Movies For Kids – Lots of Cool Fun For Summer 2009

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Another hot summer of cool movies that kids will love is upon us. Here is a list of the best bets, based on early info.

Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, PG, May 22 – Ben Stiller is back as a security guard who must deal with all too realistic museum displays: this time in DC. With cast of name stars, this one should be fine if your youngsters liked the first movie and want more.

Up, PG, May 29 – Pixar’s computer animated films are usually a no-question required kid viewing. This one features a grumpy old man voiced by Ed Asner who ties balloons to his house and departs on an aerial adventure.

Land of the Lost, PG-13, June 5 – Will Farrell heads the reboot of this ’70s Saturday morning kid’s classic. Why does a children’s show adaptation have a PG-13 rating? We suspect the dinosaurs get a bit rough and the land gets a bit too creepy. Take caution with the small fry with this one.

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, June 3 – The second sequel to the popular animated Ice Age, this one resurrects new animal characters from an earlier era. The trailer looks like great fun. Not yet rated, expect a PG rating, as the first 2 films had.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, PG-13, July 15 – This sixth time out for Harry Potter is a no-miss for the young Potter fan, and promises many new magical moments as the Harry and his friends struggle with adolescence. Many say that the series has become progressively darker and more disturbing, but older kids should enjoy it.

G-Force, PG, July 24 – This new Disney animated offering a heroic team of guinea pig secret agents save the world. Will Arnett appears as live-action leader to cute animated rodents voiced by Nicolas Cage and Penélope Cruz.

Aliens in the Attic, July 31 – Based on Caldecott award winning children’s novel, a group of teens protect a family vacation home from gremlins-like aliens. Features Hanna Montana’s Ashley Tisdale and experienced monster fighter Carter Jenkins (Surface).

G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, August 7 – This much hyped action film names an elite team of crimefighters after the classic Mattel toy. It features an impressive cast headed by Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Sienna Miller. Not yet rated, but look for a hard PG-13 for this one.

Shorts, PG, August 7 – This one looks like another fun special effects filled offering for and about kids from the director of the Spy Kids series. This time a boy creates havoc in the suburbs when he discovers a rock that grants wishes to the holder.

Ponyo, August 14 – Disney adds an all-star voice cast to this anime film by Oscar winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki. It tells a fairy tale-like story of a little boy who befriends a goldfish that longs to be a human princess.