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Five for Families: Easter-themed movies to enjoy with the family
North (Alec Baldwin, center), along with Bunnymund (Hugh Jackman, rear center), Tooth (Isla Fisher, rear right) and two of his Yettis welcome Jack Frost (Chris Pine, not featured) in DreamWorks Animations "Rise of the Guardians." - photo by Caresa Alexander Randall
Here are five movies from various platforms that families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

As the family gathers this holiday for brunch and egg hunts, enjoy some light-hearted, family friendly flicks. Here are five Easter-themed films for families to consider.

Amazon Video: 'Rise of the Guardians'

Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Sandman join together to stop the boogeyman when he threatens to take over the world in "Rise of the Guardians." Common Sense Media notes the ingenious plot and surprisingly substantive messages, "dazzling" visuals, "fantastic" voice performances and humorous dialogue that make the movie a refreshing treat. The Dove Foundation awarded the fantasy adventure film its "Family-Approved" seal for all ages and said the movie is "quaint and breathes new life into these old friends from our childhood." The film is rated PG for thematic elements and some mildly scary action. recommends the film for viewers ages 6 and older.

iTunes: 'Easter Parade'

In an attempt to make his former dance partner jealous, a nightclub performer (Fred Astaire) hires a chorus girl (Judy Garland) to be his new partner. Parent Previews praised the film that won the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score, including the title song, noting that the "cheery musical production may inspire a new generation of aspiring performers." recommends the film for viewers age 6 and older.

Amazon Video: 'The Dog Who Saved Easter'

Zeus, the Labrador retriever, returns in this fifth film in a series of holiday movies. The K-9 must save Easter and a doggie daycare when crooks try to sabotage the business. Common Sense Media calls the spirit of the film "light, cartoonish, and always predictable" with "budding romances, and happy resolutions." The film is rated PG for some rude humor. recommends the film for viewers age 6 and older.

Netflix: 'Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo'

In an adaptation of Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol," Rabbit refuses to celebrate Easter and instead hosts a Spring Cleaning day celebration. The Dove Foundation awarded the Disney film its "Family-Approved" seal for all ages and notes the "characters are as vibrant and exciting as ever" with "their kooky mannerisms" in a movie that is enjoyable for families to share." recommends the film for viewers age 3 and older.

Amazon Video: 'Hop'

On Easter Island, the Easter Bunny's teenage son, E.B., does not want to take over the family business and leaves for Hollywood to become a drummer. He is hit by a car and the driver takes him in. notes the "central theme revolves around the struggle two young male characters face as they move from adolescence to adulthood." The film is rated PG for some mild rude humor. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.