5 Family Movies for Spirited Holiday Entertainment

If your holiday celebrations involve watching fun family movies, you’re in luck this season and into the new year! From Halloween to Easter, mark your calendar for the release of the following films for lighthearted entertainment.

The Addams Family on the Big Screen in First Animated Comedy

The first family of Halloween, The Addams Family, is back on the big screen in the first animated comedy about the kookiest family on the block. Funny, outlandish and completely iconic, The Addams Family redefines what it means to be a good neighbor.

The cast includes Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Snoop as “IT” with Bette Midler and Allison Janney. The film also stars Martin Short, Chatherine O’Hara, Tituss Burgess, Jenifer Lewis, Elsie Fisher and Aimee Garcia. To help your family get into the spirit of Halloween, The Addams Family is in theaters now.
MGM’S ANIMATED COMEDY THE ADDAMS FAMILY’s original song,
“Haunted Heart” by CHRISTINA AGUILERA,
is AVAILABLE NOW!

 

Arctic Dogs Explores Yearning to Land on Top

In the new animated family film Arctic Dogs, Swifty the Arctic Fox (Jeremy Renner) works in the mailroom of the Arctic Blast Delivery Service, but he has much bigger dreams. He yearns to become a Top Dog, the Arctic’s star husky couriers. To prove he can do it, he commandeers one of the sleds and delivers a mysterious package to a secret location. Once there, he stumbles on a hidden fortress overseen by the nefarious Otto Von Walrus (John Cleese). The blubbery evil genius commands an army of oddly polite puffin henchmen. Swifty discovers Otto Von Walrus’ villainous plan to drill beneath the snow-packed surface to unleash masses of ancient gas to melt the Arctic and become the world’s supreme ruler. To stop this sinister scheme, Swifty enlists the help of his friends: PB (Alec Baldwin), a neurotic polar bear, Lemmy (James Franco), a scatterbrained albatross, Jade Fox (Heidi Klum), a brainy engineer, Leopold (Omar Sy) and Bertha (Heidi Klum), two conspiracy theorist otters and Magda (Anjelica Huston), his curmudgeonly boss. Watch for Arctic Dogs, which will be in theaters starting November 1, 2019.

Tom Hanks Portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism. The film is based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness and decency from America’s most beloved neighbor (Tom Hanks). A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood is scheduled for release on November 22, 2019, just in time for Thanksgiving!

Robert Downey Jr. Talks to the Animals in Dolittle

Robert Downey Jr. electrifies one of literature’s most enduring characters in a vivid re-imagining of the classic tale of the man who could talk to animals: Dolittle.
After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen (Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose) falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.
The doctor is joined on his quest by a young, self-appointed apprentice (Dunkirk‘s Harry Collett) and a raucous coterie of animal friends, including an anxious gorilla (Oscar® winner Rami Malek), an enthusiastic but bird-brained duck (Oscar® winner Octavia Spencer), a bickering duo of a cynical ostrich (The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani) and an upbeat polar bear (John Cena, Bumblebee) and a headstrong parrot (Oscar® winner Emma Thompson), who serves as Dolittle’s most trusted adviser and confidante.
The film also stars Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen (The Queen) and Oscar® winner Jim Broadbent and features additional voice performances from Oscar® winner Marion Cotillard, Frances de la Tour, Carmen Ejogo, Ralph Fiennes, Selena Gomez, Tom Holland and Craig Robinson.
Mark your calendar for Dolittle, which will hit the theaters on January 17, 2020, extending your New Year’s celebrations!
Lovable Rogue in PETER RABBIT™ 2: THE RUNAWAY

In PETER RABBIT™ 2: THE RUNAWAYthe lovable rogue is back.  Bea, Thomas and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation. Adventuring out of the garden, Peter finds himself in a world where his mischief is appreciated, but when his family risks everything to come looking for him, Peter must figure out what kind of bunny he wants to be. PETER RABBIT™ 2: THE RUNAWAY will be in theaters on April 3, 2020, for Easter entertainment.

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