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5 family-friendly December movie releases

If you're looking for quality family entertainment this winter holiday, start with this list of upcoming movie releases.

By Laura Grande
5 family-friendly December movie releases

5 family-friendly December movie releases

Rise of the Guardians

Studio: DreamWorks Animation
Featuring the voices of: Hugh Jackman, Chris Pine, Alec Baldwin and Jude Law
Release date: Now playing

When an evil spirit named Pitch arrives to take over the Earth, the Immortal Guardians (made up of North, Jack Frost, Tooth and Bunny) team up to protect children all around the world.

5 family-friendly December movie releases

Dino Time 3D

Studio: CJ Entertainment
Featuring the voices of: Melanie Griffith, Jane Lynch, Rob Schneider, Stephen Baldwin and William Baldwin
Release date: December 7th, 2012

Three kids accidentally travel back in time to 65 million years ago, where they are taken in by a kindly dinosaur. They are now left along to fend for themselves against prehistoric creatures while trying to figure out the way back home!

5 family-friendly December movie releases

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Studio: New Line Cinema
Featuring the voices of: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellan, Cate Blanchett, Andy Serkis and Richard Armitage
Release date: December 14th, 2012

Based on the classic novel from J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is the first installment of Peter Jackson's latest Middle Earth trilogy. Set nearly 50 years before the events that take place in The Lord of the Rings, this latest adventure follows the trials and tribulations of Bilbo Baggins as he joins a band of merry dwarves on the hunt for the treasure they lost to the dragon, Smaug. It's the perfect fantasy adventure for the bigger kids in your house.

5 family-friendly December movie releases

Monsters Inc. 3D

Studio: Disney-Pixar
Featuring the voices of: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi and Bonnie Hunt
Release date: December 19th, 2012

The classic 2001 Oscar-winning animated comedy adventure Monsters, Inc. is getting a 3D theatrical release! Set in Monstropolis, a town where monsters of all shapes and sizes reside, Sulley and his best friend Mike Wazowski work at a scream-processing factory. When a little girl named Boo accidentally follows Sulley back into his world, he finds his life in utter chaos. Can Mike and Sulley help return Boo to the safety of her own bedroom?

5 family-friendly December movie releases

Parental Guidance

Studio: 20th Century Fox
Featuring the voices of: Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei
Release date: December 25th, 2012

When old-fashioned Artie discovers his wife, Diane, has agreed to babysit their three grandchildren while their over-protective parents are out of town, he's not exactly pleased with the situation. The couple run into trouble when their grandkids rebel against their rules and old-school discipline methods. Can the grandparents and the kids get along?

5 family-friendly December movie releases

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Still in theatres: Wreck-It Ralph

Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
Featuring the voices of: John C. Reilly, Sarah Silverman and Jane Lynch
Release date: Now playing

Wreck-It Ralph suffers from a serious case of jealousy. He wishes he were as beloved as his game’s good guy, Fix-It Felix. But, nobody loves a bad guy. When a modern, first-person shooter game arrives on the scene, Ralph sees it as his ticket to happiness and fame. He sneaks into the game but soon wrecks everything, accidently unleashing a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Will Wreck-It Ralph be able to save the day — or will it be game over?

Read our review here.

5 family-friendly December movie releases

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5 family-friendly December movie releases
This article was originally published on Nov 30, 2012

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