Most Anticipated Movies For Kids of 2018

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    Most Anticipated Movies For Kids of 2018

    Discover the most anticipated movies for kids of 2018!
    With the new year upon us, it’s the perfect time to reflect on the biggest and most anticipated movies of 2018 for kids. Big kids will be getting big blockbusters like Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Solo: A Star Wars Story, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Deadpool 2, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, The New Mutants, Aquaman, Venom, Ant-Man and The Wasp, Mission: Impossible 6, Tomb Raider, Halloween, and plenty more which should make for an explosive 2018. But what about the younger kids? What are the best movies for kids to watch in 2018? Let’s find out what are the most anticipated movies for kids in 2018 that will pack theater seats.

    1. Avengers: Infinity War

    Genre: Action / Adventure / Fantasy
    Release Date: May 4
    Stars: Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Tessa Thompson, Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin, Robert Downey Jr., Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Gwyneth Paltrow
    Production Company: Marvel Studios
    Rated: PG-13

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    What kid doesn’t love superheroes? The Avengers: Infinity War mashes together many of your favorite Marvel superheroes – like Captain America, Iron Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and more – into one epic movie. The Avengers have to tackle Thanos and save the universe in the process. Nothing a superhero can’t handle, right? This is expected to be the biggest blockbuster of the year and hordes of fans will flock to theaters just to catch The Avengers in their latest adventure almost certain to thrill and delight fans of all ages.

    2. Incredibles 2

    Genre: Family / Animation / Action / Adventure
    Release Date: June 15
    Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell
    Production Company: Pixar Animation Studios / Walt Disney Pictures
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    Fans have waited 14 years for this long-awaited sequel from the animation wizards at Disney-Pixar. Interestingly, the trailer is the most viewed animated movie trailer, indicating there’s a ton of interest. If its story is as good as the first, it could be one of the top movies of the year for kids. Expectations are super high for director Brad Bird. If your child hasn’t seen the original, it’s highly recommended before watching the sequel because the sequel picks up where the original left off. The original is also one of Pixar’s finest films. It’s about a superhero family struggling to live a normal life. The mother, Helen is a crime fighter, while the father, Mr. Incredible, is now a stay-at-home dad challenged with raising his super-powered kids. Incredibles 2 introduces a new villain, the Underminer, into the mix and you’ll even get a cameo appearance from a familiar friend named Frozone.

    3. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald

    Genre: Family / Fantasy / Drama / Science Fiction
    Release Date: November 16
    Stars: Johnny Depp, Eddie Redmayne, Jude Law
    Production Company: Heyday Films / Waner Bros.
    Rated: PG-13

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    J.K. Rowling fans will be excited for the second installment of Fantastic Beasts in this Harry Potter prequel returning to the magical world of witchcraft and wizardry. We’re hoping the pacing picks up in the successor and Jude Law has been secured to play the role of Dumbledore. Scamander and Dumbledore join forces to hunt and battle Grindelwald, a menacing dark wizard. It’s expected to be one of the top ten grossing movies of 2018.

    4. A Wrinkle In Time

    Genre: Fantasy / Science Fiction
    Release Date: March 9
    Stars: Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Chris Pine, Mindy Kaling, Storm Reid
    Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures / Whitaker Entertainment
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    First, it’s from Disney and second it stars Oprah Winfrey plus it’s infused with elements of fantasy and sci-fi. With a big budget and big stars plus a solid director in Ava DuVernay, it looks to be a vibrant retelling of the original story with a real visual treat in store for audiences. Meg Murray and her guides Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which help her in her search for her father as they traverse through time and space. This Disney adaptation is based on the best-selling classic children’s novel from Madeline L’Engle and it features themes of light vs. dark and love.

    5. Black Panther

    Genre: Action / Adventure / Science Fiction
    Release Date: February 16
    Stars: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o
    Production Company: Marvel Studios / Walt Disney Pictures
    Rated: PG-13

    Why Kids Will Love It?
    Based on advanced ticket sales, the Black Panther is the most anticipated Marvel film ever. It’s a new superhero movie based on the Marvel comics franchise getting the Marvel treatment. Chad Boseman has a strong track record in acting so that’s a huge plus going into this film. Also, it helps that Boseman is supported by a strong supporting cast. After the untimely death of his father, the Black Panther seeks to reclaim his righteous place on the throne as King of Wakanda.

    6. X-Men: Dark Phoenix

    Genre: Action / Adventure / Science Fiction
    Release Date: November 2
    Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Tye Sheridan, Jessica Chastain
    Production Company: 20th Century Fox / Bad Hat Harry Productions
    Rated: PG-13

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    Love the X-Men? In the X-Men: Dark Phoenix, the X-Men tackle their biggest challenge with an evil force threatening to overtake Jean Gray’s mind.

    7. The New Mutants

    Genre: Action / Horror / Science Fiction
    Release Date: February 22
    Stars: Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Maisie Williams
    Production Company: 20th Century Fox / Marvel Entertainment
    Rated: PG-13

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    The New Mutants is the first of two X-Men movies slated for release this year. If one movie is not enough to whet your appetite, how about two? Five mutants learn their abilities and battle to save themselves and get over their sins.

    8. Mary Poppins Returns

    Genre: Family / Fantasy / Musical
    Release Date: December 25
    Stars: Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury
    Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures / Lucamar Productions / Marc Platt Productions
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    Amazingly, it has been over 50 years since the original Mary Poppins graced the silver screen. Parents who remember the world’s greatest nanny will want to take their kids to see this latest live-action sequel with Emily Blunt reprising the role of Mary Poppins. Set 25 years after the original, Michael will be all grown-up and the proud parent of three lovely children. After suffering a personal loss, Mary Poppins will return to bring back some much needed cheer in their lives. This beloved family-friendly Disney franchise hits theaters this Christmas 2018. Expect it to be chock-full of musical treats that could stick in your head for days, if not years. Does anyone remember the timeless hits “Super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docous” and ‘A Spoon Full of Sugar Makes The Medicine Go Down”?

    9. Tomb Raider

    Genre: Action / Adventure
    Release Date: March 16
    Stars: Alicia Vikander, Hannah John-Kamen, Walton Goggins
    Production Company: MGM / GK Films / Square Enix
    Rated: PG-13

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    If your kids love the Tomb Raider video games, they’re going to be stoked for this reboot of Tomb Raider starring Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft. Lara is seeking her missing father in this latest action adventure flick that should satisfy fans.

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    10. Isle of Dogs

    Genre: Animation / Drama / Adventure / Fantasy
    Release Date: March 23
    Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Edward Norton, Bill Murray
    Production Company: Fox Searchlight / Indian Paintbrush
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    Travel to Japan and embark on a boy’s adventure to be reunited with his missing dog, Rex, in this original stop-motion animation film from Wes Anderson. In this dystopian future world depicted, dogs are now isolated on an island because of canine flu. Kids will love that the animals will be able to talk in this movie, making them more relateable and fun. It seems both charming and epic and you can bet it will be funny.

    11. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

    Genre: Animation / Action / Science Fiction
    Release Date: December 14
    Stars: Live Schreiber, Mahershala Ali, Shameik Moore
    Production Company: Columbia Pictures / Marvel Animation / Lord Miller
    Rated: NR

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    Who doesn’t love your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man? This latest animated Spider-Man movie from Marvel Animation revolves around Miles Morales. It looks action-packed with a multi-dimensional plot that will surely delight fans. He’ll have to overcome the Prowler, his uncle.

    12. The Jungle Book

    Genre: Family / Adventure / Drama
    Release Date: October 19
    Stars: Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett
    Production Company: Warner Bros. / Imaginarium Productions
    Rated: PG-13

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    Mowgli, the orphaned boy raised by wolves, is the star of The Jungle Book in this non-Disney version that blends live-action with motion-capture animation. It’s expected to be a darker tale than the 2016 live-action version and will feature a star-studded cast, including Cate Blanchett and Christian Bale among others. The actors will be playing motion-capture roles. We can’t wait to see if this turns out as good as the prior one.

    13. Bumblebee

    Genre: Action / Adventure / Science Fiction
    Release Date: December 21
    Stars: Hailee Steinfeld, John Cena, Pamela Adlon
    Production Company: Paramount Pictures / Allspark Pictures / Hasbro
    Rated: PG-13

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    Thankfully, this new movie based on Bumblebee from the Transformers world won’t be directed by Michael Bay. That’s actually a godsend, considering the fact that that franchise is heading in the wrong direction. This will be an origins story set in the 80s for one of fans’ favorite Autobots. We’re actually excited for this Transformers movie! When Charlie (Hailee Steinfeld) discovers Bumblebee, she soon realizes it’s more than just any ordinary VW bug and her life will never be the same. We’re crossing our fingers, hoping it turns out to be a delightful treat for fans. Can someone finally make a great Transformers movie and do the franchise some justice, pretty please?

    14. Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

    Genre: Family / Animation / Adventure / Comedy
    Release Date: November 30
    Stars: Kristen Bell, Mandy Moore, Alan Tudyk
    Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures / Walt Disney Animation Studios
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    The Internet is Ralph’s biggest threat in the sequel to the original Wreck-It Ralph. Ralph literally gets sucked into the Internet and – you guessed it – brings it all crashing down! What’s broke needs fixing. Expect some fun cameos from Disney Princesses (Rapunzel, Jasmine, Moana, Elsa, Anna and more), Marvel Superheroes, and even Star Wars characters (C-3PO) to make for a delightful treat for fans of the original. Bring on the Easter eggs!

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    15. Christopher Robin

    Genre: Family / Animation / Adventure / Drama / Comedy / Musical
    Release Date: August 3
    Stars: Ewan McGregor, Haley Atwell, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings
    Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?
    In this live-action movie, a grown-up Christopher Robin seeks to meet up with his childhood friends, including Winnie the Pooh, in Hundred-Acre Wood. Ewan McGregor will star as Christopher Robin. With a promising cast on board, we’re crossing our fingers for this to turn out fantastic.

    16. Paddington 2

    Genre: Family / Animation / Adventure / Comedy
    Release Date: January 12
    Stars: Ben Whishaw, Hugh Grant, Hugh Bonneville
    Production Company: StudioCanal / Anton Capital Entertainment
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    If your kids love adorably cute teddy bears like Paddington, there’s a good chance they’ll love this fun animated motion picture from StudioCanal and ACE. Paddington 2 is awesome and delightful and kids will love this adventure.

    17. Early Man

    Genre: Family / Animation / Adventure / Comedy
    Release Date: January 26
    Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne
    Production Company: Aardman Animations / StudioCanal
    Rated: NR

    Why Kids Will Love It?
    Nick Park, the director of Wallace & Gromit, is at the helm of this claymation animated film. It’s looks to be a prehistoric tale taking place during the dawn of the prehistoric age – the transition between the Stone Age and Bronze Age. A caveman will be tasked with saving his clan while adapting to modern life and you can expect cozy humor Aardman Animations is known for.

    18. Mulan

    Genre: Family / Adventure / Drama
    Release Date: November 2
    Stars: Yifei Liu
    Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?
    If your child loves Mulan, she’ll probably like this live-action version of the classic Disney film. In an effort to rescue her father, a young Chinese woman becomes a warrior. The director, Niki Caro has a big vision for the film that should get newcomers and fans alike truly excited for this film. The big question on everyone’s mind: Will it live up to the Disney original and what new elements will they bring to the table to surprise audiences?

    19. Barbie

    Genre: Adventure / Comedy / Drama / Fantasy
    Release Date: August 8
    Stars: Anne Hathaway
    Production Company: Sony Pictures Entertainment
    Rated: NR

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    This live-action adaptation of Mattel’s Barbie starring Anne Hathaway as Barbie imagines Barbie in the real world. Barbie is banished from Barbieland for being imperfect and sets off on an epic real-world adventure sure to please fans.

    20. The Grinch

    Genre: Family / Animation / Comedy
    Release Date: November 9
    Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch
    Production Company: Universal Pictures / Illumination Entertainment
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    If your kids have never watched The Grinch, this computer-animated version is the perfect time to enjoy the movie based on Dr. Suess’ famous character. Expect to be entertained by an intriguing Grinch origins storyline. Hopefully, Peter Candeland and Yarrow Cheney can successfully deliver a wonderful experience for audiences.

    21. Peter Rabbit

    Genre: Family / Animation / Adventure / Comedy
    Release Date: February 9
    Stars: James Corden, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, Sia
    Production Company: 2.0 Entertainment / Animal Logic Entertainment
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    Based on Beatrix Potter’s wonderful Peter Rabbit stories, kids can discover the classic tale of a rebel rabbit named Peter Rabbit that attempts to make its way onto a farmer’s garden in this film blending live-action with animation. Your kids will be more than pleased with this mischievous bunny.

    22. Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

    Genre: Family / Adventure / Fantasy
    Release Date: November 2
    Stars: Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, Mackenzie Foy
    Production Company: Walt Disney Pictures / The Mark Gordon Company
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    From Walt Disney Pictures comes Disney The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, starring Keira Knightley, Morgan Freeman, and Mackenzie Foy. Unbelievably, a young girl is cast into a mystical world full of gingerbread soldiers and an army of mice. The legend you know has a dark side. Experience that dark side this holiday season.

    23. Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation

    Genre: Family / Animation / Comedy / Fantasy
    Release Date: July 13
    Stars: Steve Buscemi, Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez
    Production Company: Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Animation
    Rated: PG

    Why Kids Will Love It?

    If your kids loved the previous films, they’ll love the newest episode. Drac is treated to a surprise family summer vacation aboard the Monster Cruise Ship. A romance brews between Drac and Ericka, the mysterious ship Captain. Mavis needs to keep her father and Erika apart because Ericka turns out to be an enemy of Dracula and could place all monsters in grave danger.

     

    On the whole, it appears to be a fantastic year for enjoying movies on the big screen with a smorgasbord of superhero movies and highly anticipated sequels on deck among a host of new properties. Which of these highly anticipated movies are you most excited for? Did your favorite movie make our list? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to hear from you!

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