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The Parents Guide To The 10 Most Anticipated Kids Movies Of 2017

Looks like you’re going to be living part-time in a movie theater this year. Sequels, reboots, adaptations, and even a few emojis will keep your kids busy for at least 90 minutes over the next 300 days. Here are 10 of the biggest releases for 2017, what you can expect, and why your kids are already on Fandango.

The LEGO Batman Movie

Bruce Wayne has a newfound responsibility by not only being Batman, but by also raising his new adopted kid, Dick Grayson. Also, they’re made of plastic bricks.
For Kids: They thought everything was awesome about The LEGO Movie, and they love Batman. They’re probably already camping outside the multiplex.
For YouThe LEGO Movie had enough jokes that flew over your kid’s head and right to yours. Plus, Will Arnet is your spirit animal.
Release: February 10

Rock Dog

A dog leaves home to follow his dreams of becoming a rock star and stumbles upon his mentor, rock legend, Angus (voiced by Eddie Izzard).

For Kids: Take one part School of Rock and 2 parts Kung Fu Panda and mix in some dogs. They’re probably wondering why it took Hollywood so long to figure this formula out.

For You: It was made by a Chinese movie studio and based on a Chinese novel, but struggled to find a Chinese audience. Can 1 billion people be wrong?

Release: February 24


An orphan dreams of becoming a ballerina and goes to Paris where she enrolls into a dancing program at the Grand Opera house. It’s like a classy Footloose.

For Kids: Got a dancing, tutu wearing little one? Then this movie is for them.

For You: Ellie Fanning voices the lead character and it sounds like she recorded the part in sweatpants. Still, the movie looks uplifting. Get it together Ellie!

Release: March 3

Beauty And The Beast

Disney attempts a live-action remake of their animated classic, in the vein of Cinderella and The Jungle Book. But this one has Hermoine.

For Kids: If your kid has any familiarity with the fairytale or the old Disney film, then this should be a treat. If they’re completely cold to it, this might be too much for younger viewers. The Beast looks like a cross between the Hulk and Chewbacca — and that’s awesome, but for a different kind of movie.

For You: Who knew Emma Watson could sing? She leads an impressive cast, so it’ll be interesting to see how the remake holds up to the 1991 film (or TV series!). By the way, that movie was the first animated film to be nominated for best picture, so the bar’s that high.

Release: March 17

Power Rangers

Five teenagers are given super powers to save the world from an alien threat. It’s like The Avengers, but if that were based on some terrible low-budget kid’s show from the 90s.

For Kids: Even if your kid has never heard of Power Rangers, this all-new take on the Japanese series has CGI monsters fighting CGI robots. Unlike the previous version which was cardboard monsters fighting spandex 20-somethings. You may want to wait until an official rating comes out, because these Rangers look mighty edgy. They fight to Kanye.

For You: The 90s resurgence continues! The film looks more tolerable than the most recent reboots. And Bryan Cranston plays floating, talking head Zordon, who hopefully gives the Rangers a stern warning about who knocks.

Release: March 24

The Boss Baby

Based on the book by Marla Freeze, Dreamworks’ adaptation has this baby boss teaming up with his older brother to overthrow Puppy Co. Is that considered a paw-stile takeover?

For Kids: If this studio can make animals, dragons, ogres, and trolls worth watching, what’s to stop them from making a baby walk around in a power suit? You?

For You: Before Alec Baldwin got a full-time job playing Trump, he voiced the Boss Baby. Is there a Glengarry Glen Ross reference in the trailer? Does Ricky Roma hold the title of “top closer”?

Release: March 31

Smurfs: The Lost Village

Remember the last 2 Smurf movies? No? Good, because Sony is ditching the previous films (despite being full of NPH) to reboot the franchise in a fully animated feature with a new cast.

For Kids: Even though it’s “all-new,” it’s still the same core characters: Papa Smurf, Brainy, Clumsy, Hefty, and Smurfette. Younger kids might not even give a smurf about the difference.

For You: At least this Smurf movie looks like the old animated cartoon. Ditching the live-action/animated hybrid format could make this worth your smurfing time.

Release: April 7

Cars 3

After an epic crash, Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in Pixar land. (Which, as you now know, connects all the movies.)

For Kids: Even though there’s no Mater in the recent trailer, Lightning McQueen is back and your little gearhead probably doesn’t need much more convincing to watch.

For You: Pixar has consistently made great films for the entire family, plus this looks like the Rocky III of the franchise. No word if McQueen grows a training beard.

Release: June 16

Despicable Me 3

It’s up to Gru to stop a new super villain and his plans for world domination.

For Kids: Minions! Considering how insanely successful the Minions movie was, you’re going to see this. Period.

For You: Somehow, Illumination cast South Park co-creator Trey Parker to voice an 80s child star-turned-villain in Balthazar Bratt. There’s bound to be endless references from the decade that will fall flatter on your kid than Bratt’s shoulder pads.

Release: June 30

The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature

Surly is back and looking to stop the mayor from building an amusement park over his new home, the public park. More local activism is what was really missing from woodland creatures.

For Kids: If your kid dragged you to the original back in 2014, then you’ve had 3 years to recover.

For You: It’s hard to understand how this warranted a sequel, but you also live in a world of 5 Ice Age movies.

Release: August 18

The Emoji Movie

The trailer doesn’t reveal much, but the story (yes, there is one) follows Gene, a muli-expressional emoji, who sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

For Kids: Talking emojis — just like the ones they see you text with.

For You: Sir Patrick Stewart voices the poop emoji. Bet the Royal Shakespeare Theatre didn’t see that one coming.

Release: October 10