Top DVDs of 2011

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factor
Ready, Set, Watch! To get our list of top family films, we went to the pros: you! We asked readers to vote on their fave DVDs of 2011 at Here's what made the cut.

Cars 2

Race to pick up a copy of this laugh-out-loud sequel, which whisks your family away on an international adventure of auto-style espionage. (Rated G, $30)

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

In this live-action movie based on the popular book series for boys, sibling rivalry puts two brothers in a variety of sticky -- and amusing -- situations. (Rated PG, $16 to $30)

Gnomeo & Juliet

An animated remake of Shakespeare's tragedy.. for children? That's what we thought too. But this garden-gnome version is fun for kids and funny for parents who love the classic. (Rated G, $14 to $30)

Kung Fu Panda 2

This bumbling, karate-chopping panda proves that you don't have to be the toughest "kid" on the block to save the day. (Rated PG, $18 to $30)

The Lion King (Four-Disc Diamond Edition)

The Disney blockbuster comes to life in 3-D with this purrr-fect set that includes the awesome 2-D original and tons of new bonus features. (Rated G, $30 to $50)


Turns out that the only thing bigger than this supervillain's head is his heart in this funny feature about an "evil" genius. (Rated PG, $18 to $30)

Phineas and Ferb The Movie: Across The 2nd Dimension

The story of two stepbrothers and their over-the-top antics is a fun watch, particularly for blended families, in this full-length version of the hit Disney Channel show. (Rated G, $15 to $27)


If you want to escape into a great family film, go on this wild musical getaway with some new feathered friends in this movie about a rare macaw's return to the rain forest. (Rated G, $17-$30)


When it comes to bad guys, this long-locked princess puts the "tress" in distressed. Warning: Disney's animated retelling of Rapunzel may make girls refuse to cut their hair. (Rated PG, $14 to $30)

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)

Share the magic and mayhem of the original movie with your kids for the first time. Note: Sensitive kids may find parts scary, including the mysterious Oompah-Loompahs. (Rated G, $44 to $65)

Originally published in the December 2011 issue of Parents magazine.

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