The Best Family Movies on Hulu (March 2021)

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When the work week is over and school hours are over, there is no better way to relax than around the TV. Can we recommend a family movie? If you’re a Hulu subscriber, you’ll be happy to know you’re sitting on a treasure trove of family cinema, encompassing everything from recognizable classics to the latest CGI shows. At Digital Trends, we’re big fans of the genre and experts at manually selecting movies from the biggest streaming services. For your reading pleasure, here’s our roundup of the best family movies on Hulu this month.

Need more animated films for the weekend? Check out our recaps of the best family movies on Netflix, the best family movies on Amazon Prime, and the best family movies on Disney +.

Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)

The titular blue hedgehog has been an icon of the game for decades, thanks to the folks at Sega. Now, the speed marvel has finally received its own feature film. Our story begins with Sonic (voiced by Ben Schwartz) transported to Earth by the power of the magical rings bestowed upon him by Longclaw the Owl (Donna Jay Fulks), his mythical guardian. On Earth, Sonic’s to-do list is pretty slim, leaving him with abundant energy and nowhere to exhaust him. After an un-teamed baseball game goes a little crazy, Sonic’s energy destroys the power grid, prompting authorities to contact Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to track down the blue dude. But Robotnik has ulterior motives. Sonic the hedgehog has had an interesting development cycle, but when it comes to video game-to-film adaptations, this is one of the best. It’s funny, bombastic and puts Jim Carrey back in his wacky shoes. We highly recommend it.

Rotten tomatoes: 63%
Stars: Ben Schwartz, James Marsden, Jim Carrey
Director:
Jeff fowler
Evaluation:
PG
Duration:
98 minutes

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Shrek

Shrek (2001)

Is he tall, green and… slightly Scottish? In this humorous 2001 Dreamworks film, Mike Myers is the voice of Shrek, an ogre grumbler who wants nothing but the peace and quiet of his swamp. But when a crowd of fairytale creatures show up at his door, a talking donkey named Donkey (Eddie Murphy) leader among them, Shrek and Donkey visit Lord Farquaad (John Lithgow), the man who banished the creatures. of his kingdom. Shrek and the Lordship reach an agreement. Shrek will save Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) for Farquaad in order to return his swamp to its peaceful state. With state-of-the-art CGI (for the time) and a set of spectacular vocal performances, Shrek Withstands the test of time nearly two decades after its release.

Rotten tomatoes: 88%
Stars: Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, John Lithgow
Director:
Andrew Adamson, Vicky Jenson
Evaluation:
PG
Duration:
90 minutes

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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (2009)

Times are tough for the island town of Swallow Falls. With its inhabitants confined to a diet of only sardines, an eccentric inventor named Flint Lockwood (Bill Hader) concocts a device that will turn water into food. But when the machine breaks, a rain of food descends from the sky, burying the whole village in an oversized larva. There are several flavors of jokes and gags on display in Cloudy with a chance of meatballs – from immediate knee strikes to visual hilarities – and the film as a whole is a cohesive blast from start to finish. CGI adaptations are rather hit and miss, but Cloudy manages to honor its Judi and Ron Barrett source novel while delivering cinematic originality. This is the one you don’t want to miss.

Rotten tomatoes: 86%
Stars: Bill Hader, Anna Faris, James Caan, Andy Samberg, Mr. T
Director:
Christopher Miller, Phil Lord
Evaluation:
PG
Duration:
90 minutes

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Troll world tour

World Troll Tour (2020)

A sequel more than worthy of the first Trolls film, World Tour find the playful darlings on a whole new journey. When Poppy (Anna Kendrick) and Branch (Justin Timberlake) discover that there are six tribes of Trolls who each represent a genre of music (techno, funk, classical, country, rock and pop), the leaders of the rock world, Queen Barb (Rachel Bloom) and King Thrash (Ozzy Osbourne), hatch an evil plan to steal the magic strings that power each tribe’s music. It’s up to Poppy, Branch, and their fellow Trolls to thwart the King and Queen’s efforts before they erase all other music. Seeking to tell a larger story about diversity and inclusion, Troll world tour showcases all of the animated glitter we’ve come to expect from a Dreamworks feature film, but with plenty of reason to smile for kids and adults alike.

Rotten tomatoes: 70%
Stars: Anna Kendrick, Justin Timberlake, Rachel Bloom
Director:
Walt dohrn
Evaluation:
PG
Duration:
91 minutes

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The Addams Family

The Addams Family (2019)

Creepy, wacky, and utterly creepy, the infamous Clan is back for their first fully animated feature film. In The Addams Family, Gomez (Oscar Isaac), Morticia (Charlize Theron) and the rest of the group prepare for Mazurka from sons Pugsley (Finn Wolfhard), a rite of passage essential to becoming a member of the family. At the same time, TV personality Margaux Needler (Allison Janney) has plans for a community of homes planned for her upcoming reality show. The only problem that stands in its way is the Addams estate. In a desperate attempt to rid her development of the creeps, she hatches a plan to incriminate and ostracize the family. Top notch animation and a powerful vocal cast bring the Addams Clan to life like we’ve never seen before.

Rotten tomatoes: 44%
Stars: Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Finn Wolfhard, Allison Janney
Director:
Conrad Vernon, Greg Tiernan
Evaluation:
PG
Duration:
86 minutes

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3 Ninjas

3 Ninjas (1992)

Brothers Rocky (Michael Treanor), Colt (Max Elliot Slade), and Tum Tum (Chad Power) are highly skilled martial arts fighters – and none of them are over 15 years old. When the trio arrive at Grandpa Mori’s (Victor Wong) house for their summer training, a malicious former Mori student, Synder (Rand Kingsley), kidnaps the siblings in an attempt to get their father out of the FBI. But Synder doesn’t know the group he’s up against. A nice mix of action comedy for young audiences, 3 Ninjas then spawned three sequels, continuing the martial arts adventures of the fraternal fighters.

Rotten tomatoes: 32%
Stars: Michael Treanor, Max Elliot Slade, Chad Power, Rand Kingsley
Director:
Jean Turteltaub
Evaluation:
PG
Duration:
84 minutes

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Spirit: Cimarron Stallion

Spirit: Cimarron Stallion (2002)

Taking place in the Far West of the 19th century, Spirit follows the days of the titular mustang stallion (voiced by Matt Damon) as the leader of his herd. Investigating a mysterious light one evening, Spirit is captured by human fighters and brought to an American cavalry post. Under the rule of the “Colonel” (James Cromwell), Spirit refuses to be tamed. That is until a captured Lakota named Little Creek (Daniel Studi) rescues him and runs away from the post. But the colonel and his army are on their heels. Exceptional blast of 2D animation and mature storyline allow Spirit stand out among other lively features of the era.

Rotten tomatoes: 70%
Stars: Michael Treanor, Max Elliot Slade, Chad Power, Rand Kingsley
Director:
Jean Turteltaub
Evaluation:
PG
Duration:
84 minutes

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