The Best New Kids & Family Movies Coming Out in 2020 in Australia

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There were due to be so many amazing new family films coming to theatres in 2020 in Australia. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, it has upended the planned releases. More movies are going straight to streaming – here’s our list of new release family films perfect for a family movie night at home.

We’ve compiled all the latest information including trailers so you can sit back and wait in anticipation until it arrives at your local movie theatre or on streaming service. Then head to the movies (or your living room) with your family and enjoy the show. Upcoming movies include book adaptations, remakes, sequels, and more.


My Spy

Australian release date: January 1, 2020

Running Time: 100 minutes

Rating: PG

A hardened CIA operative finds himself at the mercy of a precocious 9-year-old girl, having been sent undercover to surveil her family.

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Dolittle

Australian release date: January 16, 2020

Running Time: 101 minutes

Rating: PG

After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle, famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company. But when the young queen falls gravely ill, a reluctant Dolittle is forced to set sail on an epic adventure to a mythical island in search of a cure, regaining his wit and courage as he crosses old adversaries and discovers wondrous creatures.

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Sonic the Hedgehog

Australian release date: February 13, 2020

Running Time: 99 minutes

Rating: PG

Sonic the Hedgehog is a live-action adventure comedy based on the global blockbuster videogame franchise from Sega that centres on the infamously brash bright blue hedgehog. The film follows the (mis)adventures of Sonic as he navigates the complexities of life on Earth with his newfound – human – best friend Tom Wachowski.

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Call of the Wild

Australian release date: 20 February 2020

Running Time: 100 minutes

Rating: PG

Adapted from the beloved literary classic, The Call of the Wild vividly brings to the screen the story of Buck, a big-hearted dog whose blissful domestic life is turned upside down when he is suddenly uprooted from his California home and transplanted to the exotic wilds of the Alaskan Yukon during the Gold Rush of the 1890s.

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The Wishmas Tree

Australian release date: February 27, 2020

Running Time: 90 minutes

Rating: PG

A young possum’s misguided wish for a white Wishmas not only freezes her entire hometown of Sanctuary City, but also threatens the lives of all who live there. Before the magical Wishmas Tree dies, she must undertake a perilous journey into the WILD; battling self-doubt, ghostly predators and ultimately, Extinction itself, to reverse the damage she has caused and save her city.

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Onward

Australian release date: April 2, 2020

Running Time: TBA

Rating: CTC

Set in a suburban fantasy world, two teenage elf brothers embark on a quest to discover if there is still magic out there in this animated movie.

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Artemis Fowl

Australian release date: June 12, 2020 (Disney+)

Running Time: 1 hour 35 minutes

Rating: PG

Artemis Fowl the second, a young Irish criminal mastermind, kidnaps the fairy LEPrecon officer Holly Short for ransom to fund rescuing his father. Once a transaction is made, they go onto a hunt for the evil pixie Opal Koboi and rush to save Artemis Fowl senior from the Arctic. Movie based on the successful kids book series Artemis Fowl.

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Scoob!

Australian release date: May 28, 2020

Running Time: TBA

Rating: CTC

The first full-length animated Scooby-Doo adventure for the big screen is the never-before-told stories of Scooby-Doo’s origins and the greatest mystery in the career of Mystery Inc. Scoob! reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. 

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Red Shoes and the Seven Dwarfs

Australian release date: July 2, 2020

Running Time: 92 minutes

Rating: G

Princes who have been turned into Dwarfs seek the red shoes of a lady in order to break the spell, although it will not be easy. A parody with a twist.

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Disney’s Mulan

Australian release date: 20 August, 2020

Running Time: TBA

Rating: CTC

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Army to defend the country from Northern invaders, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honoured warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. 

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Trolls World Tour

Australian release date: September 17, 2020

Running Time: 91 minutes

Rating: G

Sequel to the 2016 animated hit.

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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run

Australian release date: Unknown due to COVID-19

Running Time: TBA

Rating: CTC

After SpongeBob’s beloved pet snail Gary is snail-napped, he and Patrick embark on an epic adventure to The Lost City of Atlantic City to bring Gary home. As they navigate the delights and dangers on this perilous and hilarious rescue mission, SpongeBob and his pals prove there’s nothing stronger than the power of friendship.

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The Secret Garden

Australian release date: September 17, 2020

Running Time: 100 minutes

Rating: CTC

The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a prickly and unloved 10-year-old girl, born in India to wealthy British parents. When they die suddenly, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle, Archibald Craven at Misselthwaite Manor, a remote country estate deep in the Yorkshire moors, under the watchful eye of Mrs Medlock and with only the household maid, Martha for company.

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Peter Rabbit 2

Australian release date: December 26, 2020

Running Time: 100 minutes

Rating: CTC

In Peter Rabbit 2, the lovable rogue is back. Bea, Thomas, and the rabbits have created a makeshift family, but despite his best efforts, Peter can’t seem to shake his mischievous reputation.

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Australian release date: March 25, 2021

Running Time: TBA

Rating: CTC

In Ghostbusters: Afterlife, when a single mum and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

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Disney’s Jungle Cruise

Australian release date: July 29, 2021

Running Time: TBA

Rating: CTC

Based on Disneyland’s theme park ride where a small riverboat takes a group of travellers through a jungle filled with dangerous animals and reptiles, but with a supernatural element.

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Additional movies

The Witches (October 8, 2020)

Clifford The Big Red Dog (December 10, 2020)

The Croods 2 (December 26, 2020)

Raya and the Last Dragon (March 25, 2021)

The Boss Baby 2 (March 25, 2021)


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