While grown-ups will be marking their diaries with the release dates of sequels/prequels/reboots such as Fifty Shades Darker (10 February), Blade Runner 2049 (6 October), Alien Covenant (19 May) Baywatch (May) and CHiPs (11 August), there are plenty of films in 2017 that will thrill kids and adults alike from a live action Beauty And The Beast to the much anticipated Star Wars 8.
Check out Movies4Kids list of 25 of the biggest movies coming your way this year…
Opens 27th January (UK), currently on general release (US)
Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon and Taron Egerton are among the actors providing voices in this adorable musical comedy about an assortment of animals entering a singing competition.
The Lego Batman Movie
Opens 10th February (UK & US)
This follow-up to the terrific Lego Movie has Batman facing off against the criminals of Gotham City while also dealing with his pesky adopted son Dick Grayson. Will Arnett, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes and Rosario Dawson provide the voices.
Opens 3rd March (UK & US)
In the near future, an ageing Wolverine and Professor X team up to protect a young mutant in this final outing for Hugh Jackman’s character. Grittier than the previous X-Men and Wolverine movies, this is expected to get an R Rating in the US (probably a 15 or 18 in the UK).
Kong: Skull Island
Opens 10th March (UK & US)
Brie Larson, Tom Hiddleston and Toby Kebbell are among the explorers and soldiers who find a big gorilla on an uncharted island in the Pacific in this King Kong adventure that also stars Samuel L Jackson and John Goodman.
Beauty And The Beast
Opens 17th March (UK & US)
Following the success of live action version of Cinderella and The Jungle Book, Disney now turns its attention to the lovely Beauty And The Beast, with Emma Watson starring as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast, Luke Evans as Gaston and Ewan McGregor as Lumiere.
King Arthur: Legend Of The Sword
Opens 24th March (UK), 12th May (US).
Could this be the first decent King Arthur movie? Guy Ritchie directs with Charlie Hunnam (aka the man who turned down 50 Shades Of Grey) as Arthur, Jude Law as baddie Vortigern and, erm, David Beckham in a supporting role.
Smurfs: The Lost Village
Opens 31st March (UK), 7th April (US).
A reboot of the Smurfs has them back in a completely animated movie, with Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy going on an adventure into the Forbidden Forest. Demi Lovato, Mandy Patinkin and Joe Manganiello are amongst those providing the voices of the little blue guys.
The Boss Baby
Opens 7th April (UK), 31st March (US)
Alec Baldwin voices the suitcase-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby in this animated comedy that also features the vocal talents of Steve Buscemi, Tobey Maguire and Lisa Kudrow.
Guardians Of The Galaxy: Vol 2
Opens 28th April (UK), 5th May (US).
One of the best films of 2014 gets a well deserved sequel, with Peter Quill, Gamora, Drax, Baby Groot and Rocket the raccoon embarking on a new space adventure. Kurt Russell and Sylvester Stallone (yay! A Tango And Cash reunion!) join the cast.
Opens 26th May (UK), 2nd June (USA).
Dav Pilkey’s fun kids books make it to the big screen in this animated comedy as two kids hypnotise their school principal into believing he is superhero Captain Underpants. Kevin Hart, Ed Helms and Nick Kroll provide the voices.
Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Opens 26th May (UK & US)
Also known as Salazar’s Revenge, this Pirates movie sees the return of Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow, Orlando Bloom as Will Turner and Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa, while Javier Bardem joins the cast as Captain Salazar.
Opens 2nd June (UK & US)
Gal Gadot is the Amazon princess (whom we first met in 2016’s Batman V Superman) who leaves her home ready to save the world as Wonder Woman in this comic book adventure that also stars Chris Pine as Steve Trevor, Robin Wright and Connie Nielsen.
Opens 9th June (UK & US)
Tom Cruise stars in this reboot of The Mummy, and he springs into action when an ancient princess is awakened from her desert crypt. Russell Crowe costars as Dr Henry Jekyll.
Transformers: The Last Knight
Opens 23rd June (UK & US)
Mark Wahlberg returns for another Transformers movie, this time with Anthony Hopkins costarring. Rumour has it our favourite transformer may have gone bad, and thanks to location footage we know lots of the UK gets smashed up during the man against machines battles.
Despicable Me 3
Opens 30th June (UK & US)
Gru and his family have to face a new foe – a former 1980s child star turned evil villain – in this latest animated comedy featuring those adorable yellow minions.
Opens 7th July (UK & US)
We first saw Tom Holland as a teen Peter Parker in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and he remains under the instruction of Robert Downey Jr’s Tony Stark in his first headling adventure. Michael Keaton (yay!) as baddie The Vulture is the reason we’ll be first in line for a ticket.
Opens 14th July (UK); 16th June (US)
Lightning McQueen is back for a third animated adventure, and this time he realises he needs to up his game to be as fast as a new generation of racers. Owen Wilson returns to voice the cocky red racing car.
The Emoji Movie
Opens 4th August (UK & US)
Yes, this movie is based on emoji characters, with TJ Miller voicing Gene, an emoji with multiple expressions who just wants to be like all the other emojis with just one. James Corden voices his pal, Hi-5.
Opens 27th October (UK), 3rd November (US)
Chris Hemsworth is back as Thor, and while little about the plot is currently known, we are promised appearances from Tom Hiddleston as Loki, and Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange, plus new addition Cate Blanchett as Hela.
Opens 10th November (UK), January 2018 (US)
Cuddly bear from Peru Paddington returns for a second adventure. Now permanently living with the Browns, he tries a series of odd jobs to raise money for a present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. Ben Whishaw (as the voice of Paddington), Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Peter Capaldi, Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent return and are joined by Hugh Grant and Brendan Gleeson.
Opens 17th November (UK & US)
Ben Affleck returns as Batman/Bruce Wayne in this adventure and is joined by Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill’s Superman in a new fight against crime. Jason Momoa (Aquaman), Ezra Miller (The Flash) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor) also star.
Opens 8th December (UK), 22nd November (US)
A new animated adventure from Disney/Pixar about a 12-year-old boy named Miguel who sets of a chain of events that are linked to a century old mystery. Gael Garcia Bernal and Benjamin Bratt are amongst the voice cast.
Star Wars 8
Opens 15th December (UK & US)
There’s no title as yet, but Episode VIII will follow on from the events of The Force Awakens, with Rey, Finn, Poe and Luke Skywalker. Sadly this is Carrie Fisher’s final appearance as Princess Leia (she had completed filming on the movie before she died).
Opens 22nd December (UK & US)
An animated adventure from the Ice Age team, this is the story of a bull who would rather smell the flowers than fight in bullfights.
Opens 29th December (UK), 22nd December (US)
A remake of the Robin Williams adventure comedy, this has four teens trapped inside the board game Jumanji and forced to play as characters from the game – including Dwayne Johnson’s brave explorer, Kevin Hart’s genius, warrior Karen Gillan and professor Jack Black.