New Release Movies for Kids:  24 Upcoming Children’s Films

Kid’s love to go to the movie theater to catch the latest blockbuster family film. Hollywood has certainly taken notice as children’s feature films are some of the highest grossing and most profitable going today. And they just keep on coming more and more studios are interested in this genre. Below is a list of 24 movies that are coming out in the next few years that are exciting films for families and children around the world.  This list includes some movies that are not for chilren of all ages, but are still enjoyable if you have children that are old enough.  Some huge blockbusters are on the way in the next 2 years, so we here at F&E will keep a close on these projects and keep you informed.

“The Truth” Luke 18: 14-18 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.

Here is the latest information on 24 movies that would be great for family outings to the theater.

24. Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return

Release Date: May 9, 2014

Stars: Lea Michelle, Hugh Dancy

Buzz: Although being back in the safety of Kansas, Dorothy makes the decision to return to the land of Oz.

23. Free Birds

Release Date: November 1, 2013

Stars: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Dan Fogler, Amy Poehler

Buzz: Two very different turkeys must set aside differences and embark on an important time travel mission. They are looking to alter the course of history in order to get turkey off the Thanksgiving day menu.

22. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2

Release Date: September 27, 2013

Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, Will Forte

Buzz: Main character Flint Lockwood will have to deal with the leftovers of his amazing and infamous machine. He must take action as his machine is pumping out frightening food-animal hybrids.

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21. Muppets Most Wanted

Release Date: March 21, 2014

Stars: Christoph Waltz, Tom Hiddleston, Salma Hayek

Buzz: The Muppets are in the middle of their huge world tour, but now find themselves twisted into a jewelry heist investigation. There is a Kermit lookalike with an evil sidekick committing going on a crime caper in Europe.

20. Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Release Date: April 4, 2014

Stars: Chris Evans, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan

Buzz: Steve Rogers is teaming up with “Black Widow” in present day Washington, D.C. to battle against a powerful enemy.

19. The Lego Movie

Release Date: February 7, 2014

Stars: Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, Will Arnett

Buzz: A LEGO minifigure finds himself mistaken as the “MasterBuilder” is sent on a mission to stop the evil LEGO tyrant who is trying to glue the universe together.

18. Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Release Date: March 7, 2014

Stars: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Stephen Colbert, Allison Janney

Buzz: Rob Minkoff, the director of “The Lion King” is back and taking aim at a time travel story. Mr Peabody and Sherman go back in time to experience some amazing moments in history and meet some of the most historic figures ever. Now they race against the clock to restore history before the future is ruined.

17. Untitled Transformer Sequel

Release Date: June 27, 2014

Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor

Buzz: With ace writer Ehren Kruger attached there is sure to be a good script, and we know Mark Wahlberg takes the lead role for this edition. Story revolves around a mechanic and his daughter that make a discovery which in turns brings everyone looking for them.

16. Kung Fu Panda 3

Release Date: December 23, 2015

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Angelina Jolie, Rebel Wilson, Jack Black, Seth Rogen

Buzz: Jack Black returns as Po once again for a 3rd installment of the franchise. Not Much else at this time as Dreamworks isn’t set to release until December 23, 2015.

15. Walking With Dinosaurs 3D

Release Date: December 20, 2013

Stars: Charlie Rowe, Angourie Rice

Buzz: Check out the video below and the awesome visual effects!

14. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Release Date: November 22, 2013

Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Elizabeth Banks, Woody Harrelson

Buzz: Katniss and Peeta’s victory in the 74th annual Hunger Games caused a rebellion to break out in Districts of Panem. Now they have become targeted by the Capitol.

“Hollywood Horizon”

2014: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1

2015: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

13. My Little Pony: Equestria Girls

Release Date: August 24, 2013

Stars: Tara Strong, Ashleigh Ball, Andrea Libman,

Buzz: Twilight Sparkles travels through a magical mirror to an alternate universe seeking a stolen crown that is missing from the Crystal Empire. Once she gets there she is terrified when she notices she is a human.

12. Seventh Son

Release Date: January 17, 2014

Stars: Ben Barnes, Julianne Moore, Jeff Bridges

Buzz: A story set in the 18th century centers on a youth, Thomas, who works with the local Spook. He is training to learn how to fight evil spirits and will face a great challenge when the powerful Mother Malkin escapes, but the Spook is away so Thomas must do his best.

11. Cinderella

Release Date: March 13, 2015

Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Cate Blanchett, Hayley Atwell

Buzz: Kenneth Branagh is attached to direct this project, while Aline Brosh McKenna and Chris Weitz are signed on for the screenplay.

10. Frozen

Release Date: November 27, 2013

Stars: Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Idina Menzel

Buzz: The team of Anna and Kristoff take an epic voyage encountering freezing conditions and a very funny snowman, Olaf. They are racing to find Anna’s sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.

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9. Planes: Fire & Rescue

Release Date: July 18, 2014

Stars: Dane Cook, Julie Bowen

Buzz: Dusty Crophopper is back for more in the follow up to Planes.

8. Star Wars: Episode VII

Release Date: 2015(Rumored to be May)

Stars: Harrison Ford, Mark Hammill, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels

Buzz: All is rumor at this point with this project as far as script and cast, but we do know that this is now Disney’s franchise with George Lucas only consulting. So far so good though because the first bombshell was that J.J. Abrams would be the director. Also we’ve heard that George Lucas partially wrote the story for Episode 7.

7. The Amazing Spider Man 2

Release Date: May 2, 2014

Stars: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx

Buzz: Trying to keep his word to leave Gwen Stacey out of his dangerous life, Spider Man has to face “The Rhino” and “Electro”.

6. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Release Date: December 13,2013

Stars: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly

Buzz: The Dwarves, Bilbo and Gandalf have successfully escaped the Misty Mountains, and Bilbo has gained the One Ring. They all continue their journey to get their gold back from the Dragon, Smaug.

“Hollywood Horizon”

2014: The Hobbit: There and Back Again

5. Minions

Release Date: December 19, 2014

Stars: Chris Renaud, Pierre Louis Padang Coffin, Sandra Bullock

Buzz: Gru is recruited by an organization to stop Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world.

4. How to Train Your Dragon 2

Release Date: June 20, 2014

Stars: Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera

Buzz: 5 years has past since Hiccup and Toothless were able to unite dragons and Vikings at the island of Berk.

“Hollywood Horizon”

2016: How to Train Your Dragon 3

3. Rio 2

Release Date: April 11, 2014

Stars: Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Rodrigo Santoro

Buzz: Blu, Jewel and their 3 kids have the perfect existence in beautiful Rio, but Jewel wants the kids to get out there and live like real birds.

2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Release Date: August 8, 2014

Stars: Megan Fox, Will Arnett, William Fichtner

Buzz: This franchise has gained a huge amount of mainstream pop in the last year with the launch of the cartoon series on Nickelodeon.  Leaving no reason to doubt the potential for huge box office success with the big screen reboot.  The story consists of  aliens invading Earth and inadvertently spawning a quartet of mutated reptilian warriors, the Ninja Turtles, who rise up against them to defend the world.  This story does include "The Shredder" as a main character as well as including April O'Neil, Splinter, and Baxter Stockman in the story as well.

1. Finding Dory

Release Date: November 25, 2015

Stars: Ellen DeGeneres, Albert Brooks, Diane Keaton

Buzz: Huge amount of buzz surrounding this project, it was in high demand and now with Andrew Stanton returning as director and Ellen DeGeneres back as the lovable “Dory” fans finally get what they’ve been waiting for. This is the most overdue sequel in the movie franchise era, the wait will finally be over Holiday season 2015!


All of these movies are good choices and are worth seeing whether in theater or on DVD.  I personally can't wait for Star Wars, Finding Dory and TMNT.  Which movies on this list are the most appealing to you?  Let us know in the comment section below. God bless, Jesus is the one true king!

Click on the following link to check out our corresponding article about anticipated Christian film projects. New Release Movies: 8 Christian Movies Coming Soon

“The Truth” Psalm 33:12-14 Blessd is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! The Lord looks down from heaven, he sees all the children of man: from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth.

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