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These Family Movies Are Coming Out In 2021 & They All Look So Good

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Movies like Soul, Over The Moon, Scoob!, and Trolls World Tour dominated our TVs in 2020, so families everywhere are likely in need of fresh content. Thankfully, plenty of family and kids' movies are coming out in 2021 to keep our little ones entertained and busy. Best of all? Parents will probably get a kick out of them, too.

First of all, Disney has more than 20 movies coming out in 2021, so there's already no shortage of entertainment from one production company. As for streaming platforms like Netflix, the company has announced that it will release one new movie every week throughout the year, though not everything will be family-friendly. Modern takes on classics like Tom & Jerry and Cinderella are also slated to premiere in 2021.

Now, as for when and how these movies will be released, that varies by who is producing them. So while some movies will be released directly on streaming services like Netflix or Disney+, others will head to theaters first before you can stream them at home. So bust out your trusty planner and make a note for all the new family movies coming out in 2021 and plan a movie night for the flicks that have already been released!

Finding 'Ohana

Netflix

Two siblings, raised in Brooklyn, find themselves going on an epic adventure to find long lost treasure with new friends during their summer in rural Oahu.

Release date: Jan. 29 on Netflix.

Flora & Ulysses

Disney

Disney's live-action adaptation of Flora & Ulysses by Kate DiCamillo tells the story of 10-year-old Flora, a comic book fan and cynic who rescues a squirrel with superhero powers.

Release date: Feb. 19 on Disney+.

Tom & Jerry

Warner Bros.

The iconic cat and mouse rivalry will come to life in this new live-action mixed with animation Tom & Jerry film.

Release date: Feb. 26 in theaters and on HBO Max.

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run

SpongeBob Squarepants is back in The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, which has already been released internationally. The movie follows SpongeBob and his best friend Patrick as they head out on an adventure to find SpongeBob's pet snail Gary who's gone missing.

Release date: March 4 on Paramount+.

Raya & The Last Dragon

Humans and dragons once co-existed in the fantasy world of Kumandra, but were driven away by monsters. When the monsters return, it's up to lone warrior Raya to find the last dragon and stop them for good.

Release date: March 5 in theaters and with Premier Access on Disney+

YES DAY

Netflix

When two parents are sick of saying "no" to their kids and co-workers, they decide to have a "yes day" — 24 hours where their kids control the day. Little do they know that this will bring them on an adventure all over Los Angeles. What's more, it stars Jennifer Garner.

Release date: March 12 on Netflix.

Arlo the Alligator Boy

Netflix Family

In Arlo the Alligator Boy, a half human, half alligator boy decides to leave the swamp and search for his father in New York City.

Release date: April 16 on Netflix.

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

This animated film tells the story of a teenage girl who has been accepted into the film school of her dreams. But when her whole family embarks on a road trip to bring her to college, their plans are interrupted by a technology uprising, and it's up to them to save the world.

Release date: April 30 on Netflix.

Cruella

In this 101 Dalmatians prequel, Emma Stone stars as a young Cruella de Vil, a fashion designer who becomes obsessed with Dalmatians.

Release date: May 28 in theaters and on Disney+.

Spirit Untamed

In this follow-up to 2002's animated film, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, a headstrong girl longing for a place to belong discovers a kindred spirit in a wild horse named Spirit.

Release date: June 4 in theaters.

In The Heights

This movie-musical from the mastermind of Lin-Manuel Miranda tells the story of a bodega owner with big dreams who lives in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan.

Release date: June 11 on HBO Max and in theaters.

Wish Dragon

Netflix Family

In Wish Dragon, a college student with powerful dreams and a cynical dragon set off on an adventure through modern day Shanghai where they explore the magic of possibilities.

Release date: June 11 on Netflix.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

In this sequel to the 2018 live-action animated film, Peter Rabbit ventures out of the garden and finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated. But when his family risks everything to find him, he must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be.

Release date: June 18 in theaters.

Luca

Pixar's new film Luca tells a story about a young boy who has an unforgettable summer in a seaside town in Italy. The twist? He’s actually a sea monster.

Release date: June 18 on Disney+.

The Boss Baby: Family Business

The Boss Baby and his older brother, Tim, are all grown up with kids of their own in this Boss Baby sequel. But when a new Boss Baby brings them together, she inspires a new family business.

Release date: July 2 in theaters and on Peacock.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

LeBron James stars in this Space Jam sequel. Don't worry, those wacky Looney Toons characters will return!

Release date: July 16 in theaters and on HBO Max.

Disney's Jungle Cruise

Based on the famous ride at Disneyland, Disney's Jungle Cruise finds Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson as a charismatic riverboat captain on a mission.

Release date: July 30 in theaters and on Disney+ Premier Access.

Vivo

Featuring new songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Vivo is a brand new animated, musical film about a singing kinkajou, which is a small, monkey like creature who must travel from Havana, Cuba, to Miami, Florida in order to deliver a song on behalf of his owner and mentor.

Release date: Aug. 6 on Netflix.

Free Guy

Ryan Reynolds stars as Guy, a bank teller in the background of a video game who decides to control the narrative for once. It is important to note that Free Guy is rated PG-13 due to strong fantasy violence, language, and suggestive references throughout the film.

Release date: Aug. 13 in theaters.

The Loud House Movie

Netflix Family

From Nickelodeon, The Loud House follows a family as they go to Scotland where they learn that they are descendants of Scottish royalty.

Release date: Aug. 20 on Netflix.

PAW Patrol: The Movie

Ryder and his team of pups are heading to the big screen in PAW Patrol: The Movie. Whenever there is trouble — no matter how big or small — Chase, Marshall, Rubble, Zuma, Rocky, and Skye are ready to save the day.

Release date: Aug. 20 in theaters and on Paramount+.

Cinderella

A new, musical take on this fairytale classic stars, wait for it, Camilla Cabello, Idina Menzel, and Billy Porter as a Fairy Godmother.

Release date: September 3 on Amazon Prime Video.

Clifford The Big Red Dog

When a middle school girl named Emily gets a small, red puppy, she never expected to wake up and find him to be a giant, 10-foot dog. Emily and Clifford then embark on a super exciting adventure in New York City in this live-action film, based on the beloved children's book series.

Release date: Sept. 17 in theaters.

My Little Pony: A New Generation

Not much information is known about the brand new My Little Pony film, but you'll obviously need to wear sparkles when you watch it.

Release date: Sept. 24 on Netflix.

Hotel Transylvania: Transformania

In the final installment of the Hotel Transylvania, Drac and the fellow monsters get turned into humans using a bit of monster magic, while the humans get transformed into monsters for the first time.

Release date: Oct. 1 in theaters.

The Addams Family 2

In this sequel to the 2019 animated film, the Addams family is back together again, finding themselves in some pretty wacky adventures.

Release date: Oct. 1 in theaters.

Ron's Gone Wrong

In a world where walking, talking robots have become children's best friends, Ron's Gone Wrong explores what happens when one robot friend doesn't seem to work.

Release date: Oct. 2021 in theaters.

Ghostbusters Afterlife

Find out what happens in this next chapter in the Ghostbusters universe. When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters.

Release date: Nov. 11 in theaters.

Encanto

A magical family lives in a magical home in this new movie musical from Disney, featuring music written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, set in Colombia.

Release date: Nov. 24 in theaters.

Robin Robin

Netflix Family

Robin Robin tells a cute and funny story about a bird named Robin who was raised by a family of mice. "Robin sets off on the heist to prove to her family that she can be a really good mouse – but ends up discovering who she really is," Netflix's description reads.

Release date: Nov. 27 on Netflix.

A Boy Called Christmas

Based on the best-selling book by Matt Haig, A Boy Called Christmas follows an ordinary young boy who sets out on an extraordinary adventure into the snowy north.

Release date: November on Netflix.

West Side Story

Two teenagers from opposite sides of the city fall in love in this West Side Story adaptation from director Stephen Spielberg.

Release date: Dec. 10 in theaters.

Sing 2

The sequel to 2016's animated family musical Sing will star celebs like Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Nick Kroll, Taron Egerton and Tori Kelly.

Release date: Dec. 22 in theaters.

A Winter's Tale From Shaun The Sheep

A half-hour Shaun the Sheep holiday-themed special? Sign me up!

Release date: This holiday season on Netflix.

Blazing Samurai

Inspired by the Western comedy film Blazing Saddles, Blazing Samurai is an animated family comedy about a samurai who hopes to make his dreams come true.

Release date: TBD in 2021 in theaters.

Back to the Outback

Netflix Family

A group of Australia's deadliest creatures plot an escape from the zoo to the outback after they grow tired of being locked away in Back to the Outback.

Release date: TBD in Fall 2021 on Netflix.

Editor's Note: The movie Rumble has been removed from this list as the film’s release date has been moved to Feb. 18, 2022. Minions: The Rise of Gru has also been removed from this list as the film’s release date has been moved to July 1, 2022.