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We've had some fantastic family movies in 2017 - from sequels to popular franchises such as Despicable Me, Cars, Star Wars and Harry Potter to huge blockbusters like Beauty and the Beast and The LEGO Batman Movie.
As 2018 looms on the horizon what family movies have cinemagoers got to look forward to?
There are lots of really fabulous movies scheduled for release in 2018 - here are just a few of the great family movies you have to look forward to!
Peter Rabbit is going to be HUGE! Loosly based on the ever-popular stories by Beatrix Potter this new animated movie is heading for the cinemas for Easter (well, it is about bunnies after all!) Peter is voiced by James Cordon, with Domhnall Gleeson as Mr MacGregor and also including the voice talents of Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki and Daisy Ridley.
Looking at the trailer it is a pretty long way from Miss Potter's original stories....
Due out in March 2018 this mash-up of Shakespeare and Conan Doyle will feature Sherlock Gnomes, "the greatest ornamental detective" hired by the characters from the first film, who will try to solve the mystery of disappearing gnomes.
James McAvoy and Emily Blunt return as the voices of Gnomeo and Juliet with Johnny Depp joining the long line of actors to have portrayed Holmes on film.
Ever wondered what Han Solo and Chewbacca got up to before they met Luke and Leia? This spin-off movie - untitled at time of writing - tells of his adventures before joining the Rebellion, including their early encounters with Lando Calrissian.
It stars Alden Eirenreich as the young Han Solo with Emilia Clark, Donald Glover, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton and Warwick Davies amongst a starry cast. But can this Han ever be as sexy as a young Harrison Ford.....
June 2018 finally sees the second Incredibles film only 14 years after the original movie was such a huge hit. The second longest anticipated movie sequel of 2018 features Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson all reprising their roles.
July 2018 sees the release of the third film in the Hotel Transylvania franchise. Mavis surprises Dracula with a family voyage on a luxury Monster Cruise Ship so he can take a vacation from providing everyone else's vacation at the hotel.
But once they leave port, romance arises when Dracula meets the mysterious ship captain, Ericka. Little do they know that his "too good to be true" love interest is actually a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, ancient nemesis to Dracula and all other monsters. Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Selena Gomez all reprise their voice roles.
You'll need to wait until November 2018 to hear Benedict Cumberpatch as the voice of The Grinch, in a new animated version of Dr Seuss' much loved story, which is promised to be faithful to the original book.
IN February 2018 Nick Park returns with his trademark stop motion animation in this tale set at the dawn of time, when prehistoric creatures and woolly mammoths roamed the earth.
Early Man tells the story of Dug, along with sidekick Hognob as they unite his tribe against a mighty enemy Lord Nooth and his Bronze Age City to save their home.
The voice cast is stellar, and includes Maisie Williams, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, Timothy Spall, Richard Ayoade, Gina Yashere and Johnny Vegas.
As yet untitled but we do know that it will once again star names appearing include Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, and Callum Turner.
Gellert Grindelwald has escaped imprisonment as he promised and has begun gathering followers to his cause - elevating wizards above all non-magical beings. Only Newt Scarmander and one Albus Dumbledore can stop him...
Another long wait for a film scheduled for November 2018 - this follow up to the wonderful Wreck-it Ralph sees Ralph get on the Internet when a Wi-Fi router gets plugged into the arcade as he must find a replacement part to fix Sugar Rush. Along the way, Ralph and his best friend Vanellope von Schweetz encounter new customs, worlds, and characters, such as the trendy algorithm and even the Disney Princesses.
A band of kids embark on an epic quest to thwart a medieval menace after finding King Arthur's sword excaliber. The line up so far includes Rebecca Ferguson, Patrick Stewart, Tom Taylor and Andy Serkis' son Louis in the leading role of Alex.
Possibly the longest follow-up wait yet - the original Mary Poppins film was released in 1964! Mary Poppins Returns stars - wait for it - Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke and Meryl Streep.
In Depression-era London, a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, along with Michael's three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. As well as starring, Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer of the massive hit musical Hamilton, is said to be developing music for the movie too.
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