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The Best Family Movies Hitting Theatres In 2016

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There’s nothing like going to see a fun flick in theatres with the kids. From the youngins’ to the young at heart, it looks like 2016 will be serving up a whole lineup of movies everyone can enjoy. From hotly awaited sequels and book adaptions to guaranteed new classics, 2016 is a good year for family fun films!

Kung Fu Panda 3—January 29

Our favourite panda is back and ready for a whole new adventure. Po (Jack Black) reunites with his estranged panda pa (Bryan Cranston), where they then travel to a brand new panda paradise. Everything is fun and games until they discover that supernatural villain Kai (J.K. Simmons) is going across the nation, wiping away Kung Fu masters. Po must then turn his fun-loving panda friends into the ultimate army of Kung Fu pandas if they want to stand a chance and defeat this ruthless villain.

Zootopia—March 4

Set in an urban city led by animals, Zootopia follows Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin), who becomes the first rabbit ever to join the police force. After acquiring her dream job, Judy quickly learns that enforcing the law is not as easy as she thought. In an effort to prove she deserves this prestigious position, Judy decides to tackle a mysterious new case, with the help of her not-so-helpful partner, fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).

The Jungle Book—April 15

An animated classic turned into a live-action cinematic masterpiece. An orphan boy, played by newcomer Neel Sethl, is raised in the jungle with the help of the incredible animals that live within it. This guaranteed crowd pleaser is voiced by an all-star cast including Lupita Nyong’o, Scarlett Johannson, Giancarlo Esposito, Idris Elba, Bill Murray and more.

The Angry Birds Movie—May 20

Who can forget the popularity of the Angry Birds game app a few years back? Well now that story will finally come to life on the big screen! The flick follows three birds, voiced by Jason Sudeikis, Josh Gad, and Danny McBride as they try to investigate the arrival of these unknown pigs who have invaded their tropical home.

Finding Dory—June 17

Now, here’s a sequel we’ve been waiting for! While the first was all about finding Nemo, Dory was the real breakout star of that animated flick, voiced by the always funny Ellen DeGeneres. In this sequel, over a decade in the making, characters Nemo (Hayden Rolence) and Marlin (Albert Brooks) are back and ready to help the forgetful Dory as she tries to find her biological family.

Ice Age: Collision Course—July 15

Another fun adventure with the Ice Age gang! Scrat (Chris Wedge), who is still on the hunt for the ultimate acorn accidentally sets off a potentially catastrophic series of events that threatens the world’s entire existence.  In order to save themselves, Sid (John Leguizamo), Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and their accompanying friends must leave the home they’ve come to love and travel to new, exotic, tropical lands to start over.

The BFG—July 1

Based on Roald Dahl’s classic book, this movie tells the tale of a little girl named Sophie (Ruby Barnhill) who encounters the Big Friendly Giant. Unlike the other giants like him, the BFG doesn’t like to eat the little boys and girls around him proving himself to be a kind and gentle soul. Despite his intimidating size and demeanor, Sophie learns to never judge a book by its cover.

The Secret Life of Pets—July 6

It was a dog’s life, and Max (Louis C.K.) loved it. But the world he became accustomed to crashes down around him when his owner comes home with a new mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Things go from bad to worse, when they find out that a cute and cuddly little Bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart) is arming up a band of abandoned pets to take revenge on all the happily owned pets and their owners. In order to save the day, Max and Duke realize they must put their differences aside to stop this impending attack.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them—November 16

Based on the 2001 novel written by J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a magical look inside the whimsical Harry Potter world, before Harry Potter even existed.  The hotly anticipated film follows the adventures of Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, and the out-of-this-world creatures he encounters. He chronicles these encounters in his book, which Harry Potter ends up reading 70 years later.

Moana—23 November

The much awaited Disney princess is here! Moana (Auli’i Cravalho), Disney’s first Polynesian princess, comes from a long line of navigators in her family, a talent that was also passed along to her. Using her skills, Moana decides to embark on an incredible journey to a fabled land, along with her hero and legendary demi-god Maui (Dwayne Johnson). Together they set sail to unchartered waters and encounter never before seen creatures of the sea.

Tanya Cruz :Tanya is a self-proclaimed pop culture junkie and full-time news nerd. If something is happening, she'll want you to know about it. Don't worry, she's got your back - she'll keep ya in the loop!

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