Cinderella official Facebook page

This past summer saw several motion pictures released with families in mind, including "How to Train Your Dragon 2" and “Maleficent,” and the rest of the year is scheduled to finish strong with more family-friendly films coming to theaters.

The month of December alone will have four potentially appealing releases: "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," "Annie," "Night at the Museum 3" and "Into the Woods."

But you may not be aware that in 2015 and 2016 at least 28 films your family may enjoy will be released.

Several live-action fairytales, new animated stories and sequels are in the works and already have release dates.

Which of these 28 films are you looking forward to?

(Editor's note: Ratings for most of these films have not yet been released. Consult a film guide, such as OK.com, to determine which releases are most appropriate for your family.)

"The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water"
Paramount Pictures/ Nickelodeon Movies

Release date: Feb. 6, 2015

Starring: Antonio Banderas

Summary: "SpongeBob goes on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes him to our dimension, our world, where he tangles with a pirate," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Paramount Pictures

"Cinderella"
Associated Press

Release date: March 13, 2015

Starring: Cate Blanchett and
Helena Bonham Carter

Summary: A live-action version of the Brothers Grimm fairytale Cinderella.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios



Photo caption: Dave Hollis, executive vice president of theatrical exhibition sales and distribution for Walt Disney Studios, talks about the upcoming Disney film release "Cinderella" during the Disney presentation on the third day of CinemaCon 2014 on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, in Las Vegas.

"Insurgent"
Divergent Series official Facebook page

Release date: March 20, 2015

Starring: Shailene Woodley and Theo James

Summary: A sequel to "Divergent," continuing the story of Tris Prior.

Distributor: Summit Entertainment

"Home"
DreamWorks

Release date: March 27, 2015

Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Steve Martin

Summary: "When Earth is taken over by the overly confident Boov, an alien race in search of a new place to call home, all humans are promptly relocated while all Boov get busy reorganizing the planet," according to Dreamworks Animation.

Production company: Dreamworks Animation

"Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2"
Columbia Pictures

Release date: April 17, 2015

Starring: Kevin James and Rani Rodriguez

Summary: "The sequel follows James' Paul Blart who attends a Security Guard Expo in Las Vegas with his daughter," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Columbia Pictures

Photo caption: A movie poster of the 2009 release "Paul Blart: Mall Cop."

"Avengers: Age of Ultron"
Marvel

Release date: May 1, 2015

Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson

Summary: "The Avengers reassemble to battle the sentient robot known as Ultron," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios

"Tomorrowland"
Walt Disney Pictures

Release date: May 22, 2015

Starring: George Clooney, Judy Greer and Tim McGraw

Summary: "Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank, jaded by disillusionment, and Casey, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as 'Tomorrowland,' "
according to Disney.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios

"Jurassic World"
Universal Pictures

Release date: June 12, 2015

Starring: Chris Pratt, Judy Greer and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Summary: The plot is unknown.

Distributors: Universal Pictures

"Inside Out"
Walt Disney Studios / Pixar

Release date: June 19, 2015

Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Mindy Kaling and Phyllis Smith

Summary: "Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions ... The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley’s mind, where they help advise her through everyday life," according to Pixar.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios, Pixar Animation Studios

"Minions"
Despicable Me official Facebook page

Release date: July 10, 2015

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Steve Carell, Jon Hamm

Summary: "Gru is recruited by an organization to stop Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Universal Pictures

"Ant-man"
Marvel

Release date: July 17, 2015

Starring: Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly

Summary: "A scientist enlists a thief to safeguard his size-changing technology, and also to create a superhero who will defend the world," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Studios

"Pan"
Associated Press

Release date: July 17, 2015

Starring: Hugh Jackman and Amanda Seyfried

Summary: A live-action production of the magical tale of Peter Pan written by Scottish novelist and playwright J. M. Barrie.

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Photo caption: Amanda Seyfried will play the role of Mary and Hugh Jackman will play the role of Blackbeard in Warner Brothers' "Pan."

"The Jungle Book"
blogs.disney.com

Release date: Oct. 9, 2015

Starrting: Christopher Walken, Scarlett Johansson and Ben Kingsley

Summary: A live-action and animation retelling of the young boy Mowgli and his adventures written by English author Rudyard Kipling.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios

Photo caption: Ten-year-old Neel Sethi will play the role of Mowgli in Walt Disney's "The Jungle Book."

"Peanuts"
Blue Sky official Facebook page

Release date: Nov. 6, 2015

Starring: Bill Melendez

Summary: "For the first time ever, Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the gang we know and love from Charles Schulz's timeless 'Peanuts' comic strip will be making their big-screen debut like they've never been seen before in a CG-Animated Feature film in 3D," according to peanutsmovie.com.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

"The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2"
"Mockingjay – Part 1" official Facebook page

Release date: Nov. 20, 2015

Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and Philip Seymour Hoffman

Summary: "After being symbolized as the 'Mockingjay,' Katniss Everdeen and District 13 engage in an all-out revolution against the autocratic Capitol," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Lionsgate

"The Good Dinosaur"
Walt Disney Studios

Release date: Nov. 25, 2015

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Judy Greer and John Lithgow

Summary: " 'The Good Dinosaur' asks the generations-old question: What if the cataclysmic asteroid that forever changed life on Earth actually missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct?" according to Walt Disney Studios.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios, Pixar Animation Studios

"Star Wars: Episode VII"
Star Wars official Instagram account

Release date: Dec. 18, 2015

Starring: Harrison Ford, Andy Serkis, Gwendoline Christie, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill

Summary: "A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas set 30 years after 'Return of the Jedi,' " according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios

"Kung Fu Panda 3"
Kung Fu Panda official Facebook page

Release date: Dec. 23, 2015

Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie and Seth Rogen

Summary: The plot is unknown at this time.

Distributor: DreamWorks Animation

Photo caption: Image from "Kung Fu Panda 2."

"The Nut Job 2"
The Nut Job official Facebook page

Release date: Jan. 15, 2016

Starring: Will Arnett

Summary: The plot is unknown at this time.

Distributor: Open Road Films

Photo caption: Image comes from "The Nut Job."

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice"
Warner Bros.

Release date: May 6, 2016

Starring: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill and Amy Adams

Summary: The plot is unknown at this time.

Distributor: Warner Bros.

"Captain America 3"
Captain America official Facebook page

Release date: May 6, 2016

Starring: Cast not yet released.

Summary: The plot is unknown at this time.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios, Marvel Entertainment

Photo caption: Movie poster for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

"Through the Looking Glass"
Alice in Wonderland official Facebook page

Release date: May 27, 2016

Starring: Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter

Summary: A sequel to Walt Disney's "Alice in Wonderland."

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios

Photo caption: "Alice in Wonderland" movie poster.

"Finding Dory"
Walt Disney Studios

Release date: June 16, 2016

Starring: Ellen DeGeneres, Diane Keaton, Albert Brooks and Ty Burrell

Summary: A sequel to "Finding Nemo"

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios, Pixar Animation

"How to Train Your Dragon 3"
"How to Train Your Dragon 2"

Release date: June 17, 2016

Starring: Jay Baruchel

Summary: The plot has not yet been revealed.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks

Photo caption: Image from "How to Train Your Dragon 2."

"The BFG"
roalddahl.com

Release date: July 1, 2016

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Summary: Based on the novel by Roald Dahl.

Distributor: Walt Disney Studios

"Tarzan"
Associated Press

Release date: July 1, 2016

Starring: Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson

Summary: "Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Warner Bros.

Photo caption: Margot Robbie will play the role of Jane and the role of Tarzan will be played by Alexander Skarsgard in Warner Brothers' "Tarzan."

"Ice Age 5"
Twentieth Century Fox

Release date: July 15, 2016

Starring: Ray Romano, Queen Latifah and John Leguizamo

Summary: The plot is unknown.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox

Photo caption: Movie poster from "Ice Age: Continental Drift."

"Trolls"
Associated Press

Release date: Nov. 4, 2016

Starring: Anna Kendrick

Summary: "How the Trolls came into their vibrant and colorful hair," according to IMDb.com.

Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox, DreamWorks Animation

Photo caption: Stock photo of troll dolls.