'Wreck-It Ralph' made our list of fall movies to see along with six others..
Is there a more frenzied season for families than fall? As kids and parents readjust to the rigors of the school year, a whole host of other activities vie for their attention, ranging from soccer season to orchestra practice. In such a hectic climate, sometimes families just need to get away from it all, and there's no better way to do so than a day at the movies.
St. Louis Sprout & About has the scoop on some of this fall's most intriguing films for families. When you're looking for a break from life's frantic schedule, stop by your local theater to check out these flicks.
'Hotel Transylvania' Moviegoers with a love of the macabre have a couple of monster-themed animated options to choose from this Halloween season. The first of these, "Hotel Transylvania," is already in theaters. The story centers around Count Dracula, an over-protective dad, and his daughter Mavis who longs to experience the world. Along the way we meet various other ghouls, including Frankenstein, a werewolf named Wayne, and a mummy named Murray, as well as Jonathan, an affable human who becomes Mavis' love interest. The movie is rated PG and features more chuckles than chills, making it a good option for most viewers. In theaters now.
'Frankenweenie' Nobody does creepy family fare like director Tim Burton who has returned this fall with his latest animated opus "Frankenweenie." This dark tale follows a young boy named Victor and his beloved dog Sparky. When the latter is struck and killed by a car, Victor decides to harness the power of science to reanimate his best friend. Predictably, havoc and terror ensue. Can Victor prove to his family and friends that Sparky — despite his monstrous bolt-necked appearance — is still the lovable, loyal pet they remember? Their future depends upon it. In theaters now.
'Fun Size' Here's one for the 'tween set: "Fun Size" features Victoria Justice of the Nickelodeon hit show "Victorious" in her first starring role on the big-screen. Justice plays Wren, a sarcastic teenager frustrated by her dysfunctional family. Her plans to attend a Halloween party at the home of a boy she likes are thrown into disarray when she's put in charge of watching her oddball little brother Albert. When Albert goes missing, Wren enlists some friends in an all-night adventure to track him down. This film is rated PG-13. Opens Oct. 26.
'Wreck-It Ralph' This animated film tells the story of Wreck-It Ralph (voiced by the hilarious John C. Reilly), a video game villain who longs for a turn as a good guy. When he sneaks out of his video game and into another for a chance to be a hero, he unwittingly unleashes a deadly enemy who threatens the future of every other video game in the arcade. Can Ralph — with the help of his friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voiced by comedian Sarah Silverman) — save the day and be the hero he's always dreamed of becoming? Opens Nov. 2.
'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2' Since the first film in the Twilight series hit the big screen in 2008, millions of viewers — mainly 'tween and teen girls — have been drawn to this darkly gothic story of Bella and her vampire lover Edward. In this, the fifth and (possibly) final film in the series, Edward and Bella are enjoying life as the newly married parents of Renesmee, a half-human, half-vampire infant. But danger arrives when the Volturi, a powerful vampire coven, are mistakenly informed that Renesmee is an "immortal child," which violates vampire law. Bella and Edward must find a way to convince the Volturi of the truth or face destruction. This one is PG-13 and probably isn't appropriate for younger audiences. Opens Nov. 16.
'Rise of the Guardians' The Dreamworks juggernaut unleashes its big-budget holiday film "Rise of the Guardians" in November (pictured at right). The animated film tells the story of "the guardians" — Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, the Tooth Fairy and Jack Frost — who must join forces to protect the world from the evil spirit Pitch. The film features the voices of such big name stars as Alec Baldwin, Hugh Jackman and Jude Law. Expect a strong marketing push for this one as the holidays approach. The film is rated PG. Opens Nov. 21.
'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' Expect a huge opening for this first entry in "The Hobbit" trilogy. These prequel films to the "Lord of the Rings" series are once again directed by Peter Jackson and are expected to be equally successful. "The Hobbit" films take place in Middle Earth and follow the adventures of Bilbo Baggins as he is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon Smaug. Bilbo joins forces with a crew of warrior dwarves who must confront goblins, orcs and various sorcerers. The film is not yet rated but is expected to follow the "Lord of the Rings" example with a PG-13 rating. Opens Dec. 14.
Best Bets articles represent the views and the research completed by St. Louis Sprout & About journalists and are not driven by advertising or requests by vendors or venues. Best Bets do not imply an endorsement of a business or activity.