10. The Princess and the Frog
My new favorite Disney princess movie features a new kind of princess—one who works hard, saves herself and her prince, and is both incredibly funny and resourceful. That’s my kind of princess!
I’m betting you’ve seen this one already, but if not, it’s definitely something worth seeing. It’s incredibly poignant and inspiring; I consider it the best Pixar movie made so far.
8. Despicable Me
Though you’d never guess it, this cartoon—starring Steve Carrell, along with many other voice talents—is incredibly moving and emotional. It’s the story of a villain whose ways are challenged when he adopts three orphans as part of a plot to steal the moon.
Will Ferrell sometimes gets on my nerves, but in this case he—along with Tina Fey, Brad Pitt, David Cross, and several other voice talents—made me giggle until I nearly cried. I am not ashamed to admit that I’ve seen this film over a dozen times and it’s just as good every time!
6. Kung Fu Panda 2
I am not normally one for sequels, but this one really got to me. It was as funny as the first film, but also a bit darker, and emotional. I actually cried during a couple of scenes.
5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
I haven’t read the book, but the movie—as well as its sequel, Roderick Rules—is so funny that I laugh until it hurts. It’s a great choice for movie night when you want something light but goofy, and meaningful.
4. Judy Moody and the Not-Bummer Summer
This is a perfect movie for adventurous children and adults alike! It’s funny and filled with goofy adventures that will make you grin as you recall your own childhood.
3. Ramona and Beezus
Get ready to see one of your favorite childhood books come to life with this hilarious and adorable movie. Moms will also love that hotties John Corbett and Josh Duhamel are in it, as is the ever-enchanting Ginnifer Goodwin.
One of Miyazaki’s wonderful anime films, Ponyo is an updated telling of The Little Mermaid, but without the female disempowerment of the Disney version or the death of the original. It’s cute, just a little dangerous, and funny—a wholly enjoyable film.
1. How to Train Your Dragon
This is one of the most incredible movies I’ve ever seen. Between its special effects, heartwarming message, and unique method of storytelling and humor, it’s something that even my own mother, who doesn’t usually enjoy cartoons, loves.