August 2021 is National Family Fun Month, which means that the next few weeks should be filled with amazing days out, picnics and all sorts! But, if you don’t fancy heading out, why not check out these seven family-friendly flicks that both you and your little ones will love?
Scoob! – 2020
Last year (2020) an origin story surrounding everyone’s favorited pup was released, showing Scooby Doo (Frank Welker) in an all-new light!
Scoob! shows us how the crime-fighting canine became best friends with Shaggy (Will Forte); the two make an undoubtable adorable pair, sharing sandwiches and the scaredy-cat trait.
The film is a barrel of laughs and brings a new and charming feel to the sweet and funny character that is Scooby Doo, a fan favourite character for decades.
We see how the famous Mystery Incorporated gang meet, and what led them to solve crimes from their groovy Mystery Mobile.
Sonic the Hedgehog – 2020
Sonic the blue Hedgehog has been a beloved video game character for decades, but 2020 saw a first for the odd mammal as he got his very own live-action movie!
Sonic (Ben Schwartz), who adores his life on the lush green island he lives on, must use one of his gold rings in order to escape enemies that chase him off-world.
Sonic has since been on Earth for years, but finally gets spotted in the home of Tom (James Marsden), who reluctantly agrees to help the blue animal retrieve his rings when they fall through a portal.
With Doctor Robotnik (Jim Carrey) on his tail, Sonic goes on a hilarious and entertaining journey where he discovers what wonders Earth has to offer.
Detective Pikachu – 2019
Pokémon is one of the most popular gaming franchises, with beautiful and unique creatures to capture, train, and use in battle. In 2019, Detective Pikachu graced the big screen with a hilarious narrative loved by many.
Pikachu is voiced by none other than Ryan Reynolds, with Justice Smith playing Tim. The two meet when trying to solve a missing persons case, and when Tim discovers that this Pikachu can talk, he knows something isn’t quite right.
This film is brilliant for kids who love Pokémon, as the movie shows hundreds of characters in live-action; from an angry Cubone, to a panicked Psyduck, to a furry, sleeping Snorlax, this feature really went all out to bring these amazing animals to life!
Sing – 2016
Sing is one of the most motivating, uplifting and funny kids’ movies out there; with a koala who won’t quit and a great selection of popular and well-known songs, this film will definitely be adored by any child and any parent.
Buster Moon (Matthew McConaughey) is losing his beloved theatre as he can’t afford to keep it, so he whips up a genius idea to host a singing competition; this plan would have been great, if it weren’t for his assistant’s mistake of offering way too much money as the prize.
Despite the disappointing lack of prize money, a group of animals still wish to support Buster and make their singing dreams come true in this wild and wacky journey!
The cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Scarlett Johansson, Taron Egerton, Nick Kroll, John C. Reilly, and more.
The Incredibles – 2004
This Pixar movie from 2004 is perfect for a family night in, as not only will kids love the wacky comedy, but parents will be able to adore the film they themselves saw as children.
The Incredibles follows a family of super heroes who must rein in their powers to keep themselves safe. When Bob aka Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) misses the action of his superhero days a little too much, his family must step in to save him.
This is a classic film the boasts loving who you are, even if you’re a little different, and every character bounces off one another due to their differing personalities; their adventure is full of perfect comedy moments that will entertain everyone in the family.
The Lego Batman Movie – 2017
Batman isn’t usually a character meant for young children, given that some DC comics and films are a little violent. However, The Lego Batman Movie combines a love for the Caped Crusader with Lego: a perfect match.
Lego films are always a laugh-a-minute, and this movie is no different. While trying to stop The Joker’s (Zach Galifianakis) plans to rule Gotham (once again), Batman (Will Arnett) must deal with the son he accidentally adopted, Dick Grayson (Michael Cera).
This Lego adventure is one of the best, as the slapstick and perfectly timed comedy, mixed with a couple hidden adult jokes here and there, make it a genuinely hilarious choice for movie night.
Batman’s dark and brooding nature is slightly cracked as he learns how to love and trust others, creating a perfect kids’ film.
Zootropolis – 2016
Zootropolis is one of the most entertaining and charming films out there, as a bunny trues to make her way through the big leagues to be the first ever rabbit police officer.
Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) comes form Bunny Burrow, a small town filled with adorable rabbits who are happy in their home town; but not Judy. She wants to make it as a cop and move to the gigantic city of Zootropolis, and that’s exactly what she does.
Within her first few days, Judy promises to solve a missing mammal case, much to the dismay of Chief Bogo (Idris Elba). So, with the help of criminal Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman), Judy sets to work trying to find a missing otter.
On her way, Judy faces a myriad of challenges and danger around every corner; but this doesn’t phase her, and the determination, humor and willpower makes her a brilliant protagonist for a children’s movie!
Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal
While this year has clearly not been the best, next year will hopefully be better. With quite a few films coming out in 2021, here are six that are intended for your little ones, but that you may also love when watching them!