7 Worst kids' movies of 2011

Dec 26, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. ET

In 2011, we saw some fabulous kids' movies like Rango, Rio and The Muppets. However, there were also some real duds released this year. Let's take a look at some of the worst movies for kids, in no particular order.

Happy Feet 2

Happy Feet Two

The animation is fabulous once again, but unfortunately, the sequel doesn't capture the charm of the original. It might be worth a look on DVD, but don't waste your time and money on Happy Feet Two at the theater.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules

The first film was a surprise hit. However, the second Diary of a Wimpy Kid, released in late March, doesn't fare as well. After only grossing $53 million at the box office, Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules was on DVD by June.

Cars 2

Racecar Lightning McQueen (voice: Owen Wilson) and the tow truck Mater (voice: Larry the Cable Guy) are back once again. This time, they head overseas to compete in a race to determine the world's fastest car. Though some kids will love it, the story isn't that great this time around.

Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked

If you love the Chipmunks, don't go see this film. It's unbearable compared to the older movies. On the upside, very young kids who don't know any better will like the CGI characters.

Mars Needs Moms

Nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) is on a quest to save his mom (Joan Cusack), who was nabbed by martians. With a solid cast, this movie suffers from a lack of heart.

Gnomeo and Juliet

Garden gnomes meet Shakespeare -- how could it miss? Well, it did. Even though it's full of Elton John songs (he is also the executive producer), this film lacks wit. The animation is amazing, though.

Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer

More than just the title is a bummer. This movie, which is aimed toward young girls and tweens, has no charm or humor to speak of.

Of course, every movie is not for every family. Your kids might just like one of these films. So if your children are interested in one of these movies, a dollar rental from Redbox or Netflix won't hurt. It's always great to spend time with your kids, even if it's hovered around the TV watching a bad movie and munching on popcorn.

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