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You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a movie about superheroes, magical creatures or monsters! And lucky for us, a bunch of animated and kid flicks that will also entertain the inner child of any adult are slated to finally be released in 2022 after many were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

That means you and your loved ones can look forward to smelling the delicious scent of buttery popcorn and sitting down in a plush theater chair to enjoy a new family favorite on the big screen. But, if you’re feeling hesitant about sitting in a theater these days, there are plenty of new films scheduled to drop on Netflix, Disney+ and other streaming services, so you can watch from the comfort of your own home.

From Pixar to Marvel, mark your calendars for these kids and family movies coming out soon!

New kids and family movies: Full release schedule

May 2022

Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Release Date: May 6
How to watch: Only in theaters

Benedict Cumberbatch is back as Doctor Strange in the highly anticipated Marvel movie. According to Marvel Studios, the film, directed by Sam Raimi, is a “thrilling ride through the Multiverse with Doctor Strange, his trusted friend Wong and Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch.” “You cannot control everything, Strange,” Wong (Benedict Wong) says in the trailer. “You opened the doorway between universes and we don’t know who or what will walk through it.”

Marmaduke

Release Date: May 6
How to watch: On Netflix

Marmaduke the Great Dane is heading to the World Dog Championship in Netflix’s new 3D CGI animated movie. The film, which is based on Brad Anderson’s comic strip, features the voices of Pete Davidson, J.K. Simmons and David Koechner.

Family Camp

Release Date: May 13
How to watch: Only in theaters

The Ackermans decide to go to Camp Katokwah, where they meet the another family, the Sanders. The film, from The Skit Guys, is said to be a “laugh-out-loud comedy that will touch the hearts and tickle the funny bones of every family member from eight to eighty.”

Sneakerella

Release Date: May 13
How to watch: Only on Disney+

The music-driven movie puts a “contemporary twist” on the classic Cinderella story. Unlike Cinderella, Sneakerella follows El (Chosen Jacobs), a sneaker designer from Queens, who dreams of designing for the King brand. “With a nudge from his best friend and a touch of magic, El finds the courage to lace up and dream big,” according to Disney+.

Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers

Release Date: May 20
How to watch: Exclusively on Disney+

Thirty years after their TV show, Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers, was canceled, Chip (voiced by John Mulaney) and Dale (voiced by Andy Samberg)—who has since had CGI surgery—reunite to rescue their former cast member in this live-action/CG animated comedy.

June 2022

Jurassic World: Dominion

Release Date: June 10
How to watch: Only in theaters

Talk about a dino-mite movie night! Dinosaurs are living and hunting alongside humans in the third film in the Jurassic World trilogy. The “epic conclusion to the Jurassic era” will see the return of Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, in addition to Jurassic Park OGs Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum and Sam Neill.

Lightyear

Release Date: June 10
How to watch: Only in theaters

The “definitive origin story” of the legendary space ranger Buzz Lightyear, who inspired the toy in Toy Story, blasts into theaters this summer. No, Tim Allen is not voicing Buzz, but rather Chris Evans, who previously clarified on Twitter that “this isn’t Buzz Lightyear the toy. This is the origin story of the human Buzz Lightyear that the toy is based on.”

July 2022

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Release Date: July 1
How to watch: Only in theaters

Set in the ’70s, the latest installment in the franchise explores the origin story of how a young Gru (voiced by Steve Carell) first met his minions, including Kevin, Stuart, Bob and Otto. The minions try to master kung fu to help save Gru after he becomes the enemy of the supervillain supergroup, the Vicious 6.

Thor: Love and Thunder

Release Date: July 8
How to watch: Only in theaters

Chris Hemsworth is reprising his role as the God of Thunder in Marvel Studios’ fourth Thor film, Thor: Love and Thunder. While on “a quest for inner peace,” Thor’s “retirement is interrupted by a galactic killer known as Gorr the God Butcher (Christian Bale), who seeks the extinction of the gods,” per Marvel. In order to combat the threat, Hemsworth’s character enlists help from King Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson), Korg (Taika Waititi) and his ex-girlfriend Jane Foster (Natalie Portman), and “together, they embark upon a harrowing cosmic adventure to uncover the mystery of the God Butcher’s vengeance and stop him before it’s too late.” MCU fans can look forward to plenty of familiar faces, including the Guardians of the Galaxy!

The Sea Beast

Release Date: July 8
How to watch: On Netflix

In a world where beasts wander the sea, monster hunter Jacob Holland embarks on a journey into “uncharted waters” and makes “history” with a young stowaway on his ship. The Netflix movie from Oscar-winning filmmaker Chris Williams is said to take “us to where the map ends, and the true adventure begins.”

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

Release Date: July 15
How to watch: Only in theaters

Hank (Michael Cera) is a “hard-on-his-luck hound” who turns to a samurai cat, voiced by Samuel L. Jackson, to train him so he can become a samurai himself and defend a town full of cats from the plot of a villain (Ricky Gervais).

DC League of Super-Pets

Release Date: July 29
How to watch: Only in theaters

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is the voice of Superman’s dog, Krypto the Super-Dog. After Superman and the rest of the Justice League are kidnapped, Krypto rounds up shelter pets with new powers to rescue the superheroes. The voice cast includes Kevin Hart, Kate McKinnon, John Krasinski, Vanessa Bayer, Natasha Lyonne, Diego Luna, Marc Maron, Thomas Middleditch, Ben Schwartz and Keanu Reeves.

More family movies to look forward to in 2022

Luck
Release Date: Aug. 5

Secret Headquarters
Release Date: Aug. 12

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Pinocchio
Release Date: September 2022

White Bird: A Wonder Story
Release Date: Oct. 14

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Release Date: Nov. 11

Strange World
Release Date: Nov. 23

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Release Date: Dec. 21

Matilda
Release Date: December 2022

Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Release Date: December 2022

Disenchanted
Release Date: Fall 2022

Hocus Pocus 2
Release Date: Fall 2022

Peter Pan & Wendy
Release Date: 2022 TBA

Slumberland
Release Date: 2022 TBA

The School for Good & Evil
Release Date: 2022 TBA