4 family-friendly movies hitting theaters this summer


With the highly-anticipated “Finding Dory” finally hitting theaters Friday night, it’s time to look forward to a new crop of movies. Mark your calendar, buy your tickets and get ready for these movies.

“Finding Dory”

Release Date: June 17, 2016

Summary: The sequel to the 2003 Disney box office hit, “Finding Nemo,” helps everyone’s favorite blue fish find her parents a year after helping Marlin find his son Nemo. As Dory sees snippets of her past, she explores the Marine Life Institute to find her parents.


“The Secret Life of Pets”

Release Date: July 8, 2016

Summary: What do your pets do all day when you are away from home? That’s the question this movie answers as the storyline follows Max, a Manhattan dog, whose life is turned upside down when his owner brings home a new pet, a sloppy dog named Duke. Despite their differences, Max and Duke join forces to fight an adorable white bunny named Snowball who is trying to take revenge on all happy-owned pets and their owners.


“Ice Age: Collision Course”

Release Date: July 22, 2016

Summary: Once again, the “Ice Age” gang is in survival mode after Scrat chases his acorn to outer space and accidentally sets of a series of cosmic events that threaten Earth. Manny, Sid, Diego and the rest of the herd set on a journey to save their planet and their lives.

“Pete’s Dragon”


Release Date: Aug. 12, 2016

Summary: In Disney’s newest live-action installment, Disney retells the story of the 1977 film “Pete’s Dragon.” Still following the adventures of Pete, a 10-year-old orphaned boy, and Elliot, his dragon friend, the story expands on the 1977 movie.

Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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