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Kids Movies 2011 – Guide

Top 25 Best Kids Movies 2011 - Let’s take a look at the biggest and best kids movies of 2011. Family fun this year comes in the form of a Johnny Depp chameleon, a Shrek movie spin-off, Jim Carrey handling penguins, and Tintin’s state of the art return to the big screen.

Here’s our definitive guide to the best kids movies, 2011:

Gnomeo & Juliet
Release Date: 11 February 2011
Starring: (voices) James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham
Director: Kelly Asbury

Upcoming - Best 2011 Kids Movies (Family)
Retelling of Romeo and Juliet with the Montagues and Capulets reimagined as two warring families of gnomes living next door to each other. This was originally going to be a Disney film but was shut down by new chief John Lasseter after the Pixar acquisition. Elton John is now a producer and persuaded himself to put his music in the movie. Hopefully it’ll get past the pun of its title and be a proper film. From one of the three directors of Shrek 2, this is probably the only time you’ll see Jason Statham involved with Shakespeare. [Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes) – 55%] [Public (via IMDB) – 5.8/10]

Justin Bieber: Never Say Never
Release Date: 11 February 2011
Starring: Justin Bieber
Director: Jon Chu (Step Up 3D)

Best New Kids Movies 2011
Part concert film, part documentary about his roots and rise to fame, Never Say Never focuses mainly on the 10 days counting down to Bieber’s first performance at the great Madison Square Garden in New York. He’s seen doing wild rock star things like handing out tickets, dancing on stage with a fan, and praying. The people around Bieber are interviewed, but Bieber himself is not. Fans will love it, the rest of us may be mildly interested by what it’s like inside the fishbowl of fame, and how an modern pop product is marketed. [Critics – 64%] [Public – 1.3/10]

Release Date: 4 March 2011
Starring: (voices) Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Bill Nighy, Abigail Breslin, Alfred Molina
Director: Gore Verbinski

Best Family Movies 2011
Rango (Depp) is a pet chameleon who accidentally winds up in the town of Dirt, a lawless outpost in the Wild West in desperate need of a new sheriff. The movie is ILM’s first animated feature and they’ve brought a truly unique look to the animation. Rango promises to be smart, savvy and steeped in enough western genre nods to appeal to movie buffs of all ages. From the director of the original Pirates trilogy. [Critics – 88%] [Public – 7.6/10] **2nd Best Reviewed Kids Movie Of 2011** **Public’s Favourite Of The Year So Far**

Mars Needs Moms
Release Date: 11 March 2011
Starring: (voices) Seth Green, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Joan Cusack
Director: Simon Wells

9-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds out just how much he needs his mom (Joan Cusack) when she’s kidnapped by Martians planning to steal her mom-ness for their own young. Cue Milo stowing away on a spaceship, navigating an elaborate, multi-level planet and taking on the alien nation. All with the help of a tech-savvy, underground earthman named Gribble (Dan Fogler) and a rebel Martian girl. Based on the book, this is produced by the team behind A Christmas Carol and The Polar Express, using the same performance capture techniques. So expect visual splendour, and characters’ faces to occasionally look a bit zombie-like. 36-year-old Seth Green will be physically playing the 9-year-old too. [Critics – 33%] [Public – 4.3/10]

Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules
Release Date: 25 March 2011
Starring: Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, Rachael Harris, Devon Bostick
Director: Jeff Kinney

Top Kids Movies 2011
As Greg enters seventh grade, he and his older brother/chief tormentor must deal with their parents’ misguided attempts to have them bond, even as Greg tries every attempt to impress his crush, Holly Hills. Sequel to last year’s moderately successful high-school comedy. This one is based on the 2008 follow up novel, which was written in the same diary-style. Back in my day it was called The Diary Of Adrian Mole, then there was The Wonder Years – The faces change but the ideas stay the same. Expect decent entertainment here, though nothing to suggest it couldn’t have been a TV show. [Critics – 47%] [Public – 5.6/10]

Release Date: 1 April 2011
Starring: Russell Brand (voice), James Marsden, Elizabeth Perkins, Hugh Laurie (voice)
Director: Tim Hill

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On the eve of taking over the family business, the teenage son of the Easter Bunny leaves Easter Island for Hollywood to pursue his dream of becoming a drummer. There he’s hit on the road by a out of work slacker who takes him in. Soon the slacker is struggling with the world’s worst house guest, but both will have to learn what it takes to grow up as they are forced to save Easter. From the director of Alvin And The Chipmunks, this is the same live-action mixed with cgi character style, and indeed, a very similar plot. Russell Brand voices the Easter Bunny, James Marsden is the slacker. From the previews this looks awful, and the posters are trying to trick you into thinking it’s an all cg movie. [Critics – 26%] [Public – 5/10]

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  • Thom said

    Shucks you guys, I feel so special.
    I think this list goes to prove that kids are treated as second-rate citizens in movie-land. Not exactly an inspiring list of films.

    Like when I was younger, my 3 sons (aged 6, 9 & 11), all prefer watching films that are meant for older children (e.g. 12a rated films). I think Thor is definitely their favourite of the year so far and the final Harry Potter part 2 is the most highly anticipated (after recently completing our movie marathon recap of all the previous HP films 🙂 )

    We haven’t seen too many out of this list, it’s quite expensive for a family of 5 to go to the cinema so the films have to be worth it!
    Tangled: Only released in the UK at the beginning of the year. Fun for all the family, great visuals and exciting action pieces. 4 stars
    Rio: My 6 year old love it but a bit tame for my eldest (and adults). 3 stars
    Hop: This was a great idea but wasn’t executed very well. Very festive but a bit of a scrambled message (see what I did) 2 1/2 stars
    Kung Fu Panda 2: My wife took the kids to see this while I was away for the day (hate it when that happens!). They all enjoyed it equally as the first. My wife was impressed with the way the dealt with Po’s relationship with his two Dads. 4 stars

    Ones I want to show them are
    Rango: Looks visually striking and got good reviews. Also a bit obscure/different
    Diary Of A Wimpy Kid 2: We passed by the original film as it looked like usual U.S. drivel but were pleasantly surprised when my boys chose it on their DVD night. The character, Rowley, is fantastic, reminds me of Jack Black. This could be equally as fun (but still only rental calibre)
    Lion King 3D: I had an inkling Disney were going to start re-releasing their back-catalogue in 3D. Despite the obvious evil money-making scheme I don’t think Ill be able to resist. Surprised they picked the Lion King as the first one (would have preferred Aladdin) but should look impressive with all those epic vistas, not to mention the whole *SPOILERS* wildebeest/Mufasa death scene.
    Puss in Boots/Happy Feet 2: I’ll lump these in the same category. We all enjoyed the originals (except Shrek 3) so these have some potential (more so for Puss in Boots)
    Muppets: This surely can’t fail, can it? Very anticipated.
    Hugo Carbret: Really intrigued by this one. Seems like it could be quite a unique experience. 3D films work really well in the best kids movies, it adds to the fun and spectacle of it all. Scorsese will hopefully add a new angle to the field and has picked to great child actors for the leads.

    Well that distracted me from my work for a good 15 minutes, thanks Movie Moron

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    • Jay said

      It isn’t about “as second-rate citizens”. Hollywood tends to push ideas and . That the vast majority of this country doesn’t agree with. Many of us don’t want our kids sleeping with half the state before they’re married and many of us don’t want our kids cussing like low-brow gutter rats.

      A clean mouth will take you farther than a raunchy one and a commitment first view toward sex will help you avoid a number of STDs.

      I’m introducing my children to more mature movies, but I do so when it is age appropriate and they know right from wrong without me needing to point it out.

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    • Eric said

      A six year old literally does not have the capacity to decipher reality from fantasy when watching a movie like Thor. I hate to sound super conservative but the idea of ‘age appropriate’ should be based on the child’s ability to understand the content. Otherwise, all we’re doing is offering the mindless violence and big explosions that in no way serve our kids ability to thrive in the future.

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  • kctobyjoe said

    RANGO stunk; it is designed for 7 year olds
    even tho the Clint Eastwood look alike’s comment
    ‘if this was heaven we’d all be eating pop tarts with Kim Novak’ was quite amusing

    We went primarily for my SO who LOVES Johnny Depp

    Other than THAT revelation stay away even on home video

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    • Love Livvi said

      Honestly, I hated Rango and Happy Feet 2. Rango was quite slow at the beginning. Not ashamed to say I easily got bored of it. I’d say my favourite movies were Tangled and Kung Fu Panda and Toy Story. They had great humour, even if it wasn’t remotely realistic. Rio and Hop weren’t bad but I liked Hugo better as it was really a different kind of kids movie. It really had a different feel to it than other movies. It was interesting but I must say, when I was about to watch it, I thought it would be boring. That really proves the saying,’Don’t judge a book by it’s cover.’
      Just my opinion.

      12 year old, aspiring author.

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    • eviedee said

      i totally disagree with you kctobyjoe… i took my kids to see it and they really enjoyed it and so did i… i thought it was really clever and original (my kids are 9 and 12)

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      • Njrodriguez said

        I am sorry but rango was extremely boring to me and my husband. Very slow movie at the beginning not much going on we both fell asleep. . I will admit our son loved the movie and cracked up the entire time.

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  • mee murra said

    Huh the best kids movies of 2011 will be Kung fu Panda 2, Muppets and Hugo Cabret

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  • Maddie said

    I love the movie Mr Poppers Penguins It was Fantastic and i was the best i want it to be on DVD NOW and I love movie 16 Wishers it is funny and wonderful!

    I LOVE MOVIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • atay said

    Monte Carlo is an awful movie selena gomez is so cool but if they are gonna make a movie at least try. if your looking for a good kids movie from 2011 watch Cars 2 PEACE OUT!!!!!!

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  • greenzone said

    TINTIN 😀 finally! i thought they would make a movie of the books some day! imma see that, i loved the books since i was in grade school.

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  • shuzie said

    is they’re any more good kids movies?
    oh and does any 1 no any more rip offs of real movies besides disaster movie and epic movies??
    oh and prom is awsome so is the newest footloose

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  • Elena said

    puss in boots was a total crack up, but i think dreamworks is getting a little desperate for new movie ideas, i mean madagascar 3? come on!

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  • Katie said

    Happy feet 2 was AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I havn’t even seen Happy Feet and I was soooo excited to see it and it was awesome… out of all these movies I recommend this one the most… it’ll make you cry!

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  • Flu-Bird said

    RIO was way better then RANGO becuase RIO had more vibrant colors and a better storieline and more interesting chatures and JOHNNY DEPP cant act at all even playing a stupid looking lizard

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    • MintChip said

      Flu-Bird, just saying, but Johnny Depp CAN act. He’s AH-MAZING in The Pirates of the Caribbean Series. But I have to admit, Rango was horrible. GO RIO!

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  • lana said

    I love the movie Rio,it is soooo fantastic I like it more than rango because Rio has more adventures only one question is there better kids movies:-) :-)!!

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  • Martina said

    I live the movie Hop and especially Rango!

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  • Jessica said

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part 2 was totally the best movie of 2011. I absolutely loved it. I am a Harry Potter fanatic but this movie really was amazing. I have no idea why it isn’t on the list. It was amazing. They really have outdone themselves. I love harry Potter. Even Harry Potter haters will love this movie. Some of the movies listed were absolutely terrible. Such as kung Fu Panda 2, The Muppets, and Mr. Poppers Penguins. Then again that is just my opinion

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  • Alice said

    Gnomeo & Juliet was AWFUL. How can that movie possibly be listed?

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  • jaysmomma said

    Rango…worst movie on the list. lost my attention within ten minutes, was way out in left field and didn’t make much sense

    Rio gets five stars from my family. The brilliant colors keep my two year old entertained through the whole movie (everytime) so I can get homework done! Couldn’t ask for more than that.

    Husbands favorite was Kungfu Panda.

    Excited to watch Happy Feet 2 tomorrow night, family movie and pizza night. I’m sure it will be a blast for the whole family.

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