New, Original Family Movies You’ll Only Find on Netflix, Disney+ & Apple TV in 2023

The Monkey King is a new movie to stream in 2023 © Netflix

A bonus to these new movies coming in 2023? You can watch all of them from the comfort of your own home

While the hubbub of the holidays is over, the new year is here. To celebrate, there is nothing better than finding a quiet and comfortable place to gather as a family and watch a new movie. Whether you want a coming-of-age, a rom-com, or a tear-jerker, 2023 is packed with some of the best movies streaming right to your television. We are pleased to roll out a list of the best movies to stream in 2023 that includes something for everyone from parents of every generation and kids of all ages. Grab the remote, and hit play.


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Dog Gone

Dog Gone is a new movie to stream 2023
© Netflix Originals

A man and his son search for their lost dog on the Appalachian Trail in this film based on a true story. The unexpected journey also helps them to work on mending their relationship. GenX parents get to see 1980s Brat Packer Rob Lowe, who still looks as young as ever. 

Directed by: Stephen Herek
Starring: Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Rob Lowe, and Johnny Berchtold
Release date: January 13, 2023
Streaming platform: Netflix
Not Yet Rated 

True Spirit

True Spirit will be on Netflix in February 2023
© Netflix

When teenage sailor Jessica set out to be the youngest person to sail around the world unaccompanied, many said she couldn't do it. With the support of her parents and sailing coach, she managed to cross the vast oceans in just 210 days. This adventurous true story is based on Jessica Waton's memoirs.

Directed by: Sarah Spillane
Starring: Teagan Croft, Cliff Curtis, and Bridget Webb, with Josh Lawson and Anna Paquin
Release date: February 3, 2023
Streaming platform: Netflix
Rated: PG 

We Have a Ghost

We Have a Ghost is a new movie to stream in 2023
© Netflix Originals

First published as a short story on Vice.com, this family comedy focuses on a ghost named Ernest. Fans of the popular Netflix original Stranger Things will delight in seeing Police Chief Jim Hopper, played by David Harbour, in a starring role. Though originally set for release in 2022, the date was pushed back to 2023. Parents should know that We Have a Ghost may be best suited for teens due to violence and suggestive content.
 
Directed by: Christopher Landon 
Starring: Jennifer Coolidge, David Harbour, Faith Ford, and Anthony Mackie
Release date: February 24, 2023
Streaming platform: Netflix 
Rated: PG-13

 

The Magician's Elephant

The Magician's Elephant is a new movie to stream in 2023
© Netflix

Based on Newberry Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo's novel, when Peter crosses paths with a fortune teller, he only has one question to ask—is his sister Adele still alive? From there, he starts his journey to find a mysterious elephant and a magician, complete three seemingly impossible tasks, and have an adventure he'll never forget. 
 
Directed by: Wendy Rogers 
Starring: Pixie Davies, Noah Jupe, Mandy Patinkin, Benedict Wong
Release date: March 17, 2023
Streaming platform: Netflix 
Rated: PG

Leo

Leo is a new movie to stream in 2023
© Netflix

Adam Sandler stars as Leo, a 74-year-old lizard, and class pet, in this animated musical comedy about the last day of elementary school. When Leo discovers he only has one year to live, he sets out to escape and see the world. Instead, he gets caught up in the worries of his students (be on the lookout for a terrible substitute teacher), and his adventures turn out to be quite different than he originally envisioned. 

Directed by:  Robert Smigel, Robert Marianetti, David Wachtenheim
Starring: Adam Sandler, Bill Bur, Cecily Strong, Jason Alexander, Rob Schneider
Release date: November 22, 2023
Streaming platform: Netflix 
Rated: TBD

Chicken Run: Dawn of the Nugget

Chicken Run is a new movie to stream 2023
© Netflix

The 2000 stop-motion animated film Chicken Run is finally getting that sequel. Parents and kids can catch up with the chickens after they've escaped from the farm. Rocky, Ginger, Fletcher, and Babs all return and are safe and sound on their island home. Things won't remain peaceful for long though...
 
Directed by: Sam Fell
Starring: Bella Ramsey, Zachary Levi, Thandiwe Newton, Jane Horrocks, and David Bradley
Release date: Anticipated November 2023 
Streaming platform: Netflix 
Not Yet Rated

Related: Here’s What’s New on Netflix for Kids in January

The Monkey King

The Monkey King is a new movie to stream in 2023
© Netflix

Get ready for an action-packed adventure with Monkey and his magical fighting Stick! Executive-produced by iconic filmmaker and actor Stephen Chow, Monkey will fight demons, gods, wild creatures, and his own ego in this fun animated film based on the Chinese legend "Journey to the West." 

Directed by: Anthony Stacchi
Starring: Jimmy O. Yang, Bowen Yang, Jolie Hoang-Rappaport, Jo Koy, Ron Yuan, Hoon Lee, Stephanie Hsu
Release date: TBD
Streaming platform: Netflix 
Rated: TV-Y7

Spy Kids: Armageddon

The Spy Kids franchise's latest installment, a reboot, will be released sometime in 2023. While few details are available, the film will focus on a computer virus and will see the kids stepping into roles as spies to save humanity and their parents. Robert Rodriguez, who created the popular family-friend franchise, will return to direct the film. 
 
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Gina Rodriguez, Zachary Levi, Everly Carganilla, Billy Magnussen, and Connor Esterson
Release date: TBD
Streaming platform: Netflix 
Not Yet Rated

Nimona

Nimona is coming to Netflix in 2023
© Netflix

Adapted from a graphic novel of the same name and set in a techno-medieval animated world, spunky shape-shifting teen Nimona comes to the aid of a fallen knight, Lord Ballister Blackheart, to help prove his innocence, shed light on the fact that people aren't always who they seem to be and that labels don't define who we are. 

Directed by: Nick Bruno and Troy Quane
Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Riz Ahmed, Eugene Lee Yang
Release date: TBD
Streaming platform: Netflix
Not Yet Rated 

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar is a new movie to stream 2023

From the book The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar and Six More by famed children's author Roald Dahl, the film focuses on several stories with the main one focusing on the titular Henry Sugar who has some amazing abilities. The film will be director Wes Anderson's sophomore effort at adapting a Dahl book for the screen. His first was the 2009 Oscar-nominated film, Fantastic Mr. Fox
 
Directed by: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Rupert Friend
Release date: TBD
Streaming platform: Netflix 
Not Yet Rated 

The Mothership

The Mothership is a new movie to stream 2023

After her husband disappears, a woman and her two kids find a strange object of extraterrestrial origin on their farm. They must work together to find their missing father and husband and figure out what's really happening. While there is no definitive release date, Netflix has confirmed that The Mothership will be released at some point in 2023. 
 
Directed by: Matt Charman
Starring: Halle Berry, Molly Parker, Omari Hardwick, Jaiden J. Smith, and Quinn McPherson
Release date: TBD
Streaming platform: Netflix 
Not Yet Rated 

Crater

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This sci-fi flick is a coming-of-age story about a boy who goes on an adventure with four of his friends after his father dies. They go on a planetary excursion to see an epic crater.

Directed by: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Starring: Mckenna Grace, Billy Barratt, Isaiah Russell-Bailey

Release date: January 20, 2023

Streaming platform: Disney+
Not Yet Rated 

Related: All the New Family Movies Hitting Theaters in 2023

Peter Pan & Wendy

new movies to stream 2023
© Disney Original

A retelling of the timeless classic that was first brought to life by author J. M. Barrie. This version will follow Wendy and her siblings as they follow the eternal boy-child Peter Pan to Neverland, though this installment will be a bit more Wendy-centric. Peter Pan & Wendy has some big names attached including Jude Law, who plays Captain Hook, and comedian Jim Gaffigan, who plays his right-hand man, Smee. Parents should be aware that there is some violence and frightening situations.

Directed by: David Lowery
Starring: Jude Law, Jim Gaffigan, Alexander Molony, Ever Anderson, Joshua Pickering, and Jacobi Jupe
Release date: TBD
Streaming platform: Disney+
Rated: PG

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever

Wakanda Forever
© Marvel Studios

While Black Panther: Wakanda Forever was released in theaters in late 2022, it will be available to stream on Disney+ on Feb 1. The film follows the residents of Wakanda as they come to terms with King T'Challa's death and struggle to keep their home safe from harm.

Directed by: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Angela Bassett, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Danai Gurira, and Lupita Nyong’o
Release date: Feb. 1
Streaming platform: Disney+
Rated: PG-13

Chang Can Dunk

new movies to stream 2023
Disney

In this family film, a teen makes a bet that he'll be able to dunk a basketball by Homecoming. The ambitious Chang will do whatever it takes to make the basket, impress the girl he likes, and prove to his peers that he is more than just a high school nobody. Parents should be aware that there may be some language and content that may be inappropriate for younger kids. 
 

Directed by: Jingyi Shao
Starring: Bloom Li, Ben Wang, Dexter Darden, Chase Liefeld, Zoe Renee
Release date: TBD
Streaming platform: Disney+
Rated: PG

Prom Pact

new movies to stream 2023
Disney

A teen who has a life-long dream of going to Harvard realizes some things in life may be more important, like falling in love. The film takes place during prom season, a time of sticky-sweet prom proposals. While kids will be pleased with the rom-com's cast featuring some of the most popular teen stars, parents will love the main character's strength and intelligence. They will also love her mother played by none other than Wendi McLendon-Covey from the long-running television series, The Goldbergs.  
 
Directed by: Anya Adams
Starring: Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Milo Manheim, Margaret Cho, Wendi McLendon-Covey
Release date: TBD
Streaming platform: Disney+
Not Yet Rated 

Spellbound

new movies to stream 2023
© Apple Original Films

In a magical land, a girl must do the impossible—break a spell that divides the kingdom. The animated film has major talent attached, including Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, Nathan Lane, and John Lithgow. The soundtrack also promises to be magical, with composer Alan Menken attached to the project.

Directed by: Vicky Jenson
Starring: Rachel Zegler, Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, Nathan Lane, and John Lithgow
Release date: TBD
Streaming platform: Apple TV+
Not Yet Rated 

—with additional reporting by Gabby Cullen

 

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