Some of the biggest movies of 2019 include remakes of “The Lion King,” “Dumbo,” and “Pet Sematary.” Here are the animal-themed movies you won’t want to miss.
“A Dog’s Way Home” (January 11)
“St. Bernard Syndicate” (January 18)
Two Danish entrepreneurs try and make their fortune in the lucrative Chinese Pet industry by breeding Saint Bernard dogs in this comedy mockumentary. (In theaters January 18, 2019 and On Demand February 5, 2019)
“Tigerland” (Premieres at the Sundance Film Festival)
This documentary (aka “Taken by the Tiger”) from Oscar-winning director Ross Kauffman follows the efforts to save the last Siberian tigers in the world.
“Patrick” (February 15)
In this British comedy, Sarah (Beattie Edmondson)’s life changes when she inherits her grandmother’s prized possession, a spoiled Pug named Patrick. Ed Skrein and Jennifer Saunders costar. In select theaters and on VOD on February 15.
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” (February 22)
In this sequel, Hiccup the dragon falls in love with an elusive white dragon.
“Captain Marvel” (March 8)
Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) (aka Captain Marvel) is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races. She’s aided by her ginger cat, Goose, who’s really an alien known as a Flerken. (In the comic books, his name is Chewie.)
“The Mustang” (March 15)
Violent convict Roman Coleman (Matthias Schoenaerts) participates in a rehabilitation therapy program training wild mustangs.
“Us” (March 22)
Those shots of dozens of bunnies in the trailer? A good hint that Jordan Peele’s follow-up to “Get Out” is about cloning. Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke star as husband and wife trying to defend their family from evil doppelgangers.
“Dumbo” (March 29)
Tim Burton’s live-action remake of the Disney classic stars Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Danny DeVito and Michael Keaton. (Watch the trailer.)
“Pet Sematary” (April 5)
In this new adaptation of the Stephen King novel, a family lives near a pet cemetery that magically bring dead things back to life. (Watch the trailer.)
“Biggest Little Farm” (April 5)
This charming film festival favorite is about a couple who’ve spent eight years creating an environmentally friendly farm near Los Angeles.
“Penguins” (April 19)
Disneynature’s latest documentary follows Steve, an Adélie penguin, on a quest to find a life partner and start a family. (Watch the trailer.)
“John Wick: Chapter 3” (May 17)
The third installment of the franchise features assassin John Wick (Keanu Reeves) riding a horse and teaming up with an old friend (Halle Berry) and her Belgian Malinois.
“A Dog’s Journey” (May 17)
Bailey the dog’s story continues in this sequel to the 2017 film “A Dog’s Purpose.”
“Godzilla: King of the Monsters” (May 31)
Godzilla battles Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah. Millie Bobby Brown, Sally Hawkins, and Vera Farmiga star.
“The Secret Life of Pets 2” (June 7)
The plot for the sequel to “The Secret Life of Pets” hasn’t yet been revealed, but the trailer shows Max (voiced by Patton Oswalt) being taken to a vet who specializes in behavioral disorders, where he meets a number of disturbed pets, including twin cats who start fires.
“The Queen’s Corgi” (July 5th in the UK – no US release date yet)
Rex, the Queen’s favorite dog, gets lost in London and has a series of adventures before being reunited with the Royals. Voices include Julie Walters as Queen Elizabeth and Jack Whitehall as Rex.
“The Lion King” (July 19)
Jon Favreau (“The Jungle Book”) directs this new version of “The Lion King,” featuring the voices of Donald Glover, Beyoncé, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Seth Rogen, Amy Sedaris, and James Earl Jones.
“The Angry Birds Movie 2” (August 16)
Sequel to the 2016 film. Featuring the voices of Dove Cameron, Awkwafina, Peter Dinklage, and Lil Rel Howery.
Spies in Disguise (September 13)
When the world’s best spy (Will Smith) is turned into a pigeon, he must rely on his nerdy tech officer (Tom Holland) to save the world in this animated film.
“Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (October 18 in the UK, no US release date yet)
Shaun the Sheep, Bitzer the dog, and the rest of the flock tangle with an adorable alien in this sequel to “Shaun the Sheep.”
“Sonic the Hedgehog” (November 8)
Ben Schwartz (“Parks and Rec”) voices the video game star who must defeat the villainous Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) in this live-action film.
“Cats” (December 20)
Idris Elba, Ian McKellen, James Corden, Judi Dench and Taylor Swift star in the movie version of the hit Broadway musical.
“Call of the Wild” (December 27)
Harrison Ford and Dan Stevens star in this remake of the classic Jack London tale.