Best Family Movies of 2012

1.

Wreck-It Ralph

6.4

Wreck-It Ralph is the 9-foot-tall, 643-pound villain of an arcade video game named Fix-It Felix Jr., in which the game's titular hero fixes buildings that Ralph destroys. Wanting to prove he can be a good guy and not just a villain, Ralph escapes his game and lands in Hero's Duty, a first-person shooter where he helps the game's hero battle against alien invaders. He later enters Sugar Rush, a kart racing game set on tracks made of candies, cookies and other sweets. There, Ralph meets Vanellope von Schweetz who has learned that her game is faced with a dire threat that could affect the entire arcade, and one that Ralph may have inadvertently started.

Starring: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk
Directed by: Rich Moore
Release date: 2012-11-01
2.

Rise of the Guardians

6.1

When an evil spirit known as Pitch lays down the gauntlet to take over the world, the immortal Guardians must join forces for the first time to protect the hopes, beliefs and imagination of children all over the world.

Starring: Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin, Jude Law, Isla Fisher, Hugh Jackman
Directed by: Peter Ramsey
Release date: 2012-11-21
3.

Brave

6.0

Brave is set in the mystical Scottish Highlands, where Mérida is the princess of a kingdom ruled by King Fergus and Queen Elinor. An unruly daughter and an accomplished archer, Mérida one day defies a sacred custom of the land and inadvertently brings turmoil to the kingdom. In an attempt to set things right, Mérida seeks out an eccentric old Wise Woman and is granted an ill-fated wish. Also figuring into Mérida’s quest — and serving as comic relief — are the kingdom’s three lords: the enormous Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh, and the disagreeable Lord Dingwall.

Starring: Kelly Macdonald, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson, Julie Walters, Robbie Coltrane
Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman
Release date: 2012-06-21
4.

Hotel Transylvania

5.9

Welcome to Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up and no humans are allowed. One special weekend, Dracula has invited all his best friends to celebrate his beloved daughter Mavis's 118th birthday. For Dracula catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem but the party really starts when one ordinary guy stumbles into the hotel and changes everything!

Starring: Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher
Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky
Release date: 2012-09-20
5.

Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted

5.8

Animal pals Alex, Marty, Melman, and Gloria are still trying to make it back to New York's Central Park Zoo. They are forced to take a detour to Europe to find the penguins and chimps who broke the bank at a Monte Carlo casino. When French animal-control officer Capitaine Chantel DuBois picks up their scent, Alex and company are forced to hide out in a traveling circus.

Starring: Ben Stiller, Sacha Baron Cohen, David Schwimmer, Frances McDormand, Chris Rock
Directed by: Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon, Eric Darnell
Release date: 2012-06-06
6.

ParaNorman

5.7

In the town of Blithe Hollow, Norman Babcock is a boy who can speak to the dead, but no one besides his eccentric new friend, Neil, believes his ability is real. One day, Norman's estranged eccentric uncle tells him of an important annual ritual he must take up to protect the town from an curse cast by a witch it condemned centuries ago. Eventually, Norman decides to cooperate, but things don't go according to plan. Now, a magic storm of the witch threatens Blithe Hollow as the accursed dead rise. Together with unexpected new companions, Norman struggles to save his town, only to discover the horrific truth of the curse. With that insight, Norman must resolve the crisis for good as only he can.

Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Tucker Albrizzi, Jodelle Ferland, Anna Kendrick, Casey Affleck
Directed by: Sam Fell, Chris Butler
Release date: 2012-08-03
7.

Ice Age: Continental Drift

5.6

Manny, Diego, and Sid embark upon another adventure after their continent is set adrift. Using an iceberg as a ship, they encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world.

Starring: John Leguizamo, Ray Romano, Chris Wedge, Denis Leary, Seann William Scott
Directed by: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier
Release date: 2012-06-26
8.

Frankenweenie

5.6

When a car hits young Victor's pet dog Sparky, Victor decides to bring him back to life the only way he knows how. But when the bolt-necked "monster" wreaks havoc and terror in the hearts of Victor's neighbors, he has to convince them that Sparky's still the good, loyal friend he was.

Starring: Charlie Tahan, Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Martin Landau, Atticus Shaffer
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 2012-10-04
9.

The Lorax

5.4

A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world.

Starring: Zac Efron, Danny DeVito, Taylor Swift, Ed Helms, Rob Riggle
Directed by: Chris Renaud, Kyle Balda
Release date: 2012-03-01
10.

Tangled Ever After

5.3

The kingdom is in a festive mood as everyone gathers for the royal wedding of Rapunzel and Flynn. However, when Pascal and Maximus, as flower chameleon and ring bearer, respectively, lose the gold bands, a frenzied search and recovery mission gets underway. As the desperate duo tries to find the rings before anyone discovers that they’re missing, they leave behind a trail of comical chaos that includes flying lanterns, a flock of doves, a wine barrel barricade and a very sticky finale. Will Maximus and Pascal save the day and make it to the church in time? And will they ever get Flynn’s nose right?

Starring: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Alan Dale, Paul F. Tompkins, Kari Wahlgren
Directed by: Nathan Greno, Byron Howard
Release date: 2012-01-13
11.

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists!

4.9

The luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain is a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side, and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz to the much coveted Pirate of the Year Award. It’s a quest that takes our heroes from the shores of exotic Blood Island to the foggy streets of Victorian London. Along the way they battle a diabolical queen and team up with a haplessly smitten young scientist, but never lose sight of what a pirate loves best: adventure!

Starring: Hugh Grant, Martin Freeman, Imelda Staunton, David Tennant, Jeremy Piven
Directed by: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt
Release date: 2012-03-12
12.

The Odd Life of Timothy Green

4.9

A childless couple bury a box in their backyard, containing all of their wishes for an infant. Soon, a child is born, though Timothy Green is not all that he appears.

Starring: Jennifer Garner, Joel Edgerton, Ron Livingston, Rosemarie DeWitt, CJ Adams
Directed by: Peter Hedges
Release date: 2012-08-15
13.

Mirror Mirror

4.8

After she spends all her money, an evil enchantress queen schemes to marry a handsome, wealthy prince. There's just one problem - he's in love with a beautiful princess, Snow White. Now, joined by seven rebellious dwarves, Snow White launches an epic battle of good vs. evil...

Starring: Lily Collins, Julia Roberts, Armie Hammer, Nathan Lane, Martin Klebba
Directed by: Tarsem Singh
Release date: 2012-03-15
14.

Partysaurus Rex

4.6
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When Rex finds himself left behind in the bathroom, he puts his limbs to use by getting a bath going for a bunch of new toy friends.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Wallace Shawn, Corey Burton, Tony Cox
Directed by: Mark A. Walsh
Release date: 2012-09-14
15.

Secret of the Wings

4.3

Tinkerbell wanders into the forbidden Winter woods and meets Periwinkle. Together they learn the secret of their wings and try to unite the warm fairies and the winter fairies to help Pixie Hollow.

Starring: Mae Whitman, Lucy Hale, Timothy Dalton, Jeff Bennett, Lucy Liu
Directed by: Roberts Gannaway, Peggy Holmes
Release date: 2012-08-17
16.

Doctor Who: The Snowmen

4.3
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Christmas Eve, 1892, and the falling snow is the stuff of fairy tales. When the fairytale becomes a nightmare and a chilling menace threatens Earth, an unorthodox young governess, Clara, calls on the Doctor for help. But the Doctor is in mourning, reclusive and determined not to engage in the problems of the universe. As old friends return, will the Doctor really abandon humankind, or will he fight to save the world and Christmas from the icy clutches of this mysterious menace?
Starring: Matt Smith, Jenna Coleman, Richard E. Grant, Ian McKellen, Neve McIntosh
Release date: 2012-12-25
17.

Barbie in A Mermaid Tale 2

3.9
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Surf's up for Barbie as she returns as Merliah, the fun and fashionable surfing champion who's also a magical mermaid princess! In this exciting sea-quel, Merliah makes a splash when she heads to Australia for the ultimate surfing competition. When the evil mermaid Eris escapes from her whirlpool with plans to take over the throne of Oceana, Merliah and her sea friends dive in to stop her. It's a fresh new adventure where Merliah learns that anything is possible and she really can have the best of both worlds!
Starring: Nakia Burrise, Gary Chalk
Release date: 2012-02-23
18.

Head Over Heels

3.8
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After many years of marriage, Walter and Madge have grown apart: He lives on the floor and she lives on the ceiling. When Walter tries to reignite their old romance, their equilibrium comes crashing down, and the couple that can’t agree which way is up must find a way put their marriage back together.
Starring: Nigel Anthony, Ruth Rayyah McCaul
Directed by: Timothy Reckart
Release date: 2012-05-24
19.

Radio Rebel

3.8

High school senior Tara is so painfully shy that she dreads speaking to anyone in the hallways or getting called on in class. But in the privacy of her bedroom with her iPod in hand, she rocks out -- doing mock broadcasts for Miami's hottest FM radio station, which happens to be owned by her stepfather. When a slot opens up at The SLAM, Tara surprises herself by blossoming behind the mike into confident, "Radio Rebel" -- and to everyone's shock, she's a hit!

Starring: Debby Ryan, Sarena Parmar, Adam DiMarco, Atticus Mitchell, Siobhan Williams
Directed by: Peter Howitt
Release date: 2012-02-17
20.

Room on the Broom

3.7
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Animated film based on the wonderful children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The story of a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom, much to the frustration of her cat. The gang ultimately saves the witch from a fearsome dragon, and in gratitude she rewards them with a magnificent new broom which has room for everyone. A magical tale about friendship and family from Magic Light Pictures, the producers of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child.
Starring: Gillian Anderson, Timothy Spall, Sally Hawkins, Rob Brydon, Martin Clunes
Directed by: Jan Lachauer, Max Lang
Release date: 2012-12-25

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