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Kids Movies 2011 – Guide

The Muppets
Release Date: 23 November 2011
Starring: Amy Adams, Jason Segel, Kermit The Frog, Chris Cooper
Director: James Bobin

Gary (Jason Segel) and his Muppet roommate ‘Walter’ help Kermit and Co. get back together and put on a show to save the Muppet Theater when it is scheduled to be destroyed. New character Walter (pictured above holding the ipod) is a huge fan of the Muppets, even though he is a Muppet himself. Rumour is he will be voiced by Michael Cera. There will be cameos from Jack Black, Emily Blunt, Zach Galifianakis, Ricky Gervais, Danny Trejo and Jean-Claude Van Damme, amongst others. It’s great to see The Muppets back on the big screen.

Arthur Christmas
Release Date: 23 November 2011
Starring: James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Jim Broadbent, Bill Nighy
Directors: Sarah Smith, Barry Cook

Santa (Jim Broadbent) has an ultra-high-tech operation hidden beneath the North Pole in order to deliver billions of presents in one night, and this year he’s giving his son, Arthur (James McAvoy), a special mission that must be completed before Christmas morning. The movie’s title used to be Operation: Rudolph, so that might be some clue. From UK animators Aardman, whose last cgi feature was Flushed Away. Lead voice actor McAvoy isn’t too interesting or funny on the mic, but hopefully this will have the imagination of Aardman’s claymation features Chicken Run and Wallace And Gromit.

Hugo Cabret
Release Date: 23 November 2011
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Jude Law
Director: Martin Scorsese

Fantasy-adventure based on Brian Selznick’s part-novel part-comic about an orphan boy in the 1930′s living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station where he maintains the clocks, and thieves to survive. When Hugo encounters a broken automaton, an eccentric girl (Kick-Ass’s Chloë Moretz), and the reserved man who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a magical adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. Sacha Baron Cohen plays the station inspector. This is director Martin Scorsese’s first 3D film, and if anyone can bring some art to the form it’s him.

Alvin And The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Release Date: 11 December 2011
Starring: (voices) Matthew Gray Gubler, Amy Poehler, Jesse McCartney
Director: Mike Mitchell

The Chipmunks and the Chipettes are on vacation aboard a luxury cruise ship, turning the place into their personal playground, until they become ‘chip-wrecked’ on a desert island. As Dave frantically searches for them, they do what they do best – sing, dance and wreak havoc. But they’re in for a surprise when they embark on an island adventure with their new friend, a castaway who’s more than a match for them. If you’ve seen the previous two movies you know what to expect. It appears the reluctant Jason Lee has left the series? Not surprising since in the last movie he “broke his leg” and had to “recover off-screen”.

The Adventures Of Tintin: Secret Of The Unicorn
Release Date: 23 December 2011
Starring: (voices) Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Daniel Craig
Director: Steven Spielberg

Spielberg’s first animated movie is a performance-capture 3D depiction of Tintin’s (Jamie Bell) first encounter with Captain Haddock (Andy Serkis). After finding a clue to the treasure of ancestor Sir Francis Haddock, they set out together to find it, with protection from a prison escapee. Simon Pegg and Nick Frost voice near-identical detectives Thompson and Thomson. Daniel Craig voices villainous pirate Red Rackham. Producer Peter Jackson, whose Weta Digital is doing the animation, will direct the sequel. Spielberg and Jackson then hope to co-direct a third film.

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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 :D 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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