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Best family movies of 2011

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From Kung Fu-fighting pandas and dancing penguins to the incredible end of the Harry Potter series, 2011 was a killer year for family movie magic. Don’t miss our roundup of the best family movies of 2011.

Best Family Movies

Mr. Poppers Penguins

You just can’t pass up the chance to watch Mr. Popper (Jim Carrey) fall in love with a group of adorable and mischievous penguins. Mr. Popper’s Penguins is love on ice.

Kung Fu Panda 2

Po and the gang are back with a stunning sequel that rivals the original. Now serving as the fabled Dragon Warrior, Po comes up against an enemy that will test not only his ability to protect his homeland, but his ability to know himself and find inner peace.


When a pet chameleon is accidentally launched out of his tank and into the Nevada desert, an incredible adventure is in store. With breathtaking desert views, astonishingly beautiful animation and rowdy action scenes, this film about social and ecological responsibility has something for everyone in the family.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

It’s back to school for Greg and Rodrick, two brothers who couldn’t have a worse time getting along. But when their parents get involved in trying to help them bond, will it ruin their relationship forever or help them finally find some common ground?


Blu is a small-town macaw who is living the good life with his owner Linda. But when Túlio Monteiro, a Brazilian ornithologist, asks for their help, they set off on a South American adventure that may separate Blu and Linda forever. This colorful, heartwarming film full of hip-shaking Carnival music is a sparkling gem sure to please the whole family.

Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World

The Spy Kids are back with a vengeance! Despite the fact that it’s been more than eight years since the last Spy Kids movie hit the big screen, this film breathes fresh life into the world of child spies. Find out what happens when Marissa (Jessica Alba) and her two angsty step-children have to work together to battle the Timekeeper to stop him from ending the world as we know it.

Happy Feet Two

Although it may be a little reminiscent of the first Happy Feet, this sequel is still full of a whole lot of fluffy fun. Don’t miss the chance to fall in love with Erik – Mumble and Gloria’s choreo-phobic son.

Arthur Christmas

Ever wondered how Santa can make it around to visit all the kids in the entire world on a single night? Wonder no more! This movie is a fresh twist on a classic Christmas tale that is sure to keep everyone in the family laughing.


When Hugo’s father dies, he is left with nothing to remember him by but an automaton which doesn’t work. But when Hugo runs into a girl who has the key, they are launched into an adventure that is as miraculous as it is heartwarming.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

In this final installment of the critically acclaimed Harry Potter series, Harry, Ron and Hermione must search for Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes in order to destroy the Dark Lord. No spoilers here, but this may be the best movie yet in this incredible film series. Not appropriate for young children -- parental discretion advised.

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