2019 looks like it’s going to be a stellar year for kids’ films. As well as the release of three Disney live-action movies, there’s the sequel to Frozen, the fifth instalment of Shrek and Toy Story 4. All-in-all, head to the cinema if you want to keep the kids amused over the next 12 months.
Kids' films releasing in 2019
The story of a flying elephant is set to be brought to life by director Tim Burton in what is the first of three live-action adaptations from Disney in 2019. The film stars Danny DeVito as the ringmaster, Colin Farrell as a former circus star and Eva Green as a trapeze artist, while Michael Keaton plays as a business entrepreneur, who buys the circus and exploits Dumbo’s talents.
Release date: 29 March 2019
2) Frozen 2
The first Frozen movie was Disney’s most successful animation of all-time, grossing $1.2 billion at the box office. It’s a tough act to follow and the studio are keeping the details of the sequel tightly under wraps. We do know, however, that the new movie will see Anna and Elsa venture far out of Arendelle and that there will be at least four new songs for your kids to sing for hours on end.
Release date: 22 November 2019
3) The Kid Who Would Be King
Alex is a normal kid whose life is changed when he finds King Arthur’s sword and discovers he’s destined to form a new round table to defeat villain Morgana. Fortunately, he has a wizard pal to help him do this in the form of Merlin. Shot in Cornwall, this film has an impressive cast with Andy Serkis’ son Ashbourne taking the lead role, Patrick Stewart as the older incarnation of Merlin and Rebecca Ferguson as Morgana.
Release date: 15 February
4) Shrek 5
Everyone’s favourite lovable ogre is back! Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers are apparently onboard for this new Shrek movie, although it’s not clear if Cameron Diaz will come out of retirement to reprise her role as Princess Fiona. There are no plot details as yet, but the studio promises “a big reinvention”. We expect there’ll still be plenty of mud baths, wind jokes and irreverent humour.
Release date: Summer 2019
5) The Lion King
Although described as live-action, much of this new version of The Lion King will be photo-realistic computer-generated animation. The plot follows the original 1994 film but only James Earl Jones, who voiced Mufasa, will return. Donald Glover stars as Simba, Beyoncé as Nala and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar. As far as music goes, there’s plenty to look forward to as Elton John has collaborated with Beyoncé on reworking the songs from the original film.
Release date: 19 July 2019
6) Dora The Explorer
Got little ones who are Dora fans? Get excited because this year the TV animation is being brought to life on the big screen. Starring Isabela Moner as the titular character, as well as Eva Longoria and Benicio del Toro, this live-action remake sees Dora leave her family in the jungle to embark on her most dangerous adventure yet – high school. Of course, she ends up solving a mystery while she’s there and goes on a search for a lost Inca civilisation. Release date: 2 August 2019
Guy Ritchie has taken on the task of bringing Aladdin to life and he’s joined by Will Smith as the Genie, Mena Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine. While based on the original, the film will be updated for modern audiences with more action and a nonlinear narrative. Jasmine is also portrayed as a multidimensional character instead of a princess who’s only interest is falling in love.
Release date: 24 May 2019
8) How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
We pick up where we left Hiccup and Toothless, but now they’re searching for the ‘Hidden World’ where all dragons live. This is the last film in the trilogy and is purported to explain why ‘dragons are no more’. Cate Blanchett, Kit Harington and Jay Baruchel all reprise their roles in this fantasy flick, a must-see for kids going through that ‘dragon-loving’ phase.
Release date: 1 February 2019
9)Toy Story 4
The talking toys are coming out of the cupboard once more, and this time they’re headed for a carnival. As well as the ‘infinity and beyond’ favourites, Woody and Buzz, there are some new characters voiced by Keanu Reeves and Patricia Arquette. Plot details are sketchy so far, but Tom Hanks described the ending as ‘heart-wrenching’ so be sure to take along some tissues.
Release date: 21 June 2019
10) Pokémon: Detective Pikachu
This joint American-Japanese venture follows the story of a former Pokémon trainer, who, when his father disappears in a car crash, finds himself chasing clues around Ryme City. He’s not alone as Detective Pikachu (played by Ryan Reynolds) has joined him for the ride.
Release date: 10 May 2019
11) Artemis Fowl
One of the big summer releases is this fantasy adventure based on Eoin Colfer’s 2001 novel. The plot sees Artemis trying to rescue his criminal father by seeking the existence of fairies in order to rob them and restore the family fortune. Newcomer Ferdia Shaw is Artemis, while Judi Dench and Josh Gad take supporting roles. A great one for kids who love to escape reality for an hour or two.
Release date: 9 August 2019
12) The Secret Life of Pets 2
This sequel continues the story of Max and his friends and their secret lives when their owners are at school or work. As well as the old favourites, there’s new pets in town, voiced by Harrison Ford and Tiffany Haddish.
Release date: 7 June 2019
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