Kids Movies 2011 – Guide26.06.11 # Movie Releases # 33 Comments
Spy Kids: All The Time In The World
Release Date: 19 August 2011
Starring: Rowan Blanchard, Mason Cook, Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven, Antonio Banderas
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Amazingly it’s been 8 years since the third film. Now the OSS has become the world’s top spy agency, while the Spy Kids department has become defunct. A retired spy (Jessica Alba) is thrown back into the action along with her stepchildren when a maniacal Timekeeper (Jeremy Piven) attempts to take over the world. Previous stars Carmen and Juni are now grown ups, so will provide gadgets to the new kids. The movie boasts that it’s 4D, meaning some 3D screens will also have smell-o-vision, achieved by handing out cards with eight aromas on them. This is one of the most creative writer-directors around (Robert Rodriguez) making movies for his own kids, should be good fun.
The Lion King 3D
Release Date: 19 August 2011
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jeremy Irons, James Earl Jones
Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
3D re-release of Disney’s 1994 animated classic.
A Dolphin’s Tale
Release Date: 23 September 2011
Starring: Nathan Gamble, Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Morgan Freeman
Director: Charles Martin Smith
A boy befriends an injured dolphin that lost its tail in a crab trap, and tires to persuade everyone around him to help save it by creating a prosthetic tail replacement. Harry Connick Jr. plays a vet who rescues the mammal and brings it to his marine hospital. Ashley Judd plays the boy’s mother, while Morgan Freeman is a doctor with knowledge of prosthetic limbs. Sounds a bit like Free Willy. Inspired by a true story at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, with a strong special needs message, this is shot in 3D by the director of Air Bud.
Puss In Boots
Release Date: 4 November 2011
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton
Director: Chris Miller
It’s a Shrek spin-off, but except for Puss (Banderas) this features all new characters. In fact, it doesn’t overlap with Shrek much at all, focusing on the swashbuckling cat’s 3D adventures before he appeared in Shrek 2. Kitty Softpaws (Hayek) is Puss’s female counterpart and love interest. Humpty Dumpty (Galifianakis, good casting) is a mastermind intent on stealing golden eggs from a special goose. Billy Bob Thornton voices Jack, of Jack & Jill fame. Unfortunately it’s from the director of Shrek the Third, arguably the worst of the series.
Happy Feet Two
Release Date: 18 November 2011
Starring: Elijah Wood, Robin Williams, Pink, Alecia Moore, Elizabeth Daily
Director: George Miller
Master tap-dancing penguin Mumble (Wood) has a problem – his son is reluctant to dance and has another role model, a charismatic puffin who can fly. Add to that a devastating outside threat that Mumble will only be able to fight by bringing the creatures of Antarctica together. The director of the original returns, hopefully this will be more cohesive than the first. Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman are gone, but Brad Pitt and Matt Damon have roles as tiny krill. Brittany Murphy voiced Mumble’s love interest Gloria in the original, but sadly passed away in 2009. Pink now has the role, and will contribute a song. The movie will be preceded by a Looney Tunes short called Daffy’s Rhapsody.