With summer rapidly approaching there’s more than just cookouts, vacations and great weather to look forward to; summer movie season is here! Well, almost. Over the next few months the studios will roll out their popcorn flicks, blockbusters, franchises, and enough superheroes to satisfy even the most dedicated fanboy.
To get you up to speed on everything you’ll need to know, we’re bringing you The Seven Sees of Summer. During the next few weeks, we’ll put the spotlight on the seven movies from each genre that we’re most excited about.
First up are movies which the entire family can enjoy.
KUNG FU PANDA 2
(Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogan)
With Po now living his dream as The Dragon Warrior, an unknown villain emerges with a deadly weapon, threatening to conquer China and destroy Kung Fu. Featuring an A-list cast of voices, Po (Black) must unite with his Kung Fu friends, the Furious Five, to save China and the Kung Fu lifestyle they love.
MR. POPPER’S PENGUINS
(Jim Carrey, Carla Gugino)
Based on Richard and Florence Atwater’s book by the same title, businessman Tom Popper (Carrey) unexpectedly inherits six penguins. Rather than relocate the penguins, Mr. Popper turns his home into a winter wonderland to accommodate his tuxedo’ed friends. Trouble ensues however, as Mr. Popper’s professional life unravels and his penguins threaten to eat him out of house and home.
(Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy)
Lightning McQueen (Wilson) races back into theaters hoping to build on the success of 2006′s “Cars.” Accompanied by his best friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Lightning travels overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix, which will determine the world’s fastest car.
(Kevin James, Rosario Dawson)
Beloved Zookeeper Griffin Keyes (James) has always been more comfortable around a lion than a lady. But when he decides to leave his job at the Franklin Park Zoo to pursue love, the animals break their code of silence to convince him to stay, while teaching him a lesson on courtship – animal style.
WINNIE THE POOH
Back for their first feature film since 1977, Pooh and his pals return to the Hundred Acre Wood with a new story from A.A. Milne’s beloved children’s books.
(Neil Patrick Harris, Hank Azaria, Katy Perry)
After being chased from their village by the evil wizard Gargamel (Azaria), the Smurfs land themselves smack in the middle of Manhattan. Desperate to return to their village before Gargamel tracks them down, they use the help of an unsuspecting couple (Harris and Jayma Mays) to find a way back to Smurf village. “The Smurfs” is the feature film debut for the popular 1980s cartoon characters and will be seen in 3D, in mixed live action/animation.
SPY KIDS 4: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
(Jessica Alba, Antonio Banderas, Jeremy Piven, Joel McHale)
When a terrorist who goes only by the name of ‘The Timekeeper’ (Piven) threatens to destroy the earth, retired OSS spy Marissa Wilson (Alba) is called back into action. Despite a rocky relationship with her stepchildren, Rebecca and Cecil (Rowan Blanchard and Mason Cook), the three put their differences aside and join the fight to save the world.