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Whether you're desperate for new ways to entertain your children, or looking for a trip back to childhood yourself, there's nothing like a family-friendly movie to spend a carefree afternoon. And you're in luck! Between the sequels and the live-action adaptations of our favorite classics, there are plenty of new and upcoming kids' movies to get excited for.

To help you out, we’ve come up with a guide to the most anticipated new kids' movie releases of 2017 and beyond. From despicable sequels to brand new pixar offerings, check out our comprehensive list of new & upcoming kids' movies. Whether you’re more of a Lego or an emoji fan, these latest kids' flicks will thrill children and dreamy adults alike. With fun new movies coming out week after week, these upcoming kids' movie releases are sure to liven up the next few months!

For more inspiration, make sure to also check out our recap of every upcoming live-action Disney movie scheduled for release, as well as our list of all the new and upcoming animated movies.

1. Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie

[Credit: 20th Century Fox]
[Credit: 20th Century Fox]
  • Release date: June 2, 2017
  • Director: David Soren
  • Cast: Kevin Hart, Thomas Middleditch, Ed Helms

Based on the bestselling book series of the same name, is the kind of crazy epic story that could only come out of children's minds. When Harold and George inadvertently hypnotize their tyrannic principal and turn him into an underwear-loving superhero with no other power than his enthusiasm, they start wondering if they're actually taking their pranks too far.

2. Cars 3

  • Release date: June 16, 2017
  • Director: Brian Fee
  • Cast: Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Chris Cooper

There'll be plenty of movies for kids in theaters this summer, with the long-awaited sequel to 's series. But the third installment is taking a more serious turn (heh), so make sure to only take children old enough for a car crash scene!

3. Despicable Me 3

[Credit: Universal Pictures]
[Credit: Universal Pictures]
  • Release date: June 30, 2017
  • Directors: Kyle Balda, Pierre Coffin
  • Cast: Jenny Slate, Kristen Wiig, Steve Carell

Who doesn't love Gru and his minions? Now that our grumpy hero has become less despicable, he's fighting to protect the world — and in , he needs to stop Balthazar Bratt, a fallen '80s child star with a strong taste for bling and world domination.

4. The Emoji Movie

[Credit: Columbia Pictures]
[Credit: Columbia Pictures]
  • Release date: August 4, 2017
  • Director: Tony Leondis
  • Cast: T.J. Miller, Anna Faris, Sofía Vergara

Yes, it's happening. As gray-haired studio executives scratch their heads wondering how to get millennial audiences away from Netflix and back into theaters, is releasing an . (The hashtag makes this even better.) The best part? Sir Patrick Stewart is voicing the poop emoji.

5. The LEGO Ninjago Movie

[Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
[Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures]
  • Release date: September 22, 2017
  • Directors: Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher
  • Cast: Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Dave Franco

After the commercial and critical success of The LEGO Movie and The LEGO Batman Movie, the LEGO trilogy is being capped off with a ninja adventure: The movie. High schooler by day, ninja by night, Lloyd's mission is to defeat the Worst Guy Ever — who unfortunately happens to be his dad.

6. Coco

[Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
[Credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures]
  • Release date: November 22, 2017
  • Directors: Lee Unkrich, Adrian Molina
  • Cast: Benjamin Bratt, Gael García Bernal, Renee Victor

A new Pixar original, Coco dives into the colorful Mexican tradition of the Day of the Dead, with a young boy named Coco who finds himself inadvertently propelled into a musical adventure in the land of the dead. It's going to be colorful, cheerful and emotional.

Which new kids' movies are you excited for? Which ones do you recommend?


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