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Top 5 Childrens Films of 2012

16/07/2013 | Room to Grow | by Catherine Godiva

Going to the movies is a great day out for the kids – the excitement, the popcorn, and the fizzy drinks – and that’s before the film has even started.  We’re taking a look at the top five kids’ films of 2012 today and hoping to find out which was the most popular with kids and parents.

Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax

Most kids love the Dr. Seuss books so this computer animated 3D film was eagerly awaited by children all over the world.  Telling the story of Ted Wiggins, a 12 year old boy who lives in the walled city of Thneedville where everything is made of plastic.  Following a revelation from his grandma, Ted sets off to look for the Once-ler to hear his story of a land full of trees.  The Lorax (voiced by Danny De Vito) is the guardian of the forest who struck a deal with the Once-ler, persuading him not to chop down the trees.  However, the Once-ler (spurred on by his greedy family) starts harvesting the Truffula Trees for Thneed production.  This leads to total deforestation which results in overwhelming pollution of the land until the last tree is felled.  As he reveals the story to Ted, the Once-ler realises his mistake and entrusts Ted with the very last Truffula seed in existence.  Then it’s a madcap race to get the seed planted without being caught by evil mayor, O’Hare.


This is another animated film starring Princess Merida (voiced by Kelly Macdonald) whose favourite pastimes are riding her horse Angus in the surrounding forests and practising archery.  Queen Elinor desperately tries to marry of her daughter but Merida has other ideas and visits a witch who turns Queen Elinor into a bear.  There ensues a hilarious race against time to switch Elinor back to a Queen b before she’s caught by her bear hunter husband, Fergus (voiced by Billy Connolly).

The Pirates:  An Adventure with Scientists

Deluded Pirate Captain (voiced by Hugh Grant in this animated adventure flick) is on a mission to win Captain of the Year award.  The ship’s pet parrot turns out to be the last remaining dodo and, following a chance meeting with Charles Darwin, the Pirate Captain is determined to travel to Victorian London to show off the bird.  The fun and frolics along the way will thrill the kids all the way through to the final showdown.

Rise of the Guardians

With breathtaking computer animation sequences that parents will enjoy as much as the kids, this Jack Frost adventure is more suited to older kids.  Featuring Santa, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman and the Tooth Fairy, Jack Frost struggles to get the kids believing in him.  With the characters joining forces in a bid to defeat the Boogeyman (voiced by Jude Law), the Guardians are on a quest.  Featuring brilliant special effects and the scariest villain of the year, this one will delight Mum and Dad as well as the older kids.

Madagascar 3:  Europe’s Most Wanted

Stuck in Africa after the last adventure, Alex, Mary, Melman and Gloria get tired of waiting for the Penguins to return with the plane to take them back to New York.  They set off for Monte Carlo where animal hunter Captain Dubois decides to give chase.  The gang manage to board a Circus Train heading for the Big Apple via Rome and London, disguising themselves as circus performers.  There are plenty of thrills and spills along the way in this fast moving film that will have the kids on the edge of their seats.

What did you think of these films and which one did your kids like best?  Or perhaps their fave was one that hasn’t b been mentioned here.  Join in with the comments below as we try to find out which was the most popular kids’ film in 2012.

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