5 must-see kids movies this summer

5 kids movies you have to see this summer

June 19th, 2013

monsters-eyeBy Natalie Marusin

Sitting in an air conditioned movie theater for a couple hours with your little ones can be the perfect way to beat the heat this summer. And, as the days get hotter and we approach the first official day of summer, this season’s movie list has our kids (and admittedly, us grown-ups, too) buzzing.

Sequels, prequels and new stories headline this summer’s movie must-see list. Here are the top five flicks kiddos (and adults) can’t wait to see this summer, paired with a few classic family throwbacks your kids will love.

New flick: Monsters University (rated G)

It’s been more than a decade since the lovable monsters Mike Wazowski and James P. “Sully” Sullivan scared their way into our hearts. And, so many years later, Monsters University, the prequel to Monsters Inc. has received a ton of hype. Pixar takes us back to the old college days when the scaring duo first met, and we discover, to no surprise, the mismatched buds weren’t always the best of friends. We can’t wait to take our kids to see this lighthearted animated film and watch the Monsters University adventure unfold, in theaters June 21.

Family classic: Little Monsters (1989)

New flick: The Lone Ranger (PG-13)

When we first saw Johnny Depp was playing another quirky character like that of Captain Jack Sparrow from Pirates of the Caribbean, we knew this flick was going to be a must-see. Both teenagers and parents should enjoy this movie, which gives a nod to the Wild West. Depp plays the Native American warrior Tonto as he recounts the untold tales behind the legends and mystery of the Lone Ranger. This action-packed film is the perfect way to get a break from the sweltering sun and take a step back to the past, in theaters July 3.

Family classic: The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975)

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New Flick: Despicable Me 2 (PG)

Who could forget those tiny mischievous minions or the youngest of three girls, Agnes, screaming “it’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!” in the original film Despicable Me? The sequel, in theaters July 3, finds the three kiddos and their adopted dad/super villain-turned-nice guy Gru in a new adventure. Gru, voiced by Steve Carell, is recruited by the Anti-Villain League to help stop the world’s newest bad guy. The original movie was littered with darling and witty one-liners that had adults and children laughing in their seats; we can only hope the sequel brings the same.

Family classic: The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)

New flick: Turbo (PG)

This Dreamworks Entertainment story follows your every day garden snail as he attempts to make his dreams come true. A movie that’s just right for your little youngsters, Turbo the snail hopes to one day be as fast as the Indy 500 race cars – big ideas for such a little guy. In theaters July 17, this movie looks like a cute way to keep your kids occupied in the upcoming months.

Family classic: The Love Bug (1968)

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New flick: Planes (not yet rated)

This sort-of spin-off of the movie Cars is an animation adventure with the potential of an instant classic. In theaters Aug. 9, Planes – whose characters live in the same world as Pixar’s beloved Cars – is the jet-setting story of a crop-duster plane that leaves his small-town roots to compete in a famous aerial race. This movie has the same appeal as the original Cars film, and will definitely be a family-friendly must-see for you and your clan this summer.

Family classic: The Rocketeer (1996)

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Natalie Marusin is a Colorado native fresh on the blog scene. She writes and edits for the Online Shopping Report at ShopAtHome.com. She graduated with an English degree from Colorado State University, and previously wrote for MileHighSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @ncmarusin.

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