As usual, most of the blockbuster films destined to hit movie theaters this summer aren’t really suitable for the youngest members of the family.
Never fear – Hollywood didn’t forget there was money to be made at the box office with family-friendly films this summer.
Following is a list of this year’s most anticipated summer family films.
- Release date: June 15
- Genre: Action, animation, adventure and family
- Cast: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Samuel L. Jackson, Huckleberry “Huck” Milner, Brad Bird, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini
- Rated: PG
It’s been 14 years since Pixar and Walt Disney Pictures introduced this superhero family to the world. That means “The Incredibles” hit theaters five years before Disney purchased Marvel Studios and began its domination of the superhero genre.
In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack – whose super powers are about to be discovered.
Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
‘Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation’
- Release date: July 13
- Genre: Animation and family
- Cast: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Keegan-Michael Key and Mel Brooks
- Rated: PG
In Sony Pictures Animation’s “Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation,” everyone’s favorite monster family embarks on a vacation, taking a luxury monster cruise ship so Drac can enjoy a summer break from providing everyone else’s vacation at the hotel.
It’s smooth sailing for Drac’s Pack as the monsters indulge in all of the shipboard fun the cruise has to offer, from monster volleyball to exotic excursions, and catching up on their moon tans. But the dream vacation turns into a nightmare when Mavis realizes Drac has fallen for the mysterious captain of the ship, Ericka, who hides a dangerous secret that could destroy all of monsterkind.
‘Teen Titans GO! to the Movies’
- Release date: July 27
- Genre: Animation and adventure
- Cast: Will Arnett, Kristen Bell, Greg Cipes, Scott Menville, Khary Payton, Tara Strong, Hynden Walch, Lil Yachty and Nicolas Cage
- Rated: PG
“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds these egocentric, wildly satirical superheroes in their first feature film extravaganza – a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers.
It seems to the Teens that all the major superheroes out there are starring in their own movies – everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! But de facto leader Robin is determined to remedy the situation, and be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. If only they could get the hottest Hollywood film director to notice them.
With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town, certain to pull off their dream. But when the group is radically misdirected by a seriously Super-Villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth, things really go awry. The team finds their friendship and their fighting spirit failing, putting the very fate of the Teen Titans themselves on the line.
- Release date: Aug. 3
- Genre: Family
- Cast: Ewan McGregor, Hayley Atwell, Bronte Carmichael, Mark Gatiss, Jim Cummings, Chris O’Dowd, Brad Garrett, Toby Jones, Nick Mohammed, Peter Capaldi and Sophie Okonedo
- Not yet rated
Winnie-the-Pooh has been a favorite of children since his debut in English author A. A. Milne’s first collection of tales in 1926.
The adorable bear and his fellow Hundred Acre Wood inhabitants became inexorably linked to Walt Disney Productions in 1966 with the release of the animated featurette “Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree.” More Disney featurettes – and eventually feature films – would follow.
Now, Disney will offer audiences a new take on the Milne’s with a heartwarming live action adventure. In Disney’s “Christopher Robin,” the young boy who embarked on countless adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with his band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.
- Release date: Aug. 10
- Genre: Comedy, animation and family
- Cast: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Ian McKellen, Danny DeVito, Sylvester Stallone, Raven-Symone and Patrick Warburton
- Rated: NA
“Animal Crackers” has had difficulty finding distribution and prior release dates have been rescheduled. Currently, it appears that the Aug. 10 date is relatively firm.
Owen Huntington’s life is one continuous loop of work, eat, and sleep – a loop that sadly keeps him from ever seeing his wife Zoe, or his 3-year-old daughter MacKenzie.
One day, Buffalo Bob, Owen’s long-lost uncle, passes away and leaves his circus to Owen. Owen learns the circus is broke, the animals are all gone and most of the crew are too old to be of any use. However, Owen soon discovers Buffalo Bob’s secret: a box of Animal Crackers that gives the bearer the ability to become any animal in the box.
Just when things are looking up, Buffalo Bob’s brother shows up to try and take everything away from Owen.
‘Duck Duck Goose’
- Release date: Aug. 24
- Genre: Comedy, animation and family
- Cast: Jim Gaffigan, Zendaya Coleman, Lance Lim, Greg Proops, Natasha Leggero, Reggie Watts, Diedrich Bader, Jennifer Grey, Rick Overton, Craig Ferguson, Stephen Fry and Carl Reiner
- Rated: PG
After he’s grounded by an injury, a high-flying bachelor is saddled with two wide-eyed orphans as they come face-to-face with the dangers and beauty of the outside world in this funny and touching animated feature.
Box office bargains
Several area movie theaters are offering free or discounted kids’ movies this summer.
Studio Movie Grill will offer its Children’s Summer Series at SMG Seminole, 7718 113th St. N., Seminole.
The series offers a budget-friendly entertainment option for families, summer camps and weekday programs and features $1 screenings of recent children films. Films are shown Monday through Friday at 10 a.m.
Following is the SMG Children’s Summer Series schedule:
• May 28-June 1 – “Flushed Away”
• June 4-8 – “The Book of Life”
• June 11-15 – “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
• June 18-22 – “Ferdinand”
• June 25-29 – “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”
• July 2-6 – “The Boss Baby”
• July 9-13 – “Horton Hears a Who”
• July 16-20 – “The Peanuts Movie”
• July 23-27 – “The Croods”
• July 30-Aug. 3 – “The Prince of Egypt”
• Aug. 6-10 – “Megamind”
For information, visit www.studiomoviegrill.com.
The 2018 Summer Movie Express will launch Tuesday, June 5, and will run for 11 weeks at participating Regal Cinema locations. Admission to these films during the Summer Movie Express is $1 and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Will Rogers Institute.
The following Tampa Bay area theaters will participate in the 2016 Summer Movie Express:
• Regal Largo Mall 8, 10500 Ulmerton Road E., Largo
• Regal Park Place Stadium 16, 7200 U.S. 19, Pinellas Park
• Regal Citrus Park Stadium 20, 7999 Citrus Park Town Center Mall, Tampa (the series will end Aug. 1 at this location)
Each location will screen two titles on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Movies start at 10 a.m. at most locations. Check location for exact show times. All movies are rated either G or PG.
Following is the 2018 Summer Movie Express schedule:
• June 5-6 – “The Iron Giant” and “Curious George”
• June 12-13 – “Despicable Me” and “Ice Age: Collision Course”
• June 19-20 – “Storks” and “Mr. Peabody & Sherman”
• June 26-27 – “Despicable Me 2” and “How to Train Your Dragon 2”
• July 3-4 – “The Lego Movie” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks”
• July 10-11 – “Sing” and “The Peanuts Movie”
• July 17-18 – “The Lego Ninjago Movie” and “Ferdinand”
• July 24-25 – “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel”
• July 31-Aug. 1 – “The Lego Batman Movie” and “Trolls”
• Aug. 7-8 – “Minions” and “The Boss Baby”
• Aug. 14-15 – “Paddington 2” and “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”
For more information on Regal Theaters, visit www.regmovies.com.
Cobb Theatres will host the Kids Summer Movie Escape series at Countryside 12, 27001 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater; and at Cobb Tyrone Luxury 10, at Tyrone Square Mall, 6901 22nd Ave. N., St. Petersburg.
The films will be shown Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m., beginning Tuesday, June 12. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Admission is free. All films are rated either G or PG.
Following is the Cobb Theatres schedule:
• June 12-14 – “Kung Fu Panda 3” and “Angry Birds”
• June 19-21 – “Alvin: Road Chip” and “The Lego Batman Movie”
• June 26-28 – “Sing” and “Secret Life of Pets”
• July 3-5 – “Storks” and “The Lorax Movie”
• July 10-12 – “The Peanuts Movie” and “Trolls”
• July 17-19 – “Despicable Me 3” and “Ferdinand”
• July 24-26 – “Emoji Movie” and “The Boss Baby”
• July 31-Aug. 2 – “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”
For more information on Cobb Theatres, visit www.cobbtheatres.com.
Summer Movie Camp will be presented Wednesdays, 10 a.m., at AMC Classic Palm Harbor, 37912 U.S. 19 N., Palm Harbor. The series runs June 6 through Aug. 1.
Admission is $4 plus tax which includes a KidsPack. The KidsPack includes popcorn, drink and FrootiTooti fruit snacks.
Following is the 2018 Summer Movie Camp schedule:
• June 6 – “The Boss Baby”
• June 13 – “Paddington 2”
• June 20 – “The Lego Batman Movie”
• June 27 – “Ferdinand”
• July 11 – “Trolls”
• July 18 – “Despicable Me 3”
• July 25 – “Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie”
• Aug. 1 – “The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature”