Must-See Animal Movies of 2020

Underwater (January 10)


A crew of aquatic researchers struggle to survive after a earthquake devastates their subterranean lab. But as they attempt to get to safety, they realize they’re not alone in this creature feature starring Kristen Stewart.


The Woman Who Loves Giraffes (January 10 in limited release)

In this documentary, biologist Anne Innis Dagg (now 86) retraces her 1956 journey to South Africa to study giraffes. This documentary profiles the world’s first ‘giraffologist,’ and the animals she loves. Now playing in limited release in select cities. See when it’s playing near you. (Read the Moviepaws review.)


Dolittle (January 17)

Robert Downey Jr. stars as the doctor who can talk to animals. Featuring the voices of Rami Malek, Emma Thompson and Michael Sheen. Read: The Reviews Are in for ‘Dolittle,’ and They’re Brutal


Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made (February 7)

The exploits of Timmy Failure and his 1,500-pound polar bear partner, Total, as they operate Total Failure, Inc., a Portland detective agency. Based on the book by Stephan Pastis. On Disney+


Horse Girl (February 7)

A socially awkward woman (Alison Brie) with a fondness for arts and crafts, horses, and supernatural crime shows, finds her increasingly lucid dreams trickling into her waking life. On Netflix.


“Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” (February 14)

Shaun the Sheep, Bitzer the dog, and the rest of the flock tangle with an adorable alien in this sequel to “Shaun the Sheep.” Now on Netflix. (Read the Moviepaws review.)


Sonic the Hedgehog (February 14)

“Sonic” was delayed after fans objected to the original look of the beloved video game character and designers went back to the drawing board.


The Call of the Wild (February 21)

Harrison Ford stars in this new version of the classic Jack London tale. The lead dog, Buck, will be a mix of CGI and live-action. Read: Harrison Ford Bonds With Buck the Dog in First ‘Call of the Wild’ Trailer


The Invisible Man (February 28)

Cecilia (Elisabeth Moss) thinks she’s finally free from her sociopathic boyfriend Adrian (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) when he commits suicide. But she can’t shake the feeling he’s still alive — and still stalking her. In this scene from the trailer, she visits his house (where she sees his pet dog) and is convinced he’s very much alive.


Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (April 3)

James Corden returns as the voice of Peter Rabbit in this sequel to the 2018 film.


Dream Horse (May 1)

Jan (Toni Collette), a cleaner and bartender, decides to breed a race horse in her Welsh village, pitting her small town against the racing elite in a nail-biting race for the national championship.


Scoob! (May 15)

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: A plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. Featuring the voices of Amanda Seyfried, Zac Efron and Will Forte.


Jungle Cruise (July 24)  

Director Jaume Collet-Serra (“The Shallows”) brings the famed Disney ride to the big screen. Emily Blunt stars as a wealthy adventuress who hires steamboat captain Dwayne Johnson to help her find a legendary treasure. We expect to see big cats, hippos, elephants, piranhas and, of course, the back side of water.


Monster Hunter (September 4)  

“Resident Evil” director Paul W.S. Anderson and star Milla Jovovich reunite for this adaptation of the popular video game.


BIOS (October 2)  

In this sci-fi tale, Tom Hanks stars as the last human left on a post-apocalyptic earth. He creates a robot to be a protective companion to his dog when he dies. We expect to cry copiously.


The Witches (October 16)  

Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer, Stanley Tucci star in this remake of the 1990 film (which is based on the Roald Dahl story). A boy is turned into a mouse after interrupting a witch’s convention.


Clifford the Big Red Dog (November 13)

This live-action family comedy film (in which Clifford will be CGI) is based on Norman Bridwell’s book series of same name. It stars Darby Camp, Jack Whitehall, John Cleese, Sienna Guillory, Kenan Thompson, and Rosie Perez.


Godzilla vs. Kong (November 20) 

The two titans go up against each other in this sequel to “Godzilla, King of the Monsters” and “Kong: Skull Island.”


Raya and the Last Dragon (November 25) 

Walt Disney

In this animated Disney film, a young warrior (Cassie Steele) embarks on a quest to find the last dragon (voiced by Awkwafina).


TBD:

The Truffle Hunters / In the forests of Northern Italy, a dwindling group of old men and their faithful dogs search for the world’s most expensive ingredient, the white Alba truffle. Sony Classics will distribute the movie, which premiered to rave reviews at Sundance.

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