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New Kids Movies in Theaters This Week (January 2024)

You don’t need to be a kid to dig a movie ’bout superheroes, magical creatures, or monsters! These movies entertain everyone, no matter how old you are. Theaters are constantly dropping new movies for kids, so they’re a great place to take the fam for a fun day out. Grab the tickets to a kids’ movie, a big ol’ bucket of popcorn, an ice-cold cola, and that massive 70MM big screen, and you’re all set for a super fun time! For this purpose, we’ve compiled a list of kids’ movies in theaters to make it easier for you.

New Kids Movies in Theater This Week

Soul

IMDb Rating: 8.0

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 95%

Soul is a 2020 American animated fantasy comedy-drama film made by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. The film was helmed by Pete Docter and co-directed by Kemp Powers, with both collaborating on the screenplay alongside Mike Jones. The narrative revolves around Joe Gardner. He is a dedicated middle school teacher and aspiring pianist. After a life-altering accident puts him in a coma, he embarks on a journey to reunite his soul and body, determined to make it back in time for his long-awaited opportunity as a jazz musician.

Soul premiered exclusively on Disney+ on December 25, 2020, and in cinemas in countries without the streaming service. It will now be released theatrically in the United States on January 12, 2024. The film received praise for its exceptional craftsmanship, compelling story, well-developed characters, thought-provoking themes, innovative ideas, immersive sound design, imaginative creativity, profound emotional impact, and captivating musical score. Soul was recognized as one of the top-ten films of 2020 by both the National Board of Review and the American Film Institute. It received three Academy Award nominations at the 93rd Academy Awards, ultimately winning two- Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. Additionally, it garnered a multitude of other prestigious honors and recognition.

Voice Cast: 

  •  Jamie Foxx
  • Tina Fey
  • Graham Norton
  • Rachel House
  • Alice Braga
  • Richard Ayoade
  • Phylicia Rashad
  • Donnell Rawlings
  • Questlove
  • Angela Bassett
Director Pete Docter
Release Date  January 12, 2024 (United States [in theaters)]
Running Time 101 minutes

Migration

IMDb Rating: 6.9

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 73%

Migration is the ideal holiday movie for families, coming from the same studio that made Despicable Me, The Grinch, and Super Mario Bros: The Movie. Migration chronicles the journey of a duck family—paternal, maternal, and juvenile—as they set off on the Great Migration. This journey may be their most memorable vacation and adventure yet.

As of December 25, 2023, the film has earned $17.5 million in the United States and Canada and an additional $22 million in other territories. It brings its total worldwide earnings to $39.5 million. In the United States and Canada, Migration was released alongside Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, Anyone but You, and The Iron Claw. It earned $5.8 million on its opening day, including $1.5 million from Thursday night previews. The movie debuted with a total of $12.5 million, securing a third-place position at the box office. Although having a plot that doesn’t exactly stand out, Migration soars thanks to its breathtaking animation and the engaging performances of its excellent voice cast. Despite the predictable premise, the sense of burlesque/ parody in Migration is praiseworthy.

Voice Cast: 

  • Elizabeth Banks
  • Kumail Nanjiani
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Awkwafina
  • Carol Kane
  • David Mitchell
  • Tresi Gazal
  • Caspar Jennings
  • Danny DeVito
  • Isabela Merced
Director Benjamin Renner
Release Date  December 22, 2023
Running Time 83 minutes

Wonka

IMDb Rating: 7.3

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82%

Wonka is a captivating story that delves into the life of Willy Wonka. The film takes viewers on a journey, revealing the extraordinary transformation of Willy Wonka from a brilliant inventor and magician to the cherished chocolate maker everyone adores. Featuring Willy Wonka’s early days as a chocolatier, it relates the character’s origin tale from Roald Dahl’s 1964 novel Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. After Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, this is the third film adapted from a book by Dahl. The musical numbers and Oompa Loompa designs are carried over from the 1971 version, but the styling and world-building suggest a different reality. Timothée Chalamet plays the lead role.

The film garnered positive reviews from critics and received multiple award nominations, including a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy for Timothée Chalamet.

Cast: 

  • Timothée Chalamet
  • Calah Lane
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Paterson Joseph
  • Matt Lucas
  • Mathew Baynton
  • Sally Hawkins
  • Rowan Atkinson
  • Jim Carter
  • Natasha Rothwell
  • Tom Davis
  • Olivia Colman
  • Hugh Grant
  • Natasha Rothwell
  • Rich Fulcher
  • Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
  • Rakhee Thakrar
  • Simon Farnaby
  • Ellie White
  • Colin O’Brien
  • Murray McArthur
  • Isy Suttie
  • Tracy Ifeachor
  • Tim Fitzhigham
Director Paul King
Release Date  December 15, 2023
Running Time 116 minutes

Wish

IMDb Rating: 5.8

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 48%

Wish is a Walt Disney Animation Studios-produced and Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures-distributed animated musical fantasy film. The story focuses on Asha, a 17-year-old girl who makes a desperate plea to the stars after sensing a doom in the Kingdom of Rosas that no one else does. The film was supposed to be a little bit of everything—a celebration of the present, a nod to the past, and a little push toward the future—as Disney celebrates its centennial. However, the movie has not left a distinct mark. While the film’s affectionate nods to the studio’s past hit a chord with some viewers, it fails to capture the enchantment of good storytelling, no matter how stunning the animation. So far, the film has earned $48.9 million at the box office against an approximate budget of $175–200 million. If you are bored and want to go out with your children, Wish is a film you should consider watching.

Voice Cast: 

  • Ariana DeBose
  • Alan Tudyk
  • Chris Pine
  • Victor Garber
  • Angelique Cabral
  • Natasha Rothwell
  • Harvey Guillén
  • Jennifer Kumiyama
  • Evan Peters
  • Jon Rudnitsky
  • Ramy Youssef
Director(s)  Chris Buck and Fawn Veerasunthorn
Release Date  November 22, 2023
Running Time 95 minutes

Trolls Band Together

IMDb Rating: 6.0

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 60%

Trolls Band Together, the animated jukebox musical comedy, is the sequel to the 2020 film Trolls World Tour and is the third instalment in the Trolls film franchise. The third film’s development was formally confirmed in November 2021 by DreamWorks Animation. In March 2023, the movie’s title, new cast members, and characters were all made public. Though primarily composed of computer-generated imagery, the film features certain 2D animation scenes that draw inspiration from Yellow Submarine (1968) and Fantasia (1940) animation techniques. The film references Justin Timberlake’s early boy band hairstyles, notably his perm, braid, and frosted tips. Trolls Band Together is another entertaining and captivating instalment in the Trolls franchise, which will keep young fans entertained while ensuring that parents experience no discomfort whatsoever. As part of Universal’s deal with Netflix, the movie will play on Peacock for the first four months of the pay-TV window. It will then move to Netflix for ten months and then back to Peacock for four more.

Voice Cast:

  • Justin Timberlake
  • Anna Kendrick
  • Camila Cabello
  • Troye Sivan
  • Eric André
  • Kid Cudi
  • RuPaul
  • Daveed Diggs
  • Andrew Rannells
  • Amy Schumer
  • Zosia Mamet
Director(s) Walt Dohrn and Tim Heitz
Release Date November 17, 2023
Running Time 92 minutes

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie

IMDb Rating: 6.0

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 71%

PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie, the 2023 Canadian animated superhero comedy film, is based on Keith Chapman’s TV show PAW Patrol. It was the follow-up to PAW Patrol: The Movie 2021. Cal Brunker directed it and wrote the script with Bob Barlen based on a story he, Barlen, and Shane Morris wrote. Several actors from the TV show did voice work for the movie. Christian Corrao voiced Marshall, Luxton Handspiker voiced Rubble, Callum Shoniker voiced Rocky, and Ron Pardo voiced Cap’n Turbot and Mayor Humdinger. The film follows the PAW Patrol as they battle Mayor Humdinger and his new partner, Victoria Vance, in an attempt to safeguard Adventure City, where the puppies’ crystals bestow superpowers. The film, released in late September, is still being screened in a few theaters. Made under the banner of Spin Master Entertainment, the film has earned $194.1 million at the box office against a budget of $30 million. While Paw Patrol: The Mighty Movie is more suited to its younger demographic, the whole family will have a good time with its charming characters, insightful plot points, and hilarious antics.

Voice Cast: 

  • Mckenna Grace
  • Taraji P. Henson
  • Marsai Martin
  • Christian Convery
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Chris Rock
  • North West
  • Saint West
  • Lil Rel Howery
  • Serena Williams
  • James Marsden
  • Kristen Bell
  • Finn Lee-Epp
  • Christian Corrao
  • Luxton Handspiker
  • Kim Roberts
  • Dan Duran
  • Sugith Varughese
  • Neil Crone
  • Josh Graham
  • Roman Kemp
  • Stephanie Belding
  • Monique Alvarez
  • Nylan Parthipan
  • Callum Shoniker
Director Cal Brunker
Release Date September 29, 2023
Running Time 87 minutes

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem

IMDb Rating: 7.2

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 96%

The superhero flick Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem is based on Peter Laird and Kevin Eastman’s creation of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles characters. Directed by Jeff Rowe and co-directed by Kyler Spears, it was a reboot of the Turtles film series. Rowe, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg wrote the screenplay and story, with Dan Hernandez and Benji Samit co-writing the former and Brendan O’Brien co-writing the latter.

The film has a skilled voice cast, including Micah Abbey, Shamon Brown Jr., Nicolas Cantu, and Brady Noon, portraying the four Turtles—Donatello, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael. It takes the audience on an exciting journey as the group embarks on a mission to track down a secretive crime syndicate and confronts a formidable army of mutants. The story delves into various themes, such as family dynamics, the importance of acceptance, and the pressures of conformity. The movie has garnered a worldwide gross of $180 million and has been praised for its exceptional performances, well-crafted screenplay, and visually stunning animation. Many critics have even hailed it as the finest instalment in the Turtles franchise. The film received multiple award nominations, including the Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Animated Feature. A sequel film is in development.

Voice Cast:

  • Micah Abbey
  • Shamon Brown Jr.
  • Nicolas Cantu
  • Brady Noon
  • Ayo Edebiri
  • Maya Rudolph
  • John Cena
  • Seth Rogen
  • Rose Byrne
  • Natasia Demetriou
  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Jackie Chan
  • Ice Cube
  • Paul Rudd
  • Austin Post
  • Hannibal Buress
Director Jeff Rowe
Release Date August 2, 2023
Running Time 99 minutes

The Boy and the Heron

IMDb Rating: 7.6

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97%

The Boy and the Heron, produced by Studio Ghibli, is a captivating film that takes viewers on a mesmerizing journey. Set during the Pacific War, the story revolves around Mahito Maki, a young boy who stumbles upon an abandoned tower in his new town following the loss of his mother. What unfolds is a magical world where Mahito encounters a remarkable grey heron that can speak. The Japanese animated fantasy film was released theatrically in July last year and is playing in select cinemas in the United States. The Boy and the Heron is an impressive film that delves into profound themes, presented with stunning animation and a compelling narrative. It is truly a masterpiece from Hayao Miyazaki.

Voice Cast:

  • Soma Santoki
  • Masaki Suda
  • Aimyon
  • Yoshino Kimura
  • Shōhei Hino
  • Ko Shibasaki
  • Takuya Kimura
Director Hayao Miyazaki
Release Date July 14, 2023
Running Time 124 minutes

The Super Mario Bros. Movie

IMDb Rating: 7.0

Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 59%

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is an animated adventure comedy based on Nintendo’s famous Mario video game franchise. The film tells the story of the Mario brothers, two Italian-American plumbers in an alternate world. There, they become caught up in a fierce conflict between the Mushroom Kingdom, ruled by Princess Peach, and the Koopas, led by Bowser. Critics gave it varying reviews. It achieved a staggering global box-office success, raking in a remarkable $1.36 billion and shattering numerous records. These accomplishments include the highest worldwide opening weekend ever for an animated film and the position of the highest-grossing movie ever based on a video game.

Additionally, it achieved the impressive feat of being the second-highest-grossing film of 2023, the third-highest-grossing animated film, and the highest-grossing film produced by Illumination. The film was recognized at the 81st Golden Globe Awards with three nominations, including one for Best Animated Feature Film. The Super Mario Bros. Movie was released theatrically on April 5, 2023, and is currently playing in select theaters in some United States locations.

Voice Cast:

  • Chris Pratt
  • Anya Taylor-Joy
  • Charlie Day
  • Jack Black
  • Keegan-Michael Key
  • Seth Rogen
  • Fred Armisen
Director(s) Aaron Horvath and Michael Jelenic
Release Date April 5, 2023
Running Time 92 minutes

New Kids Movies in Theaters This Week (January 2024)  

Kids Movies To Watch in Theater This Week

Movie Name Release Date (United States) Genre IMDb Rating Rotten Tomatoes Rating
Soul January 12, 2024 Animated, Fantasy, Comedy Drama 8.0 95%
Migration December 15, 2023 Animated, Adventure, Comedy 6.9 73%
Wonka December 15, 2023 Musical, Fantasy 7.3 82%
Wish November 22, 2023 Animated, Musical, Fantasy 5.8 48%
Trolls Band Together November 17, 2023 Animated, Jukebox Musical, Comedy 6.0 60%
PAW Patrol: The Mighty Movie September 29, 2023 Animated, Superhero, Comedy 6.0 71%
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem August 2, 2023 Animated, Superhero 7.2 96%
The Boy and the Heron July 14, 2023 Animated, Fantasy 7.6 97%
The Super Mario Bros. Movie April 5, 2023 Animated, Adventure, Comedy 7.0 59%

Also Read: 10 Best Movies On Disney+ (November 2023)

Upcoming Kids Movies in Theater

Here is a list of kid-friendly movies that will hit theaters in 2024.

Movie Name Release Date (United States) Genre Running Time Cast/ Voice Cast Director
Kung Fu Panda 4 March 8, 2024 Animated, Martial Arts Comedy To Be Announced Jack Black, Awkwafina, Viola Davis, Dustin Hoffman, James Hong, Bryan Cranston, Ian McShane, Ke Huy Quan, and others Mike Mitchell
The Garfield Movie May 24, 2024 Animated, Comedy To Be Announced Chris Pratt, Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Cecily Strong, Harvey Guillén, Brett Goldstein, Bowen Yang, and others Mark Dindal
Inside Out 2 June 14, 2024 Animated, Coming-of-age To Be Announced Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Tony Hale, Liza Lapira, Maya Hawke, and others Kelsey Mann
Despicable Me 4 July 3, 2024 Animated, Comedy To Be Announced Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove, Steve Coogan, and others Chris Renaud
Harold and the Purple Crayon August 2, 2024 Animated, Fantasy To Be Announced Zachary Levi, Lil Rel Howery, Zooey Deschanel, Ravi Patel, Tanya Reynolds, Camille Guaty, Pete Gardner, and others Carlos Saldanha
Untitled Karate Kid Movie December 13, 2024 Action, Drama, Family To Be Announced Jackie Chan, Ralph Macchio, and others Jonathan Entwistle
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 December 20, 2024 Animated, Action, Adventure, Comedy To Be Announced James Marsden, Ben Schwartz, Tika Sumpter, Colleen O’Shaughnessey, Lee Majdoub, Idris Elba, and others Jeff Fowler
Mufasa: The Lion King December 20, 2024 Animated, Musical Drama To Be Announced Aaron Pierre, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Seth Rogen, Billy Eichner, John Kani, and others Barry Jenkins

Also Read: Shrek 5 Release Date (Probable): Everything We Know So Far

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