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Hollywood's Christmas Present: The Best Family Films Wrap Up The Year

By: Tara McNamara on November 11, 2011 at 9:40AM Comments (6)

The turkey isn’t even in the oven yet and Hollywood has already finished its holiday shopping. Our gift? The best family films of the year. It’s time to tear into this year’s offerings and see what’s inside.

Thanksgiving through New Year’s is the time of year when the entire family sees films together. Other times of the year, movies are more segmented by demographics: dad and son go to Thor, mom and daughter see The Help and grandma takes the grandbaby to Winnie the Pooh. Occasionally a Nutcracker 3D or Old Dogs may slip into the mix, but studios strive to make family films for the holidays which will entertain and be appropriate for all ages.
 
Always under the tree are movies built around characters with multigenerational appeal. This year, not only do we have Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked! (opening Dec. 16), the third edition of the Alvin and the Chipmunks franchise that’s been around since grandma and grandpa were kids, but also The Muppets (Nov. 23) and The Adventures of Tintin (Dec. 23). The idea behind reviving older properties is that parents (or in Tintin’s case, European grandparents) can share a piece of their own childhood with their kids.
 
Another holiday mainstay is the Christmas movie. This year’s Arthur Christmas fills that slot with magnificence. The story has relatable elements for all: it explains how Santa pulls off his massive global operation (who hasn’t wondered?) and delves into sibling rivalries and the loss of relevance that comes with aging. The animation is its own Christmas miracle. The 3D is astonishing – audiences almost literally experience a ride on Santa’s sleigh. Only Grinches won’t see Arthur Christmas in 3D.
 
Also in 3D, Hugo makes such good use of the device that James Cameron says it’s the best use of 3D yet, including his own films! Hugo is this year’s magical holiday film. It’s a children’s adventure set in the 1930s that uses old films as a device to tell the story and, again, provides a point of connection for different generations. Directed by Martin Scorsese and with an Academy-approved cast and crew, not only is Hugo this year’s holiday tree-topper, it might just be topping the tree with Oscar.
 
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  • Jan 10th 2012 12:13PM

    terrilgmiller  said...

    I think its gonna be Muppets. They made sure the movie was an introduction to the film which only leaves you to want to see what else they will do....a fine way for Disney to introduce a new attraction and hold onto it for some time.

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  • Dec 5th 2011 7:10AM

    jess fan  said...

    I think alot of those sound good if you ask but then agin that is just one mans thoughts on the matter but it will be a wonderful christmas full of wonderful movies for the entier family even if they are terible movies they will still movies you can watch with your family this christmas season my picks are 1. the muppetes2.hugo 3. sherlock homes 4.alvain and the chipmunks and 5.tintin and that is my list of family movies I would like to see this christmas season and as for non family movies 1.new years eve 2. the sitter 3. misson impossible 4. that is my entire christmas movie list thanks for listining to me lol

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  • Nov 12th 2011 10:03PM

    Cookie-Chan  said...

    The Muppets! Need I say more? We left out the most important, epic and anticipated family movie of Christmas...The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo!!!! ;)

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  • Dec 5th 2011 7:18AM

    jess fan  said...

    yea the muppets will be great as for dragon tatoo that just looks a little to weird for my taste sorry about that one

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  • Nov 11th 2011 1:40PM

    divaimaing  said...

    I hope Hugo lives up to your accolades. There is some worry over here in Austin that it won't live up to the book.

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  • Dec 5th 2011 7:23AM

    jess fan  said...

    oh dont worry hugo will be great it looks like a family classic and cloe grace mortez is in it and she is just an all around great actress so i would not worry to mutch about that it will be a christmas classic you can count on it

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