Aqua Tales

  • Review Date: February 18, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 73 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Confusing animated film has iffy humor, cartoonish violence.
  • Review Date: February 18, 2014
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2014
  • Running Time: 73 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

In its own strange way, the movie attempts to teach the importance of eating healthier food like fish instead of junk food, as well as the importance of taking care of our environment.

Positive role models

The characters are too cartoonish and silly to be considered role models.

Violence

Characters get spears thrown at them. The lead character's mother is taken prisoner by aliens. These aliens are often shown in space suits carrying guns. A girl is shown driving her moped off of a cliff.

Sex
Not applicable
Language

A little girl tells a boy, "Let's get the hell out of here!"
 

Consumerism

Frequent discussion of the nutritional goodness of fish makes this movie seem almost like an infomercial for the fishing industry.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Aqua Tales is a 2012 computer-animated film about a young boy who hates eating fish so much, he wishes that aliens would come and remove all the fish from the planet, and that wish comes true. There are some moments of inappropriate humor and language: toward the end, a dog is shown urinating on a robot, and early in the film, a young girl exclaims, "Let's get the hell out of here!" Also, the name of the newscaster is "I.P. Daily."  There is quite a bit of cartoonish violence. Overall, while the animation isn't bad, the movie's overall message concerning the preservation of sea life gets lost in translation, as the story isn't easy to follow and the characters aren't especially memorable.

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What's the story?

Opil would rather eat junk food instead of the fish his mother serves him for dinner. He hates fish. In fact, he hates fish so much, that when his mother serves him a "wish fish," Opil wishes that aliens would come down to Earth and take away all the fish from the planet. Unfortunately, Opil's wish comes true, and his mother is abducted by aliens seeking to remove all the fish and summarily destroy the world. It is up to Opil -- along with his new friends, a brave sea captain and an adventurous little girl -- to save the fish, rescue his mother, save the world, and perhaps even learn to love eating fish for dinner.

Is it any good?

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AQUA TALES, as a computer-animated movie made in Spain and India, is both hard to follow and seems to have aspects to it that are lost in translation. The health benefits of eating fish are expounded upon frequently, and the results of what would happen if all the fish disappeared is shown, but oddly enough, there isn't any discussion about the effects of overfishing, or what happens if people eat too much fish. There are several instances of inappropriate humor -- a dog is shown urinating on a robot, the newscaster's name is "I.P. Daily," and a young girl yells, "Let's get the hell out of here!"

With all of this taken into consideration, it's difficult to determine just what the overall message is supposed to be. Fish are important to the ecological balance, so eat them as often as possible? It's hard to say, especially with such a difficult-to-follow storyline and characters who aren't especially memorable. The animation isn't bad, but the overall takeaway is one of confusion.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about computer-animated movies. How does this film compare with other computer-animated movies, in terms of the quality of the animation, the story, and the characters?

  • How effectively do you think this movie conveyed its message regarding the preservation of sea life?

  • What do you think would be different about this movie had it been made in North America?

Movie details

DVD release date:January 14, 2014
Cast:Robert Paterson, Leslie Charles, Toby Harper
Director:Ivan Oneka
Studio:Phase 4 Films
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Ocean creatures
Run time:73 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:Some language, mild rude humor and action.

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Parent Written bypoltergeist March 15, 2014
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What did she say??

There is a point in the movie that it sounds like the girl says "you mucked up my bike" but it sounds like "you F**Ked up my bike.....". Parents beware!
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Parent Written byMandy197882 March 22, 2014
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2
QUALITY
 

omg!!!!!!!!!!!

My children did not understand. The little girl cursing? it was ridiculously inappropriate!!!!!!!!!!????!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent Written bynicoleg1 February 6, 2015
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2
QUALITY
 

inappropriate

This movie is horrible. Didn't expect to have an alien gun aimed at the child's head. Very disturbing. Inappropriate language, and a 10 year old sucking on his thumb?! Very violent
What other families should know
Too much violence

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