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Film Mom: Top 6 Most Anticipated Family Movies of 2013

By: Tara McNamara on January 17, 2013 at 11:43AM Comments (27)

The Film Mom is a weekly column about family entertainment for parents with kids (and kids with parents) by Tara McNamara, the editor and founder of KidsPickFlicks.com.

Last year was so rife with fantastic family films that the expectation level for 2013 is high. Here are the Top 6 Most Anticipated Family Films, as voted by Fandango users.

No. 1: Despicable Me 2 (27%) Some might find it surprising to learn families are most anxiously awaiting the further adventures of supervillain Gru and his three adopted daughters, but those would also be the people who never saw the original. Despicable Me is cleverly written, surprisingly heartwarming, and unexpectedly hilarious. Plus, nobody maximizes 3D like Gru’s adorable minions. (July 3)

No. 2: Monsters University (18%). A monster doesn’t become the Top Scarer without a little know-how. Monsters University is the origin story of how Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sully” Sullivan met in college. Pixar’s Monsters Inc. is arguably one of the best family films ever made so there’s no doubt many families are clamoring to see the prequel. (June 21)

No. 3: The Smurfs 2 (17%). Movies young children can enjoy are few and far between, and movies for little kids that parents also enjoy are even rarer. However, parents remember from their own childhood that the little blue guys (and girl!) can be counted on to beat Gargamel’s dastardly plans in a way that amuses the child in all of us. (July 31)

No. 4: Escape from Planet Earth (12%). Sure, it’s about aliens captured and trying to escape Area 51, but it’s really about trying to understand how to operate in our world when everything is new. Now that’s something a child can relate to. (Feb. 14)

No. 5: Epic (9%). What would life be like if humans were the size of ants? It’s Honey I Shrunk the Kids meets A Bug’s Life. (May 24)

No. 6: The Croods (8%) An earthquake shakes up the very beliefs of a Stone Age family when they must venture into the world to find a new home. Newfangled innovations like fire and shoes challenge dad Grug’s personal philosophy, “Never not be afraid.” Of course, the message of the film is just the opposite. (Mar. 22)

Those movies aren’t hitting theaters for a while, but here are movies you can see with your family right now:

 Lincoln. Some tweens and teens are calling this historical re-enactment one of their favorite movies of the year. And the Academy agrees.

 

 

 

 Parental Guidance. A time existed where parents let kids watch TV for hours, drink soda after soda, and ride their bike all over town without supervision. Those kids grew up to be parents who forbid all of that. Parental Guidance is a funny look at how parenting has changed through the eyes of the parents, the kids and the grandparents. 

 

 

 Monsters, Inc. 3D. We may have to wait until June for Monsters University, but this rerelease allows audiences to appreciate the brilliance of the original in its full screen glory once again.

 

 

 

After the movie, please have your child write a review at www.KidsPickFlicks.com, where all kids are movie critics.

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  • Feb 20th 2013 10:30AM

    jcmail0712  said...

    I highly believe the "Monsters University" will be a great movie and will have great anticipation of being the #1 movie in America for families. "Monsters Inc." won the Oscar in 2002 for Top Box office film; History will repeat itself.

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  • Feb 20th 2013 10:21AM

    jcmail0712  said...

    "Despicable Me" was a great family movie that could touch many homes. Even though Steve Carell's character was not the kids biological father, he could still be the father that the kids have never had while showing great love for the kids.

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  • Jan 19th 2013 7:42AM

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    despicable me 2 all the way

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  • Jan 17th 2013 4:51PM

    Anonymous601  said...

    I'm looking forward to Monsters University, Epic, and Despicable Me 2.

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  • Jan 17th 2013 5:41PM

    fandad1960  said...

    I'm looking forward to two of them

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  • Jan 17th 2013 2:27PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    I agree on all of those movies above expect for Escape from Planet Earth. I'm surprised that Cloudy 2, Planes, or Turbo isn't even on here!

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  • Jan 18th 2013 7:19AM

    fandad1960  said...

    Me too Matt

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  • Jan 18th 2013 8:34AM

    fandad1960  said...

    On the other hand matt, Planes is the #1 family film I'm looking forward to the most

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  • Jan 17th 2013 12:54PM

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    Seen a trailer for 'Justin and the Knights of Valour' and it could be one of the best animated films this year - and it's definitely family friendly.

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  • Jan 17th 2013 1:07PM

    fandad1960  said...

    Say what

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  • Jan 17th 2013 12:47PM

    fandad1960  said...

    I'm looking forward to Monsters University Despicable me 2 and the Smurfs 2. No, I'm not seeing The Croods. Yes I'm seeing Escape from Planet Earth and still sleeping on Epic since i don't know if there will be a short film yet. By the way Epic to me is more like Ferngully meets Honey i shrunk the kids. I'm seeing Parental Guidance this weekend

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  • Jan 17th 2013 2:25PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    I'm seeing The Croods and Epic:)

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  • Jan 17th 2013 2:31PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    By the way, I also hope there's a new Simpsons short on Epic

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  • Jan 17th 2013 2:40PM

    fandad1960  said...

    If there us I'm not seeing it

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  • Jan 17th 2013 2:56PM

    mattfan12059  said...

    What?

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  • Jan 17th 2013 3:14PM

    fandad1960  said...

    If there is

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