A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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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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?
- On DVD or streaming: February 10, 2015
- Cast: Jon Lovitz, Drake Bell, Miranda Cosgrove, Tom Arnold, Jon Heder
- Director: David Bisbano
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Cats, Dogs, and Mice, Friendship
- Run time: 88 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: Rated PG for some mild rude language, humor and scary images
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