Starting in February, there are animated family movies coming out, so kids can enjoy movies just as much as adults this year. From “Gnomeo and Juliet” to “Alvin and the Chipmunks,” children and families alike can spend more of their hard-earned money at movie theaters.
Here are some can’t-miss movies for children in 2011.
“Kung Fu Panda 2”
A runaway hit in 2008, the original “Kung Fu Panda” was hilarious, heartwarming, and had lush visuals in computer generated animation. Now the second installment expands on the original as Po the Panda and the Furious Five join up with other kung fu masters to battle evil. Po and his friends team up with Master Croc (Jean-Claude Van Damme) to take on Lord Shen (Gary Oldman). “Kung Fu Panda 2” came out March 26.
“Mr. Popper’s Penguins”
The always-hilarious Jim Carrey stars in this movie, which mixes computer animation with live action in this take on a popular children’s book. Carrey plays Mr. Popper, a business man who inherits six penguins. When he tries to mix his professional life with six penguins, things go awry for him and his family. “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” arrives June 17.
Lightning McQueen and Mater the Tow Truck are secret agents who go up against the world’s fastest cars to take down the evil Finn McMissile. The best friends are tested as McMissile pits them against each other to try to take over the world with oil. John Turturro, Bruce Campbell and Eddie Izzard also have voices. “Cars 2” will be released June 24.
Kevin James stars in this movie about animals in the zoo who decide they can talk their zookeeper friend into falling in love with a woman he has his eye on. Much like “Mr. Popper’s Penguins,” this film will be zany as animals try to interact with humans. The movie will be released July 8.
“Winnie the Pooh”
“Winnie the Pooh” gets remade in traditional two dimensional animation. New voices including Craig Ferguson as Owl and Tom Kenny as Rabbit. Disney’s classic comes out July 15.
“Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World”
The fourth installment involves time travel and the most famous spy family in the world. Directed by Robert Rodriguez, much of the original cast returns including Antonio Banderas, Alexa Vega, Danny Trejo and Daryl Sabara. This movie is out in August.
Later in the year there are “Happy Feet 2” and “The Muppets” in November, as well as the third “Alvin and the Chipmunks” movie around Christmas.