Best Family Movies of 2002

1.

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

6.5

Ignoring threats to his life, Harry returns to Hogwarts to investigate – aided by Ron and Hermione – a mysterious series of attacks.

Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Release date: 2002-11-13
2.

Ice Age

6.2

With the impending ice age almost upon them, a mismatched trio of prehistoric critters – Manny the woolly mammoth, Diego the saber-toothed tiger and Sid the giant sloth – find an orphaned infant and decide to return it to its human parents. Along the way, the unlikely allies become friends but, when enemies attack, their quest takes on far nobler aims.

Starring: Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, Denis Leary, Goran Visnjic, Jack Black
Directed by: Chris Wedge
Release date: 2002-03-10
3.

Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron

6.1

As a wild stallion travels across the frontiers of the Old West, he befriends a young human and finds true love with a mare.

Starring: Matt Damon, James Cromwell, Daniel Studi, Chopper Bernet, Jeff LeBeau
Directed by: Kelly Asbury, Lorna Cook
Release date: 2002-05-24
4.

Lilo & Stitch

6.0

As Stitch, a runaway genetic experiment from a faraway planet, wreaks havoc on the Hawaiian Islands, he becomes the mischievous adopted alien "puppy" of an independent little girl named Lilo and learns about loyalty, friendship, and 'ohana, the Hawaiian tradition of family.

Starring: Chris Sanders, Daveigh Chase, Tia Carrere, David Ogden Stiers, Kevin McDonald
Directed by: Dean DeBlois, Chris Sanders
Release date: 2002-06-21
5.

Treasure Planet

6.0

When space galleon cabin boy Jim Hawkins discovers a map to an intergalactic "loot of a thousand worlds," a cyborg cook named John Silver teaches him to battle supernovas and space storms. But, soon, Jim realizes Silver is a pirate intent on mutiny!

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brian Murray, David Hyde Pierce, Emma Thompson, Michael Wincott
Directed by: Ron Clements, John Musker
Release date: 2002-11-26
6.

Mike's New Car

5.0

Mike discovers that being the top-ranking laugh collector at Monsters, Inc. has it's benefits - in particular, earning enough money to buy a six-wheel-drive car that's loaded with gadgets. That new-car smell doesn't last long enough, however, as Sulley jump-starts an ill-fated road test that teaches Mike the true meaning of buyer's remorse.

Starring: Billy Crystal, John Goodman
Directed by: Pete Docter, Roger Gould
Release date: 2002-05-24
7.

Tuck Everlasting

4.9
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Natalie Babbitt's award winning book for children comes to the screen in a lavish adaptation from Walt Disney Pictures. Winnie Foster (Alexis Bledel) is a girl in her early teens growing up in the small rural town of Winesap in 1914. Winnie's parents (Victor Garber and Amy Irving) are loving but overprotective, and Winnie longs for a life of greater freedom and adventure.
Starring: Alexis Bledel, William Hurt, Sissy Spacek, Jonathan Jackson, Scott Bairstow
Directed by: Jay Russell
Release date: 2002-10-11
8.

Stuart Little 2

4.6

Stuart, an adorable white mouse, still lives happily with his adoptive family, the Littles, on the east side of Manhattan's Central Park. More crazy mouse adventures are in store as Stuart, his human brother, George, and their mischievous cat, Snowbell, set out to rescue a friend.

Starring: Michael J. Fox, Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki, Anna Hoelck
Directed by: Rob Minkoff
Release date: 2002-07-19
9.

Nicholas Nickleby

4.4

The Charles Dickens story of Nicholas Nickleby, a young boy in search of a better life for his recently torn-apart family. A young compassionate man struggles to save his family and friends from the abusive exploitation of his coldheartedly grasping uncle.

Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Nathan Lane, Jim Broadbent, Christopher Plummer, Jamie Bell
Directed by: Douglas McGrath
Release date: 2002-12-27
10.

Return to Never Land

4.4
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In 1940, the world is besieged by World War II. Wendy, all grown up, has two children; including Jane, who does not believe Wendy's stories about Peter Pan.
Starring: Harriet Owen, Blayne Weaver, Jeff Bennett, Kath Soucie, Corey Burton
Directed by: Robin Budd, Donovan Cook
Release date: 2002-02-14
11.

The Santa Clause 2

4.2

Better watch out! The big guy in red is coming to town once again. This time, Scott Calvin -- also known as Santa Claus -- finds out there's an obscure clause in his contract requiring him to take on a wife. He has to leave the North Pole to fulfill his obligations, or else he'll be forced to give up his Yuletide gig.

Starring: Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell, David Krumholtz, Eric Lloyd, Spencer Breslin
Directed by: Michael Lembeck
Release date: 2002-10-31
12.

The New Guy

4.1

Nerdy high school senior Dizzy Harrison has finally gotten lucky -- after purposely getting expelled, he takes lessons in 'badass cool' from a convict and enrolls at a new school. But can he keep up the ruse?

Starring: DJ Qualls, Eliza Dushku, Zooey Deschanel, Lyle Lovett, Jerod Mixon
Directed by: Ed Decter
Release date: 2002-05-10
13.

Big Fat Liar

4.0

Fourteen-year-old Jason Shepherd has a reputation for stretching the truth. So, when big-time Hollywood producer Marty Wolf steals his class paper and turns it into a smash movie, no one believes Jason's latest tall tale! On a cross-country adventure to set the record straight, Jason and best friend Kaylee devise a high-tech plan to squeeze the truth out of Wolf.

Starring: Frankie Muniz, Paul Giamatti, Amanda Bynes, Amanda Detmer, Donald Faison
Directed by: Shawn Levy
Release date: 2002-02-08
14.

Barbie as Rapunzel

4.0

Long, long ago, in a time of magic and dragons, there lived a girl named Rapunzel who had the most beautiful radiant hair the world had ever seen. But Rapunzel's life was far from wonderful. She lived as a servant to Gothel, a jealous, scheming witch who kept her hidden deep in a forbidding forest, guarded by the enormous dragon Hugo and surrounded by an enchanted glass wall. However, in a twist of fate, Rapunzel's discovery of a magic paintbrush leads her on a journey that will unravel a web of deception, bring peace to two feuding kingdoms, and ultimately lead her to love with the help of Penelope(TM), the least intimidating of dragons!

Starring: Kelly Sheridan, Anjelica Huston, Cree Summer, Ian James Corlett, Mark Hildreth
Directed by: Owen Hurley
Release date: 2002-10-01
15.

Like Mike

3.9

Calvin and his friends, who all live in an orphanage, find old shoes with the faded letters MJ connected to a powerline. One stormy night, they go to get the shoes when Calvin and the shoes are struck by lightning. Calvin now has unbelievable basketball powers and has the chance to play for the NBA.

Starring: Shad Moss, Morris Chestnut, Jonathan Lipnicki, Brenda Song, Jesse Plemons
Directed by: John Schultz
Release date: 2002-07-03
16.

Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams

3.9

Exploring the further adventures of Carmen and Juni Cortez, who have now joined the family spy business as Level 2 OSS agents. Their new mission is to save the world from a mad scientist living on a volcanic island populated by an imaginative menagerie of creatures. On this bizarre island, none of the Cortez's gadgets work and they must rely on their wits--and each other--to survive and save the day.

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Carla Gugino, Alexa PenaVega, Daryl Sabara, Steve Buscemi
Directed by: Robert Rodriguez
Release date: 2002-08-07
17.

Clockstoppers

3.8

Until now, Zak Gibbs' greatest challenge has been to find a way to buy a car. But when he discovers an odd wristwatch amidst his father's various inventions and slips it on -- something very strange happens. The world around him seems to come to a stop, everything and everybody frozen in time. Zak quickly learns how to manipulate the device and he and his quick-witted and beautiful new friend, Francesca, start to have some real fun.

Starring: Jesse Bradford, Paula Garcés, Robin Thomas, French Stewart, Michael Biehn
Directed by: Jonathan Frakes
Release date: 2002-03-17
18.

Balto II: Wolf Quest

3.8
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Balto and his daughter Aleu embark on a journey of adventure and self discovery.
Starring: Maurice LaMarche, Jodi Benson, Lacey Chabert, David Carradine, Mark Hamill
Directed by: Phil Weinstein
Release date: 2002-02-19
19.

Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year

3.5

It's Christmastime in the Hundred Acre Wood and all of the gang is getting ready with presents and decorations. The gang makes a list of what they want for Christmas and send it to Santa Claus - except that Pooh forgot to ask for something. So he heads out to retrieve the letter and get it to Santa by Christmas...which happens to be tomorrow!

Starring: Jim Cummings, Peter Cullen, John Fiedler, Michael Gough, William Green
Directed by: Gary Katona, Ed Wexler, Jamie Mitchell
Release date: 2002-01-01
20.

Mickey's House of Villains

3.5
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The villains from the popular animated Disney films are gathered at the House of Mouse with plans to take over. Soon, the villains take over the house and kick out Mickey, Donald and Goofy. It's all up to Mickey and his friends to overthrow evil and return the House of Mouse to normal--or as close to normal as it get's.
Starring: Wayne Allwine, Tony Anselmo, Jeff Bennett, Susanne Blakeslee, Corey Burton
Directed by: Jamie Mitchell
Release date: 2002-09-03

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