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Kids & Family Movies In Cinemas for Summer 2024

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As the Summer holidays approach, we look ahead to the films coming up in June, July and August 2024. The films chosen are all rated U, PG or 12A.

As the school holidays loom closer you will be looking for things to do this Summer, so a trip to the cinema is a great way to keep the little ones occupied.

You can find out more about what this means here where we explain the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) UK Film Ratings.

If you want to know more about the films to look forward to this year, here are the most hotly anticipated family movies of 2024.

Inside Out 2

The sequel to 2015’s much-loved Inside Out is released on June 14th, and if you thought little Riley had emotional baggage, just wait until you see her hit adolescence in this Pixar animation Inside Out 2 (Cert TBA) for summer 2024.

By this point, Joy and her fellow emotions Sadness, Anger, Fear and Disgust are back to help Riley navigate the swirl of hormones. But the teenage years brings a slew of fresh emotions – including Anxiety  - and a whole new life stage that doesn’t come with a handbook.

With the voices of Amy Poehler, Phyllis Smith, Lewis Black, Tony Hale, Liza Lapira and Maya Hawke.

Despicable Me 4

Despicable Me saga powers on, with the fourth in the saga, Despicable Me 4 (Cert TBA) opening on July 12th. The world's favourite supervillain-turned-Anti-Villain League-agent has a new adventure with his wife Lucy and their children Margo, Edith and Agnes - and the sixth and newest member to the Gru family, Gru Jr., who is intent on tormenting his dad.

But will dastardly twin brother Dru turn out to be the big bad, as implied at the end of 3? Will the Minions be any help at all?

With the voices of Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig Brett Hoffman, Pierre Coffin, Miranda Cosgrove, Stephen Colbert and Steve Coogan.

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

The much delayed Harold and the Purple Crayon (Cert TBC) is released on 2nd August 2024. This live action movie is based on the book of the same name written by Crockett Johnson.

The sweet-hearted film tells the story of Harold, who uses his magic purple crayon to retreat into his own fantasy world. Soon he realizes that he's been selfish with his crayon, so he then uses it to help his parents and friends, and he even goes on a mission to Mars.

The film stars Jemaine Clement, Zooey Deschanel, Zachary Levi, Alfred Molina, Ravi Patel, Lil Rel Hower and Tanya Reynolds

Little Monsters

Not many people know that every house is secretly inhabited by little monsters. These furry creatures, who take care of a family’s house but cannot be seen, have their story told in Little Monsters (Cert PG) was released on 31st May 2024.

However Finnick is a young monster, who doesn't seem to care about his responsibility of making a home out of his house.

Everything changes when a new family comes to his house and Finnick's tricks do not work at all.

With the voices of Aleksandr Gudkov, Artur Babich, Boris Dergachev, Ida Galich and Veronika Golubeva.


In IF (Cert U), a young girl named Bea, who has been going through a troubling experience in her life, unexpectedly gains the ability to see people's imaginary friends. Referred to as "IFs" for short, these friends have been abandoned by the people they befriended.

When Bea  discovers that her neighbor, Cal, has the same ability  they join forces to reunite the IFs with their former kids. IF is a live action/animated movie.

Released on 17th May, the film stars  Cailey Fleming, Ryan Reynolds, John Krasinski, Fiona Shaw, Alan Kim, and Liza Colón-Zayas, along with the voices of Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Louis Gossett Jr., and Steve Carell as well as a host of other big names.

The Garfield Movie

The big animated family movie for Summer was The Garfield Movie (Cert U) which hits movie theatres on 24th May.

Based on the much loved - and filmed - lazy, grumpy, lasagna-loving orange cat from a newspaper cartoon strip first published in 1976, Garfield has appeared in books, a live action movie and an animated TV series.

After an unexpected reunion with his long-lost father – scruffy street cat Vic  – Garfield and his canine friend Odie  are forced from their perfectly pampered life into joining Vic in a hilarious, high-stakes heist.

The starry voice cast includes Chris Pratt as Garfield, alongside the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Hannah Waddingham, Ving Rhames, Nicholas Hoult, Cecily Strong, Harvey Guillén, Brett Goldstein, Bowen Yang, and Snoop Dogg.

Kung Fu Panda 4

Po returns for a fourth outing on 28th March 2024 in Kung Fu Panda 4 (Cert U).

Po, who is set to become the Spiritual Leader of the Valley of Peace, searches for his successor as the new Dragon Warrior while fighting a new foe called "The Chameleon", who can absorb other abilities.

Jack Black returns as the voice of Po, along with with Awkwafina, Bryan Cranston, James Hong, Ian McShane, Ke Huy Quan, Ronny Chieng, Lori Tan Chinn, Dustin Hoffman and Viola Davis.

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