What to watch in January on TV, streaming and Blu-ray
It’s cold outside, so you might spend more time indoors. After you’ve put away the board games, coloring books and other activities, the good news is that there are plenty of new releases in family entertainment this month.
Say goodbye to Peter Parker and his web-slinging adventures when “Ultimate Spider-Man” airs its very last episode Jan. 7 on Disney XD.
“Mickey and the Roadster Racers” premieres Jan. 15 on Disney Junior.
The season finale of “Girl Meets World” will air Jan. 20 on The Disney Channel.
New to streaming and Blu-ray
Netflix adds several kid-friendly movies Jan. 1, including “Bee Movie,” “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” “Nancy Drew,” “Superman: The Movie” and “The Parent Trap (1961).”
“The Powerpuff Girls” entire classic animated series will land on Hulu Jan. 1.
These family films will also be added to Hulu’s selections Jan. 1: “Explorers,” “Happily N’Ever After,” “Happily N’Ever After 2,” “Norm of the North,” and “Open Season.”
“Happy Feet” and “Norm of the North” are being added to Amazon Prime Video Jan. 1.
“Alpha and Omega 7” debuts on Netflix Jan. 7.
The animated sci-fi adventure “Ratchet and Clank” gets added to Netflix Jan. 9.
The Disney classic “Pinocchio” will re-release on digital and Blu-ray Jan. 10.
“Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass” starring Johnny Depp comes to Netflix Jan. 11. This wacky sequel is even more kid-friendly than the first film by Tim Burton.
Netflix is also adding some new original series geared toward youth in January. The animated “Tarzan and Jane” premieres its first season Jan. 6. Aimed at ages 5 – 10, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic jungle tale gets a modern makeover as Tarzan and Jane team up to solve various crimes.
For older kids who love to read, “A Series of Unfortunate Events” has been turned into an original TV series for the streaming service, debuting Jan. 13. Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket and starring Neil Patrick Harris, the show recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus and Sunny — whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance.
The animated movie “Surf’s Up,” about a penguin who becomes a surfing champion, sees a sequel, “Surf’s Up 2: Wave Mania,” release on digital and Blu-ray on Jan. 17.
The animated movie “Guardians of Oz” comes to digital and Blu-ray Jan. 24.
“Kazoops!” debuts its second season Jan. 27 on Netflix. This computer-animated series is all about a little boy who finds adventure wherever he goes — with his pet pig by his side.
The brand new “Thomas & Friends: Extraordinary Engines” will release on digital and Blu-ray Jan. 31.
Coming to theaters
“A Monster Calls” Jan. 6: Based on the award-winning young adult novel, this movie sees Liam Neeson voice the monster in question, who comes to life through a 12-year-old boy’s imagination to help him deal with his mother’s terminal illness and bullying at school.
“Monster Trucks” Jan. 13: This wacky-looking family film blends CGI and live action to tell the story of a young mechanic who befriends an alien, who hides in and powers the engine of his truck.
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