With 2012 almost gone and 2013 fast approaching (assuming the apocalypse doesn’t get us) we can begin looking forward to what’s in store for the new year. While this past year was pretty good to movie fans, 2013 will have a lot to offer for families with a penchant for the science fiction and fantasy.
Feb. 13 – Escape From Planet Earth
Cal Bunker, director of <em>Despicable Me</em> and <em>Horton Hears a Who</em>, brings us this alien adventure packed with action, thrills, and plenty of comedy. Scorch Supernova is a big-shot hero from planet Baab. Along with his brainy brother Gary, they protect their galaxy at all costs. However, the “Dark Planet” ie, Earth, manages to capture Scorch and it’s up to Gary to save him, with a little help from a team of hilarious Earth-stuck aliens.
March 22 – The Croods
Set in a fantastical prehistoric era, <em>The Croods</em> tells the story of a girl named Eep, whose protective father never lets their family venture far from the caves. They gets thrown into a new world full of lush vegetation and creatures they’d never encountered before. An encounter with a stranger who claims the world will be ending soon forces them into an adventure they never thought possible. This fantasy epic gives a lesson in overcoming fear as a family, told with gorgeous scenery and imaginative characters.
May 24 – Epic
Mary Katherine’s father always told her stories of a secret world, stories too incredible to be real. When she finds herself in the middle of the story, she has no choice but to help the forest warriors in the battle between good and evil. A bit like Avatar for little ones, Epic will have your kids wide-eyed and on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
June 21 – Monsters University
This Monsters Inc Prequel follows Mike and Sully through their years in college, where they learned all their scare skills. Of course, college wouldn’t be college without pranks and adventures and this film isn’t short on either.
August 16 – Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters
Sea of Monsters is the sequel to the 2010 film <em>Percy Jackson &the Olympians: The Lightning Thief</em>. It continues the adventures of Percy and his friends as they try to stop the Titan lord Kronos from destroying the world. It has cyclopses, a satyr, and of course, no shortage of gods and goddesses. The re-telling of Greek mythology has no shortage of fans and if your family isn’t one yet, you had better see what you’re missing out on!
September 27 – Cloudy 2: Revenge of the Leftovers
<em>Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs</em> was a great film for the entire family. Kids loved it, adults loved it, even sullen teenagers loved it. This coming sequel introduces to us Live Corp, a company charged with the job of cleaning up the giant mess left behind by Flint’s food weather machine. They discover that the machine is still spitting out creations, this time in the form of food creatures like a talking strawberry and a bacon-cheese-spider. Yum! I think…
Films that would be good for older kids and teenagers:
March 1 – Jack the Giant Slayer
A modern re-telling of Jack and the Beanstalk, this film follows the story of Jack, a young farmer who unknowingly opens up the world of giants to the human race. He volunteers to aid the kingdom in rescuing a princess from the hands of the giants and make the human world safe from the fearsome creatures once and for all.
May 3 – Iron Man 3
Tony Stark fights Iron Man’s most iconic enemy, the Mandarin (played by Ben Kingsley), in this third installment of the Iron Man series. Stark finds his private world and those he loves most in danger of destruction, and seeks out those responsible. This film promises to deliver the action and special effects magic that made the first two Iron Man films so great.
November 1 – Ender’s Game
Orson Scott Card’s beloved novel is brought to life next November, and there was much rejoicing. This highly anticipated film follows child genius Ender and his role in defeating an alien threat to humanity. No word yet on the rating, but the heavy themes involved in the plot will probably be more suitable to your teens than your younger children. Your nerdy teenagers can be excited about this one, and if they’re not, buy them the book, pronto!
November 8 – Thor: Dark World
The second film in the Thor series follows the God of Thunder after the events of The Avengers. Malekith the Accursed and his army of Dark Elves bring destruction and death and Thor must protect his world at all costs.
November 22 – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Catching Fire is the second film in the Hunger Games trilogy. Follow Katniss as she is forced back into the deadly arena for the Quarter Quell. A revolution is brewing, and perhaps the Capitol isn’t as strong as they make themselves seem. Strong lead female heroines are hard to come by, and Katniss is one of the best.
December 13 – The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug
Have we saved the best for last? I suppose it’s all just opinion (YES it is the best). <em>The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey</em> has barely been in theaters a week and here we are talking about the second one, but why not? It’s a series that is well worth the hype. The second installment of Peter Jackson’s Hobbit trilogy has Bilbo fighting the dragon Smaug, a creature we can only dream about for now, since there is very little released about the film. We can all rest assured that the trilogy rests well in Peter Jackson’s talented hands.<strong id=”internal-source-marker_0.9683519420213997″> </strong>