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Kid Flicks in 2011

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010 at 4:02 pm in Movies.

Gnomeo and Juliet (Courtesy Disney) Is it just us, or was this a lackluster season for movies? There was “Harry Potter” and “Tangled,” sure, but other than that … OK, “Tron” for the teenage guys. But not much else. Well, at least Hollywood is cranking out flicks for 2011.

Here’s what’s in the offing. Take a peek, then tell us, what looks good to you?

Gnomeo and Juliet – Shakespeare meets tacky garden ornaments in this Disney-Touchstone take on the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet, two star-crossed lovers who belong to feuding clans, the red and the blue gnomes. Juliet is played by Emily Blunt, Romeo is James McAvoy, and Michael Caine, Maggie Smith and Patrick Stewart also star. Opens Feb. 11, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Smooch.

Rango – Johnny Depp stars in this animated Paramount-Nickelodeon release about a chameleon with an identity crisis. He thinks he’s a swashbuckling action hero – until his Wild West town gets invaded by bandits and he has to actually be one. Bill Nighy voices Rattlesnake Bill, and Abigail Breslin and Isla Fisher also star. Opens March 4.

Mars Needs Moms – This animated Disney flick is based on the charming and hilarious book by Berkeley Breathed (some of you will remember him as the cartoonist behind “Bloom County”). In the Disney version, Seth Green voices 9-year-old Milo, whose mom (played by Joan Cusack) has been kidnapped by Martians. As we all know, moms are nothin’ but nagging worrywarts who make kids eat broccoli and get mad when they tint their siblings purple. But Milo gains a whole new appreciation of his mother when he glimpses life on motherless Mars, where boo-boos don’t get bandaged or, like, anything. Opens March 11.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid II: Rodrick Rules – The second movie in the Wimpy franchise focuses on seventh grader Greg Heffley, his brother Rodrick and the middle school talent show. Opens March 25.

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides – He’s baaaaack! This time, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) faces off in inimitable, swashbuckling style against Blackbeard (Ian McShane), searches for the Fountain of Youth and says “arrr” a lot. The movie is based on a book by Tim Powers, which also inspired the very funny video game “The Secret of Monkey Island.” Yep, it’s Guybrush Threepwood time! Opens May 20.

Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom Jack Black reprises his role as the most awesome kung fu master ever. This time Po and the Furious Five – Tigress (Angelina Jolie), Crane (David Cross) , Mantis (Seth Rogen), Viper (Lucy Liu) and Monkey (Jackie Chan) – go after a gang of bandits led by Lord Shen, a peacock voiced by Gary Oldman. Opens May 27.

And that takes us right into summer blockbuster season – Cars 2, Harry Potter, Winnie the Pooh. Fun! So, which movie are you most looking forward to?

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