Children’s movies have come a long way in the last decade. These days, writers and studios have a better understanding of the importance of on-screen representation and the inclusion of characters who deliver inspiring messages to the next generation.
These improvements are not only great news for kids, but also for parents, who can find more enjoyment in the movies they take their families to see.
With the Christmas holidays at hand and that pesky La Niña threatening a wet summer, we’ve rounded up the best kids’ movies to watch on HOYTS who exhibit strong or diverse role models.
Baby Boss: Family Business
In the sequel to the first Oscar-nominated hit comedy, the Templeton brothers – Tim (James Marsden) and his little brother Boss Baby Ted (Alec Baldwin) – have grown up and become estranged from each other.
Ted is a hedge fund CEO while Tim is a married dad at home to daughters Tabitha, 7 (Ariana Greenblatt) and newborn Tina (Amy Sedaris). What’s really cool about this family dynamic is that the girl’s mom, Carol (Eva Longoria) is the breadwinner, Tabitha is super smart, and Tina… well, Tina is a real (baby) boss.
In fact, Tina is a top secret BabyCorp agent on a mission to uncover the dark secrets of Tabitha’s school and its mysterious founder, Dr. Edwin Armstrong (Jeff Goldblum). This revelation will bring the Templeton brothers together in unexpected ways, causing them to re-evaluate the meaning of family and find out what really matters.
At the movie theater : Now
Lin-Manuel Miranda is the genius behind the beautiful soundtrack of this film which tells the story of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals, who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magic house, in a vibrant city, in a wonderful, charming place called an Encanto.
The magic of the Encanto blessed each child in the family with a unique gift ranging from super strength to the power to heal – all but one child, Mirabel. But when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.
At the movie theater : December 2
Continuing from 2016 To singkoala Buster Moon and his troupe of animal performers prepare to unleash a dazzling extravaganza on stage in the entertainment capital of the world.
There’s only one catch: he must find and persuade the world’s most reclusive rock star, Clay Calloway, to join them. What begins as Buster’s dream of success quickly becomes an emotional reminder of the power of music to heal even the most broken heart.
The star cast includes Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Nick Kroll, Taron Egerton, Tori Kelly, Nick Offerman and Garth Jennings, all reprising their roles from the first film. Bobby Cannavale, Halsey, Pharrell Williams, Letitia Wright, Eric André, Chelsea Peretti and Bono join in the fun for what’s next.
At the movie theater : December 26
Clifford the big red dog
When bullied middle schooler Emily Elizabeth (Darby Camp) meets a magical animal rescuer (John Cleese) who gives her a little red puppy, her love for the little dog turns him into a giant ten-foot dog.
While her single mother (Sienna Guillory) is on a business trip, Emily and her fun-loving but impulsive uncle Casey (Jack Whitehall) embark on an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat and possibly bring tears to your eyes. on the eye as our heroes bite into the big apple and remind us that love is more important than anything.
At the movie theater : December 30
The Addams Family 2
Everyone’s favorite goofy family is back for more fun in The Addams Family 2.
In this all-new film, we find Morticia and Gomez upset that their kids are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally engrossed in “scream time.” To reclaim their bond, they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the crew into their haunted RV and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation.
Their adventure across America puts them out of their element and into hilarious run-ins with their iconic cousin, It, as well as many wacky new characters. What could go wrong?
Oscar Isaac, Chloë Grace Moretz, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Charlize Theron, Bette Midler, Snoop Dogg, Wallace Shawn and Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton lend their impeccable voice talents to this quirky tale that’s absolutely fun for the whole family.
At the movie theater : January 6, 2022
Watch all these fantastic films on HOYTS Cinemas this summer and save up to 25% on movie tickets with HOYTS Rewards. Check the official HOYTS website for showing times at your local theater and terms and conditions.
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