Parents' Guide to

Air Bound

By Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Animated mouse adventure with emotional intensity, peril.

Movie PG 2017 94 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Seems kind of generic until you look into the source material

To the parent who reviewed this, it's worth note that this isn't some out-of-nowhere film about talking mice fighting weasels. It's an adaptation of a 70's anime series that we in North America never got called Gamba no Bouken, hence the war symbolism and dark themes scattered throughout. Though since we never got this show, all of the characters are given American names in the English dub to bring in a bigger audience, which I'm not completely happy with. I actually found episodes from this show online to use as a reference and, yeah, I'd say this movie is pretty faithful to the material. A lot of moments actually have that classic anime feel when it comes to the writing and even the way the characters move at times. I wouldn't say it's great as I didn't find the characters anything too special and, well, the animations aren't that great. But honestly, I am kind of impressed that this film went that more mature route the original series did and didn't feel the need to hold back too much just because of today's standards for animated films. (But seriously, if you think the weasels in this film are terrifying, which to be fair they are, you have seen nothing until you've actually looked at their designs in the original anime) Though that said, I do have to seriously question the English title. Yeah, there are moments where mice ride on albatross backs, but these moments are few in number and have nothing to do with the main plot. Ocean Bound would have made more sense since it opens up with the main leads wanting to see the ocean.
age 8+

Don’t be fooled by the cute cover art.

Terrible!! I picked up this movie for my 5- and 7-year old girls because it looked like it was going to be a cute, light-hearted, and funny story with mice. Little did I know that the movie was mainly about a violent war between a colony of mice and violent, ferocious weasels under the mind control of an evil, maniacal, and terrifying white weasel. There are several intensely scary scenes of the weasels attacking the mice. There are also 2 deaths of beloved mice characters, the 2nd of which is heart wrenching. The overall quality of the cartoon is subpar, the dialogue is strained and uninteresting and the voicing is low-talent. My husband and I hated this movie. Our girls said they liked it, but my 5-year old also said she was afraid she was going to have a nightmare.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Appealing, often funny characters and a clear-cut story of good vs. evil keep this Japanese-American coproduction swiftly moving, action-packed, and engaging. In addition, there are solid examples of teamwork, courage, and brains over brawn, which give additional heft to Air Bound. Production values, including animation, and performances are fine. It's long -- 94 minutes -- which might test the staying power of some kids. And it's way too violent for little ones or for those who are not ready to handle on-camera death scenes of likable mice. This is a competent, if peril-heavy, effort by filmmakers who are obviously hoping for a successful run, as evidenced by the final scenes that seem to call out for an Air Bound 2.

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