2014 will be a unique year for kids movies, mainly because it will be the first time since 2005 that Pixar has no release planned (The Good Dinosaur lost its director and was delayed until November 2015). Despite the lack of Pixar there are plenty of other kids movies 2014, and you can view the most notable ones below!
Kids Movies 2014 – A Guide
The Lego Movie – February 2014
From directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloud with a Chance of Meatball) comes The Lego Movie. The story will follow an ordinary LEGO minifigure (voiced by Chris Pratt) who is mistakenly thought to be the extraordinary MasterBuilder who can save the Lego universe from being glued together by the evil tyrant Lord Business (Will Ferrell). The animated kids movie will also feature Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Superman.
Muppets Most Wanted – March 2014
Ricky Gervais and Tina Fey lead the human cast in Muppets Most Wanted. Following on from 2011’s The Muppets, the sequel follows the gang on a grand world tour, however they find themselves wrapped into an European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit lookalike and his dastardly sidekick. Tom Hiddleston, Stanley Tucci, Christoph Waltz and Lady Gaga are just some of the familiar faces who will also be appearing.
Rio 2 – April 2014
The makers of the Ice Age franchise are back with Rio 2, the sequel to 2011’s Rio which followed a domesticated macaw who meets the bird of his dreams and takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro. In the follow-up, which once again features the voices of Jesse Eisenberg and Anne Hathaway, Blu and Jewel take their family to the Amazon rainforest where they discover the habitat is under threat.
Maleficent – May 2013
Maleficent is a live-action take on the wicked fairy godmother who cast the original spell on Sleeping Beauty. Angelina Jolie stars as the lead character, while Super 8‘s Elle Fanning plays Princess Aurora. The film will tell the story from Maleficent’s perspective which includes the wicked fair being betrayed by the King and placing a curse upon his newborn infant Aurora. Out of all the 2014 kids movies this one will probably be the scariest. Maleficent also stars Sharlto Copley, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Miranda Richardson, Juno Temple, and Lesley Manville.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 – June 2014
DreamWorks impressed a lot of people with How to Train Your Dragon in 2010, so a sequel was bound to happen. How to Train Your Dragon 2 will see a slightly older Hiccup and Toothless who, while exploring new worlds, come across a secret ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider. The duo must stand up for what they believe in in order to protect the peace. Jay Baruchel, Kristen Wiig, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill return to provide their vocal talents.
Annie – December 2014
Annie is a modern adaptation of the 1924 comic strip Little Orphan Annie by Harold Gray. Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis plays the title character, and the young actress is joined by a number of established actors such as Jamie Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne. The musical tells the story of an orphan (Annie) who is adopted by a wealthy politician.
Night at the Museum 3 – December
Ben Stiller and director Shawn Levy return for a third outing of the popular Night at the Museum franchise with Night at the Museum 3. Little is known about the plot, however Robin Williams will be back as Teddy Roosevelt and Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens will play Sir Lancelot.
That’s the bulk of kids movies 2014. Which are you looking forward to most?