It’s not just Hollywood filling the multiplexes with kid’s fare this year as August will welcome the release of Kai, the latest animation from Korean filmmaker Lee Sung-gang, known for My Beautiful Girl, Mari and Yobi, the Five Tailed Fox. In the film, a young man is given the key to saving his village by a river spirit after a curse is cast by an evil snow queen. Kai is also produced by Yeon Sang-ho, the director behind this summer’s action extravaganza Train to Busan.
Maestro filmmaker Steven Spielberg tackles one of Road Dahl’s most famous novels in his latest large-scale production. In The BFG, which was also made into a popular animated film in the late 1980s, Sophie, a young orphan, is captured by the Big Friendly Giant and whisked away to Giant Country. Not allowed to leave, she discovers that the giant’s job is to catch dreams. An adventure fairy tale brought to life by one of Hollywood’s greats, The BFG debuted earlier this year at Cannes Film Festival.
Thirteen years after Finding Nemo, Pixar returns with Finding Dory. Already the most successful animated film of all time in the United States, the film places Dory, a supporting character voiced by Ellen DeGeneres in the first film, front and center as she tries to track down her parents, despite being afflicted with severe short term memory loss. A nostalgia trip for viewers familiar with the original but with all the heart and shenanigans to delight new crowds, Finding Dory looks to be the ticket for all ages.
Justin Lin, director of four of the Fast and Furious installments, takes over from J.J. Abrams to bring us our third helping in the rebooted Star Trek series, and 13th overall. In Star Trek Beyond, Captain Kirk (Chris Pine) and Commander Spock (Zachary Quinto) return to boldly go where no one has gone before as they explore new parts of the galaxy and come face to face with a fearsome new foe, played by Idris Elba, when they are attacked and stranded on an abandoned planet.
Returning for its fifth installment is the enduring Ice Age animation franchise. Collision Course reunites the beloved troupe of ice age mammals from the previous films voiced by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary. In their latest adventure, the band gets together to fend off a meteor shower that would spell certain doom for the planet. Unfortunately, critics seem to have grown tired of the long-running franchise, affording Collision Course some of the lowest scores in the series to date.
The new smash hit from Illumination, the company that brought us the Despicable Me and Minions series, The Secret Life of Pets is the latest talking animal smash of the year, following the adored Zootopia and Finding Dory. With an all-star voice cast of comedians, including Louis C.K. and Steve Coogan, this pet version of Toy Story follows a dog who becomes jealous when his owner brings home new a new dog from the pound and pays more attention to it.