What kid movies are worth your holiday money?

It costs so much money to take a family to the movies that parents have to be smart about choosing the films. You can’t spend your hard-earned money on duds.

So I thought it would be great if parents could share which holiday movies are worth your buck!

I can vouch for two movies so far. We saw “Hugo” with Rose’s class a few weeks ago and it was simply amazing. We didn’t pay for the 3D but you could tell where the effects would have been. I think it would have been worth the money on this one for the 3D if your kids like that.

The fifth-graders who went all loved it. My third-grader went and he thought it was long and a little slow. The fifth-graders had all read the book so that might have helped too. I had not read the book and I was thoroughly entertained. Parents will like it as much as kids. I wouldn’t take small kids to it though. I specifically left my 4-year-old with a friend.

When my parents were visiting a few weeks ago, they took us to see the new Muppet movie, which the whole family loved. It was perfect for Grandpa down to the 4-year-old. Highly recommending the new Muppet movie

I think we are going to see “The Adventures of Tintin” today and will probably pay for the 3D. We’ve read interviews with Steven Spielberg where he talks about the 3D and I think he was purposeful with it.  I am thinking the 4-yea-old is not going to enjoy it but I don’t really have any place to leave her so we’ll see how she does.

All of my kids want to see the Chipmunk’s new movie “Chipwrecked” but I just think it’s going to be awful. I asked my neighbor’s who went – the kids said it was great, the mom said “I can’t believe I spent $30 on this.”

So let us know which holiday movies you have seen and which are worth your money. Also tell us if there is a 3D option, is it worth paying for.

Editor’s Update: We all loved “Tintin,” except for the 4-year-old. It was a little scary and intense for her. (But I didn’t have anyone to leave her with.) However, the 10-year-old, 8-year-old and the adults all loved it. (There were three teenagers sitting next to us who also cheered and loved it.) We went to the matinee and did do the 3D version. We ended up paying $45 to get in with the matinee price. But I do think Spielberg shot specifically for the 3D. The animation is amazing — although the characters seem short-legged. There was lots of adventure and laughs. We all gasped and awed and chuckled through it. Be aware there is a significant amount of drinking and reference to drinking by the sea captain. They explain it as being a bad thing but he does drink through much of the movie. Also be aware there are plenty of guns and gun fire through out. They try to avoid too graphic or violent scenes but there is gunfire. Overall we all thought the story line was great, the adventure was engrossing and the music and animation were lovely. It is worth your holiday money.

27 comments Add your comment

fcm on cell

December 23rd, 2011
5:22 am

I bought a zoo is currently #1. It takes a lot to get me to spend $25 for us to see a movie.

We do rent movies often though.


December 23rd, 2011
6:58 am

We are going to see the muppets today. My 9yo just read Hugo, so we will probably see that. I think that one may be worth it to see in 3d. I like to go in the morning to cut the cost a little bit, and definitely no movie snacks.

Ned Braden

December 23rd, 2011
8:09 am

Slap Shot is one of my all time favorite family movies.


December 23rd, 2011
8:19 am

Tintin for the win!


December 23rd, 2011
8:46 am

Arthur Christmas was very good. We will also go see the Muppet movie this weekend.


December 23rd, 2011
9:45 am

Think the cost of a movie is high now, wait until you have to pay for 3D glasses! Heard that in the news recently. Movie studios aren’t going to subsidize the glasses anymore.

Another Hiram Saint

December 23rd, 2011
10:25 am

Movies with lots of tools.


December 23rd, 2011
10:33 am

As an update to my story yesterday, the Room Mom showed up with gift cards for my wife after school. No explanation as to why she had not had the gifts when she was supposed to or why she had not been communicating with the other parents in the class…..

Our assumption is that she got scared….or the Christmas spirit or something.


December 23rd, 2011
10:47 am

An easier way to afford it is if your family drinks coke products throughout the year- use them to get tickets. My husband and I do it and can go when we see one that looks good. Just go to http://www.cokerewards.com

Often we will save up points throughout the year and get 2 tickets with coupons for 1 free popcorn (large) and 2 free drinks (ours are usually large when we get them). The tickets are good for 1 year after you get them so don’t wait until the end of the year to order them. We’ll probably order ours in January to use.


December 23rd, 2011
11:40 am

My oldest daughter and I saw the Muppet Movie at Thanksgiving. I laughed out loud and embarressed the 26 year old. She thought it was just OK, but she has forgotten the Muppets, even though she grew up watching their movies as a kid, such as Muppets Christmas Carol and Muppet Treasure Island. If you watch The Big Bang Theory, then you will love Jim Parsons cameo in the Muppet movie, I thought he was the best actor they could have had for the part he played. It was good for kids, but also had laughs for adults.


December 23rd, 2011
1:21 pm

Not to ruin your stereotype, but my wife teaches in an Upper Middle Class neighborhood. The room mother has recently lost her $700K home in foreclusure due to a divorce.


December 23rd, 2011
4:00 pm

Hugo gets a vote here. The cinematography is so gorgeous that I don’t think the 3D version would be much different.

My son wants to see Arthur Christmas. Our tradition is to go to a movie on Christmas if we are home that day.

Chas Foster Kane

December 23rd, 2011
4:40 pm

Make sure your whelps see BAD SANTA. The only true movie about Xmas.

CC Mom

December 23rd, 2011
6:37 pm

Saw We Bought A Zoo today with my 10 year old. We both enjoyed it.


December 24th, 2011
2:16 pm

Arthur Christmas was really cute. We were going to see Zoo yesterday but our daughter decided she wanted to just stay home. We’ll probably catch it after Christmas along with Rintin maybe.

We have the Movie Tavern by us. Almost half the price of regular theaters, during the matinees, which are ALL movies that start before 6:00, not just one dud movie time a day, AND you can get real food and beer. https://movietavern.tstickets.com/%28S%28q1jutimikotxraepve4cf145%29%29/ticketing.aspx?theatreid=4017


December 24th, 2011
2:16 pm

Oh, and Merry Christmas all.

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Captain Clarence Oveur

December 25th, 2011
11:18 am

I like movies with gladiators.

Brooks was here

December 25th, 2011
11:36 am

Prison movies are always holiday classics.


December 25th, 2011
7:07 pm

Saw the Muppet Movie earlier this week and loved it! For someone like me who grew up watching the Muppet Show every Sunday night, it brought back a lot of memories. (Yes, I started singing along to the theme song.)

We saw Arthur Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. It’s cute and funny. I wouldn’t call it a classic, but it was a fun movie.


December 25th, 2011
8:46 pm

We don’t go without a coupon – Studio Movie Grill is almost always offering coupons or Groupons for $5 admission including a refillable soft drink & the Aurora Cineplex in Roswell does two-fer Tuesdays where tickets are 2 for 1 & all concessions are 50% off & include unlimited soft drink refills & 1 popcorn refill.

K's mom

December 26th, 2011
2:22 pm

We rent/pay per view a lot of movies. We watched A Dolphin Tale last week and 7 Days in Utopia the week prior. Both were outstanding for families if you want a stay in movie night. I will definitely buy A Dolphin Tale for my boys because the main character was such a great little boy who had overcome adversity.

Hank Scorpio

December 26th, 2011
8:04 pm

Anything with explosions.


December 27th, 2011
10:38 am

We finally made it to The Muppets, and it was great! My three and five year old loved it, and we enjoyed it too. I highly recommend it if you haven’t made it out to see it yet.


December 27th, 2011
11:15 am

@K’s mom..I took my two to see Dolphin Tale when it first came out and they LOVED it..We bought the DVD last week and we have watched it twice already..Wonderful movie..The boy wants to go to Clearwater, FL. for our next vacation just to see when Winter lives and (hopefully) to see Winter..

ya think?

December 27th, 2011
3:27 pm

(maybe she finally quit)!!


December 27th, 2011
4:53 pm

The Muppets haven’t been the same since Henson died. I watched a few of the movies since he passed away and it’s just not the same. I’ll stick with classic Muppets.