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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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 & Scariness
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.
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A little girl tells a boy, "Let's get the hell out of here!"
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Products & Purchases
Frequent discussion of the nutritional goodness of fish makes this movie seem almost like an infomercial for the fishing industry.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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