Movies have long been the easy answer to every parent's favorite question — "What do we do with the kids this weekend?"
Hollywood knows that, which is why we've got lots of all-ages-friendly titles looking at us in 2010 — animation, an epic, cute talking critters and wimpy kids.
So get out your calendars and plan the custody weekends. Remember to recycle your 3D glasses, and that there's no use praying that a "Cats & Dogs" sequel won't be in your future.
Feb. 12: "Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" — Rick Riordan's fantasy novels are given the Chris "Harry Potter" Columbus treatment in what could be the first film in a series, starring Logan Lerman.
March 5: "Alice in Wonderland" — Johnny Depp is "as mad as a hatter" in Tim Burton's fantastical 3D treatment of Alice's adventures through the looking glass.
March 26: "How to Train Your Dragon 3D" — This is an animated version of Cressida Cowell's book about a Viking lad who trains a dragon to be fierce.
April 2: "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" — Jeff Kinney's books about a self-described middle school "wimp" comes to the big screen with Zachary Gordon in the title role.
Also opening April 2: "Furry Vengeance" — When Ken Jeong and Brendan Fraser put their development on a nature preserve, nature fights back in this animals-behaving-badly farce.
April 22: "Oceans" — Disney's newest nature documentary is about the wonders of the world's imperiled oceans.
May 21: "Shrek Forever After" — Rumpelstiltskin helps Shrek find his inner ogre and see what life without the fair Fiona would be like in this 3D toon.
June 4: "Marmaduke" — Owen Wilson is the voice of the dog in this comedy based on the newspaper comic.
June 11: "The Karate Kid" — Will and Jada's son, Jaden Smith, has the title role in this remake, with Jackie Chan as the new kid's new mentor, Mr. Han.
June 18: "Toy Story 3" — Woody and the gang have been donated to a pre-school in this 3D animated sequel.
July 9: "Despicable Me" — Steve Carell voices the villain in this animated comedy about orphans who try to foil plans to steal the moon.
July 30: "Cats & Dogs: Revenge of Kitty Galore" — More talking dog secret agents battling super-villain cats.
Aug. 13: "Ramona and Beezus" — Joey King and Selena Gomez star in this adaptation of Beverly Cleary's novels about a pest of a little sister.
Nov. 5: "Megamind" — This 3D animated comedy is about an evil genius (voiced by Will Ferrell) whose world is turned upside down when he accidentally kills his superhero nemesis (Brad Pitt).
Nov. 12: "Rapunzel" — A hairy animated Disney princess tale, in 3D. Wide release is Thanksgiving week.
Nov. 19: "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1" — Harry's exit from the fantasy film stage is split into two parts, beginning with this one.
Dec. 10: "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" — Can Fox and a "name" director (Michael Apted) breathe new life into the fantasy series based on the C.S. Lewis novels?
Dec. 17: "Yogi Bear" — Dan Aykroyd voices a Mr. "Smarter Than Your Average Bear" in this mix of animation and live action.
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