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Five for Families: Films take comics from page to screen
"Annie" (1982) - photo by Deseret Connect
Here are five movies from various platforms families may want to consider. Because not all are appropriate for younger children, age recommendations are included.

Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, Schroeder and the rest of Charles Schulz's now beloved Peanuts characters made their jump from the comic strip to the television set and now to the big screen with the recent release of "The Peanuts Movie." Here are five films based on comic strips or comic books:

In theaters: 'The Peanuts Movie'

Snoopy pursues his nemesis and Charlie Brown seeks to beat the odds stacked against him. The Dove Foundation awarded the film its Dove Family-Approved seal for all ages, calling it a delightful and charming film that the whole family can enjoy that is clever, funny, and remains true to the original characters in Schulzs comic strip. Enjoy the slapstick moments, the humor, and those lovable characters, the website adds. recommends the film for viewers ages 3 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'Annie' (1982)

A wealthy man takes in "Little Orphan Annie" to improve his public image and attempts to help her locate her family. Parent Previews says a "little girl hoping for a family" is the core of this film and that "rambunctious dance scenes" and "catchy tunes" set the film apart. The website states that some elements such as children in peril may frighten young children. recommends the film for viewers ages 7 and older.

iTunes: 'Dennis the Menace'

A well-meaning young boy stays with his neighbors while his parents are out of town but ends up causing havoc. refers to the film as a "harmless, entertaining treat," praising its theme that "people and relationships are valued and important." The film is rated PG for comedic mischief. recommends the film for viewers ages 8 and older.

Redbox: 'Captain America'

A serum transforms a rejected soldier into the ultimate military man. Common Sense Media states that while "Captain America" has action violence that would be expected from superhero films, the film also portrays a main character who is "wholesome, compassionate and brave." recommends the film for ages 11 and older.

Amazon Instant: 'The Adventures of Tintin'

A reporter named Tintin on the search for a good story embarks on a treasure hunt. The Dove Foundation compares Tintin to a "young Indiana Jones" and refers to the film as "thrilling and wildly funny." The film is rated PG for adventure action, violence, some drunkenness and brief smoking. recommends the film for ages 8 and older.