By Roger Moore
Movies have long been the easy answer to every parent’s favorite question — “What do we do with the kids this weekend?”
Hollywood knows that, which is why we’ve got lots of all-ages-friendly titles looking at us in 2010 — animation, an epic, cute talking critters and wimpy kids.
So get out your calendars and plan the custody weekends. Remember to recycle your 3-D glasses, and that there’s no use praying that a “Cats & Dogs” sequel won’t be in your future.
“Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief”
Rick Riordan’s fantasy novels are given the Chris “Harry Potter” Columbus treatment in what could be the first film in a series, starring Logan Lerman.
“Alice in Wonderland”
Johnny Depp is “as mad as a hatter” in Tim Burton’s fantastical 3-D treatment of Alice’s adventures through the looking glass.
“How to Train Your Dragon 3-D”
This is an animated version of Cressida Cowell’s book about a Viking lad who trains a dragon to be fierce.
“Diary of a Wimpy Kid”
Jeff Kinney’s books about a self-described middle school “wimp” comes to the big screen with Zachary Gordon in the title role.
When Ken Jeong and Brendan Fraser put their development on a nature preserve, nature fights back in this animals-behaving-badly farce.
Disney’s newest nature documentary is about the wonders of the world’s imperiled oceans.
“Shrek Forever After”
Rumpelstiltskin helps Shrek find his inner ogre and see what life without the fair Fiona would be like in this 3-D toon.
Owen Wilson is the voice of the dog in this comedy based on the newspaper comic.
“The Karate Kid”
Will and Jada’s son, Jaden Smith, has the title role in this remake, with Jackie Chan as the new kid’s new mentor, Mr. Han.
“Toy Story 3”
Woody and the gang have been donated to a preschool in this 3-D animated sequel.
Steve Carell voices the villain in this animated comedy about orphans who try to foil plans to steal the moon.
“Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore”
More talking-dog secret agents battling super-villain cats.
“Ramona and Beezus”
Joey King and Selena Gomez star in this adaptation of Beverly Cleary’s novels about a pest of a little sister.
This 3-D animated comedy is about an evil genius (voiced by Will Ferrell) whose world is turned upside down when he accidentally kills his superhero nemesis (Brad Pitt).
A hairy animated Disney princess tale, in 3-D. Wide release is Thanksgiving week.
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1”
Harry’s exit from the fantasy film stage is split into two parts, beginning with this one.
“The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader”
Can Fox and a “name” director (Michael Apted) breathe new life into the fantasy series based on the C.S. Lewis novels?
Dan Aykroyd voices a Mr. “Smarter Than Your Average Bear” in this mix of animation and live action.