From Pixar flicks to non-animated productions, there were a lot of solid contenders for family films in 2020. Our choices aren’t just enjoyable for kids, but entertaining for parents as well, so you’re not bored out of your mind.
Though we’ll always adore the 1998 cartoon version of this Disney classic, the live-action version was an exhilarating, must-see adaptation. A rebellious main character (with the coolest action scenes) steals the audience’s hearts, while teaching children about feminism. For parents who can’t stand musicals, this unique Disney work takes on a more realistic interpretation.
We fell in love with “Soul”, Pixar’s first animated movie to star a Black lead character. This creative and witty work on Disney+ is about a jazz musician who falls into a manhole. The audience gets to follow along on the journey of his soul to “The Great Beyond”. “Soul” was a favorite for critics and fans alike, with philosophical themes for the whole family.
3. Doctor Dolittle
Robert Downey Jr. brought this famously lovable vet to life in 2020. Based on an animal doctor who can talk to animals, this version is more nuanced and fulfilling than the same story told by Eddie Murphy in 1998. The cast is just as enjoyable to watch as the plot itself, with familiar voices coming from A-listers such as Emma Thompson, Michael Sheen, and Antonio Banderas.
4. The Witches
Roald Dahl always had the ability to conjure up perfect and completely original (though sometimes terrifying) premises for his books. Anjelica Huston did the Grand High Witch justice in the 1980s adaption, but special effects simply weren’t up to par. However, the effects in the 2020 version are absolutely delicious, thanks to a stellar performance by Octavia Spencer and a particularly evil Anne Hathaway. A thrilling watch for the whole family.