We’re here to look ahead to the big movies that are expected to hit theaters in 2016. Why do we do this? To see where the top toys might be coming from, of course (this is a toy site after all).
The past few years have seen the hottest toys come from the top movie releases. 2014 was simply known as the Frozen year of toys. 2015 was more diverse, but Star Wars toys took the lead. The superhero movies were also popular last year, as well as the Minions.
So what do we have to look forward to in 2016? Let’s run down the list of the kid- and teen-friendly movies where we might see the most popular licensed toys and games.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Po, the kung fu panda, is back. This time he’s facing new challenges: a supernatural villain defeating all of the kung fu masters, and dealing with the return of his long-lost panda father. Hilarity ensues. (released Jan 29)
Deadpool is a “new” breed of superhero movie, which (at this writing) has already been released and is doing very well in theaters. It combines fun action with wit and humor. Ryan Reynolds is quite the star in 2016. We anticipate some interesting toys spun off from this fun action movie.
Another early-2016 release, Zootopia is an entertaining new movie from Disney is making some waves in the animation world. In this movie we find a society where animals populate cities and towns, but of course there’s a mystery that drives the plot, which includes characters like a crafty fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) and office Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin). We expect this movie to follow nicely in the footsteps of movies like Big Hero 6, Frozen, and Wreck it Ralph.
View hot Zootopia toys.
Batman vs Superman
This March release takes us on yet another twist through the storylines of the famous superheros Batman and Superman. This movie will help to launch the DC Cinematic Universe. This movie will include Wonder Woman and we may see other Justice League members. Expect a big result (moneywise) from this movie. (Release: March 26)
The Jungle Book
A re-make of the animated Disney movie of the same name. We can’t wait to see how this classic movie translates into live action. Be on the lookout for new Jungle Book toys in stores. (Release: April 15)
Captain America: Civil War
Captain American vs. Iron Man (Tony Stark). Wow. This is a Marvel movie, and is the first installment of Marvel’s Phase 3 of films. There has not been much in the way of trailers for this movie, so it will be a bit of a mystery what we’ll eventually get to see when the it hits theaters. We will see some other superheroes though, such as the Black Panther and Spider-Man. (Release: May 6)
Now this is one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2016. The movie has spawned from the hugely popular role playing game of the same name. So many kids and teens play this game that we expect it to at least be well received, if not a blockbuster. It will depend on how well the video game concept translates into movie form. (Release: June 10)
This is the sequel that kids and parents have been waiting for since 2003! Dory is back, voiced again by Ellen DeGeneres, and she is in a new adventure with her friends to find her family (if she can remember them). (June 17)
The Secret Life of Pets
We all wonder what our pets do all day, and this movie will (kind of) show us what kind of fun they might be having. Or you could set-up a webcam to watch them, but we’re sure this movie will be more entertaining. (release: July 8)
Who of us who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s are not familiar with the Troll doll? They are quite iconic in our culture, with their crazy hair and all. This movie brings the Trolls to life through state of the art animation. (Nov 4)
This Disney movie sets off on an expedition across the South Pacific. Here we have a musical animated movie with “The Rock” (aka Dwayne Johnson). Yes that’s right. We expect something really interesting here, we just hope Disney can pull off something so challenging. (Release: Nov 23)
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
This movie is set in a time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope. Here we are going to follow a band of Rebellion fighters who are supposed to steal the plans for the Death Star – you know the ones R2D2 was carrying in the first of the Star Wars blockbusters. Sounds interesting, but let’s hope this prequel concept fares better than the other prequel trilogy. (Release: Dec 16)
Other Movies to Watch Out For
Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27)
Tarzan (July 1)
Ghostbusters (July 15)
Pete’s Dragon (Aug 12)
Doctor Strange (Nov 4)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov 18)
Assassin’s Creed (December 21)
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