A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids can follow the character's adventures and see the world has varying climates and landscapes. Based very loosely on a classic novel, kids may be inspired to seek out the original story.
Characters learn to work together, showing teamwork and perseverance. However, not without bickering. Gambling and placing bets are integral to the plot.
Positive Role Models
Phileas is a frog thief who goes on a round the world adventure to win a bet. He eventually learns teamwork and to appreciate friends. Passepartout is a monkey whose mother doesn't let him out. He embarks on the round the world trip with Phileas, against his mother's wishes. Aouda is a frog princess who enjoys making and flying planes. She helps Phileas and Passepartout but with an arrogant, aloof attitude. Fix is a corrupt police agent who frames a character for robbery.
Animals of different species work together. Female characters are portrayed by negative stereotypes. Even when these stereotypes are countered, the reaction of others negates the positives.
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Violence & Scariness
Violence includes slapstick, fights, and scenes of threat. These include a character at risk of drowning, a scene in quicksand, and a tribe firing flaming arrows at a fleeing group. Some characters argue and fight; a monkey slaps a prawn's face. One scene contains verbal bullying and physical intimidation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A frog lusts after another, with "sexy" music playing during the scene.
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Infrequent language includes "butt" and risqué innuendo such as "kiss my axe."
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A thief frog dreams of getting rich and imagines himself in a convertible car with female frogs. He begins his adventure to win a high-stakes bet, with gambling mentioned and glamorized throughout.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Around the World in 80 Days is an animated movie -- loosely based on the 19th-century novel by Jules Verne -- that has scenes of threat and cartoon violence. Frog thief Phileas (voiced by Rob Tinkler) takes a bet that he can travel round the world in 80 days and a young overprotected monkey, Passepartout (Cory Doran), tags along for the ride. Gambling plays a major part in the plot, with additional bets made to Phileas' round the world wager and characters slapping down big bills. The characters do show teamwork and perseverance but also bicker and fight. Mild language includes "butt" and some close to the bone puns are also used, including "kiss my axe." There are also a number of cliched portrayals of female characters, which play up to damaging stereotypes. The slapstick violence, fights, and moments of threat, include drowning, quicksand, and flaming arrows. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
One of many adaptations of the 1872 Jules Verne story, this might be the only one that casts a frog and a monkey in the roles of the adventurers. A kid-friendly spin should be more fun, but some abrasive attitudes and missed marks make Around the World in 80 Days a mixed experience. Phileas is a thief spurred on by glamorized gambling. While his love interest, the princess Aouda (voiced by Katie Griffin), is so snarky and aloof she's just unpleasant company. Cheeky, roguish charm was likely the aim, but all we see is bickering and grumpiness. Showcasing a visual flair, the movie is often great to look at. Water and wind effects are given a distinctly different look to the main animation. This creates sometimes sumptuous scenes that recalls the visually zingy The Mitchells vs. the Machines. However, the wilfully grotesque shrimps and scorpions seem excessively off-putting.
The movie is also murky in its gender depictions. Around the World in 80 Days has three main female characters. Between them they are aggressive, miserable, controlling, and corrupt. Princess Aouda's character is an attempt to buck stereotypes by being adept at engineering. But this comes with another stereotype -- male characters acting surprised that she is the least bit capable. A globetrotting adventure, this adaptation flits from location to location with scenes that play like individual skits. Some are entertaining but overall there's little here to recommend kids watch this over many other movies.
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