Parents

15 Kids Movies That Are Going To Make 2017 A Whole Lot More Fun

Chances are you’ll want to see them too.

1. The Lego Batman Movie, February 10th

Warner Bros.

What it’s about: Batman tries to save Gotham City from The Joker in this spin-off of The Lego Movie.

Why your kid will want to see it: They’re still singing “Everything is Awesome!” on the reg.

Why you might want to see it: Zach Galifianakis voices The Joker.

2. Beauty and the Beast, March 17th

Disney

What it’s about: Belle and the Beast unexpectedly fall in love in this live-action remake of 1991’s animated classic.

Why your kid will want to see it: The animated version is a big part of their childhood.

Why you might want to see it: The animated version was a big part of YOUR childhood too. Also, it stars cool people like Emma Watson (Hermione!), Josh Gad, and Emma Thompson.

3. Power Rangers, March 24th

Lions Gate/Saban

What it’s about: Five teenagers use their super powers to save earth in this new film adaptation of the television series we went crazy for in the ’90s.

Why your kid will want to see it: The fast action and bright colors will appeal to kids even if they’ve never heard of the franchise.

Why you might want to see it: Because you’re (probably) a ’90s kid!

4. The Boss Baby, March 31st

Dreamworks

What it’s about: A kid has to deal with the arrival of his baby brother — who wears a suit, carries a briefcase, and means business.

Why your kid will want to see it: The fast talking baby and a plotline that pits babies against puppies.

Why you might want to see it: Alec Baldwin voices the baby boss. You’ll go just to hear him say, “Cookies are for closers.”

5. Smurfs: The Lost Village, April 7th

Columbia

What it’s about: When Smurfette learns there might be more Smurfs out there in the world, she leads an expedition to find them before Gargamel does.

Why your kid will want to see it: If they thought the first two films were smurftastic, they’ll want to see this one too.

Why you might want to see it: This franchise reboot is entirely animated and doesn’t venture into our world, so it’ll feel a lot more like the cartoon we loved as kids.

6. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, June 2nd

Dreamworks

What it’s about: A couple fourth graders hypnotize their mean high school principal and turn him into their comic book creation, Captain Underpants.

Why your kid will want to see it: Your kid has read any of the 70 million copies of these books sold worldwide.

Why you might want to see it: Ed Helms voices the principal while Kristen Schaal, Kevin Hart and Jordan Peele voice other characters.

7. Cars 3, June 16th

Disney

What it’s about: After being left in the dust by more modern race cars, Lightning McQueen tries to make a comeback.

Why your kid will want to see it: You know why… It’s Cars.

Why you might want to see it: It may not sound like the most inspired concept, but hey, it’s still Pixar.

8. Despicable Me 3, June 30th

Universal

What it’s about: Gru (Steve Carrell) and Lucy (Kristen Wiig) face off against an ’80s child star turned super villain.

Why your kid will want to see it: It’s got those darn minions in it.

Why you might want to see it: The ’80s-obsessed baddie — voiced by South Park’s Trey Parker — looks sublimely wacky.

9. The Emoji Movie, August 4th

Sony/Columbia

What it’s about: Inside your smart phone is the secret world of Textopolis, where Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, aims to become a normal emoji.

Why your kid will want to see it: Kids love emojis, man. Mine even insisted I buy her an emoji pillow. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Why you might want to see it: Um… because it will remind you of the good times you had texting? Look, if you made it through The Angry Birds Movie you can make it through this one too.

10. The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature, August 18th

Open Road Films

What it’s about: The park animals band together to stop the mayor from bulldozing Liberty Park and turning it into an amusement park.

Why your kid will want to see it: They yukked their way through the first one.

Why you might want to see it: It’s pretty hot in August and movie theaters have air conditioning. (Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph, and Jackie Chan also do voices.)

11. Blazing Samurai, August 25th

Open Roads Films

What it’s about: A dog named Hank (played by Michael Cera) dreams of becoming a samurai and saving his town from a feline warlord (Ricky Gervais).

Why your kid will want to see it: It’s a silly comedy with a definite Kung Fu Panda vibe to it.

Why you might want to see it: The movie was not only inspired by Mel Brooks’ comedy classic, Blazing Saddles, but Brooks co-produced the movie and voiced one of the characters.

12. My Little Pony: The Movie, October 6th

Dreamworks

What it’s about: When Ponyville is threatened, the “Mane Six” team up and journey to the end of Equestria to save it.

Why your kid will want to see it: It’s MLP. If your kid has pony-fever there will be no holding them back.

Why you might want to see it: You loved old school MLP and can hang with the new version too.

13. Coco, November 22nd

Disney/Pixar

What it’s about: 12-year-old Miguel — who secretly aspires to be a musician even though his family forbids it — accidentally slips into the Land of the Dead in this Dia de los Muertos-inspired tale.

Why your kid will want to see it: It’s a new, non-sequel from Pixar!

Why you might want to see it: See above.

14. Paddington 2, November 24th

Heydey/Studio Canal

What it’s about: Paddington and the Browns go under cover to capture a thief.

Why your kid will want to see it: They’re still charmed by the first one. (You probably are too.)

Why you might want to see it: Hugh Grant joined the cast this time around.

15. Jumanji, December 22nd

Columbia

What it’s about: Four teenagers get sucked into the Jumanji world and have to survive the wilds of the jungle as characters from the game.

Why your kid will want to see it: Epic fights with rhinos? Dances to the death with black mamba snakes? Yeah, kids will want to see this.

Why you might want to see it: You’re nostalgic for the original Jumanji with Robin Williams. (Oh, yeah, and it co-stars the Rock.)

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