Must-see family movies of 2020

We are going to be spoilt for choice again in 2020 as there is a fantastic selection of movies perfect for family cinematic  entertainment in the pipeline!

There is an exciting selection of remakes, sequels and new movies so if you are feeling nostalgic, keen to know what happens next, or ready for a new experience, there will be something that suits.

NB Please note that expected release dates may change. Check with your local cinema for the audience ratings for these movies at the time of release. Find more information on ratings and classifications. Parental discretion is always advised.

New Movies


Pixar and Disney’s first release for 2020 is Onward, a computer-animated fantasy about two brothers who go on a quest to find a magical way to help their fathers. In cinema’s in time for the April school holidays.

Release date: April 2020

For more, visit the official Onward site.

Artemis Fowl

Based on the hugely popular novels by Irish author Eoin Colfer, the 12 year old criminal mastermind is now hitting the big screen. Directed by Kenneth Branagh who’s credits include the first Thor , and featuring the magnificent Judi Dench this promises to be a real treat.

Release date: March 2019

For more, visit the Artemis Fowl official site.


New from Pixar, Soul is an animated journey of a musician who, and I quote, “”Pixar Animation Studios will take you on a journey from the streets of New York City to the cosmic realms to discover the answers to life’s most important questions.” Sounds interesting!

Release date: June 2020

For more, visit Soul

The One and Only Ivan

Based on the beautiful children’s book by K.A. Applegate, the movie follows Ivan, a silver back gorilla, as he and his elephant friend Stella try to escape captivity.

Release date: TBC

The Jungle Cruise

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson stars as an early 20th Century riverboat Captain in an adventure filmed based on the iconic Disney theme park attraction.

Release date: July 2020

For more, visit The Jungle Cruise

The Mitchells vs. the Machines

The Mitchells  family road trip is interrupted by a tech uprising that threatens to change the world as we know it. In the words of the producers “all around the world, the electronic devices people love–from phones, to self driving cars, to a sleek new line of personal robots–turn on humanity. With the help of two malfunctioning robots and the family’s delightfully overweight pug, the Mitchells will have to get past their problems and work together to save each other and the world!”

Release date: TBC

What happened next?

Trolls World Tour

The Trolls are back! After the success of their original movie and a Netflix series the Trolls return with a music filled, uplifting story. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick make a welcome return and are joined by Kelly Clarkson and Chance the Rapper.

Release date: April 2020

For more, visit the Trolls World Tour official site.


Question: “Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you?’

Answer: In a movie theatre near you in May 2020!

Rumour has is Scooby is heading into a parallel universe that will include the Jetsons and the Flintstones .

Release date:May020

For more, visit the Scoob! official site

The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run

SpongeBob is back in both 2D and 3D and, accompanied by Patrick, is on the hunt for his pet snail Gary who has been snail-napped. Expect a heart warming moment as the very first meeting of SpongeBob and Gary is relived. Rumour has is Keanu Reeves makes an appearance!

Release date: May 2020

For more, visit the official Sponge on the Run site

Minions 2: The Rise of Gru

Get out your denim pants and yellow top because Minions are back and this time it’s a bit of a prequel as it focuses on when the Minions first met the then felonious Gru.

Release date: June 2020

For more, visit The Rise of Gru

New interpretation

Call of the Wild

Originally published in 1903, Jack London’s classic book has been made into movies various times over the years and now again in 2020. Featuring Harrison Ford and Karen Gillen adventure and dog lovers will enjoy this latest offering.

Release date: February 2020

For more, visit the official Call of the Wild site.


This live action adaptation of the 1998 animated film is directed by New Zealander Niki Caro of Whale Rider fame, and was filmed in New Zealand and China. Based on Chinese folklore, this film celebrates the strength of a young woman.

Release date: March 2020

For more, visit the Mulan official site

The Secret Garden

With much of the movie filmed in stunning locations in England and Wales, this movie promises to be a beautiful re-imagining of the 1911 novel of the same name by Frances Hodgson Burnett. Starring Colin Firth and Julie Walters.

Release date: April 2020

author robynWritten by Robyn Taylor

Robyn creates content on Kidspot NZ. Her hobbies include buying cleaning products and wondering why things don’t then clean themselves, eating cheese scones with her friends, and taking her kids to appointments. 

Favourite motto to live by: “This too will pass.”

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