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Top 5 3D Movies for Kids

These days, it seems like just about every tentpole release film comes out in 3-D. While many of the films don’t utilize the advantages of the third dimension and instead use it as a gimmick to have things pop out at you, a select few offer true spectacle and beauty through 3-D. An involving 3-D viewing experience can be even better shared as a family. Here are five great 3-D movies for kids.

1. “Hugo”

Martin Scorsese’s love letter to movies was praised for its heart and imagination. It was also roundly praised for how it utilized 3-D in a way that was not a gimmick but instead furthered the vibrancy of its story all the more so. The tale of a young orphan boy in Paris in the 1930s, “Hugo” is a movie that will take your kids to another time and the 3-D will take them to another world.

2. “How to Train Your Dragon”

One of the appeals of 3-D is how it can immerse one in the viewing experience to make them feel as though they too are a part of the action. Dreamworks’ acclaimed animated film, “How to Train Your Dragon,” accomplishes just that. As you watch with your kids, the beautifully animated flying sequences will make you feel as though you are swooping and gliding through the air along with them.

3. “Avatar”

We can pinpoint one film as the originate of the 3-D movement: James Cameron’s revolutionary exercise in technological wonder, “Avatar.” By transporting viewers to the world of Pandora and the Na’vi. Though the film deals with some mature subject matter, older children should be able to enjoy and learn from the lessons of “Avatar” as well as be spellbound by the beauty of the world it creates.

4. “Journey to the Center of the Earth”

There is something to said for a film that just embraces fun to its full potential. “Journey to the Center of the Earth” is by no means a cinematic masterpiece. However, as a film that has fun with 3-D, it’s hard to beat. While viewing, you will contend with all sorts of creatures and yo-yos popping out at you. Sophisticated? No. Fun? You bet.

5. “The Walk”

The story of Philippe Petit, who mounted a high-wire between the towers of the World Trade Center, is nothing sort of astonishing. While you might never reach the heights of Petit, the 3-D presentation of “The Walk,” about his daring feat brings you close to feeling like you are up on the wire with him. We just have one piece of advice: don’t look down.