MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU
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New kids' movies coming out in 2021 that you can't miss

Disney villains, '90s sequels, Scholastic book adaptations—kids' movies in 2021 offer a lot to love!

By Danielle Valente
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Fairytales, superheroes and plenty of stories surrounding man's best friend are coming down the pipeline! We've rounded up the best kids' movies 2021 has to offer, and we're certain you won't want to miss a thing.

There are Disney princess movies, fun animated flicks and page-to-screen adaptations to look forward to, including Cinderella, Luca and Clifford the Big Red Dog. Since it's probably going to be hard to pick a favorite, we recommend you see them all and judge for yourself. 

In the meantime, be sure to see if your go-to films made our list of the 50 best family movies of all time.

New kids' movies coming out in 2021

Peter Rabbit 2
Peter Rabbit 2
Photograph: Courtesy Sony Pictures

1. Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

When: January 15, 2021

Beatrix Potter's mischievous cottontail is back to cause more mayhem. Peter and his crew are enjoying life alongside their human parents Tom and Bea McGregor. However, the bunny gang begins to question what will happen when the couple decides to have two-legged children. Naturally, Peter gets them into a mess as a result. Rated PG. 

2. Cinderella

When: February 5, 2021

Your little Disney princesses will delight in this new retelling of the beloved fairytale—it's a musical with Camila Cabello as the star of the show. (Or should we say ball?)

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RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON
RAYA AND THE LAST DRAGON
Photograph: Courtesy Disney

3. Raya and the Last Dragon

When: March 5, 2021

Many moons ago, both humans and dragons peacefully coexisted in the land of Kumandra—until the Druun threatened life as they knew it. Fast forward 500 years and meet Raya, a young girl determined to track down the last remaining dragon so they can reunite and stop the Druun's return once and for all. Not yet rated. 

The Boss Baby: Family Business
The Boss Baby: Family Business
Photograph: Courtesy DreamWorks Animation LLC

4. Boss Baby: Family Business

When: March 26, 2021

Yikes! Theodore Templeton and his brother sipped a magical formula that transformed them into tiny tots—but only for two days. In those critical 48 hours, it's up to the lil' fellas to make sure an evil genius doesn't turn kiddos into spoiled brats. A difficult feat, indeed. Not yet rated.

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RUMBLE
RUMBLE
Photograph: Courtesy Paramount Animation

5. Rumble

When: May 14, 2021

Like father, like daughter: Winnie is a monster wrestling coach like her old man, and she's determined for an underdog to come out victorious. As the saying goes, "Let's get ready to rumble!" Not yet rated.   

6. Godzilla v. Kong

When: May 21, 2021

Godzilla and King Kong are dueling it out in an epic battle, but humans want them both gone. Rated PG-13. 

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cruella
cruella
Photograph: Courtesy Disney

7. Cruella

When: May 28, 2021

Emma Stone is stepping into the shoes (and fur coat) of the wicked Cruella de Vil for Disney's forthcoming live-action reboot. If she doesn't scare you, no evil thing will. Not yet rated. 

8. Spirit Untamed

When: June 4, 2021

The equestrians in your crew are going to go wild for Spirit Untamed. It follows the story of young girls who save a herd of mustangs. Not yet rated. 

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9. Ghostbusters: Afterlife

When: June 11, 2021

A mother moves her two children into their grandfather's old, creepy, abandoned home and they soon discover a lot of strange phenomena taking place—a connection to the original Ghostbusters. Not yet rated. 

10. Luca

When: June 18, 2021

Holy cannoli, you won't believe what's going on here! In the Italian Riviera, two unlikely counterparts strike up a friendship: a young boy and a sea monster disguised as a human. Not yet rated. 

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MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU
MINIONS: THE RISE OF GRU
Photograph: Courtesy Illumination Entertainment/Universal Pictures

11. Minions: The Rise of Gru

When: July 2, 2021

Before the wicked villain—turned adoptive father set out with his minions for some crazy adventures, Gru was a little boy who dreamt of evil wrongdoings. This prequel shows us how it all began! Rated PG.

12. Space Jam: A New Legacy

When: July 16, 2021

'90s babies, rejoice! The highly-anticipated Space Jam sequel is finally on its way, only this time, Bugs Bunny and the gang are shooting hoops with LeBron James. Not yet rated. 

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JUNGLE CRUISE
JUNGLE CRUISE
Photograph: Courtesy Disney/Frank Masi

13. Jungle Cruise

When: July 30, 2021

Dr. Lily Houghton sets her sights on the Amazon in order to find an ancient tree with remarkable healing capabilities. Not yet rated. 

14. The Bad Guys

When: September 17, 2021 

More Scholastic characters are hopping from page to film! Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula are trying to figure out how to go from their wrongdoing ways and become good. But, it's not as easy as it looks for this gang. Not yet rated. 

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15. Hotel Transylvania 4

When: August 6, 2021

Ready for a human-less adventure? When ghosts, ghouls and monsters need some r and r, they make their way to Count Dracula's exclusive Hotel Transylvania for some alone time. See what adventures await in this series' fourth installment. Not yet rated. 

addams family 2
addams family 2
Photograph: Courtesy Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc.

16. The Addams Family 2

When: October 31, 2020

They're back! The creepy, kooky, spooky animated Addams clan has returned for a sequel. "How original." Wonder what they have in store for Jersey this time around. Not yet rated.  

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paw patrol
paw patrol
Photograph: Courtesy Nickelodeon

17. Paw Patrol: The Movie

When: August 20, 2021

The canine rescue crew is taking their adventures from TV to the big screen next summer. Not yet rated. 

18. Clifford the Big Red Dog

When: November 5, 2021

Our favorite canine and Scholastic superstar, Clifford the big red dog, is on his way to the big screen. Not yet rated. 

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19. Sing 2

When: December 21, 2021

The followup to the 2016 sensation is due around the holidays, which will make Christmas 2021 extra merry. Not yet rated. 

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