Take a look at 2010's best 3-D family movies, present by LIonsgate's 'Alpha and Omega.'

Thanks in part to the overwhelming success of James Cameron's 'Avatar,' 2010 is the year 3-D movies became so ubiquitous that theater chains invested in child-sized glasses, so even the youngest moviegoers could enjoy the technology. It's a good thing, too, because the majority of 3-D movies are family-friendly films. While some are waste of the designation ('Clash of the Titans' comes to mind), others make the momentary inconvenience and surplus fee worth while ('How to Train Your Dragon').

This fall kicks off with even more 3-D releases, like 'Alpha and Omega' (Sept. 17), a kid and tween-friendly adventure following two wolves from different sides of the pack -- Alpha female Kate (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) and an "Omega" male Humphrey (Justin Long). The two young wolves end up separated from their friends (who include wolves voiced by Danny Glover and Dennis Hopper); and as with all great love stories, they get to know and like each other on their action-packed journey back to their pack.







But before families had back to the theaters for fall's big 3-D releases, let's take a look back at the year's five best 3-D family titles.

Take a look at 2010's best 3-D family movies, presented by Lionsgate's 'Alpha and Omega.'

Thanks in part to the overwhelming success of James Cameron's 'Avatar,' 2010 is the year 3-D movies became so ubiquitous that theater chains invested in child-sized glasses, so even the youngest moviegoers could enjoy the technology. It's a good thing, too, because the majority of 3-D movies are family-friendly films. While some are waste of the designation ('Clash of the Titans' comes to mind), others make the momentary inconvenience and surplus fee worth while ('How to Train Your Dragon').

This fall kicks off with even more 3-D releases, like 'Alpha and Omega' (Sept. 17), a kid and tween-friendly adventure following two wolves from different sides of the pack -- Alpha female Kate (voiced by Hayden Panettiere) and an "Omega" male Humphrey (Justin Long). The two young wolves end up separated from their friends (who include wolves voiced by Danny Glover and Dennis Hopper); and as with all great love stories, they get to know and like each other on their action-packed journey back to their pack.**

Like the 'Shrek' films, 'Alpha and Omega' is an animated romantic comedy that should entertain both parents and kids. In an exclusive clip from the movie below, Kate asks some feathered friends for help getting back home to Jasper Park, Canada. Luckily, the geese are familiar with the area and can help the two wolves make it home -- if only because the wolves didn't eat the geese on sight.

"You didn't eat me, so I owe you a favor," says one goose.

Watch an exclusive clip from 'Alpha and Omega':




As excited as we are for the 3-D family films of the fall, we wanted to prepare by looking back at 2010's best. Before you head back to the theaters for more, let's take a look back at the five best 3-D family movies of the year (so far).


Toy Story 31. 'Toy Story 3': Leave it to the geniuses at Pixar to make not only the best movie of the summer, but one of the most impacting 3-D films since the craze hit cinemas. The 3-D was so seamlessly integrated, it enhanced the action but never distracted audiences from the moving plot. One of the sequences was particularly intense (you know -- that harrowing incinerator scene that left all of us crying big fat tears into our popcorn?), but overall, Woody and Buzz's latest adventure is yet another example of Pixar's complete mastery -- and domination -- of animation.

More Words of Praise: "'Toy Story 3' is a salute to the magic of making believe." -- Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly




How to Train a Dragon2. 'How to Train Your Dragon': Based on the popular middle-grade book series by Cressida Cowell, this DreamWorks Animation creation is full of original, eye-popping 3-D, especially when misfit young viking Hiccup (voiced by Jay Baruchel) is riding his pet dragon Toothless. This is one of those rare animated movies even teenagers will enjoy, because it's got nail-biting adventure, whip-smart humor, and a heavy dose of adolescent hormones and romance going on (America Ferrera voices Hiccup's platinum-blond love interest, Astrid) to keep it adolescent-friendly.

More Words of Praise: "It's a great-looking film--and an impressive use of 3D--but ultimately, the story makes it memorable." -- Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club


Despicable Me3. 'Despicable Me'
: Isn't it always the case that the most scenery-chewing super-villains are way more interesting than their vanilla, heroic nemeses? This brilliant comedy dares to focus on the villain, mastermind Gru (Steve Carell) as the potential unsung hero. He's selfish and scheming and egotistical, but inside the bald baddie is a superdad waiting to burst out and take care of three orphaned girls. With Carell leading a great cast, hilarious 3D animation (those minions are adorable!), and Pharrell Williams' hip score, this is easily one of the year's greatest 3D picks.

More Words of Praise: "The film is funny, energetic, teeth-gnashingly venomous and animated with an eye to exploiting the 3-D process with such sure-fire techniques as a visit to an amusement park." -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times


Alice in Wonderland4. 'Alice in Wonderland': Tim Burton is a natural-born 3-D filmmaker, since visually, his movies offer a glimpse at stylized worlds that are uniquely Burtonesque. So Burton's taking on Lewis Carroll's magical Wonderland was a no-brainer. Despite the mixed reviews, the 3-D aspects of 'Wonderland' were breathtakingly colorful. As (nearly) always, Burton's stellar cast includes Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, with gorgeous young newcomer Mia Wasikowska as Alice, the bloody brilliant Helena Bonham as the big-headed Red Queen, and Alan Rickman as the hookah-smoking caterpillar.

More Words of Praise:
"When it comes to 3-D visual splendors, give me Wonderland over Pandora any day." -- Claudia Puig, USA Today




Shrek Forever After5. 'Shrek Forever After': Whether or not this fourth installment is indeed the final chapter in DreamWorks' 'Shrek' franchise, it is nonetheless an entertaining, pop-culture-referencing comedy that benefited from the extra 3D value. Featuring a coven of hench-witches, a wig-loving Rumpelstiltskin, revolutionary ogres, and our favorite characters Shrek, Fiona, Donkey and Puss 'N Boots, this ogre-power finale is as sweet for parents, who'll relate to Shrek's parenting crisis, as it is for kids, who just want to hear the ogre roar and the Donkey sing.

More Words of Praise: "DreamWorks could be entering a period of fresh creativity. With 'How To Train Your Dragon' and a balanced, darker-hued and very funny 'Shrek' finale, they've found the magic again. " -- James White, Empire



**Speaking of packs, if you're a pet lover, here's your chance to participate in a cool AOL and Lionsgate Films project. AOL and Moviefone readers who live in Patch markets are invited to host a local event to celebrate animal lovers and their pets in anticipation of Lionsgate's premiere of 'Alpha and Omega,' on Sept. 17. The event that attracts the most participants will win a free 3-D screening of 'Alpha and Omega' for the community. Check your local Patch site for details.