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Summer is a great season for movie lovers, especially those looking for blockbuster family films. I don’t get to the movies a lot because they’re pretty expensive, and when I do go, it’s mostly to take Jake to see a kid’s movie. Luckily for him, I happen to love kid’s movies almost as much as I love grown-up movies! Here are a few that we’re looking forward to this summer.

Must-See Family Movies of Summer 2012

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted (June 8th) Those lovable zoo escapees are back, and this time they’re taking on Europe. Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo, and Melman the Giraffe are still trying to make it back to their home in New York City.  King Julien, Maurice and the Penguins are along for the adventure. This time the road takes them through Europe where they find the perfect cover: a traveling circus, which they reinvent Madagascar style! This one tops Jake’s must-see family movies of Summer 2012.

 

Brave (June 22nd)- I really want to see this one! Merida is one of the prettiest Disney heroines yet.  From IMDB: Merida is a skilled archer and impetuous daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. Determined to carve her own path in life, Merida defies an age-old custom sacred to the uproarious lords of the land: massive Lord MacGuffin, surly Lord Macintosh and cantankerous Lord Dingwall. Merida’s actions inadvertently unleash chaos and fury in the kingdom, and when she turns to an eccentric old Witch for help, she is granted an ill-fated wish. The ensuing peril forces Merida to discover the meaning of true bravery in order to undo a beastly curse before it’s too late.

 

Ice Age Continental Drift (July 13th) Pangea is coming apart at the seems, and Manny, Diego, and Sid are along for the ride. Using an iceberg as a ship, the trio, plus Ellie (and I imagine the baby from the last one) encounter sea creatures and battle pirates as they explore a new world. I’m not quite sure how they manage to run into pirates, as I thought they didn’t come until much later, but it’s just a movie so it doesn’t have to be historically accurate. I hope my favorite little prehistoric squirrel makes an appearance!

 

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days (August 3rd Based on the third and fourth book in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, The Last Straw and 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? Jacob loved the first two movies, and even has the Diary of a Wimpy Kid activity book that he’s been writing it. Anything that encourages my child to read and write is good with me!

 

The Odd Life of Timothy Green (August 15th)  Cindy and Jim Green (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton), who can’t wait to start a family but can only dream about what their child would be like. When young Timothy (CJ Adams) shows up on their doorstep one stormy night, Cindy and Jim—and their small town of Stanleyville—learn that sometimes the unexpected can bring some of life’s greatest gifts. I’m a big fan of Jennifer Garner (especially form her Alias days), so I really want to see this one.

Finding Nemo 3D (September 14th) Sure, the kids will be back in school, but September still counts as summer. Take them to see this beloved classic Disney movie in 3D as a treat for surviving the first week of school, or ditch the kids and go see it yourself! In case you’ve never seen the movie, check out my post with the Finding Nemo 3D trailer.