Kids movies to look out for in 2014
- The Nut Job
Release date: Jan. 17
Trailer: The Nut Job
A mischievous squirrel named Surly is banished from his park and is forced to live in the city. With winter on its way, Surly isn’t sure how he’s going to survive the cold season. That is, until he comes across Maury’s Nut Store. What ensues is a hilarious adventure as Surly and his rat friend Buddy plan a nut store heist of ginormous magnitude!
- The LEGO Movie
Release date: Feb. 7
Trailer: The LEGO Movie
Emmet is an ordinary LEGO minifigure who is mistaken for MasterBuilder, an extraordinary man who is the key to saving the world. Before he knows it, Emmet is enlisted to stop an evil LEGO tyrant from gluing the universe together!
- Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Release date: March 7
Trailer: Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Mr. Peabody is the ingenious dog who invented the WABAC time machine. But when Mr. Peabody’s “pet” boy Sherman accidentally lets his new friend Penny use the machine one day, moments in history start to change. As things start to get out of hand, it’s up to Mr. Peabody and his pal Sherman fix the space-time continuum and save the future.
Based on the classic cartoon by Jay Ward.
- Muppets Most Wanted
Release date: March 21
Trailer: Muppets Most Wanted
While on a world tour visiting all of Europe’s biggest cities, the Muppets find themselves caught up in a jewel heist. To make matters worse, the heist is led by Constantine, a Kermit look-a-like described as the world’s number one criminal. Uh oh!
- Rio 2
Release date: April 11
Trailer: Rio 2
Kids have long waited for the sequel to "Rio," which came out in 2011. In "Rio 2," Blu, Jewel, and their three kids live a quiet domesticated life in beautiful Rio de Janeiro. However, one day Jewel decides it’s time that their kids learn how to live like real birds and forces the family to visit the Amazon. While there, Blu tries to fit in with his neighbours, but fears he might lose his family to this new wild lifestyle.
Release date: April 18
Disney’s "Bears" is a documentary that follows a bear family and its two young cubs. Set in Alaska, the film follows the bears on their adventure down a mountain as they avoid the dangers of avalanches and predators like the wolf pack.
This film is one of many Disney documentaries such as "Wings of Life" (2013) or "Chimpanzee" (2012).
- Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
Release date: May 9
Trailer: Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
Dorothy Gale decides to return to Oz once more in order to help her friends. This film teaches the lesson that if people can learn to work together, they can do anything.
Release date: May 30
Disney’s "Maleficent" is a new spin on the classic tale of Sleeping Beauty. Starring Angelina Jolie as the evil fairy, this story is all about the villain. Maleficent was once beautiful and pure young woman. However, when she is one day mercilessly betrayed, her heart turns to stone and she decides to place a curse on Princess Aurora, the human king’s daughter.
Note: This film is better suited for older kids.
- How to Train Your Dragon 2
Release date: June 13
Trailer: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Another highly anticipated film, "How to Train Your Dragon 2" takes place five years after Hiccup and Toothless united dragons and Vikings on the Island of Berk. Our favourite pair are now inseparable and journey through the skies on wild adventures. One day, they stumble upon a secret ice cave and discover that it is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and a mysterious Dragon Rider. Soon, Hiccup and Toothless find that they are caught in the middle of a battle for peace.
- Planes: Fire & Rescue
Release date: July 18
Trailer: Planes: Fire & Rescue
In this sequel to "Planes," world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper returns. This time, however, Dusty learns that his engine is damaged, which means he may never race again. Switching gears, Dusty is then launched into a new adventure in the world of aerial firefighting.
- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Release date: Aug. 8
Trailer: Not yet released
When aliens invade Earth and accidentally create mutilated reptilian soldiers, it’s up to the Ninja Turtles to save the world.
- The BoxTrolls
Release date: Sept. 26
Trailer: The BoxTrolls
A human orphan boy named Eggs is raised by BoxTrolls -- underground quirky, oddballs who wear recycled cardboard boxes like turtles wear shells. The story takes place in Cheesebridge, a posh town where everyone is obsessed with wealth and stinky cheese. Here, the townspeople believe the trolls are stealing their cheese and their kids at night, so they call for an exterminator. Now it is up to Eggs to help save them.
Based on the children's novel Here Be Monsters by Alan Snow.