMDb-Editors | created - 09 Oct 2015 | updated - 14 Oct 2015 | Public

Want to place bets on which adorable creatures and magical worlds will be entrancing your kids next year? Check out our list of the top 10 upcoming family films we have on our radar. — Mehera Bonner

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1. Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

PG | 113 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

34 Metascore

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to help the Mad Hatter.

Director: James Bobin | Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway

Votes: 84,600 | Gross: $77.04M

The highly-anticipated sequel to Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland won't hit theaters until May 27, 2016, but it's already topping IMDb's MOVIEmeter for next year's family films. Burton produces, and James Bobin directs as Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp reprise their roles in a magical and completely surreal adventure through Wonderland. The best part? The ever-original Sacha Baron Cohen in the role of the villain.

2. Finding Dory (2016)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

77 Metascore

Friendly but forgetful blue tang Dory begins a search for her long-lost parents, and everyone learns a few things about the real meaning of family along the way.

Directors: Andrew Stanton, Angus MacLane | Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Ed O'Neill, Kaitlin Olson

Votes: 223,377 | Gross: $486.30M

Let's be honest: Dory is the best character from Finding Nemo. Fans will be thrilled to know that their favorite flustered fish is returning for the film's sequel on June 17, 2016, and she's taking on a starring role. Dory's story takes place six months after her quest to find Nemo and will focus primarily on her quest to find her own family. Guess who comes along for the ride? Yep, both Marlin and Nemo join the adventure. Summer can't come soon enough.

3. Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

66 Metascore

Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home.

Directors: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 123,091 | Gross: $143.53M

Kung Fu Panda and sequel Kung Fu Panda 2 were such huge successes with kids and parents alike that DreamWorks is giving fans a third installment. This time, Po reunites with his Panda family in panda Paradise (umm, sounds like heaven on earth) and has to teach them the art of Kung Fu. Let the hijinks begin on Jan. 29, 2016.

4. Zootopia (2016)

PG | 108 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

78 Metascore

In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy.

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore, Jared Bush | Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Idris Elba, Jenny Slate

Votes: 401,851 | Gross: $341.27M

Did you and the kids love Wreck-It Ralph? Then you might want to book some early tickets to Zootopia when it comes out March 4, 2016. The film, co-directed by Rich Moore, is about a bunny named Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), who moves to a city full of animals. Judy makes an unlikely friend in a conniving Fox named Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), who helps her solve a mystery. Oh, and special bonus: Shakira has an original song in the movie, which, based on the animation, looks like it might be the cutest film of all time.

5. The Secret Life of Pets (2016)

PG | 87 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

The quiet life of a terrier named Max is upended when his owner takes in Duke, a stray whom Max instantly dislikes.

Directors: Chris Renaud, Yarrow Cheney | Stars: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Lake Bell

Votes: 172,445 | Gross: $368.38M

No wait, this is the cutest film of all time. Just watch the trailer, and try to say it isn't. The film's premise is simple: What do pets do when their humans leave home for the day? Engage in turf wars, apparently. The furry animated film has some sure-to-be stellar voice performances from favorites like grumpy dad Louis C.K., who voices Max, the original favorite pet in the family, and Eric Stonestreet, the voice of Duke, the big sloppy mongrel who turns Max's world upside down.

6. Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)

PG | 94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

34 Metascore

When Scrat's acorn sends an asteroid to Earth, the Herd must find a way to stop the asteroid from hitting Earth with the help of a returning friend.

Directors: Mike Thurmeier, Galen T. Chu | Stars: Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Chris Wedge

Votes: 51,761 | Gross: $64.06M

Yet another Ice Age movie is joining the franchise family, which means Denis Leary, Ray Romano, Queen Latifah, and John Leguizamo are back for more prehistoric fun. There's a reason this is the fifth Ice Age film to hit theaters: The movies are packed with humor adults will appreciate and teach great values about friendship and family. Plus, there's that adorable little saber-toothed squirrel.

7. Moana (I) (2016)

PG | 107 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

81 Metascore

In Ancient Polynesia, when a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana's island, she answers the Ocean's call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Directors: Ron Clements, John Musker, Don Hall, Chris Williams | Stars: Auli'i Cravalho, Dwayne Johnson, Rachel House, Temuera Morrison

Votes: 241,466 | Gross: $248.76M

Get ready to buy out the Disney store, because there's a new princess in the lineup. Meet Moana, a spunky teen who sets sail on the high seas to fulfill her ancestors' ancient quest. Along the way, she meets a demi-god named Maui, and together they have the adventure of a lifetime. Moana already seems like a great (and super-empowered) role model for little girls and will be voiced by Auli'i Cravalho. Suffice it to say the movie will make a huge splash when it hits theaters Nov. 23, 2016.

8. Pete's Dragon (2016)

PG | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

71 Metascore

The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliott, who happens to be a dragon.

Director: David Lowery | Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford, Oakes Fegley, Oona Laurence

Votes: 51,067 | Gross: $76.23M

Remember Walt Disney's 1977 version of Pete's Dragon, about a live-action boy and his animated dragon buddy? Well, it's being rebooted for an Aug. 12, 2016, release date, and some pretty famous faces are getting on board. We're talking the likes of Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Wes Bentley, who are joining forces to put a new, non-musical spin on the beloved childhood classic. And yes, Elliot the Dragon is CGI.

9. Animal Crackers (2017)

94 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

A family must use a magical box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil uncle Horatio P. Huntington.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Scott Christian Sava, Jaime Maestro | Stars: Emily Blunt, Danny DeVito, John Krasinski, Ian McKellen

Votes: 470

Husband and wife duo John Krasinski and Emily Blunt are teaming up alongside Raven-Symoné, Sir Ian McKellen, and Sylvester Stallone (oh, and Danny DeVito!) to bring you this film about a mysterious box of Animal Crackers that turn people into the animal they've eaten. What could go wrong? With an all-star cast including a knight, it's safe to assume this movie will be a joy for kids and parents alike. It will also give everyone cravings for crackers with tails.

10. Norm of the North (2016)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

21 Metascore

When a real estate development invades his Arctic home, Norm and his three lemming friends head to New York City, where Norm becomes the mascot of the corporation in an attempt to bring it down from the inside and protect his homeland.

Director: Trevor Wall | Stars: Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Bill Nighy

Votes: 8,243 | Gross: $17.02M

There's nothing more fun than movies where fleets of animals accidentally end up roving big cities, and Norm is getting in on the action. This polar bear ends up in NYC with his lemming buddies and finds out that there's more to the company he's working for than meets the eye. Will Norm save the day? Well, this is a children's film about a polar bear. So, you draw your conclusions. Norm of the North hits theaters sooner than later, with a release date of Jan. 15, 2016.

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