14 Family Movies Coming to Theaters in 2017

New year, new movies! Although 2016 had its fair share of amazing family movies, 2017 is shaping up to be a serious contender in the running for best new movie year, ever. From action-packed superhero movies and adorable animated features to reboots of old classics and much-anticipated sequels, there's going to be plenty of opportunities for family movie theater dates.

Read through to watch trailers and read about the family movies being released over the rest of this year.

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A Dog's Purpose

What it’s about: A dog attempts to find life's purpose through multiple lifetimes and owners.

Who’s in it: Josh Gad voices the dog, and Dennis Quaid plays one of his many owners.

Release date: Jan. 27, 2017

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The Lego Batman Movie

What it’s about: This hilarious Lego version of Batman deals with Bruce Wayne's usual struggle of dealing with constant criminals in Gotham City, as well as the responsibility of raising a boy he adopted.

Who’s in it: Will Arnett will voice Batman, but other voices include Ralph Fiennes, Rosario Dawson, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, and Mariah Carey.

Release date: Feb. 10, 2017

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Beauty and the Beast

What it’s about: The live-action reboot of this Disney classic will bring the animated story to life.

Who’s in it: Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Ewan McGregor, Stanley Tucci, Emma Thompson, Josh Gad, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Ian McKellen.

Release date: March 17, 2017

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Power Rangers

What it’s about: Just like the Power Rangers series and movies you loved as a kid, this reboot will follow a group of teenagers who use their unique superpowers to save the world.

Who’s in it: Elizabeth Banks, Bryan Cranston, and Bill Hader

Release date: March 24, 2017

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Boss Baby

What it’s about: A suit-wearing baby beyond his years joins forces with his 7-year-old brother to stop the wicked plan of the CEO of Puppy Co.

Who’s in it: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Lisa Kudrow, Tobey Maguire, and Jimmy Kimmel all lend their voices to this comedy.

Release date: March 31, 2017

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Smurfs: The Lost Village

What it’s about: The biggest secret in Smurf history is set to be discovered when Smurfette and her friends find a mysterious map that sends them through the Forbidden Forest.

Who’s in it: Joe Manganiello, Rainn Wilson, Mandy Patinkin, and Demi Lovato lend their voices to the Smurf characters we all know and love.

Release date: April 7, 2017

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

What it’s about: The mystery of Peter Quill's true parentage is unraveled in this second installation.

Who’s in it: Chris Pratt and the rest of the gang are back, and Kurt Russell joins the cast.

Release date: May 5, 2017

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Diary of a Whimpy Kid: The Long Haul

What it’s about: The Heffley family is back with their usual antics, this time as a result of Greg insisting the family take a road trip for his grandmother's 90th birthday, when really he wants to attend a nearby gaming convention.

Who’s in it: Alicia Silverstone and Tom Everett Scott

Release date: May 19, 2017

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Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

What it’s about: Based on the first book of the Captain Underpants series by Dav Pilkey about two BFF pranksters, this movie will delve into Captain Underpant's origin (spoiler alert: he's their mean school principal hypnotized into thinking he's a superhero!)

Who’s in it: Jordan Peele, Nick Kroll, Kristen Schaal, Kevin Hart, and Ed Helms all lend their voices to this LOL-worthy flick.

Release date: June 2, 2017

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Cars 3

What it’s about: When Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the racing scene by newer, faster racers, he looks to find a way back in through a young race technician who wants to win for herself.

Who’s in it: Owen Wilson will reprise his voice role as Lightning McQueen.

Release date: June 16, 2017

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Despicable Me 3

What it’s about: In this new adventure, Gru's long-lost twin brother, Drew, will be introduced — along with some serious sibling rivalry.

Who’s in it: Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Miranda Cosgrove, and Russell Brand will all be back to voice your favorite characters.

Release date: June 30, 2017

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The Emoji Movie

What it’s about: Gene, the "meh" emoji, sets out on a journey to become a more multi-expressional, normal emoji.

Who’s in it: The voices of T.J. Miller, Patrick Stewart, James Corden, Maya Rudolph, Rob Riggle, and more are in this silly one.

Release date: July 28, 2017

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The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature

What it’s about: Following directly after the first film's end, in this one Surly and his fellow furry friends are on a mission to stop the mayor from destroying the park they call home to turn it into an amusement park.

Who’s in it: Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, and Jackie Chan all voice adorable animated animals.

Release date: Aug. 18, 2017

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The Lego Ninjago Movie

What it’s about: Six teenage ninjas (no, not turtles) must defend their home, Ninjago, by night using their gifted warrior skills.

Who’s in it: Olivia Munn, Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Jackie Chan, Michael Peña, and Fred Armisen will lend their voices to the Lego comedy.

Release date: Sept. 22, 2017

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What it’s about: In a story that takes place in Mexico on the annual holiday Dia de los Muertos, Miguel, who loves music but has a very anti-music family, wants to sieze his musical moment.

Who’s in it: Gael García Bernal and Benjamin Bratt lend their voices

Release date: Nov. 22, 2017



What it’s about: Rather than a reboot, this story of the mysterious game is set after the original 1995 film starring Robin Williams. The plot will feature four teens who must play as characters of the game through an endless variety of jungle traps and puzzles to return back to the real world.

Who’s in it: Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan

Release date: Dec. 20, 2017

More Movies Coming Out in 2017:

Animal Crackers (April 21, 2017)
Blazing Samurai (Aug. 4, 2017)
My Little Pony: The Movie (Oct. 6, 2017)
The War With Grandpa (Oct. 20, 2017)