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9 Family Movies to See This Fall

Get the release dates for family movies in theaters this fall. And put the schedule on your calendar to make a date for family fun. Here’s a brief summary of what’s coming to a theater near you:

Alpha and Omega

Alpha and OmegaRelease date: September 17
Rating: G
Starring: Justin Long, Christina Ricci, Hayden Panettiere, Dennis Hopper

In this animated comedy, two wolves on opposite sides of the social order are forced to work together to get home to their pack. Humphrey, a carefree wolf, and Kate, a leader, are caught by park rangers and sent far away from the park they call home. As the two wolves begin their journey home, which is filled with all sorts of adventures, they realize that as different as they may be, they're more alike than they could imagine. There may be a few tense scenes for younger kiddos, but overall they will enjoy the silly antics and fun of this movie.

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

LegendRelease date: September 24
Rating: PG
Starring: Hugo Weaving, Ryan Kwanten, Helen Mirren, Geoffrey Rush

Based on the series of books written by Kathryn Lasky, The Owls of Ga'Hoole follows the adventures of a barn owl, Soren, who is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, which is supposed to be an orphanage. Soren quickly learns that the young owls are being brainwashed and trained as soldiers. Soren and his friends escape and head to the island of Ga'Hoole, to help the wise owls there fight the evil owls of St. Aggie's. This film may have talking animals, but it might be a little too scary for younger viewers. It's being released in 3D, which will make it fun for older kids as the animals swoop off the screen.


Megamind_oobermindRelease date: November 5
Rating: Not yet rated
Starring: Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Jonah Hill

Megamind is the story of a villain who conquers his nemesis, the hero of Metro City named Metro Man. When there is no one to fight, Megamind becomes bored and decides to create a new nemesis he names Titan. There's just one problem: Titan would rather be a villain than a hero. Titan also dreams big and decides he wants to detroy the world. Now it's up to Megamind to stop his creation. But will he? This movie may be more fun for older kids, as the comedy might go over the heads of younger kiddos.


TangledRelease date: November 12
Rating: Not yet rated
Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi

Disney is bringing families a new twist on the classic tale of Rapunzel. Kidnapped as a baby, Princess Rapunzel has been locked in a tower her whole life. With the help of Flynn Rider, Rapunzel escapes her tower and rides off on an adventure. Now she and Flynn need to keep out of the clutches of Rapunzel's captor as she attempts to becomes royalty again. The heroine in Tangled isn't afraid to get her feet muddy and is able to take care of herself, a great message for girls everywhere. And boys will enjoy the action and antics of Flynn. Definitely looks like a fun family film!

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1

Harry_potter_deathly_hallowsRelease date: November 19
Rating: Not yet rated
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Ralph Fiennes 

Who hasn’t been anticipating the final installment of the Harry Potter movie franchise? The movie has been broken into two parts, and the first film will set the stage for the big battle between Harry and Voldemort. In this movie, we’ll see Harry and his best friends, Ron and Hermione, begin to search for the horcruxes that Voldemort is also looking for. Older kids, teens, and adults will enjoy Harry Potter quite a bit, but it will be too scary for younger viewers. Expect the film to be dark and full of action.

Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Narnia_the_voyageRelease date: December 10
Rating: PG
Starring: Ben Barnes, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley

Edmund and Lucy, along with their cousin Eustace, return to Narnia and meet up with King Caspian aboard his ship, the Dawn Treader. He is looking for the seven lost lords of Narnia and the children go with him on this adventure that will lead them into danger. Fans of the Narnia books and films will once again enjoy becoming lost in the world of Narnia. There may be some tense scenes that could upset younger children, but overall it should be appropriate for most ages.

TRON: Legacy

Tron_legacyRelease date: December 17
Rating: Not yet rated
Starring: Olivia Wilde, Michael Sheen, Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund

This sequel to the 1982 film TRON should appeal to videogamers! Sam has never quite recovered from the mysterious disappearance of his father, Kevin, who was a top video game developer. One night Sam heads to the arcade his father once owned after a signal is received that could only come from Kevin. Sam is pulled into another world, and now he and his father have to escape from the digital universe that Kevin created, but they won’t be allowed to leave easily. TRON: Legacy will be more appropriate for teenagers, possibly pre-teens. The special effects should dazzle and videogame enthusiasts will appreciate it. It’s a film from Disney, so the language and violence should be mild.

Yogi Bear

Yogi_bearRelease date: December 17
Rating: Not yet rated
Starring: Justin Timberlake, Anna Faris, Dan Akroyd, Christine Taylor

Yogi Bear comes to the big screen in this live action adventure. The “smarter than the average bear” and his pal, Boo-Boo, must try to save Jellystone Park from being closed. Along the way, they interrupt a pic-a-nic or two and have more than a few silly adventures. Yogi Bear will be suitable for all ages. Kids will get a kick out of the hijinks that Yogi and BooBoo get into, as well as the slapstick humor.

Gulliver's Travels

Gullivers TravelsRelease Date: December 22
Rating: Not yet rated
Starring: Jack Black, Jason Segel, Emily Blunt

Jonathan Swift’s beloved classic comes to life, and is updated a bit. Gulliver is a wannabe travel writer who heads to Bermuda to cover a story. Naturally he finds himself in a terrible ocean storm and wakes up on the island of Liliput, where the inhabitants are a mere six inches tall! Part of the fun comes as Gulliver introduces modern-day devices like a PDA to his new friends. Older kids, tweens, and teens will enjoy this film. The comedy and some of the scenes could be too much for younger viewers.

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Michele Johansen is a writer in Bellevue, WA. She is the co-creator of the Ruby Slipper Guide, a website that lists activities and events for families living east of Seattle and blog that delves into the foils of parenting.

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