The big family films playing in AU cinemas these school holidays

The school holidays are here and moviegoers of all ages are spoiled for choice. We round up all the big family-friendly releases playing in cinemas over the break.

Here we are again with another unbeatable Flicks school holiday guide for your post-Christmas time off. This coming break sees a bunch of big cinema releases fit for the whole family, from a puss in boots to a shell in shoes. Ordered by release date, these are the family features worth keeping an eye on.

Puss in Boots: The Last Wish

Having made his grand debut in 2004’s Shrek 2 before leading his 2011 standalone feature, Puss in Boots makes a mighty return to the big screen with The Last Wish. Voiced once again by the iconic Antonio Banderas, the fearless feline finds himself on his ninth and final life. Desperate to get his other eight lives back, Puss must beat Goldilocks (Florence Pugh) and the Three Bears (Ray Winstone, Olivia Colman, Samson Kayo) as well as Big Jack Horner (John Mulaney) to a fallen star that grants a wish.

Rated PG: Mild themes, animated violence and coarse language, some scenes may scare young children

Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile

Shawn Mendes is the singing voice for a dancing crocodile in this adaptation of Bernard Waber’s popular children’s book. Revolving around the Primm family, whose youngest member is struggling to fit into his new school, the story follows the sudden lift in their lives with the introduction of this larger-than-life New York croc.

Rated G: Very mild themes and violence, some scenes may scare very young children


After befriending a magnificent wild blue groper, a young girl embarks on a life-long journey to save the world’s coral reefs in this oceanic Australian tale. An adaptation of Tim Winton’s best-selling novel, the film features Aussie screen legends Mia Wasikowska and Eric Bana as well as some stunning underwater cinematography.

Rated PG: Mild themes

Marcel the Shell With Shoes On

A24’s first animated family feature follows the video diaries of a walking, talking mollusc who uses the power of the internet to find his long-lost family. “Adorably cute, and unabashedly corny, Marcel is a life lesson in a shell,” we raved. “Framed as a faux documentary, this is a surprisingly touching tale, ideal for all, big and small, old and young.”

Rated TBC

Big Trip 2: Special Delivery

Following his turn as Pinocchio in Pinocchio: A True Story, Pauly Shore lends his voice to the sequel of the 2019 Russian animated film The Big Trip. This time, Patrick the bear and Oscar the rabbit find a lost cub and, with the help of a panda who knows kung fu, embark on a quest to find the little fella’s parents.

Rated PG: Mild themes and animated violence


Three ancient Egyptian mummies and their pet croc suddenly find themselves in modern-day London in this animated adventure comedy. When an ambitious archaeologist steals a ring from the Royal Family, it is up to the mummy family to get it back.

Rated TBC

The Amazing Maurice

In this British animated caper, the great Hugh Laurie voices a streetwise cat named Maurice. With a dumb-looking kid and a horde of literate rats on his side, Maurice attempts to execute the perfect money-making scam. The film also features the voices of Emmy nominees Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), Himesh Patel (Yesterday), and David Thewlis (Enola Holmes 2) alongside BAFTA nominee Gemma Arterton (The King’s Man).

Rated PG: Mild fantasy themes