Best Family Movies of 2008

1.

WALL·E

6.9

WALL·E is the last robot left on an Earth that has been overrun with garbage and all humans have fled to outer space. For 700 years he has continued to try and clean up the mess, but has developed some rather interesting human-like qualities. When a ship arrives with a sleek new type of robot, WALL·E thinks he's finally found a friend and stows away on the ship when it leaves.

Starring: Ben Burtt, Elissa Knight, Jeff Garlin, Fred Willard, MacInTalk
Directed by: Andrew Stanton
Release date: 2008-06-22
2.

Kung Fu Panda

6.2

When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master Shifu and the Furious Five -- Tigress, Crane, Mantis, Viper and Monkey -- to give it a try.

Starring: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu
Directed by: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson
Release date: 2008-06-04
3.

Marley & Me

6.0

A newly married couple who, in the process of starting a family, learn many of life's important lessons from their trouble-loving retriever, Marley. Packed with plenty of laughs to lighten the load, the film explores the highs and lows of marriage, maturity and confronting one's own mortality, as seen through the lens of family life with a dog.

Starring: Owen Wilson, Jennifer Aniston, Eric William Dane, Kathleen Turner, Alan Arkin
Directed by: David Frankel
Release date: 2008-12-25
4.

Presto

5.8

Dignity. Poise. Mystery. We expect nothing less from the great turn-of-the-century magician, Presto. But when Presto neglects to feed his rabbit one too many times, the magician finds he isn't the only one with a few tricks up his sleeve!

Starring: Doug Sweetland
Directed by: Doug Sweetland
Release date: 2008-06-18
5.

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa

5.7

Alex, Marty, and other zoo animals find a way to escape from Madagascar when the penguins reassemble a wrecked airplane. The precariously repaired craft stays airborne just long enough to make it to the African continent. There the New Yorkers encounter members of their own species for the first time. Africa proves to be a wild place, but Alex and company wonder if it is better than their Central Park home.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Jada Pinkett Smith, David Schwimmer, Chris Rock, Cedric the Entertainer
Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath
Release date: 2008-10-30
6.

Bolt

5.6

Bolt is the star of the biggest show in Hollywood. The only problem is, he thinks it's real. After he's accidentally shipped to New York City and separated from Penny, his beloved co-star and owner, Bolt must harness all his "super powers" to find a way home.

Starring: John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman, Mark Walton, Malcolm McDowell
Directed by: Byron Howard, Chris Williams
Release date: 2008-01-29
7.

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

5.6

One year after their incredible adventures in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan Pevensie return to Narnia to aid a young prince whose life has been threatened by the evil King Miraz. Now, with the help of a colorful cast of new characters, including Trufflehunter the badger and Nikabrik the dwarf, the Pevensie clan embarks on an incredible quest to ensure that Narnia is returned to its rightful heir.

Starring: Ben Barnes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley
Directed by: Andrew Adamson
Release date: 2008-05-15
8.

Horton Hears a Who!

5.6

One day, Horton the elephant hears a cry from help coming from a speck of dust. Even though he can't see anyone on the speck, he decides to help it. As it turns out, the speck of dust is home to the Whos, who live in their city of Whoville. Horton agrees to help protect the Whos and their home

Starring: Jim Carrey, Steve Carell, Carol Burnett, Will Arnett, Seth Rogen
Directed by: Jimmy Hayward, Steve Martino
Release date: 2008-03-03
9.

The Spiderwick Chronicles

5.4

Upon moving into the run-down Spiderwick Estate with their mother, twin brothers Jared and Simon Grace, along with their sister Mallory, find themselves pulled into an alternate world full of faeries and other creatures.

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Mary-Louise Parker, Nick Nolte, Sarah Bolger, Andrew McCarthy
Directed by: Mark Waters
Release date: 2008-02-14
10.

A Matter of Loaf and Death

5.3

Wallace and Gromit have a brand new business - a bakery. Although business is booming, Gromit is concerned by the news that 12 local bakers have 'disappeared' this year - but Wallace isn't worried. He's too distracted and in love with local beauty and bread enthusiast, Piella Bakewell, to be of much help. Gromit must be the sleuth and solve the escalating murder mystery.

Starring: Peter Sallis, Sally Lindsay, Melissa Collier, Sarah Laborde, Geraldine McEwan
Directed by: Nick Park
Release date: 2008-12-03
11.

Keith

5.3

Natalie (Elisabeth Harnois) is high school royalty, but her queen bee status falls apart when she falls for the new guy at school. Although Keith (Jesse McCartney) ignores her at first, they soon become friends -- even though Natalie suspects that Keith has something to hide. As the free-spirited Keith shows Natalie how to embrace what life offers, they grow closer -- until a secret tests the bounds of their relationship

Starring: Elisabeth Harnois, Ignacio Serricchio, Jennifer Grey, Jesse McCartney
Directed by: Todd Kessler
Release date: 2008-09-13
12.

Inkheart

5.1

The adventures of a father and his young daughter, in their search for a long lost book that will help reunite a missing, close relative.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Sienna Guillory, Andy Serkis, Eliza Bennett, Paul Bettany
Directed by: Iain Softley
Release date: 2008-12-11
13.

Bedtime Stories

5.1

Skeeter Bronson is a down-on-his-luck guy who's always telling bedtime stories to his niece and nephew. But his life is turned upside down when the fantastical stories he makes up for entertainment inexplicably turn into reality. Can a bewildered Skeeter manage his own unruly fantasies now that the outrageous characters and situations from his mind have morphed into actual people and events?

Starring: Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Guy Pearce, Courteney Cox, Lucy Lawless
Directed by: Adam Shankman
Release date: 2008-12-24
14.

Justice League: The New Frontier

5.0

The human race is threatened by a powerful creature, and only the combined power of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, Martian Manhunter and The Flash can stop it. But can they overcome their differences to thwart this enemy using the combined strength of their newly formed Justice League?

Starring: David Boreanaz, Neil Patrick Harris, Brooke Shields, Jeremy Sisto, Kyle MacLachlan
Directed by: Dave Bullock
Release date: 2008-02-26
15.

Journey to the Center of the Earth

4.8

On a quest to find out what happened to his missing brother, a scientist, his nephew and their mountain guide discover a fantastic and dangerous lost world in the center of the earth.

Starring: Brendan Fraser, Josh Hutcherson, Anita Briem, Seth Meyers, Jean Michel Paré
Directed by: Eric Brevig
Release date: 2008-07-10
16.

Tinker Bell

4.8

Journey into the secret world of Pixie Hollow and hear Tinker Bell speak for the very first time as the astonishing story of Disney's most famous fairy is finally revealed in the all-new motion picture "Tinker Bell."

Starring: Mae Whitman, Kristin Chenoweth, Raven-Symoné, Lucy Liu, America Ferrera
Directed by: Bradley Raymond
Release date: 2008-10-27
17.

BURN·E

4.8

What lengths will a robot undergo to do his job? BURN·E is a dedicated hard working robot who finds himself locked out of his ship. BURN·E quickly learns that completing a simple task can often be a very difficult endeavor.

Starring: Angus MacLane, Tessa Swigart, Ben Burtt, Jeff Garlin, Elissa Knight
Directed by: Angus MacLane
Release date: 2008-11-17
18.

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

4.6

It's almost graduation day for high school seniors Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Chad, Ryan and Taylor ― and the thought of heading off in separate directions after leaving East High has these Wildcats thinking they need to do something they'll remember forever. Together with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical reflecting their hopes and fears about the future and their unforgettable experiences growing up together. But with graduation approaching and college plans in question, what will become of the dreams, romances, and friendships of East High's senior Wildcats?

Starring: Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Lucas Grabeel, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu
Directed by: Kenny Ortega
Release date: 2008-10-22
19.

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging

4.5

Georgia Nicolson is fourteen, lives with nosey parents who don't understand her, an annoying three year old sister and has to wear a beret to school. She would, however, rather be blonde, have a smaller nose and a boyfriend. Revolving around her hilarious journal entries, prepare to be engulfed in the world of the soaring joys and bottomless angst of being a teenager.

Starring: Georgia Groome, Eleanor Tomlinson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Tommy Bastow, Alan Davies
Directed by: Gurinder Chadha
Release date: 2008-07-25
20.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2

4.5

Four young women continue the journey toward adulthood that began with "The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." Now three years later, these lifelong friends embark on separate paths for their first year of college and the summer beyond, but remain in touch by sharing their experiences with each other.

Starring: Alexis Bledel, Amber Tamblyn, America Ferrera, Blake Lively, Rachel Nichols
Directed by: Sanaa Hamri
Release date: 2008-08-06

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