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The best kids' movies 2019 has to offer

We're excited for the kids' movies 2019 has in store for us! Great new kids' movies in theaters include Frozen 2, Dumbo and Cats!

Written by
Danielle Valente

Grab some popcorn and prepare for the best kids' movies 2019 has on the way!

Thanks to an impressive lineup of great new kids' movies in theaters, you'll be treated to retellings of Disney classics, become reacquainted with old friends (hello, Anna and Elsa) and explore new worlds. When you're not home laughing at the funniest family comedy movies or catching up on the best Disney princess movies, you'll want to make your way to the theater—this lineup is bound to produce a few new favorites. 

After you book a fun adventure with the crew or grab a bite at these family restaurants, round off your outing with one of these new flicks. Have a look at the top 20 films we can't wait to catch in 2019! 

Best kids' movies in theaters in 2019

The Kid Who Would Be King 
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1. The Kid Who Would Be King 

Things take an unexpected turn for young Alex when he finds a mythical sword. Upon his discovery, he teams up with knights and wizards to face off against the evil Morgana, who has some devious plans up her sleeve. Will some magic and a helping hand allow Alex to save the day? Opens Jan 25. Rated PG. 

The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
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2. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part

An other-worldly catastrophe ensues when LEGO DUPLO invaders threaten Bricksburg, and it's up to a few of our favorite characters to show 'em who's boss. Opens Feb 8. Rated PG. 

How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
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3. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

When a calm, peaceful existence for the dragons is jeopardized, rider and dragon must join forces to put an end to the mayhem. Opens Feb 22. Rated PG. 

Wonder Park
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4. Wonder Park

Imagination is certainly a powerful tool—just ask June. Her creative mind literally makes an amusement park come to life. Pretty sweet, huh? Opens March 15. Not yet rated. 

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
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5. Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase

Sophia Lillis, who rose to fame in the 2017 remake of IT, is embracing another spooky book-to-film transformation in Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase. In the widely beloved kids' mystery tale, Nancy and her father move to River Heights upon the death of her mother. It's quite a change from her life in Chicago, and there's nothing keeping her occupied...until she's tasked with exploring the paranormal phenomenon at Twin Elms mansion. Opens March 15. Rated PG. 

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Our favorite elephant gets the live-action treatment in Disney's latest retelling of the classic story. In the hands of Tim Burton, this film is bound offer plenty of "wow" moments. Opens March 29. Not yet rated.  

Missing Link
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7. Missing Link

Mr. Link needs some assistance. He requests the help of Sir Lionel Frost to help reunite him with his family, which results in a journey that takes them all over the world. Opens April 12. Not yet rated. 

Pokémon Detective Pikachu
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8. Pokémon Detective Pikachu

It's about time Pokémon get a silver screen adaptation. In this live-action flick, a young man teams up with Pikachu to uncover his missing father's whereabouts, but what they end up discovering is much more serious than they originally thought—and Pokémon are at stake. Opens May 10. Not Yet Rated. 


9. UglyDolls

In this animated movie, adorable misfits learn the importance of staying true to themselves. Opens May 10. Not yet rated. 

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10. Aladdin

This is one magic carpet ride you're not going to want to miss. Journey alongside one of Disney's beloved princes in this highly-anticipated remake. Opens May 24. Not yet rated. 

The Secret Life of Pets 2
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11. The Secret Life of Pets 2

Think your furry friends wait by the door for you to get home? Think again! Join our crew of pets as they embark on another adventure while their owners are away. Opens June 7. Not yet rated. 

Toy Story 4
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12. Toy Story 4

Looks like a new toy is in town and ready to shake things up for Woody and co. Opens June 21. Not yet rated. 


13. The Lion King

Bring the tissues. Simba's story is getting a makeover for 2019, and this retelling will tug at your heartstrings. Opens July 19. Not yet rated. 

14. Dora The Explorer 

Nickelodeon is getting in on the live-action revamps in 2019 by bringing our favorite super sleuth to life. Opens Aug 2. Not yet rated.  

Artemis Fowl
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15. Artemis Fowl

Watch mastermind Artemis Fowl II jump from page to screen in the adapation of the sci-fi bestseller. Opens Aug 9. Not yet rated. 

16. The Angry Birds Movie 2

The high-flying troublemakers are back again, ready to wreack havoc and bring smiles to little ones' faces in the follow-up to the 2016 film. Opens Aug 2. Not yet rated. 


17. Spies in Disguise

This tale of espionage is unlike any you've ever heard before. What happens when the world's best spy is turned into a pigeon? He'll need a tech-savvy buddy to fix the problem, that's for sure! Opens Sept 19. Not yet rated.  

The Addams Family
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18. The Addams Family

Ring in Halloween 2019 with an animated take on your favorite creepy, kooky family! *Snap, snap* Opens Oct 11. Not yet rated.


19. Sonic The Hedgehog 

Revel in the nostaglia, '90s kids. Sonic is back, and even though our favorite hedgehog is not in video game form this time around, he still has an epic adventure to offer us. In 2019, Sonic trying to outsmart the government that's looking to hold him captive. Opens Nov 8. Not yet rated. 

20. Frozen 2

Our favorite sisters are making their long-awaited return after the success of 2013's Frozen. Dare we say, a new "Let It Go" is very likely waiting for us, so get ready for a kids' karaoke session. Opens Nov 22. Not yet rated.


21. Cats

The Broadway sensation is getting the movie treatment, so if you didn't catch these felines during their Great White Way tenure, now's your chance. Opens Dec 20. Not yet rated. 


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