If you are searching for a family-friendly flick to see, keep an eye out for these upcoming films in 2016. These animated feature films follow a forgetful blue tang fish on another adventure, magical animal crackers with morphing abilities, a polar bear out to save his home from humans, and even an inside look at what our pets really do all day while we’re away.
Here are 8 family-friendly animal films to see this year.
Release Date: January 15, 2016
A polar bear named Norm (Rob Schneider) and his three lemming sidekicks embark on an adventure to save their Arctic home from the human condo invasion. They land in New York, and to survive the tough city Norm finds work as a mascot dressed as a polar bear. But as luck would have it, Norm discovers his employers are the same developers wanting to destroy his polar home. Think of it as Madagascar reversed.
Release Date: January 29, 2016
The third installment in this martial arts-toting animation takes Po on his biggest comedy adventure yet. Po (Jack Black) reunites with his father, Li Shan (Bryan Cranston), and the duo travel to a secret panda paradise. They run into a villainous ox named Kai (J.K. Simmons), who is defeating and stealing the powers of all the Kung Fu masters in China. So it is up to Po to embrace the next level of his training and teach the local villagers to defend their home and become Kung Fu pandas themselves.
Release Date: March 4, 2016
The Disney film is based in a magical land where animals, both predator and prey, live together in a harmonious anthropomorphic land. In this modern mammal metropolis, we’re introduced to a bunny named Officer Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin). She’s the first bunny on a big-city police force, and she learns the hard way that not everyone gets along. To prove to herself she has what it takes to solve the case, she’s partners up with a scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman).
Release Date: May 20, 2016
The widely-popular iPhone game has finally taken a life of its own in this film adaption. We’re introduced to an island of happy birds (well, almost). Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad) and Bomb (Danny McBride) are the island’s outlier angry birds. So when their island is visited by some mysterious pigs, it’s up to the cranky trio to figure out what they’re up to. If you’ve ever been irritated by those little snorting piggies, then this is the perfect film to work out some of your inner aggressions.
Release Date: June 17, 2016
We catch up with Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) a year after she befriends Marlin (Albert Brooks) and Nemo (Hayden Rolence). This time the blue tang fish travels the ocean in search of her mother (Diane Keaton) and father (Eugene Levy). Let’s just hope she remembers who she’s searching for along the way.
Release Date: July 8, 2016
The Secret Life of Pets sheds some light on how pets spend their days. The story is set in a bustling Manhattan apartment complex, where terrier Max (Louis C.K.) quickly learns he’s not the center of his owner’s universe when she brings home a mutt named Duke (Eric Stonestreet). The sibling rivalry is placed on hold when the duo must stop a bunny named Snowball (Kevin Hart) from building an army of abandoned pets in an elaborate plot of world domination.
Release Date: September 23, 2016
Forget about delivery drones. Storks are what you really want to deliver your packages! On Stork Mountain, storks deliver packages for global Internet giant Cornerstone.com. Enter Junior (Andy Samberg), the top delivery stork, who accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine one day at work. Out pops an adorable baby girl, who he must safely deliver before his boss gets wise to his mistake. Could this be the delivery that restores order to the ancient stork-and-baby mythos?
Release Date: TBA 2016
A man named Owen (John Krasinski) discovers an old box of magical animal crackers after his family inherits a rundown circus. The crackers magically change the person who eats them into the animal they have eaten. Well, you can just imagine what the family goes through when that happens! (Although, we’re unsure why anyone would chow down on a box of stale ol’ crackers.) It’s up to Owen to use the crackers to save the circus from his evil uncle, Horatio P. Huntington (Ian McKellen). Animal Crackers is based on the non-published comic book story by Scott Christian Sava.