Family Movies In Cinemas for Christmas 2021

Movies for Kids

It’s nearly Christmas, and there are some fantastic kid’s movies due for release for this festive season. As well as a the return of Spiderman, there is a long awaited Ghostbusters sequel, the first movie outing for Clifford the Big Red Dog and a magical tale from Disney, set in South America.

Here are the family movies set for release in the run up to Christmas this November and December.


The big Disney movie for Christmas 2021, out on November 26th is Encanto(PG) which tells the tale of an extraordinary family, the Madrigals.  They live hidden in the mountains of Colombia, in a magical house, in a vibrant town, in a wondrous, charmed place called an Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift from super strength to the power to heal-every child except one, Mirabel.

But when Mirabel discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is in danger, Mirabel decides that she, the only ordinary Madrigal, might just be her exceptional family’s last hope.

With the voices of Wilmer Valderrama, Stephanie Beatriz, Diane Guerrero, Angie Cepeda and Jessica Darrow.

The Gruffalo + The Snail and the Whale

A cinematic presentation of two half hour family films based on the much loved picture books written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, comes to cinemas for a short run in early November. The animated versions of The Gruffalo + The Snail and the Whale (U), shown originally on the BBC will be in Odeon cinemas.

With the voices of Rob Brydon, James Corden, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Cariad Lloyd and Dame Diana Rigg.

Clifford The Big Red Dog

There are probably parents who will take their kids to see this movie having watched Clifford The Big Red Dog (Cert TBC) which first aired in 2000, on TV themselves as children.

This ever popular oversized canine finally has his own movie, and as Emily Elizabeth struggles to fit in at home and at school, she discovers a small red puppy who is destined to become her best friend. When Clifford becomes a gigantic red dog in her New York City apartment and attracts the attention of a genetics company who wish to supersize animals, Emily and her clueless Uncle Casey have to team up to save Clifford from the forces of greed.

Released on 10th December it features the voices of Darby Camp, John Cleese, Sienna Huillory and Jack Whitehall.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife

The 19th November sees the release of the next chapter in the original Ghostbusters universe.

Ghostbusters: Afterlife (12A) set thirty years after the events of the original 1980s Ghostbusters films, and in it Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Sigourney Weaver and Annie Potts all reprise their roles from the original films. A single mother and her two kids arrive in a small town and begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

Along with the original stars, the movie features Carrie Coon, Finn Wolfhard and Paul Rudd.

Spider-Man: No Way Home

Superhero fans will be excited to see the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home (Cert TBC) on 17th December, when for the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, our friendly neighbourhood hero is finally unmasked. No longer able to separate his normal life from the high-stakes of being a Super Hero, he asks for help from Doctor Strange to make his identity a secret again.

Starring Tom Holland, Zendaya and Benedict Cumberbatch as well as a host of returning favourites  including, Jacob Batalon, Jon Favreau, Marisa Tomei,  Alfred Molina and Jamie Foxx.

Still Showing

Here are the films from Christmas which are still showing in some cinemas.

Ron's Gone Wrong

Ron's Gone Wrong is the animated story of Barney, a socially awkward middle-schooler and Ron, his new walking, talking, digitally-connected device, which is supposed to be his 'Best Friend out of the Box.'  

Ron's hilarious malfunctions set against the backdrop of the social media age, launch them into an action-packed journey in which boy and robot come to terms with the wonderful messiness of true friendship. With the voices of Olivia Colman, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms.

The Addams Family 2

Morticia and Gomez are distraught that their children are growing up, skipping family dinners, and totally consumed with 'scream time'.  To reclaim their bond they decide to cram Wednesday, Pugsley, Uncle Fester and the crew into their haunted camper and hit the road for one last miserable family vacation. On their vacation they have run-ins with their iconic cousin, It, as well as many new kooky characters. What could possibly go wrong?

With the voices of Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

Welcome to the Jam! NBA champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny with the animated/live-action movie Space Jam: A New Legacy (TBC).

When LeBron and his young son Dom are trapped in a digital space by a rogue A.I., LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s digitized champions on the court: a powered-up roster of professional basketball stars as you’ve never seen them before. It’s Tunes versus Goons in the highest-stakes challenge of his life!

Starring LeBron James, Eric Bauza along with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig.

The Paw Patrol Movie

The PAW Patrol is on a roll! When their biggest rival, Humdinger, becomes Mayor of nearby Adventure City and starts wreaking havoc, Ryder and everyone’s favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge head on. While one pup must face his past in Adventure City, the team finds help from a new ally, the savvy dachshund Liberty in The Paw Patrol Movie (TBC).

Together, armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol fights to save the citizens of Adventure City! Joining the PAW Patrol in their thrilling first big screen adventure are the UK cast members from the original series’ along with Marsai Martin, Yara Shahidi, Kim Kardashian West, Randall Park, Dax Shepard, with Tyler Perry and Jimmy Kimmel.

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