LEGO Hero Factory: Savage Planet
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this direct-to-DVD release is another entry in the LEGO series of action-packed, animated tales designed to showcase robotic toys and superhero figures for young consumers. There are many battles scenes (some of which feel a lot like video game sequences) with villains exhibiting various built-in weapons: sharp teeth, fangs, claws, and sabers. The Heroes fight their enemies in lengthy hand-to-hand combat scenes which serve the usual "evil mastermind wants to take over the world" plot. Professor Aldous Witch has glowing red eyes and a dastardly cackle. There's an attempt to provide some positive lessons about teamwork and responsibility along with the action.
What's the story?
Rookie Hero Rocka is in trouble on the beautiful Planet Quatros. The evil Aldous Witch is destroying Quatros and the protected animals who live there as he attempts to take control of "quaza," an essential and valuable mineral at the planet's core. Without quaza, the Heroes' entire world is threatened. Members of the team are sent to rescue Rocka and save the day. They encounter Aldous and a series of frightening animal creatures who are under his spell and have been ordered to defend their master and his nefarious plan.
Is it any good?
Somewhere amid the barrage of battles, attacks, and derring-do, there's a thin story and an even thinner attempt to draw distinctive personalities. It's hard to tell the Heroes apart, except for their color or dialect. Even their special skills are difficult to define, though each is supposed to embody the qualities of a mighty animal (bear, eagle, wolf).
The movie finds an easy rhythm: Hero is attacked; Hero defends himself (and they are all male); Hero defeats the fanged, clawed, or spiked creature that threatens him. And all the while, the big baddie laughs his hideous laugh, his eyes aglow with piercing red embers. It's not original; it's not clever or funny, but for kids who like their superheroes dashing, strong, and unstoppable, it's probably enough.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about cartoon violence. Kids: When did you learn the difference between fake and real violence? How do they affect you differently?
Did watching this movie make you want to buy some of the action figures from LEGO? How can parents and kids decide together when or if that's a good idea?
Are you aware of efforts to help our planet and save animals who might be in danger here? What can you do to help?