Animal-themed movies now playing/streaming/on demand
The Bad Guys (April 22, 2022)
In this animated film, Mr. Wolf, Mr. Snake, Mr. Piranha, Mr. Shark and Ms. Tarantula hatch a plot to pull of the ultimate heist. Features the voices of Sam Rockwell and Awkwafina. Read: Who Voices Who in ‘The Bad Guys’
Turning Red (March 11, 2022)
The latest Disney/Pixar film is going straight to Disney+ on March 11 after being scheduled for an April 8 theatrical release. It will be available at no extra change to subscribers. Plot: A 13-year-old girl named Mei Lee turns into a giant red panda whenever she gets too excited in this comedy featuring the voice talents of Rosalie Chiang, Sandra Oh, James Hong, and Sasha Roiz.
Dog (February 18, 2022)
Channing Tatum directed and stars in this film about man who reluctantly transports a dead soldier’s unruly Belgian Malinois named Lulu to his home in time for his funeral.
The Amazing Maurice (February 13, 2022)
Based on the novel by Terry Pratchett, Maurice is a streetwise ginger cat who teams up with rats for a money-making scam inspired by the legend of the Pied Piper. The voice cast includes Hugh Laurie, Emilia Clarke, David Thewlis, Himesh Patel, and Gemma Arterton.
The Tiger Rising (January 21, 2022)
When 12-year-old Rob Horton (Christian Convery) discovers a caged tiger in the woods near his home, his life changes in the most unexpected ways. He’s helped on his adventures by wise, mysterious maid Willie May (Queen Latifah) and the stubborn new girl in school (Madalen Mills). Based on the best-selling book by Kate DiCamillo. In theaters on January 21, 2021 and available On Demand and Digital on February 8, 2022.
Sing 2 (December 22, 2021)
The voice cast of the first film returns for a sequel to the 2016 animated hit, which also adds Idina Menzel and Selena Gomez.
The Matrix Resurrections (December 22, 2021)
“The Matrix Resurrections” (now playing in theaters and on HBO Max), has numerous callbacks to the previous three films, and brings back some of the original characters. Read: Is the Deja Vu Cat From ‘The Matrix’ in ‘The Matrix Resurrections?’
The Velvet Queen (December 22, 2021)
A French photographer and a writer try to capture the snow leopard on film in this stunning documentary. Read the review.
Encanto (November 24, 2021)
This tale of a magical Colombian family – including a boy who can talk to animals – opens in theaters on November 24 and premieres on Disney+ on December 24. Read: ‘Encanto’ trailer features capybaras, coatis and a tapir
The Nine Kittens of Christmas (November 24, 2021)
Brandon Routh and Kimberly Sustad – and a box of abandoned kittens – return in this delightful sequel to The Nine Lives of Christmas. Read the review: The Nine Kittens of Christmas
Clifford the Big Red Dog (November 10, 2021)
The live-action family comedy was simultaneously released theatrically and digitally on Paramount+ on November 10, 2021. 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.
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (October 22, 2021)
Finch (November 5, 2021)
This sci-fi film, starring Tom Hanks as a robotics engineer who creates a robot as a companion for his dog, Goodyear, debuted on Apple TV+ on November 5.
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (October 22, 2021)
Lamb (October 8, 2021)
Noomi Rapace stars in this Icelandic film about a couple who decide to raise a a half-lamb, half-human creature as their own child. It’s from A24, the same studio that gave us “Hereditary” and “Midsommar.” Read: Lamb: About the Animal Actors in The Indie Icelandic Film
Firedrake the Silver Dragon (September 10, 2021)
Based on Cornelia Funke’s 1997 novel Dragon Rider. When his home is threatened by humans, a young dragon summons the courage to seek a mythical paradise where dragons can live in peace and fly free. This animated film, from Germany’s Constantin Studios, is streaming on Netflix. It includes the voice talents of Freddie Highmore, Felicity Jones, Thomas Brodie-Sangster and Patrick Stewart.
Paw Patrol (August 20, 2021)
When their biggest rival, Humdinger, starts wreaking havoc as the mayor of Adventure City, Ryder and everyone’s favorite heroic pups kick into high gear to face the challenge. Armed with exciting new gadgets and gear, the PAW Patrol joins forces with a savvy dachshund to save the citizens of Adventure City. Playing in select theaters and streaming on Paramount+.
The Suicide Squad (August 6, 2021)
Now playing in theaters and streaming through September 5 on HBO Max. Read: The Suicide Squad: All About Weasel, Sebastian the Rat and King Shark
Vivo (August 6, 2021)
The animated film is a about a kinkajou named Vivo, who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively Havana square with his owner Andrés. The movie, which will be on Netflix. features songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
The Green Knight (July 30, 2021)
An epic fantasy adventure based on the timeless Arthurian legend, The Green Knight tells the story of Sir Gawain (Dev Patel), King Arthur’s reckless nephew , who embarks on a daring quest to confront the eponymous Green Knight. Although the film is playing in the U.S., it has been pulled from release in the U.K. due to surge of the COVID Delta variant.
Jungle Cruise (July 30, 2021)
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.
Space Jam, A New Legacy (July 16, 2021)
|NBA superstar LeBron James teams up with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Lola Bunny, and the rest of the Looney Tunes in this sequel to the 1996 movie. Now in theaters and on HBO Max.|
Pig (July 20, 2021)
Nicolas Cage stars as a man looking for his stolen pig, a prized truffle hunter, in this indie drama. Read: All About the Pig in the New Nicolas Cage Movie
Luca (June 18, 2021)
Two young sea monsters try to pass as human in this Pixar adventure. Now streaming on Disney+. Read All About the Cat (and Other Creatures) in ‘Luca’
Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway (June 11, 2021)
James Corden returns as the voice of Peter Rabbit in this sequel to the 2018 film.
Wish Dragon (June 11, 2021)
Din (voiced by Jimmy Wong) is a working-class college student whose big dreams might come true, thanks to Long (John Cho), a cynical but all-powerful dragon. They set off on an adventure through modern day Shanghai in this animated film. It will debut on Netflix.
Raya and the Last Dragon (June 4, 2021)
In this animated Disney film, a young warrior (Cassie Steele) embarks on a quest to find the last dragon (voiced by Awkwafina). Now free to all Disney+ subscribers.
Cruella (May 28, 2021)
Emma Stone stars as a young, punk version of the classic Disney villain. It’s now in theaters and available to rent via Disney+’s Premier Access program. Read: All About the Dogs in ‘Cruella’
Dream Horse (May 21, 2021)
Toni Collette stars in this drama about a small Welsh town that backs their own race horse. Read the Moviepaws review: Dream Horse’ Is A Heartwarming Underdog Story
The Mitchells vs. The Machines (April 30, 2021)
This hilarious animated movie pits a family of four — and their pug — against a robot army. Now streaming on Netflix. Read: All About Monchi (Aka Doug the Pug) in ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’
We Don’t Deserve Dogs (April 9, 2021)
This documentary travels to 11 different countries to look at all the ways dogs influence our daily lives. It’s available to rent on VOD. Get more information at the official site: https://www.wedontdeservedogs.com
Godzilla vs. Kong (March 26, 2021)
The two titans go up against each other in this sequel to “Godzilla, King of the Monsters” and “Kong: Skull Island.” Now playing in theaters on HBO Max.
“Stray” (March 5, 2021)
This award-winning documentary follows three stray dogs in Istanbul. Read: Director of Istanbul Dog Documentary ‘Stray’ On Her Canine Star’s Independence (And Where She Is Now)
“Chaos Walking” (March 5)
This YA sci-fi series finally hit elects theaters after several delays. Read the Viewer Advisory to find out what happens to Manchee the dog. No word yet on when it will available to stream or buy online.
“Tom & Jerry” (February 26, 2021)
The classic animated duo hits the big screen in a film that will include animation with live-action. The live cast includes Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Ken Jeong, and Colin Jost. While the animated characters will be voiced by Frank Welker and (archivally) by William Hanna, Mel Blanc, and June Foray. It’s on HBO Max.
“Flora & Ulysses” (February 19, 2021)
This winning family movie about a girl and her squirrel is now playing on Disney+. Read the review: A Super-powered Squirrel Saves the Day in ‘Flora & Ulysses’
“Rams” (February 5, 2021)
Two rival sheep farmers battle to save their flocks from a deadly disease in this remake of the Icelandic film. Now available on Hulu. Read: ‘Rams’ Review Roundup: ‘Sunnier’ Than the Icelandic Original