A Mouse Tale

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Uninspired tale of mice who save kingdom focuses on courage.
  • PG
  • 2015
  • 88 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Magic is in your heart; light conquers darkness.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are simplistically good or bad; Samantha is a kind, encouraging friend, and Sebastian is insecure but works to build his confidence.

Violence & Scariness

Evil rats with glowing red eyes and demonic-sounding voices; a rat rides a scary, slithering giant snake; mice fight giant scorpion-like rock monsters; wild cats stalk, snarl, growl, and leap; mice dodge falling rocks.

Sexy Stuff

Two mice hug, kiss.


"Coward," "stupid," "monkey butt," "heck."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Mouse Tale is a ho-hum story about mice trying to save their kingdom from evil rodents. It has some scary rats with glowing red eyes, demonic voices, giant cats, slithering snakes, a scary rock monster, and some suspense throughout that may scare younger children. There is some name-calling ("stupid," "monkey butt"). Expect positive messages about building confidence and that real magic comes from your heart, but poor animation and a convoluted plot line dull the proceedings.

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Kid, 11 years old August 4, 2017

funny and boring

quite funny but a bit babyish for me. There was some fighting but it was very mild. I was watching it with my two cousins around 6 years old so they enjoyed it.

What's the story?

Sebastian (Drake Bell) and Samantha (Miranda Cosgrove) are ordered to find a magic crystal to save Rodencia from evil rats, but first they must learn how to build confidence, slay big monsters, and locate the true source of magic.

Is it any good?

This film works as a decent-enough animated tale of adventure for kindergarten-age kids, who won't be too bogged down by the convoluted plot, mediocre animation, and routine characters. There's a little bit of scariness with evil rats and giant monsters, but there are enough nods to excitement, suspense, princesses, bravery, true love, and magic wands that will make up for it. It's not particularly memorable or spectacular, but it is entertaining enough if directed at the right age.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what magic is. Do you believe in magic? What does it look like to you?

  • Have you ever been nervous about something? What made you feel better? What happened?

  • What do the two mice learn about bravery from their adventures? When was a time you had to be really brave?

Movie details

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