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10 New Family Movies in 2011

Does your family love movies? Then plan a night out to catch one of these ten new family movies, all released before summer.

There's plenty to choose from: a few sequels involving pandas, pirates or wimpy kids, a couple new takes on old tales, and even a nature documentary for Earth Day.

Plus, instantly add all the family movie release dates to your Cozi calendar with the Family Movie iCalendar.

Gnomeo and Juliet

Family Movies - Gnomeo and Juliet

Release date: February 11

Rating: G

Starring: James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Maggie Smith

Garden gnomes are the latest objects to come alive when the humans are away in this animated comedy. This one is from the director of Shrek 2 and features the music of Elton John. It looks like you'll get lots of adventure among neighboring yards peppered with bits of reference to the almost namesake Shakespeare romance.

 

Rango

Family Movies - Rango

Release date: March 4

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Johnny Depp, Isla Fisher, Timothy Olyphant

Rango is the new chameleon in town in this animated comedy. It's set in the Old West, where Rango arrives and takes on the role of good guy to save the town called Dirt.

 

Beastly

Family Movies - Beastly

Release date: March 4

Rating: PG-13

Starring: Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Hudgens, Mary-Kate Olsen, Neil Patrick Harris

Beastly is another take on the Beauty and the Beast tale. In this one, the rich, popular, arrogant kid in high school is the one transformed from good-looking to hideous.

 

Mars Needs Moms

Family Movies - Mars Needs Moms

Release date: March 11

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler

Based on a picture book of the same name by Berkeley Breathed, Mars Needs Moms is the story of a nine-year-old boy who has to travel to Mars to realize what is special about mothers.

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

Family Movies - Diary of a Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules

Release date: March 25

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Zachary Gordon, Devon Bostick, Robert Capron

Rodrick Rules is the second book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Written in the form of journal entries, these humorous novels appeal widely to young boys. Greg Heffley is the main character and this story centers on his woes with older brother, Rodrick.

 

Rio

Family Movies - Rio

Release date: April 15

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris, Rodrigo Santoro, George Lopez, Jake T. Austin

Rio is a new animated film from the makers of the Ice Age movies. This one is set in Rio de Janeiro and follows a macaw bird who learns he is not the last one of his kind.

 

African Cats

Family Movies - African Cats

Release date: April 22

Rating: Not yet rated

Looking for a nature movie to see on Earth Day? Here it is! This nature documentary follows a family of lions in the African savannah and it's being released on April 22, Earth Day.

 

Prom

Family Movies - Prom

Release date: April 29

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonell, Yin Chang, De’Vaughn Nixon

It's being billed as a comedy but expect lots of high school relationship drama to abound in this film about the big night.

 

Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides

Family Movie - Pirates of the Caribbean

Release Date: May 20

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Ian McShane

Yes, we're up to number four in the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Apparently, Captain Jack Sparrow searches for the fountain of youth in this latest story.

 

Kung Fu Panda 2

Kung Fu Panda 2

Release Date: May 27

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen

Expect more of the lovable Panda from the first Kung Fu Panda. He's now a kung fu master on a new adventure to fight evil.

 

Instantly Add All the Family Movie Release Dates to Your Cozi Calendar:

1. Click on this link to open your Cozi Calendar options where you can add an Internet calendar of your own. (You may need to sign into your Cozi account first.)

2. Right click on the link below and select 'Copy link location' or 'Copy shortcut':

Family Movie Release Dates iCalendar

3. Then paste into the Calendar URL text box on your Cozi Calendar options page (You may need to scroll down to see the text box.) and click 'Add.'

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