Animated and Family Films
How to Train Your Dragon
Based on the children's book of the same name, this 3D computer-animated adventure from DreamWorks was written and directed by Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders, who made Lilo & Stitch 73 for Disney. The story centers on a viking society where fighting dragons is a way of life, until one teenage boy learns to befriend, rather than destroy, the creatures.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
A live-action adaptation of the best-selling illustrated novel series, Wimpy follows middle school student Greg Heffley (Zachary Gordon) over the course of a school year.
Perhaps the most accurate title of 2010, the documentary Babies features exactly that and nothing more. The film tracks the first year in the life of four different infants, in different parts of the world (San Francisco, Tokyo, Mongolia, and Namibia).
The long-running newspaper comic strip gets its first big-screen adaptation in this live-action/animation hybrid starring the voice of Owen Wilson. Please don't force them to make a sequel.
A computer-animated comedy from Universal's new animation brand Illumination Entertainment, Despicable Me follows the rivalry between the world's two top-ranked supervillains. The promising vocal cast includes Steve Carell, Will Arnett, Jason Segel and Kristen Wiig.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
In theory, this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced family adventure is based on the classic Mickey Mouse short in Disney's Fantasia. In reality, all that it shares is a title and a vague resemblance to the Goethe poem that served as its inspiration. It's a missed opportunity, really -- who wouldn't want to see Nicolas Cage play Mickey. Instead, Cage portrays a master sorcerer in present-day Manhattan who takes on a college student (Jay Baruchel) as his assistant.
Ramona and Beezus
An attempt by Walden Media to launch a new franchise based on Beverly Cleary's beloved series of children's books, this comedy stars unknown child actor Joey King and is directed by Elizabeth Allen, whose only other film is 2006's Aquamarine 51.
Director Rob Reiner aims for a younger audience with this period tween romance (it's set during the late 1950s) based on Wendelin Van Draanen's he-said, she-said novel.
Guardians of Ga'Hoole
This epic CGI animated fantasy based on the first three installments in Kathryn Lasky's children's book series about talking owls is the first attempt at a family film for 300 director Zack Snyder.
Alpha and Omega 3D
This animated adventure from Lionsgate and little-known Crest Animation Productions centers on two wolves who have opposite personalities but must work together to reunite with their pack. (Overwhelmingly original, we know.) Hayden Panettiere and Justin Long provide voices.
With a premise that, on the surface, sounds a lot like another 2010 animated release (Despicable Me), this DreamWorks computer-animated comedy (which is on its third title) centers on dueling supervillains. Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Tina Fey provide voices.
How has Disney not made this classic Brothers Grimm fairytale into a movie already? Mandy Moore voices the long-haired princess in this animated musical adaptation, which aims to be in the style of traditional Disney classics despite using computer animation. The 1960s rock-inspired score comes from composer Alan Menken.
Dan Aykroyd provides the voice of Yogi, and Justin Timberlake that of Boo-Boo, in this live-action/CGI adaptation of the classic Hanna-Barbera animated series about picnic basket-stealing bears in Jellystone Park. Could it be this year's Avatar? (Hint: no.)
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