Slapstick-y Chinese animal caper is tedious, confusing.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Agent F.O.X. is an animated animal adventure from China that has been overdubbed in English. The adventure tale about a secret agent is geared toward young kids and is fairly clean, though it does have a few scenes showing characters in peril that may be a bit scary for very young children. There's also a bit of silly slapstick-y violence, with a lot of characters getting hit on the head with falling objects.
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What's the Story?
AGENT F.O.X. (Shannon Settlemyre) is sent to Carrot Town to find a lost artifact, the guardian amulet, in a town full of bunnies. When he's discovered, the residents confuse him for a long-tail rabbit, and he pretends to have lost his memory so he can stay and look for the amulet. As he learns lessons from the Elder (Anthony Yeager), makes friends with Princess Bunny (Ashley Bril), and shares his invention skills with the town, Agent F.O.X. (aka Long Tail) must continue to hunt for the guardian amulet. Meanwhile, Buggy (Matthew Warzel), the resident macho bunny, begins to suspect that Long Tail isn't who he says he is.
Is It Any Good?
Although the concept of Agent F.O.X. is cute and has some fun details, something seems to get lost in translation. There are plot points and lines of dialogue that don't make sense, which will probably be confusing to both kids and adults. The animation is very jerky and choppy, which gets a bit tiring after a while. And the voice acting sounds a bit overdone and awkward, which is probably mostly due to being translated from the original Chinese to English.
Kids will probably enjoy the different inventions created by Long Tail and left over from the Great Inventor, but they may find the plot somewhat boring and confusing. The insistence on learning the town rules throughout the movie is especially bland and baffling, even though it's eventually explained. Parents will probably appreciate the fairly clean content, though some may not appreciate the amount of times characters get hit in the head with stuff.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the different animals in the movie. Why do you think rabbits and foxes don't traditionally get along in the film?
Do you like movies that feature gadgets and inventions? What was your favorite invention in the movie?
What's your favorite animal movie? Why is it your favorite?
- On DVD or streaming: July 1, 2014
- Cast: Shannon Settlemyre, Mike Yaeger
- Director: Ge Shuiying
- Studio: Phase 4 Films
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Run time: 83 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: March 28, 2023
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