The Noblesville Parks Department invites residents to travel to faraway places including the islands, New York City and Gotham City, while making friends with a giant, a stork and many other fun characters during the 2017 Movies in the Park Series. Beginning with Disney's "Moana" today, the annual film series provides six consecutive weeks of free screenings and animated enjoyment for the entire family.

"The Movies in the Park Series has been an ongoing tradition in Noblesville for a number of years. Attendees can enjoy family friendly movies, bring a blanket, their dinner or snacks and enjoy an evening of cinema at Noblesville's beautiful and historic Forest Park and at the city's newest urban park, Federal Hill Commons," said Mike Hoffmeister, Noblesville assistant Parks director Mike Hoffmeister.

The movies will begin at dusk and will be projected on a 30-foot inflatable movie screen. The first five movies will be shown at Shelter 1 at Forest Park and the final movie of the series, "Sing," will be shown on the big screen at First Merchants Pavilion at Federal Hill Commons. Light concessions will be available for purchase at all movies. This year's schedule includes:

Saturday, Aug. 12 - Moana (PG, 113 minutes)

"Moana," is a Disney animation about an adventurous teenager who is inspired to leave the safety and security of her island on a daring journey to save her people. Inexplicably drawn to the ocean, Moana convinces the mighty demigod Maui to join her mission. Together, they voyage across the open ocean on an action-packed adventure, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds, and along the way, Moana fulfills her quest and discovers the one thing she's always sought: her own identity. Voiced by Auliʻi Cravalho and Dwayne Johnson.

Saturday, Aug. 19 - The Secret Life of Pets (PG, 90 min.)

Two mismatched mutts get lost in NYC due to their feuding and must find their way home. During their journey, they encounter a vicious bunny who plans to lead a group of abandoned pets on a mission of revenge against humanity. Voiced by Louis C.K., Kevin Hart, Eric Stonestreet, Ellie Kemper and Lake Bell.

Saturday, Aug. 26 - The Lego Batman Movie (PG, 104 min.)

In the irreverent spirit of fun that made The LEGO Movie a worldwide phenomenon, the self-described leading man of that ensemble, LEGO Batman, stars in his own big screen adventure, where he tries to save the city from The Joker's hostile takeover. Voiced by Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, Rosario Dawson and Ralph Fiennes.

Saturday, Sept. 2 - The BFG (PG, 117 min.)

Orphan meets a "big friendly giant," and together they explore a magical world and collect dreams. Later, the pair try to warn the Queen of England about the threat posed by the other giants, who, unlike the vegetarian BFG, eat children. Voice by Mark Rylance, Ruby Barnhill, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton and Jemaine Clement.

Saturday, Sept. 9 - Storks (PG, 89 min.)

A stork and his human pal must team up to transport a baby girl to her expectant family, despite the fact that storks now work as couriers for an Internet merchant after getting out of the baby-delivery business. Voiced by Andy Samberg, Katie Crown, Kelsey Grammer, Jennifer Aniston and Ty Burrell.

Friday, Sept. 15 - Sing (PG, 108 min.)

A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine. Voiced by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson and John C. Reilly. This movie will be shown at the First Merchants Pavilion at Federal Hill Commons, 175 Logan Street.

"We also want to thank our sponsors whose financial assistance make this series possible: Walmart, Logan Street Signs & Banners, Williams Comfort Air and Hamilton County Tourism," Hoffmeister said.

For more information, contact the parks department at (317) 776-6350.