Best Kids Movies 2009: A Year in Review

dad-and-son-at-the-moviesAnother year has come and gone and as 2009 passes, it leaves behind memorable movies for our young and old audiences alike. Our children had a particularly fun year with the multitude of top kid movies that came out in both 2-D and 3-D. By extension, 2009 movies can include re-releases, I-Max editions, VHS and DVD releases (or Blue-Ray) but any way you look at it 2009 was a blockbuster year. Movies that are rated G, PG and PG-13 are good children, kid and family movies respectively.

Top Animated Kids Films

Films like G-Force, Ice Age: The Dawn of the Dinosaurs, Monsters vs. Aliens, Open Season 2, Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakuel, A Christmas Carol, Ponyo, Astro Boy, Coraline and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs did very well in the theaters, rental and retail stores.

Pixar is probably the best animation studio next to Disney (Pixar and Disney have now merged) when it comes to kids movies and they were hard at work. Although Bolt was officially released in 2008, the DVD came out in 2009 and is a stellar kid's film. John Travolta does the voice of Bolt who is a dog that stars with a little girl in a TV series that he thinks is real. UP was a big hit in theaters. A 78 year old balloon salesman takes a wild ride to get away from his annoying neighbor kid who becomes a stow-away on the old man's trip.

For the littler kids (toddlers and the like), some G-rated movies include the Disney Princess Collection, Tinkerbelle sequels, Veggie Tales sequels, etc. The Disney princesses include Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Jasmine from Aladdin, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Ariel from the Little Mermaid, Mulan, Pocohontas, Mulan and Tiana.

Live Action Children's Films / Family Movies

2009 had a great year with these types of movies like Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Aliens in the Attic, Race to Witch Mountain, Hotel for Dogs, Inkheart, Where the Wild Things Are, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Jonas Brothers in Concert was in 3-D and Night at the Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian.

Great 3-D Kids Movies in 2009

3-D movies are back. 2009 ushered in a resurgence of 3-D not only in animated movies, but live action as well. Monsters vs. Aliens could be seen in 3-D as well as UP, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, G-force, Astro Boy, A Christmas Carol, Coraline, Planet 51, Under the Sea and Avatar.

Kid's movies that were re-released in a 3-D format include Toy Story, Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Bothe Worlds Concert, Open Season, Chicken Little, The Polar Express, The Bee Movie and The Ant Bully. So get out those 3-D specs when watching these films at home.

If you missed them in 2009, these movies are a must see for 2010 whether you rent, buy, pay per view or borrow it from a friend. These top kid movies of 2009 are excellent at capturing a child's imagination and even adults will enjoy them.

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