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Trailer trawl! Your rundown of must-see family movies coming soon

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We're already at the mid-point of the year, and if you're looking ahead to the rest of 2018 (and even the start of 2019), we're here to help. Here is your guide to all the latest must-see family movie trailers, from Christmas-themed charmers to all-out apocalyptic sci-fi adventure.

The Grinch

Released 9th November

He's a mean one, that Mr. Grinch, having sprung from the pen of estimable wordsmith Doctor Seuss. The green, hairy, smelly, Christmas-hating anti-hero has already been subject to a big screen adaptation back in 2000, with Jim Carrey having donned the make-up for Ron Howard's festive blockbuster. 

This time, however, we're forgoing the live-action approach for vibrant CGI animation, courtesy of the team behind Minions and The Secret Life of Pets. Getting to grips with Seuss' rollicking rhymes is Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch, who promises to add another memorable vocal performance to a repertoire that also includes dragon Smaug from The Hobbit, and fearsome tiger Shere Khan from the upcoming Mowgli movie.


Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2

Released 30th November

Disney's sweet-natured Wreck-it Ralph was the perfect encapsulation of our affection for all things arcade game-related. The candy-coloured animated extravaganza launched us into the world of the titular Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly), whose desire to be seen as more than a building-smashing bad guy resulted in him changing the fabric of his world forever.

Fast forward from 2013 to this year's sequel, Ralph Breaks the Internet. All is good in the land of Ralph and returning sidekick Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman). But the arrival of new-fangled wi-fi technology means they're soon hurtled beyond the confines of the game into the remarkable world of the internet.


Mortal Engines

Released 14th December

Ever felt like you wanted to pick up and move on somewhere else? This epic dystopian actioner takes that idea to the max, with its steampunk story of entire cities built atop enormous moveable machines. Danger is never far away, however, with these lumbering behemoths pitted in an epic war against each other.

Intrigued yet? You will be. It's spearheaded by Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit visionary Peter Jackson, who works with regular screenwriting partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens. The cast, meanwhile, comprises both newcomers (Iceland's Hera Hilmar) and veterans (The Matrix's Hugo Weaving), and its the directorial debut of Jackson's long-time special effects collaborator, Christian Rivers.


Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

Released 14th December

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) isn't the only place where we'll find the wall-crawler this year. Although Tom Holland's Spidey made another strong impression in Avengers: Infinity War, this is a CGI animation separate from the MCU canon, and is scripted by The LEGO Movie's Phil Lord.

The movie connects to a critical part of the character's comic book mythology, exploring the origins of Miles Morales, an African-American kid who adopts the identity of Spider-Man. How does that work? Well, as the movie's title implies, it introduces us to the concept of a multi-verse, in which there exists several different iterations of the web-slinger. Actor/rapper Shameik Moore is Miles with the starry supporting cast including Hailee Steinfeld (also to be seen in December release Bumblebee) and Mahershala Ali.


Bumblebee

Released 26th December

It remains to be seen whether Michael Bay's Transformers series will continue (the most recent was 2017's The Last Knight), but plans are already in place to explore new areas of the movie universe.

Endearing yellow VW Beetle Bumblebee is now the star of his own self-titled movie, one that takes us back to his 1980s origins. Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight makes the leap from stop-motion animation to live-action bedlam, working with a cast that includes the aforementioned Hailee Steinfeld and Ferdinand's John Cena.


How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

Released 1st February 2019

The animated adventures of Viking Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) and his dragon buddy Toothless have taken us soaring through two terrific How To Train Your Dragon films. The pressure is therefore on director Dean DeBlois to finish their journey in style with this, the third and, reportedly, final instalment of the series based on Cressida Cowell's stories.

This time, Hiccup and Toothless discover a visually resplendent dragon hideaway that comes under attack from a new enemy. With the human/dragon alliance threatened, one final battle gets underway as Hiccup must embrace his newfound position as the Viking leader of village Berk. Promising plenty of eye-popping animation and another rousing score from composer John Powell, this is one to look forward to.


The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part

Released 8th February 2019

Next year, we'll all be assembling again for the long-awaited LEGO Movie sequel. It's no surprise our excitement levels are so high – Phil Lord and Chris Miller's 2014 animation came out of nowhere to prove itself one of the most visually creative and narratively witty family movies of recent years. It was, in fact, such an unexpected hit that an entire LEGO Movie Universe sprung up in its wake, encompassing The LEGO Batman Movie and The LEGO Ninjago Movie.

Emmett (Chris Pratt), Wyldestyle (Elizabeth Banks) and Batman (Will Arnett) all return for the sequel, although Lord and Miller have vacated the director's chair in favour of Trolls filmmaker, Mike Mitchell. No matter: the trailer is stuffed with so many visual and verbal gags that we're sure the movie will live up to its predecessor.


Dumbo

Released 29th March 2019

Disney's live-action reboot trend continues apace, with the floppy-eared elephant now getting a glossy makeover from director Tim Burton. The 1941 original is one of the most enduringly popular in Disney's canon, being the story of the infant pachyderm with oversized ears who becomes embroiled in the circus.

Judging from the first trailer, visual stylist Burton, acclaimed for the likes of Batman, Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hollow, has forged a wistful, evocative tone in the manner of his best works. Dumbo is, this time, a CGI creation, with the all-star human cast comprised of Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton, Eva Green and Danny De Vito. Can this stand proud with recent blockbuster reboots like Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book?

Which of these are you most looking forward to? Let us know @Cineworld.