What To Watch This Weekend With Kids And Family May 17-19, 2024: Thelma The Unicorn, IF and more

IF you’re thinking of going to the theater this weekend, there’s really only one choice.
Cailey Fleming and BLUE star in Paramount Pictures' "IF." - credit: Paramount Pictures
Cailey Fleming and BLUE star in Paramount Pictures' "IF." - credit: Paramount Pictures /

It’s another slim pickings week for families when it comes to new shows and movies on streaming, as well as in theaters. But the drought is lessening with the beginning of the summer movie season, kicking off family-wise with IF.

On TV, you’ve got a new movie – Thelma the Unicorn – as well as a new episode of Doctor Who, and a reboot of The Fairly Oddparents to look forward to. Heck, we’re more excited for that than Cosmo and Wanda after snorting a bunch of candy.

So let’s get into the rundown of what’s new to watch with kids and family this weekend.


Doctor Who

There’s a new episode of Who on Disney+ this weekend, titled “Boom.” While the first two episodes were fun for kids, this one seems a little more tense as the Doctor (Ncuti Gatwa) gets caught when he steps on a mine. But for the Who heads in the crowd, former showrunner Steven Moffat returns to write this one and that’s an event in and of itself.

Where to stream: Disney+

Thelma The Unicorn

A brand new animated movie based on the book by Aaron Blabey (The Bad Guys), Thelma focuses on a pony who pretends to be a unicorn so she can become a famous pop star. When it works, she might need to own up and tell the truth.

Where to stream: Netflix

The Fairly Oddparents: A New Wish

I am well aware of how dates work, and this doesn’t premiere on Nickelodeon until 4:30pm on Monday, May 20, 2024. However, consider this a heads up that the now CGI series features a brand new wisher for Cosmo and Wanda to help/annoy.

Where to watch: Nickelodeon



The biggest new release for families stars Ryan Reynolds and Cailey Fleming as a man and a girl (descriptive, I know) who team up to help pair a bunch of sad, lonely imaginary friends with new children. The John Krasinski written and directed film stars a slew of big names from Steve Carrell, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and more.

Kung Fu Panda 4

This movie came out on March 8, been available for home viewing since April 9, and is still running in multiple theaters, multiple times a day. Who is still going to the theaters to see this? Who???

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind 40th Anniversary

Playing as part of the annual Studio Ghibli Fest, this classic will only be playing on Sunday, May 19 and Tuesday, May 21 in select theaters. A beautiful eco-fairy tale directed by the master, Hayao Miyazaki.

Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 25th Anniversary Re-Release

Enough time has passed that we now love the first Star Wars prequel. And full disclosure, I saw it in theaters four times when it came out. Yes, the bad parts are very bad. But pod-racing and the final fight with Darth Maul are honestly worth spending the cash to see on the big screen. Go see it on Sunday to celebrate the actual anniversary of the film!

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