Best Family Movies of 2000

1.

The Emperor's New Groove

6.1

Kuzco is a self-centered emperor who summons Pacha from a village and to tell him that his home will be destroyed to make room for Kuzco's new summer home. Kuzco's advisor, Yzma, tries to poison Kuzco and accidentally turns him into a llama, who accidentally ends up in Pacha's village. Pacha offers to help Kuzco if he doesn't destroy his house, and so they form an unlikely partnership.

Starring: David Spade, John Goodman, Eartha Kitt, Patrick Warburton, Wendie Malick
Directed by: Mark Dindal
Release date: 2000-12-09
2.

The Road to El Dorado

5.8

After a failed swindle, two con-men end up with a map to El Dorado, the fabled "city of gold," and an unintended trip to the New World. Much to their surprise, the map does lead the pair to the mythical city, where the startled inhabitants promptly begin to worship them as gods. The only question is, do they take the worshipful natives for all they're worth, or is there a bit more to El Dorado than riches?

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Kevin Kline, Rosie Perez, Armand Assante, Edward James Olmos
Directed by: Bibo Bergeron, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Don Paul
Release date: 2000-03-31
3.

Chicken Run

5.6

Having been hopelessly repressed and facing eventual certain death at the British chicken farm where they are held, Ginger the chicken along with the help of Rocky the American rooster decide to rebel and lead their fellow chickens in a great escape from the murderous farmers Mr. and Mrs. Tweedy and their farm of doom.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Julia Sawalha, Miranda Richardson, Timothy Spall, Imelda Staunton
Directed by: Peter Lord, Nick Park
Release date: 2000-06-21
4.

Dinosaur

5.4

An orphaned dinosaur raised by lemurs joins an arduous trek to a sancturary after a meteorite shower destroys his family home.

Starring: D. B. Sweeney, Alfre Woodard, Ossie Davis, Max Casella, Hayden Panettiere
Directed by: Ralph Zondag, Eric Leighton
Release date: 2000-05-19
5.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas

5.3

Inside a snowflake exists the magical land of Whoville. In Whoville, live the Whos, an almost mutated sort of Munchkin-like people. All the Whos love Christmas, yet just outside of their beloved Whoville lives the Grinch. The Grinch is a nasty creature that hates Christmas, and plots to steal it away from the Whos, whom he equally abhors. Yet a small child, Cindy Lou Who, decides to try befriending the Grinch.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Taylor Momsen, Jeffrey Tambor, Christine Baranski, Bill Irwin
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2000-11-17
6.

My Dog Skip

4.9

A shy boy is unable to make friends in Yazoo City, Mississippi in 1942, until his parents give him a terrier puppy for his ninth birthday. The dog, which he names Skip, becomes well known and loved throughout the community and enriches the life of the boy, Willie, as he grows into manhood. Based on the best-selling Mississippi memoir by the late Willie Morris.

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Diane Lane, Kevin Bacon, Luke Wilson, Chaon Cross
Directed by: Jay Russell
Release date: 2000-01-14
7.

Titan A.E.

4.9
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A young man finds out that he holds the key to restoring hope and ensuring survival for the human race, while an alien species called the Dredge are bent on mankind's destruction.
Starring: Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, Drew Barrymore, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane
Directed by: Gary Goldman, Don Bluth
Release date: 2000-06-16
8.

The Tigger Movie

4.6

Winnie the Pooh, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo, and Rabbit are preparing a suitable winter home for Eeyore, the perennially dejected donkey, but Tigger's continual bouncing interrupts their efforts. Rabbit suggests that Tigger go find others of his kind to bounce with, but Tigger thinks "the most wonderful thing about tiggers is" he's "the only one!" Just in case though, the joyously jouncy feline sets out to see if he can find relatives.

Starring: Jim Cummings, Nikita Hopkins, Ken Sansom, John Fiedler, Peter Cullen
Directed by: Jun Falkenstein
Release date: 2000-02-11
9.

The Kid

4.6

Powerful businessman Russ Duritz is self-absorbed and immersed in his work. But by the magic of the moon, he meets Rusty, a chubby, charming 8-year-old version of himself who can't believe he could turn out so badly -- with no life and no dog. With Rusty's help, Russ is able to reconcile the person he used to dream of being with the man he's actually become.

Starring: Bruce Willis, Spencer Breslin, Emily Mortimer, Lily Tomlin, Chi McBride
Directed by: Jon Turteltaub
Release date: 2000-07-07
10.

The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea

4.2

Set several years after the first film, Ariel and Prince Eric are happily married with a daughter, Melody. In order to protect Melody from the Sea Witch, Morgana, they have not told her about her mermaid heritage. Melody is curious and ventures into the sea, where she meets new friends. But will she become a pawn in Morgana's quest to take control of the ocean from King Triton?

Starring: Jodi Benson, Samuel E. Wright, Tara Strong, Pat Carroll, Buddy Hackett
Directed by: Jim Kammerud
Release date: 2000-01-23
11.

Digimon: The Movie

4.0

The first story focused on Tai and Kari Kamiya four years before their adventure in the Digital World. It shows their first encounter with Digimon and what happened to them (as well as the other children). Tai and Kari wake one morning to find a Digi-Egg that came out of their computer the night before and the egg soon hatches, revealing a Botamon. The Digimon then evolves into Koromon and then Agumon (not the same one that became friends with Tai in the series, and yet, somehow, both Koromon and Kari remember each other), who then goes out and unintentionally destroys a good part of the neighborhood with Kari riding on his back. A second Digi-Egg appears in the sky to reveal an evil digimon, Parrotmon. Agumon then Digivolves to Greymon but isn't strong enough to beat Parrotmon and is knocked out. Tai grabs Kari's whistle and wakes up Greymon, who defeats Parrotmon and disappears with him.

Starring: Lara Jill Miller, Joshua Seth, Bob Papenbrook, Doug Berholt, Steve Blum
Directed by: Mamoru Hosoda, Shigeyasu Yamauchi
Release date: 2000-03-17
12.

Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns

4.0
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In this direct-to-video sequel to Pokémon: The First Movie, Ash, Misty, and Brock continue exploring the Johto region, then have to rescue Pikachu after Jessie and James of Team Rocket kidnap him. The search leads them to the hidden plateau where Mewtwo has established a haven for the cloned Pokémon from the previous film. The evil Giovanni is plotting to recapture Mewtwo and renew his efforts to create an army of bio-engineered Pokémon. Aided by the reluctant Meowth, Ash and his friends defeat Giovanni and his henchman.
Starring: Veronica Taylor, Ikue Otani, Rachael Lillis, Eric Stuart
Directed by: Masamitsu Hidaka
Release date: 2000-12-30
13.

Joseph: King of Dreams

4.0

In this animated retelling of the story from the Bible's Book of Genesis, Joseph's gift of dream interpretation and his brilliantly colored coat inspires jealousy in his brothers.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Mark Hamill, Richard Herd, Maureen McGovern, Jodi Benson
Directed by: Rob LaDuca, Robert C. Ramirez
Release date: 2000-11-07
14.

102 Dalmatians

4.0

Get ready for a howling good time as an all new assortment of irresistible animal heroes are unleashed in this great family tail! In an unlikely alliance, the outrageous Waddlesworth... a parrot who thinks he's a Rottweiler... teams up with Oddball... an un-marked Dalmation puppy eager to earn her spots! Together they embark on a laugh-packed quest to outwit the ever-scheming Cruella De Vil

Starring: Glenn Close, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Evans, Tim McInnerny, Gérard Depardieu
Directed by: Kevin Lima
Release date: 2000-10-07
15.

An Extremely Goofy Movie

3.9

It's all extreme sports and a life of freedom as Max sets off for college -- but Goofy misses Max so much he loses his job and goes to finish college alongside Max and his friends. But as Goofy tries to get closer to Max, both must go to the extreme to learn how to live their own lives together.

Starring: Bill Farmer, Jason Marsden, Pauly Shore, Rob Paulsen, Jeff Bennett
Directed by: Douglas McCarthy
Release date: 2000-02-29
16.

The Little Vampire

3.8
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Based on the popular books, the story tells of Tony who wants a friend to add some adventure to his life. What he gets is Rudolph, a vampire kid with a good appetite. The two end up inseparable, but their fun is cut short when all the hopes of the vampire race could be gone forever in single night. With Tony's access to the daytime world, he helps them to find what they've always wanted.
Starring: Jonathan Lipnicki, Richard E. Grant, Jim Carter, Alice Krige, Pamela Gidley
Directed by: Uli Edel
Release date: 2000-10-27
17.

Arabian Nights

3.8

Scheherezade puts herself in danger to save Sultan Schariar, her childhood friend, from the madness that has gripped him since the death of his cheating wife at his own hands.

Release date: 2000-04-30
18.

John Henry

3.7
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Disney's retelling of the legend of John Henry, the steel-driving man.
Starring: Alfre Woodard, Tim Hodge, Geoffrey Jones, Dave Murray
Directed by: Mark Henn
Release date: 2000-05-27
19.

Winnie the Pooh: Spookable Pooh

3.7
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In a "Knight to Remember" Pooh and his pals explore Christopher Robin's creaky old attic on a quest for make-believe adventure. When timid little Piglet on transported to a magical kingdom, he must don shiny armor and face the "dreadful dragon." Next, in "Rock-A-Bye Pooh Bear" a stormy nightmare proves to be no picnic for Piglet. Now he's afraid to go to sleep and it's up to Pooh, Rabbit and Tigger to show their friend that dreary dreams do not come true.
Release date: 2000-01-01
20.

The Land Before Time VII: The Stone of Cold Fire

3.7

Littlefoot and his pals set off in search of a "stone of cold fire" that fell from the night sky. Since he's the only one who has seen it though, nobody really believes him. Littlefoot's uncle Pterano offers support only because he thinks the stone has secret powers and wants it for himself but conceals this from the rest. The young dinos must figure out the truth, before Pterano gets the power.

Starring: Kenneth Mars, Miriam Flynn, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings, Aria Curzon
Directed by: Charles Grosvenor
Release date: 2000-12-05

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