There were tons of great family movies for kids in 2021, especially thanks to streaming services like Disney+ and Netflix. Our love for family movie nights has been reignited, and we want to keep the momentum rolling in 2022 with even more kids’ movies.

From heartwarming stories about blended families and belt-worthy musicals to animated animal adventures and innocent romance, there’s something for everyone in the fam—even the older siblings who think they’re too cool for movie night.

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As parents, we’re excited to watch movies we grew up with, like Cheaper by the Dozen, as they get a modern retelling. The highly anticipated Toy Story spinoff, Lightyear, is at the top of our summer viewing list as well. If you’re on the lookout for films to add to your family movie night queue, we have some suggestions. These 2022 kids movies will keep the family laughing and entertained. 

Turning Red

When Mei Lee gets a little too excited she turns into a giant red panda, which isn't an ideal gift to have as a teenager who’s trying to make sense of her changing body, interests, and relationships. Her protective mom doesn’t make her situation any better. If Ming had her way, she and her daughter would spend every waking moment together.

Streaming on Disney+.

Cheaper by the Dozen

Cheaper by the Dozen—one of our favorite family films from the early 2000s—got the reboot treatment this year. Gabrielle Union and Zach Braff lead a blended family of 12 as they navigate school, playdates, sports, puberty, and so much more.

Streaming on Disney+.


Cinderella gets a modern makeover in this Disney original, which follows El, an aspiring shoe designer who lives with his stepfather and stepbrothers in NYC. When he crosses paths with fellow sneaker connoisseur Kira King, he calls on his fairy godfather for guidance and a little bit of magic fairy dust.

Streaming on Disney+.

Better Nate Than Ever 

Despite not being cast in the high school play, Nate still dreams of being a star on Broadway. So he and his bestie, Libby, travel to NYC to see the real stars in action. Their trip is thrown off course after a surprise run in with Nate’s estranged Aunt Heidi.

Streaming on Disney+.


A spinoff of Toy Story, Lightyear sees Buzz Lightyear travel through space, 62 years into the future where he comes across a new planet. Emperor Zurg also makes a reappearance as Buzz’s enemy. The highly anticipated film releases to theaters on June 17. It will be available on Disney+ at a later date.

Coming to theaters June 17. Streaming on Disney+, date TBA.

The Sea Beast 

A wrench is thrown into the plans of renowned sea monster hunter Jacob Holland when a young girl named Maisie Brumble sneaks onto his ship. To Jacob’s chagrin, Maisie joins his quest to find a dangerous sea beast.

Streaming on Netflix.


A story about female empowerment, Fireheart follows aspiring NYC firefighter Georgia Nolan, who adopts the persona of “Joe” so she can get around the fire department’s rule of no women in the workforce. When a firefighter squad is in harm's way, she volunteers as Joe to help.

Streaming on Hulu.

DC League of Super Pets

In connection to DC and Justice League, DC League of Super Pets centers around the pets of some of the biggest heroes in the DC Universe. Kids will get to know Batman’s dog, Ace the Bat-Hound, and Man of Steel’s labrador retriever, Krypto the Superdog. The movie hits theaters on July 29 and is expected to hit HBO Max later in the year.

Coming to theaters July 29. Streaming on HBO Max, date TBA.

Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank

When a hound gets wind that a feline village is in danger of losing their land, he sees it as an opportunity to swoop in and prove himself as the brave samurai he believes himself to be. He enlists the help of a famed trainer to get into tip-top shape, but no amount of training could prepare him for what awaits him at the village: the cats hate dogs! The Paramount Pictures film is slated to hit theaters on July 15, and a streaming platform (possibly Paramount+) at a later date.

Coming to theaters July 15.

Minions: The Rise of Gru

Gru and the minions are back at it again in the second installment of the Despicable Me spinoff film series, Minions. This movie is all about Gru’s childhood and the events that unfold after his application to join supervillain group Vicious 6 is denied. In a funny chain of events, young Gru and his minion army end up befriending the biggest supervillain of all. This sets the scene for the movie that started it all, Despicable Me.

Coming to theaters July 1.