10 family-friendly movies to watch this summer

By Conner Tighe

There’s so much to adventure in the outdoors of the upcoming summer, but when it’s time to wrap up the day with indoor activities, why not invest in a fun movie experience? We thought we would highlight family movies that might be what you’re looking for.

Onward (2020)

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Elf brothers Ian (Tom Holland) and Barley Lightfoot (Chris Pratt) find themselves on an incredible adventure of clues, wonder, and danger when the two seek out an ancient artifact that will resurrect their dad. Their mother, Laurel (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), goes after the two after she discovers them missing. With other acts by Octavia Spencer, Kyle Bornheimer, and Wilmer Valderrama, this 2020 release will awaken the inner child in us all.

Soul (2020)

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Actors Tina Fey, Jamie Foxx, Rachel House, and more lend their voice acting to this groundbreaking Disney film that will surely spark adventure in your “soul.” Band teacher Joe (Foxx) finds his life at the top when he takes the job in New York City, but when he becomes trapped in a world beyond our own, he discovers how vital creativity is to us all.

Coco (2017)

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With dreams of becoming a musician, young Miguel (Anthony Gonzalez) travels to the Land of the Dead to become like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz (Benjamin Bratt). With the guidance of trickster Héctor (Gael García Bernal), this Disney film talks of the wonders behind one’s family history and the importance of dreaming big when the odds seem small.


Big Hero 6 (2014)

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What does it mean to step into the shoes of your older brother? Disney took adventure for a tailspin when Hiro’s (Ryan Potter) older brother Tadashi (Daniel Henney) is killed in a fire giving Hiro control over his brother’s robotic creation Baymax (Scott Adsit). Genius Hiro is later spun into a dangerous plot where he later transforms Baymax and his friends into superheroes creating Big Hero 6.

The Incredibles 2 (2018)

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Fourteen years after the initial action-filled family film, the adventures of the Parr family continued with The Incredibles 2. As superheroes are still struggling in the spotlight with the public, telecommunications expert Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk) hires Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) to fight crime to shine a positive light on heroes. When Deavor’s sister Evelyn (Catherine Keener) derives a plot of her own, Elastigirl finds herself in trouble, forcing her husband Bob (Craig T. Nelson) out of family duties to save her.

Captain Marvel (2019)

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Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) intergalactic friendships began in 1995 when Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) finds herself on Earth after a rescue mission gone awry. While in the middle of a war with the Skrulls, Danvers finds herself having recurring visions of her past as a U.S. Air Force Pilot. She teams up with Fury to discover the key to a peaceful end to the war and her past. Captain Marvel was Stan Lee’s final Marvel film he cameoed in.

Zootopia (2016)

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Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin) joins the police force as the first rabbit in the city of Zootopia. Hopps struggles to prove herself as an enforcer of the law, so when she gets the chance to tackle a big case, she joins fox Nick Wilde (Jason Bateman). She finds working with Wilde might be her biggest challenge yet. Actors Jenny Slate, Shakira, and Nate Torrence join the voice casting of this beloved Disney film.

The Jungle Book (2016)

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This excellent live-action film reinspired by Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 classic The Jungle Book stars Scarlett Johanssen, Ben Kingsley, Idris Elba, Christopher Walken, Lupita Nyong’o, and many more. Young orphan Mowgli (Neel Sethi) is raised in the Indian jungle by wolves, but when an ancient peace pact is disrupted by villain Shere Khan (Elba), Mowgli finds his life in danger. With the aid of other animals, the young boy journeys for self-discovery and survival.

Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation (2018)

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Dracula’s (Adam Sandler) third adventure continues but this time on a much-needed vacation from Hotel Transylvania, a haven for monsters. The group of monsters board The Legacy, captained by Ericka (Kathryn Hahn), a human, Dracula begins to experience a newfound love. But Dracula’s newfound “zing” soon turns him blind to a more sinister plot at hand. A fourth installment titled Hotel Transylvania 4: Transformania was recently revealed to be in the works to be released later this year.

The Addams Family (2019)

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The hilarious, macabre family returned two years ago in a wonderful reimagining of the original 1960s show. When Gomez (Oscar Isaac) and Morticia Adams (Charlize Theron) move to a remote location hidden by fog and a nearby marsh, all seems well. Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard) is taught the familiar saber skills his father endowed, but Wednesday (Chloë Grace Moretz) begins to question life outside the mansion. The nearby marsh is drained, and TV host Margaux Needler tries to rid the world of the Addams family forever.

Sources: IMDB (The Addams Family), IMDB (Onward), IMDB (Soul), IMDB (Coco), IMDB (Big Hero 6), IMDB (The Incredibles 2), IMDB (Captain Marvel), IMDB (Zootopia), Looper, IMDB (The Jungle Book), IMDB (Hotel Transylvania 3), Collider

Images: Disney+, Disney Plus, What’s On Disney Plus, The DisInsider, Disney+, Disney Plus, Sojourners, YouTube, Saving Content, The Mary Sue

Featured Image: Variety

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