Animals Run Wild At The Movies This Summer

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You can find Dory in movie theaters this June. PHOTO COURTESY DISNEY

The Jungle Book was just the beginning of the menagerie of live-action and animated animals populating films this summer. On May 20, Columbia Pictures will set free The Angry Birds Movie. Adapted from the popular game, this film features the vocal talents of Jason Sudeikis, Blake Shelton, Josh Gad and Maya Rudolph in a story about pigs arriving on an island inhabited by birds – especially one very angry bird.

The focus of Alice Through The Looking Glass, Disney’s latest take on the classic Lewis Carroll tale, might not be on animals, but what would the story be without the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit and Absolem the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman in one of his last roles)? The fantasy film, which reaches screens May 27, also features Johnny Depp returning as the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice.

Disney’s long-awaited follow-up to Finding Nemo surfaces in cinemas June 17. In Finding Dory, the lovable, memory-challenged Blue Tang fish (again voiced by Ellen DeGeneres) is searching for her family. Original co-writer/co-director Andrew Stanton returns to helm this underwater adventure, which also includes Diane Keaton, Ty Burrell, Eugene Levy and Ed O’Neill in its cast.

Those hard-shell crime warriors Donatello, Raphael, Leonardo and Michelangelo hit the big screen again June 3 in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out Of The ShadowsThis CGI/live-action hybrid from Paramount Pictures features Megan Fox, Laura Linney, Will Arnett and Tyler Perry among its eclectic cast.

The BFG in The BFG isn’t really an animal, but the “Big Friendly Giant” isn’t totally human either. However you classify the title character (portrayed by Oscar winner Mark Rylance), the film definitely ranks as one of the most anticipated summer family films. Steven Spielberg typically has a magical touch with a story such as this one, which comes from Roald Dahl’s enchanting book. You can find out yourself when The BFG arrives in cinemas July 1.

Animals, on the other hand, are basically the whole show in The Secret Life of Pets. From the team behind Despicable Me, this Paramount animated offering takes a hilarious look at what pets do when their owners aren’t around. Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Ellie Kemper and Eric Stonestreet are some of the human actors doing animal voices. It opens July 8.

You could say that the Ice Age will come to an end July 22, because that is the day the final film in this popular movie series, Ice Age: Collision Course, comes out. All of your favorite Ice Age characters, Sid the Sloth (John Leguizamo), Manny the Woolly Mammoth (Ray Romano) and Diego the Tiger (Denis Leary) have come back and they’ll be joined by some new characters in this animated comedy adventure from 20th Century Fox.

Disney has re-done its much-loved 1977 feature Pete’s Dragon as a live-action/CGI movie. This new film isn’t a musical like the original, but it does have Robert Redford, Bryce Dallas Howard and Oakes Fegley as Pete. You can meet Pete and his dragon in theaters starting Aug. 12.

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