Doesn't 2016 feel like it's been an exhausting year? Well, we have high hopes for a little escape and respite with next year's movie lineup. Yes, it will have animation (think Toy Story and Inside Out levels), but there are also plots that have piqued our curiosity such as a child hatching a real-life rescue with the help of his mom, a math genius who overwhelms her uncle-guardian, and movie favorites getting reboots and sequels. Time to prepare room for popcorn.
A theater owner decides to put up a singing reality show contest to save his theater house, but also make a lucky person's dream come true. It's a star-studded voice cast led by Reese Witherspoon, Matthew McConaughey, and Scarlett Johansson.
2. Monster Trucks
A thrilling movie with heart, high school senior student Tripp (Lucas Till) builds a Monster Truck from bits and pieces of scrapped cars. After an accident at a nearby oil-drilling site displaces a strange and subterranean creature with a taste and a talent for speed, Tripp may have just found an unlikely (alien-like) friend and a ticket out of town and the life he was born into.
3. Hidden Figures
It tells the remarkable story of three brilliant women mathematicians—Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson) Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—who were instrumental in helping America reach outer space, all while battling discrimination at home and in the workplace.
4. Why Him?
It's a family comedy where Ned (Bryan Cranston), an overprotective but loving dad, and his family paid his daughter a visit at Stanford, where he meets his biggest nightmare: her well-meaning but socially awkward Silicon Valley billionaire boyfriend, Laird (James Franco), who plans to propose to his daughter.
5. The Lego Batman Movie
The first spin-off of the highly successful The Lego Movie puts the spotlight on the caped crusader himself. Batman, voiced by Will Arnett, will try to save Gotham City from a hostile takeover by his nemesis, The Joker, while trying to learn how to, well, lighten up.
6. Rock Dog
From the co-director of Toy Story 2, Rock Dog is about a Tibetan Mastiff who leaves his home and his job as a guard dog to follow his passion and dream to be a musician after a radio fell from the sky onto his hands. But his absence sets off unexpected events, and he needs to return home.
7. Beauty and The Beast
Emma Watson stars as the beautiful Belle opposite Dan Stevens who plays The Beast in this live-action remake of the classic Disney princess story. There have been a lot of teaser trailers for this film, but there is one big difference from the story book—Belle is now the inventor, not her dad.
8. Power Rangers
Yes, it's essentially a reboot and a reimagining (read: update) of the classic TV series. A group of high school kids find themselves infused with superpowers after they stumble upon what-looks-to-be alien technology beneath their home town.
9. Smurfs: The Lost Village
The little blue guys—and girl—are back. This time they're embarking on an adventure to find more people like them before the evil Gargamel does. We are not sure if the plot is related to the previous movies, but this one is fully CGI-animated.
Chris Evans plays Frank Adler, a single man raising a child prodigy, his spirited young niece and math genius Mary (Mckenna Grace). When Frank's mother takes notice of the child's math abilities, his plans for a normal life with his niece is disrupted.
11. The Boss Baby
You'll think it's just another movie about an older sibling's road to accepting his newly adopted baby brother. But, really, it's not because the little boy finds out that his new baby brother has the mind of a grown-up (Alec Baldwin) in a tiny human body.
12. Animal Crackers
This animated film is about a family that must use a box of Animal Crackers to save a run-down circus from being taken over by their evil uncle Horatio P. Huntington. The voice cast features some A-list Hollywood stars such as Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, and Sylvester Stallone.
13. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Expectations are high for this one after the success of the first movie, which was well-loved by critics and fans alike. Based on the first few trailers they've released, it seems it may just meet those expectations. While no one seems to be shedding light on the plot of the movie, you know we are already rooting for Baby Groot.
14. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul
Based on the ninth book of the popular children’s series, Greg convinces his family to go on a road trip to his great grandmother’s 90th birthday. His real reason for doing so is to attend a nearby gamer convention. You already know that things will not go according to his plan, and how the family deals with the turn of events will be hilarious.
15. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Yes, Johnny Depp is back as the swashbuckling anti-hero Captain Jack Sparrow. In this sixth Pirates movie, he is being hunted by the terrifying undead Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem) and only the Trident of Poseidon can help him. You can bet getting the trident won't be that easy.
This is the first-ever live-action movie about the iconic doll. Barbie gets thrown out of Barbieland for not being perfect enough and is left to navigate the real world on her own. In the process, she discovers the meaning of real beauty and the perks of being unique. Amy Schumer is in talks to play the titular role.
17. Wonder Woman
She's probably the first female superhero to get her own stand-alone movie. After an American pilot Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crashes on the island of Themyscira, Diana, a.k.a., Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), leaves her home to explore the world and help save the mankind by putting an end to the ongoing war. In doing so, she becomes one of the world's greatest heroes.
18. Captain Underpants
DreamWorks animation is bringing this children's novel series to the big screen. In the movie, two fourth-graders accidentally turn their mean high school principal into their homemade comic’s superhero, the kind-hearted and elastic-banded Captain Underpants.
19. Cars 3
Disney Pixar recently released a teaser for the movie, and it looks like it'll be grittier than the previous ones. Lightning McQueen needs to reconfigure his game with the help of a new race engineer in order to edge out and win against his new younger rivals.
20. The Book of Henry
This tells the story of single mom, Susan (Naomi Watts), and her two boys, Henry and his younger brother, Peter. Henry has a crush on their neighbor, Christina, who is being harmed by her father, a police commissioner. Henry comes up with a plan to rescue her and he writes it down in a book. Susan discovers the book, and she decides to put her son's scheme into motion.
21. Despicable Me 3
We're going to see Gru (Steve Carrell), the girls, and their new mom, Agent Lucy Wilde (Kristen Wiig) again. This time, Gru faces off against Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who grew up obsessed with his famous character, and gets into a sibling rivalry when he meets his long lost twin brother, Dru (also voiced by Steve Carrell).
22. Spider-man: Homecoming
This does not come as a surpise especially after watching Captain America: Civil War where we first saw Tom Holland's take on the role of your friendly neighborhood superhero. The movie will reboot the franchise yet again and will feature a young Peter Parker navigating the world with his newfound superpowers.
23. Emojimovie: Express Yourself
Sony’s movie is about an "app-venture" to find a code that will fix Gene (TJ Miller), the emoji who has multiple facial expressions, with the help of his friend Hi-5 (James Corden). It already sounds hilarious to us. These two will be the emoji's only life-saving chance against a greater danger that threatens the phone and delete all emojis forever.
24. Blazing Samurai
They had us with this poster. The movie tells the story of a scrappy young dog, Hank (Michael Cera), who dreams of becoming a samurai. He fights to save the town Kakamucho from becoming a litter box of the feline warlord, Ika Chu (Rickey Gervais), who plans to get rid of its inhabitants. Voice stars also include Samuel L. Jackson, Michelle Yeoh, Mel Brooks, and George Takei.
25. The Lego Ninjago Movie
Another spin-off from The Lego Movie, this one focuses on six ninjas tasked to defend their land, Ninjago. By night, they're gifted warriors, but by day, they're ordinary teens trying to navigate high school. Oh, and their master, Sensei Wu is voiced by none other than Jackie Chan!
26. My Little Pony: The Movie
The rainbow-maned little ponies -- the Mane 6, namely Twilight Sparkle, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Fluttershy, and Raritygo -- go on a journey to the end of Equestria to save their beloved home from a dark force. Along their adventure, they meet new friends and overcome dangerous challenges.
27. Thor: Ragnarok
Norse mythology's Ragnarök pertains to a series of apocalyptic events that plunged the world underwater after the deaths of several gods—including Odin (Anthony Hopkins), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Loki (Tom Hiddleston)—and culminates in a planetary rebirth. Marvel superhero The Hulk (played by Mark Ruffalo) will be in this movie, too.
From the makers of Shrek, we get a movie about the guy who is forever in supporting role in almost all princess movies: Prince Charming. In this movie, three princesses find themselves engaged to one and the same guy. It features the voices of Wilmer Valderrama as Charming, Demi Lovato, Ashley Tisdale, Sia, and more!
29. Justice League
It's DC's answer to Marvel's Avengers. Batman (Ben Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) recruit Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller), Cyborg (Ray Fisher), and together with Superman (Henry Cavill), they form the Justice League to fight and save the world from evil.
We've heard little about Disney Pixar’s feature film for 2017. But initial reports tell us that Coco takes visual inspiration from the Dia de los Muertos festival and will be about a discovery of a generations-old mystery that leads to a most extraordinary and surprising family reunion.
31. Star Wars Episode VIII
Not much has been publicly announced about the next chapter of George Lucas's space saga under Disney Studios. For sure, though, most of the cast of previous movie Force Awakens such as Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), villain Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), along with franchise veterans Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) will return.
It's not a remake. The new movie is about four teenagers who are sucked into Jumanji's jungle world, playing as the game's characters to survive and return to their real-world lives. The game characters they play: a brave explorer (Dwayne Johnson); a tiny genius (Kevin Hart); a bookworm professor (Jack Black); and an Amazonian warrior (Karen Gillan).
Ferdinand is a bull who prefers to sit quietly under a cork tree and smell the flowers, a far cry from what bulls usually do (you know, butt heads). Whatever will Ferdinand do when he gets mistakenly chosen to fight at the biggest, fastest and roughest bull fight in Madrid?
34. Pitch Perfect 3
We know nothing yet about the plot of this third installment to the successful franchise, only that majority of the cast—Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Hailee Steinfield, and more—will be back to reprise their roles even if most of them had graduated from college.
This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph.
* Minor edits have been made by the Cosmo.ph editors.