Parents' Guide to

Animals United

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Kids might enjoy eco-friendly, Madagascar-like tale.

Movie PG 2012 93 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 3+

Not the greatest but it’s ok.

It’s just ok. I’ve seen much worse than this. The animation is simply ok. It’s better than a lot of direct to video CGI films like Food Fight! and Where The Dead Go To Die (don’t watch either of those unless you are a fan of bad movies) but it’s also not exactly Disney Pixar quality either (or DreamWorks, Blue Sky, or Illumination) but it’s serviceable for what it is. It’s very preachy and bleak and ends with character deaths and it’s not good for sensitive kids. Some people might hate this movie and you might have some who love it but for me it’s just ok. My daughter whom is almost 3 and quite advanced in her vocabulary for her age wasn’t really into it and I only watched it because I wanted to see how terrible it is because I kinda like bad movies (I like to critique cult and camp films for “fun”) and this film is indeed kinda bad but might be watchable for some people. There’s positive messages but the characters aren’t really the best role models...

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age 10+

Hi big pimps great movie right

Didn’t like it was boring had no climax Rhino was ginger

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Is It Any Good?

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Despite an outstanding voice cast, ANIMALS UNITED often feels like a sub-par copycat of a bunch of animated animal adventures, from The Lion King to Happy Feet to Madagascar. Originally a German-language film, Animals United was quite popular overseas but has been released straight to DVD in the United States. There's a reason for this. The songs are forgettable, the storyline a bit muddled, and the characters a lot less endearing than they are meant to be -- at least for adults.

Even the movie's one redeeming aspect -- the environmental message that cautions humans from assuming that the world is their playground -- is heavy handed. As a 700-year-old Galapagos tortoise, Academy Award winner Vanessa Redgrave delivers an over-the-top diatribe about why man is the reason the Earth is slowly turning into a dry, black puddle of a mess. While it's lovely to hear her distinguished voice, surely kindergartners don't need that much sermonizing in a children's film. Although younger kids might not notice Animals United's derivative nature, older children and parents will likely be bored by the story.

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