Air Bound

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Animated mouse adventure with emotional intensity, peril.

PG 2017 94 minutes

Parents say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 8+

Based on 1 review

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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.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
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.

This title has:

Too much violence

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