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Summer Family Movie Preview 2011

Put the 2011 summer family movie release dates on your calendar to be first in the theaters, or if you'd simply like a reminder about a cool summer activity for the family.

Click this link to add all the family movie release dates to your Cozi calendar, in a single step. (If you've downloaded the Family Movie Release Dates iCalendar previously, you won't need to do this step again. The latest release dates will show up in your calendar automatically!)

And then grab your kids and head to the theater this summer to check out one of several terrific family-friendly films, starring everything (everyone?) from penguins to Smurfs!

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Summer Family Movies 2010 - Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

Release date: June 10

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Jordana Beatty, Heather Graham, Jaleel White

Third grader Judy Moody is determined to have the best summer ever. To accomplish this, she needs to reach 100 thrill points before her friends do. She gets help from her Aunt Opal and her brother, Stink. If Judy’s teacher looks vaguely familiar, it’s because you recognize him from ‘Family Matters.’ That’s Urkel (real name Jaleel White).



Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Summer Family Movies 2010 - Mr. Popper's Penguins

Release date: June 17

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Jim Carrey, Carla Gugin, Angela Lansbury

Based on a 1938 children’s book, Mr. Tom Popper isn’t the nicest guy. He’s done things to get ahead in the world at the expense of his morals and his family. Then he receives an unusual gift that turns his world upside-down: Six penguins! His new companions help him change for the better.



Cars 2

Summer Family Movies 2010 - Cars 2

Release date: June 24

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring the vocal talents of: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine

It's been a long time, but Lightning McQueen and Mater are back in this fun sequel. The duo do some traveling as McQueen competes in the Grand World Prix in Tokyo, London, and Italy. Joining them for the ride are Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell, two agents that sweep Mater up in a spy mission.



Zookeeper

Summer Family Movies 2011 - Zookeeper

Release date: July 8

Rating: PG

Starring: Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb

A friendly zookeeper isn’t too lucky at love, but that’s about to change as the animals he cares for decide to help him. They decide to break their code of silence, to the amazement of a few humans, and do their best to find their keeper a worthy woman.



Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Summer Family Movies 2010 - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Release date: July 15

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint

This is it, folks. The ending to the biggest franchise in Hollywood history (it’s brought in $2 billion domestically) is upon us. In this final installment, Harry and his friends continue searching for Horcruxes that hold pieces of Voldemort’s soul. There is much to anticipate in this film, including Ron and Hermione’s first kiss. Harry finally faces off with Voldemort in an epic battle at Hogwarts.



Winnie the Pooh

Summer Family Movies 2010 - Winnie the Pooh

Release date: July 15

Rating: G

Starring: John Cleese, Craig Ferguson, and Jim Cummings

Pooh and pals are back in another adventure in Hundred Acre Wood. After discovering a note from Christopher Robin, Pooh is convinced that his friend has been captured by a villain known as “Backson.” With some help from Tigger, Eeyore, Rabbit, Roo, and others, the group sets out to help Christopher.



The Smurfs

Summer Family Movies 2010 - The Smurfts

Release date: July 29

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, Hank Azaria

Your favorite blue friends are back in a mix of live action and CG animation, ready to be introduced to your little ones! After Gargamel discovers where Smurf Village is, a chase leads several Smurfs to a portal that takes them to New York City. They’re helped by a friendly couple who want to help but naturally that isn’t as easy as it seems.



Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World

Summer Family Movies 2011 - Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World

Release date: August 19

Rating: Not yet rated

Starring: Jessica Alba, Jeremy Piven

Retired spy Marissa is about to re-enter the game. It’s not easy being a stepmother to two kids who don’t really care about you while being married to man whose profession is to hunt spies. When the Timekeeper appears bent on taking over the planet, Marissa is called into service to stop him. It’s not easy wearing your baby as you stealthily stalk a villain!



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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