Wolfner :: Recommended Readings :: Youth Bibliographies :: Family Movies
This bibliography includes movies of possible interest to children, teens, and their families. The inclusion of a movie in this catalog does not constitute recommendation or endorsement by the library staff of any particular movie for viewing by children. Not all movies in this catalog are suitable for all children. The maturity of individual children varies. It is the responsibility of parents to monitor and approve the videos their children order and view. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is as follows:
G: General Audiences
• All ages admitted
PG: Parental Guidance Suggested
• Some material may not be suitable for children
PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned
• Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
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Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Stars: Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy and Michael Caine. 2011.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? Starring Zachary Gordon, Robert Capron, and Devon Bostick. 2012.
A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world -- and ours. Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Josh Hutcherson, Beyonce Knoweles. Animation. 2013.
Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences. Starring: Winona Ryder, Catherine O'Hara and Martin Short. 2012.
A look at the relationship between Mike and Sulley during their days at Monsters University -- when they weren't necessarily the best of friends. Starring Billy Crystal, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi. 2013.
The Princess and the Frog
A fairy tale set in Jazz Age-era New Orleans and centered on a young woman named Tiana and her fateful kiss with a frog prince who desperately wants to be human again. Animation. Starring Anika Noni Rose, Keith David, and Oprah Winfrey. 2010.
When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams. Animation. Stars Karen Disher, Jesse Eisenberg, and Anne Hathaway. 2011.
A cowboy doll is profoundly threatened and jealous when a new spaceman figure supplants him as top toy in a boy's room. Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles. 2010.
Toy Story 2
When Woody is stolen by a toy collector, Buzz and his friends vow to rescue him, but Woody finds the idea of immortality in a museum tempting. Starring Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, and Joan Cusack. 1999.
Toy Story 3
The toys are mistakenly delivered to a day-care center instead of the attic right before Andy leaves for college, and it's up to Woody to convince the other toys that they weren't abandoned and to return home. Starring Tom Hanks and Tim Allen. 2010.
Winnie the Pooh
Return to the Hundred Acre Wood for a heartwarming original movie, and reunite with the beloved bear and his silly but steadfast friends. Animation. Starring Jim Cummings, Craig Ferguson, and John Cleese. 2011.
The Adventures of Tintin
Intrepid reporter Tintin and Captain Haddock set off on a treasure hunt for a sunken ship commanded by Haddock's ancestor. Animation. Starring Jamie Bell, Andy Serkis, and Daniel Craig. 2012.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alexander's day begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by more calamities. However, he finds little sympathy from his family and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him, his mom, dad, brother and sister - who all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Stars Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, and Ed Oxenbould. 2015.
Alice in Wonderland
19-year-old Alice returns to the magical world from her childhood adventure, where she reunites with her old friends and learns of her true destiny: to end the Red Queen's reign of terror. Stars: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. 2010.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel
The world famous singing pre-teen chipmunk trio return to contend with the pressures of school, celebrity, and a rival female music group known as The Chipettes. Starring Jason Lee, Zachary Levi, and David Cross. 2009.
Alvin and The Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Playing around while aboard a cruise ship, the Chipmunks and Chipettes accidentally go overboard and end up marooned in a tropical paradise. They discover their new turf is not as deserted as it seems. Features the voices of Justin Long, Anna Faris, Amy Poehler, and Christina Applegate. 2011.
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Through a series of misunderstandings, Alvin, Simon and Theodore come to believe that Dave is going to propose to his new girlfriend in Miami...and dump them. They have three days to get to him and stop the proposal, saving themselves not only from losing Dave but possibly from gaining a terrible stepbrother. Starring: Jason Lee, Justin Long and Matthew Gray Gubler. 2015.
A foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in. Starring: Quvenhane Wallis, Cameron Diaz, Jamie Foxx. 2014.
Big Hero 6
The special bond that develops between plus-sized inflatable robot Baymax, and prodigy Hiro Hamada, who team up with a group of friends to form a band of high-tech heroes. Starring Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung and others. 2015.
Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, Merida must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Starring Kelly MacDonald, Billy Connoly, and Emma Thompson. 2012.
Call of the Wild
In the midst of the Klondike gold rush, an adventurer and his devoted sled dog mush their way into the heart of an exciting, boisterous, unpredictable era. A vivid recreation of Jack London's classic wilderness saga starring Charlton Heston. Starring Charlton Heston, Michele Mercier, and Raimund Harmstorf. 1972.
A Christmas Carol
When three ghosts take penny-pinching Scrooge on an eye-opening journey, he discovers the true meaning of Christmas -- but he must act on it before it's too late. Stars Jim Carrey. 2010.
When her father unexpectedly passes away, young Ella finds herself at the mercy of her cruel stepmother and her scheming step-sisters. Never one to give up hope, Ella's fortunes begin to change after meeting a dashing stranger. Starring: Lily James, Cate Blanchett, Richard Madden. 2015.
Vying for the title of "World's Greatest Villain", Gru along with his hilarious crew of mischievous minions plots to pull off the craziest crime of the century: steal the moon! But when Gru enlists the help of three little girls, they see something in him nobody else has ever seen: the perfect dad. Animation. Stars Steve Carell, Jason Segel, Russell Brand, Miranda Cosgrove and Julie Andrews. 2010.
Despicable Me 2
When Gru, the world's most super-bad turned super-dad has been recruited by a team of officials to stop lethal muscle and a host of Gru's own, He has to fight back with new gadgetry, cars, and more minion madness. Starring Steve Carell, Kristen Wiig, and Benjamin Bratt. 2013.
When a princess with the power to turn things into ice curses her home in infinite winter, her sister, Anna teams up with a mountain man, his playful reindeer, and a snowman to change the weather condition. Starring Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Jonathan Groff. 2013.
The Good Dinosaur
In a world where dinosaurs and humans live side-by-side, an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. Starring Jeffrey Wright, Frances McDormand, Maleah Nipay-Padilla. 2015.
The familiar story of the Grinch stealing every present in town on Christmas Eve has been expanded to incorporate flashbacks to the Grinch's childhood, which serve to explain his hostility toward the Whos. Stars Jim Carrey, Jeffrey Tambor, and Christine Baranski. 2000.
He was destined to be the Easter bunny, but all he wanted to do was rock! When teenage E.B. leaves for Hollywood in pursuit of his dream to become a rockstar drummer, he meets Fred, an out-of-work slacker with his own lofty goals. Together the two encounter a series of hilarious mishaps and misadventures and in the end help each other recognize the importance of family. Animation. Voiced by Russell Brand and James Marsden. 2012.
Dracula, who operates a high-end resort away from the human world, goes into overprotective mode when a boy discovers the resort and falls for the count's teen-aged daughter. Starring: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Selena Gomez. Animated. 2012.
Hotel Transylvania 2
Dracula and his friends try to bring out the monster in his half human, half vampire grandson in order to keep Mavis from leaving the hotel. Starring Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Kevin James and David Spade. Animation. 2015.
How to Train Your Dragon
Hiccup is a young Viking who defies tradition when he befriends one of his deadliest foes ? a ferocious dragon he calls Toothless. Together, the unlikely heroes must fight against all odds to save both their worlds. Animation. Starring Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. 2010.
Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton. Starring Asa Butterfield, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Christopher Lee. 2011.
After young Riley is uprooted from her Midwest life and moved to San Francisco, her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness - conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house, and school. Starring: Amy Poehler, Bill Hader and Lewis Black. Animated. 2015
Into the Woods
A witch tasks a childless baker and his wife with procuring magical items from classic fairy tales to reverse the curse put on their family tree. Starring: Meryl Streep, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine and Johnny Deep. 2014.
Jack and Jill
Family guy Jack Sadelstein prepares for the annual event he dreads: the Thanksgiving visit of his twin sister, the needy and passive-aggressive Jill, who then refuses to leave. Stars: Adam Sandler and Katie Holmes. 2011.
Jem and the Holograms
As a small-town girl catapults from underground video sensation to global superstar, she and her three sisters begin a journey of discovering that some talents are too special to keep hidden. Starring Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau. 2015.
The Karate Kid
Work causes a single mother to move to China with her young son; in his new home, the boy embraces kung fu, taught to him by a master. Contains some violence and strong language. Stars Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. 2010.
Kung Fu Panda 2
Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past. Starring Jack Black, Angelina Jolie Pitt, and Jackie Chan. 2011.
Kung Fu Panda 3
Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home. Starring: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman. Animation. 2016.
The Last Airbender
The story follows the adventures of Aang, a young successor to a long line of Avatars, who must put his childhood ways aside and stop the Fire Nation from enslaving the Water, Earth and Air nations. Starring Moah Ringer, Nicola Peltz, and Jackson Rathbone. 2010.
In 19th-century New England, two street-smart urchins are sent to a country boarding school where they test the patience and principles of their teachers, Jo and Fritz. A wonderful, heart-warming adaptation of Louisa May Alcott's classic sequel to Little Women. Stars Mariel Hemingway and Chris Sarandon. 1998.
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, Taylor Swift, and Danny DeVito. 2012.
In an unforgiving mood after a neighboring kingdom threatens her forest, Maleficent places an irrevocable curse on the king's newborn daughter, the Princess Aurora. But as the child grows, Maleficent finds herself becoming one of the girl. Stars Angelina Jolie. 2014.
Mars Needs Moms
A young boy named Milo gains a deeper appreciation for his mom after Martians come to Earth to take her away. Stars Seth Green, Dan Fogler, and Joan Cusack. 2011.
A dog that helped US Marines in Afghanistan returns to the U.S. and is adopted by his handler's family after suffering a traumatic experience. Starring Josh Wiggins and Lauren Graham. 2015.
The supervillain Megamind finally defeats his nemesis, the superhero Metro Man. But without a hero, he loses all purpose and must find new meaning to his life. Animation. Voices of Will Ferrell, Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Tina Fey. 2011.
Minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob are recruited by Scarlet Overkill, a super-villain who, alongside her inventor husband Herb, hatches a plot to take over the world. Starring: Sandra Bullock, John Hamm, Michael Keaton. 2015.
Miracles from Heaven
A young girl suffering from a rare digestive disorder finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson and Eugenio Derbez. 2016.
Mr. Popper's Penguins
The life of a businessman begins to change after he inherits six penguins, and as he transforms his apartment into a winter wonderland, his professional side starts to unravel. Stars: Jim Carrey and Angela Lansbury. 2011.
With the help of three fans, The Muppets must reunite to save their old theater from a greedy oil tycoon. Starring Amy Adams, Jason Segel, and Chris Cooper. 2012.
Muppets: Most Wanted
While on a grand world tour, The Muppets find themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit the Frog look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey. 2014.
Nanny McPhee Returns
Nanny McPhee arrives to help a harried young mother who is trying to run the family farm while her husband is away at war, though she uses her magic to teach the woman's children and their two spoiled cousins five new lessons. Stars Emma Thompson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. 2010.
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Larry spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever. Starring: Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson. 2014.
Odd Life of Timothy Green
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. Stars Jennifer Garner. 2012.
Oz the Great and Powerful
A small-time magician is swept away to an enchanted land and is forced into a power struggle between three witches. Stars James Franco, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz. 2013.
Artie and Diane agree to look after their three grandkids when their type-A helicopter parents need to leave town for work. Problems arise when the kids' 21st-century behavior collides with Artie and Diane's old-school methods. Stars Billy Crystal, Bette Midler, and Marisa Tomei. 2012.
The Peanuts Movie
Snoopy embarks upon his greatest mission as he and his team take to the skies to pursue their arch-nemesis, while his best pal Charlie Brown begins his own epic quest back home to win the love of his life. Starring: Noah Schnapp, Bill Melendez, Hadley Belle Miller. 2015.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
A teenager discovers he's the descendant of a Greek god and sets out on an adventure to settle an on-going battle between the gods. Starring Logan Lerman, Kevin McKidd, and Steve Coogan. 2010.
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: Sea of Monsters
In order to restore their dying safe haven, the son of Poseidon and his friends embark on a quest to the Sea of Monsters to find the mythical Golden Fleece while trying to stop an ancient evil from rising. Starring Logan Lerman, Alexandra Daddario and Brandon T. Jackson. 2013.
A crop dusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race. Starring Carlos Alazraqui, Dane Cook, and Stacy Keach. 2013.
American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders...like Chuck! Animation with voices of Dwayne Johnson and Justin Long. 2010.
Several intersecting stories unfold at one high school as the big dance approaches and "Prom" portrays the precarious passage from high school to independence as some relationships unravel and others ignite. Starring Aimee Teegarden, Thomas McDonnell, and DeVaughn Nixon. 2011.
Puss in Boots
A story about the events leading up to the sword fighting cat's meeting with Shrek and his friends. Voices of Antonio Banderas and Selma Hayek. 2011.
Rango is a pet chameleon who gets tossed into a wild and raucous town in desperate need of a hero. Animation. Voiced by Johnny Depp. 2011.
Rise of the Guardians
When the evil spirit Pitch launches an assault on Earth, the Immortal Guardians team up to protect the innocence of children all around the world. Animation. Starring Hugh Jackman, Alec Baldwin, Isla Fisher. 2012.
Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown. Stars: Diane Lane and John Malkovich. 2010.
After his swamp is filled with magical creatures, an ogre agrees to rescue a princess for a villainous lord in order to get his land back. Stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy and Cameron Diaz. 2001.
Shrek Forever After
Rumpelstiltskin tricks a mid-life crisis burdened Shrek into allowing himself to be erased from existence and cast in a dark alternate timeline where Rumpel rules supreme. Animation. Stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, and Cameron Diaz. 2010.
When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the tiny blue Smurfs out of their village, they tumble from their magical world into New York City. Animation. Starring Hank Azaria, Katy Perry, and Jonathan Winters. 2011.
The Smurfs team up with their human friends to rescue Smurfette, who has been kidnapped by Gargamel since she knows a secret spell that can turn the evil sorcerer's newest creation - creatures called the Naughties - into real Smurfs. Starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays, and Katy Perry. 2013.
The Sorcerer's Apprentice
Balthazar Blake, master sorcerer and apprentice of Merlin, must find and train Merlin's descendant to destroy Morgana le Fey, the darkest sorceress of all time. Stars Nicolas Cage. 2010.
Bethany Hamilton, a teenage surfer girl summons the courage to go back into the ocean after losing an arm in a shark attack. Stars AnnaSophia Robb, Dennis Quaid and Helen Hunt. 2011.
Goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Elijah Kelly, Kristin Chenoweth and others. 2015.
The magically long-haired Rapunzel has spent her entire life in a tower, but now that a runaway thief has stumbled upon her, she is about to discover the world for the first time, and who she really is. Animation. Starring Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, and Donna Murphy. 2011.
The Tooth Fairy
A bad deed on the part of a tough minor-league hockey player results in an unusual sentence: He must serve one week as a real-life tooth fairy. Stars Dwayne Johnson, Julie Andrews, and Billy Crystal. 2010.
The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid. Starring Jeff Bridges. 2011.
By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years younger, inadvertently becomes a stowaway. Animation. Starring Edward Asner, Jordan Nagai, and John Ratzenberger. 2009.
Wreck it Ralph
A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. Starring John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, and Jane Lynch. 2012.
A group of zoo animals decide to break their code of silence in order to help their lovable zoo keeper find love -- without opting to leave his current job for something more illustrious. Stars Kevin James. 2011.
In a city of anthropomorphic animals, a rookie bunny cop and a cynical con artist fox must work together to uncover a conspiracy. Starring: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman and Idris Elba. 2016.
The 5th Wave
Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother. Starring Cloe Grace Moretz, Matthew Zuk, Gabriela Lopez. 2016.
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late Starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Kate Winslet. 2014.
Divergent Series: Allegiant
After the earth-shattering revelations of Insurgent, Tris must escape with Four beyond the wall that encircles Chicago, to finally discover the shocking truth of the world around them. Starring: Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Jeff Daniels. 2016.
Glee: The Concert Movie
See your favorite stars from the hit TV show Glee as they sing the songs you love and dance up a storm on stage. Get swept up in the energy of "Glee Live" -- including performances not seen in theaters and hilarious Sue Sylvester introductions! 2011.
Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. 2013.
Hunger Games: Mocking Jay - Part 1
Katniss Everdeen is in District 13 after she shatters the games forever. Under the leadership of President Coin and the advice of her trusted friends, Katniss spreads her wings as she fights to save Peeta and a nation moved by her courage. Starring: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. 2014.
Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 2
As the war of Panem escalates to the destruction of other districts, Katniss Everdeen, the reluctant leader of the rebellion, must bring together an army against President Snow, while all she holds dear hangs in the balance. Starring: Jennife Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth. 2015.
I Am Number Four
Aliens and their Guardians are hiding on Earth from intergalactic bounty hunters. They can only be killed in numerical order, and Number Four is next on the list. This is his story. Contains violence and strong language. 2011.
Land of the Lost
On his latest expedition, Dr. Rick Marshall is sucked into a space-time vortex alongside his research assistant and a redneck survivalist. In this alternate universe, the trio make friends with a primate named Chaka, their only ally in a world full of dinosaurs and other fantastic creatures. Contains sexual situations and some strong language. Stars Will Ferrell and Anna Friel. 2009.
Thomas is deposited in a community of boys after his memory is erased, soon learning they're all trapped in a maze that will require him to join forces with fellow "runners" for a shot at escape. Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Will Poulter. 2014.
Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials
In a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late. Starring: Dylan O'Brien, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster. 2015.
Prince of Persia
A young fugitive prince and princess must stop a villain who unknowingly threatens to destroy the world with a special dagger that enables the magic sand inside to reverse time. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton. Contains violence. 2010.
The Scarlet Letter
A faithful adaptation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's classic tale of sin and redemption set in Colonial Massachusetts in the 1600's. Beautiful Hester has a daughter out of wedlock and keeps the father's name a secret. In shame, she must wear the scarlet letter. 1934.
Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles
When a kingpin threatens New York City, a group of mutated turtle warriors must emerge from the shadows to protect their home. Starring Megan Fox, Will Arnett, and William Fichtner. 2014.
Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1
The Quileutes close in on expecting parents Edward and Bella, whose unborn child poses a threat to the Wolf Pack and the townspeople of Forks. Stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner. Contains violence and sexual situations. 2011.