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The Best Children's Movies of 2012 

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Updated June 8, 2017 183 votes 34 voters 1.2k views 17 items

List of the best 2012 children's movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. These films are great for young children ages 3-13, as they're very visually stimulating and family friendly. These are all the children's movies that defined the year 2012, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

A factual list, featuring movies like Wreck-It Ralph and Frankenweenie. This isn't necessarily a list of all children's movies from 2012, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Taylor Swift, Zac Efron, Betty White

Released: 2012

Directed by: Kyle Balda, Chris Renaud

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Sarah Silverman, Jane Lynch, Mindy Kaling

Released: 2012

Directed by: Rich Moore

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Lucy Liu, Lucy Hale, Raven-Symoné

Released: 2012

Directed by: Peggy Holmes, Roberts Gannaway

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Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly

Released: 2012

Directed by: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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Winona Ryder, Elle Fanning, Christopher Lee

Released: 2012

Directed by: Tim Burton

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Cheryl Ladd, G. Hannelius, Diedrich Bader

Released: 2012

Directed by: Robert Vince

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Anna Kendrick, John Goodman, Ariel Winter

Released: 2012

Directed by: Sam Fell, Chris Butler

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Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Snoop Dogg

Released: 2012

Directed by: Genndy Tartakovsky

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Jessica Chastain, Chris Rock, Ben Stiller

Released: 2012

Directed by: Eric Darnell, Tom McGrath, Conrad Vernon

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Peyton List, Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn

Released: 2012

Directed by: David Bowers

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Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Drake

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steve Martino, Mike Thurmeier

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Salma Hayek, David Tennant, Hugh Grant

Released: 2012

Directed by: Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt

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Thunderstruck Shaquille O'Neal, Charles Barkley, Reggie Miller

Released: 2012

Directed by: John Whitesell

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Adam Sandler, Sheryl Crow, Ricky Gervais

Released: 2012

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Oomakkuyil Padumbol Shankar Panicker, Sangita, Nilambur Ayisha

Released: 2012

Directed by: Siddique Chennamangalloor

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