10 Fun Summer Movies for Kids

2:44 PM 4/27/2016

by Ashley Lee

Family-friendly flicks with angry birds, lost fish, ninja turtles and ambitious cats can be seen onscreen throughout the upcoming summer.

'The Angry Birds Movie', 'Finding Dory', 'Ice Age: Collision Course', 'The Secret Life of Pets' and 'Nine Lives' are all coming this summer
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  • 'The Angry Birds Movie'

    May 20

    Can mobile games translate to the big screen? The animated flick based on the popular app promises to reveal why the birds are so angry. Distributed by Sony Pictures, it features a voice cast led by Jason Sudeikis as Red, a hot-headed bird with a sarcastic attitude, and also includes Josh Gad, Danny McBride, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Kate McKinnon, Keegan-Michael Key, Tony Hale, Sean Penn, Blake Shelton and Peter Dinklage. Fergal Reilly and Clay Kaytis direct the film.

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  • 'Alice Through the Looking Glass'

    May 27

    The Disney sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland sees Mia Wasikowska returning as Lewis Carroll's title character to help the Mad Hatter, again played by Johnny Depp. Directed by James Bobin (and with the first film's helmer Tim Burton as a producer), the fantastical follow-up also features Sacha Baron Cohen, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Michael Sheen and Rhys Ifans, as well as an original song by Pink.

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  • 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows'

    June 3

    Paramount's follow-up to the 2014 reboot doesn't just bring Megan Fox, Will Arnett and William Fichtner back together — not to mention Johnny Knoxville, Noel Fisher, Alan Ritchson, Stephen Amell and Jeremy Howard as the Turtles themselves, and Tony Shalhoub as the voice of their wizened rat sensei, Splinter — but it introduces other fan-favorite characters from franchise, including Casey Jones (Stephen Amell) and villainous henchmen Bebop and Rocksteady (Gary Anthony Williams and Stephen "Sheamus" Farrelly). Dave Green takes over for Jonathan Liebseman to direct the PG-13-rated flick, with Michael Bay as a producer.

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  • 'Finding Dory'

    June 17

    Ellen DeGeneres reprises her role as the famously forgetful fish in the Pixar sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo as she tries to find her own parents (Diane Keaton and Eugene Levy). Albert Brooks is also back as Marlin, and Ed O'Neill, Ty Burrell and Kaitlin Olson voice underwater characters. The film sees Dory learning that she was born at the Marine Biology Institute of California, a large rehabilitation facility for marine life, and was freed into the ocean at a young age. Emulating Dory's memory, the film's flashbacks are in 2D animation.

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  • 'The BFG'

    July 1

    Steven Spielberg helms Disney's fantasy-adventure adaptation of the popular novel by Roald Dahl, which centers on a young Londoner named Sophie and the mysterious giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Mark Rylance plays the titular "Big Friendly Giant" opposite newcomer Ruby Barnhill as Sophie. Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Michael David Adamthwaite, Daniel Bacon, Chris Gibbs, Adam Godley, Jonathan Holmes, Paul Moniz de Sa, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall and Olafur Olafsson also star.

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  • 'The Secret Life of Pets'

    July 8

    The Universal animated feature offers a peek into what dogs, cats and other household pets do once their owners leave the house. Directed by Despicable Me's Chris Renaud, the comedy features characters voiced by Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper, Eric Stonestreet, Louis C.K., Jenny Slate, Lake Bell, Steve Coogan, Hannibal Buress, Albert Brooks, Dana Carvey and Bobby Moynihan.

  • 'Ice Age: Collision Course'

    July 22

    The fifth installment of the hit Fox animated franchise sees Scrat's acorn pursuit accidentally setting off a series of cosmic events that transform and threaten the herd's world. To save themselves, Sid, Manny, Diego and the rest of the characters must leave their home and embark on a new adventure. Ray Romano, Denis Leary, John Leguizamo, Simon Pegg, Keke Palmer, Wanda Sykes and Jennifer Lopez return to voice characters in the Mike Thurmeier film, and are joined by Adam DeVine, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Max Greenfield, Jessie J, Nick Offerman, Melissa Rauch, Michael Strahan and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

  • 'Nine Lives'

    Aug. 5

    Barry Sonnenfeld's body-swapping comedy sees Kevin Spacey as a powerful executive who finds himself trapped inside the body of a cat. The EuropaCorp title also features Christopher Walken, Jennifer Garner, Talitha Bateman, Mark Consuelos and Robbie Amell.

  • 'Pete's Dragon'

    Aug. 12

    Disney continues its newfound remake trend with a fresh take on its 1977 classic children's movie, following an orphaned boy whose best friend is a dragon named Elliott. Bryce Dallas Howard, Robert Redford and Oona Laurence also star in the live-action and CGI feature, directed by David Lowery.

  • 'Kubo and the Two Strings'

    Aug. 19

    The Laika and Focus Features release features a voice cast of Matthew McConaughey, Charlize Theron, Rooney Mara, Ralph Fiennes and Brenda Vaccaro. Game of Thrones' Art Parkinson voices the kindhearted title character whose humble and quiet life in ancient Japan is disrupted when a spirit from the past catches up with him to enforce an age-old vendetta. The 3D stop-motion and CG hybrid was written by Marc Haimes and ParaNorman writer-director Chris Butler, and also marks the directorial debut of Laika CEO Travis Knight.

     

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