Aqua Tales

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Confusing animated film has iffy humor, cartoonish violence.
  • PG
  • 2014
  • 73 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 3 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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


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.


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


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

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLebron12James3 July 15, 2021

Terrifying horror film high on horrific violence, light on story.

Aqua Tales isn’t a very good movie. The scary moments are effective, but the focus is more on that than everything else. It is also definitely not a kids movie,... Continue reading
Adult Written byThierMOM October 4, 2020

Pass on this and watch Finding Dory

I know we all like to find something new but this was a terrible find. I actually regret putting it on before reading the reviews. In the opening scene the ma... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byLoranikas303 July 18, 2021

Aqua Trash Tales

This movie is horrific (especially the animation and voice acting)! Also the little girl said “Let's get the hell out of here!“. The phrase which is NOT ap... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byPoppy From The ... March 26, 2021


The plot is very boring and makes no sense at all. The animation is is garbage and the characters are very forgettable. Also the acting is either annoying or bl... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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