Best kids movie of 2009: Cloudy with a chance of meatballs: For me a surprise from left field, Cloudy with a chance of meatballs was a whirlwind of a movie that was quite impressive with its depth and the quality of the comedy. Cloudy takes us through the life of a child and later young man, Flint Lockwood (voiced by Bill Hader), who aspires to be an inventor of Einsteinian proportions. Unfortunately for Flint both his father and town do not heavily support his passion as the town routinely has to deal with the consequences of his experiment and his father because he thinks the inventing is silly. Most labored of all is the town police Officer Earl Devereaux, voiced perfectly by Mr. T, who is constantly telling Flint off. In my opinion despite not being a major character in the film, Mr T’s Earl Devereaux steals the show and is even responsible for saving the townspeople.
Second best kids movie of 2009: Ice Age 3: I was not expecting Ice Age 3: Dawn of the dinosaurs to be as good as it was. Anticipating the typical sequel fare, as was the second Ice Age, I was pleasantly surprised to not see the bigger is better mentality and the “threat” was scaled back greatly from the previous movies biblical proportions. Ice Age 3 saw the return of all main characters from the previous two films as well as the introduction of Buck (Simon Pegg) a one eyed weasel. Ice Age 3 Dawn of the dinosaurs was easily the equal of the first Ice Age movie and possibly its better. With rollicking laughs and a good pace this was a really good family movie.
Runner up kids movie of 2009: Monsters vs Aliens: Following the success of 2008 Kung Fu Panda, production company Dreamworks released Monsters vs Aliens. Starring Reese Witherspoon as Susan Murphy, a young woman on the eve of her marriage to up and coming News man Derek Dietl. After being disappointed by Derek following the revelation that they will not be honeymooning in Paris as they thought but Fresno, California because he has an interview there; Susan goes to the field adjacent to the church to get fresh air. While in the field Susan is struck by an irradiated meteor that causes her to mutate during the wedding. Following this Susan is captured by the military and her name is changed to Ginormica. After being apprehended Susan meets others like her including B.O.B (voiced excellently by Seth Rogen) as well as Dr. Cockroach Ph.D (voiced by Hugh Laurie) and The Missing Link (Will Arnett) who have all also been imprisoned by General W.R. Monger (hilariously brought to life by Keifer Sutherland). After an attack by the alien Gallaxhar on Earth, the President authorizes the General to use the “Monsters” to attack the aliens.