Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure

Movie review by
S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media
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Sweet, cliched animal-toy tale with a consequences lesson.
  • G
  • 2009
  • 89 minutes

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

Educational Value
Positive Messages

Jealousy is understandable, but giving into its power isn't the best choice. It's a lesson worth mastering, no matter your age.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters have positive traits for the most part, but Aussie acts out and siblings bicker. The older child, Eric, is a bit negative and derisive of Aussie. Depictions of Asians seem a bit stereotypical, and one dog bullies another.

Violence & Scariness

A big dog bullies a smaller one. A fire obliterates a house. A minor character dies quietly. When a toy is lost, a character is distraught.

Sexy Stuff

"Dumb" and "sucker."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this gentle though bland family film aims to tug at the heartstrings with its tale of a dog trying to undo a bad decision. There's no swearing or violence, and the movie includes lessons on consequences. Younger kids might find the idea of a stuffed animal that communicates troubling (even more so than a talking dog). Also, a child is distraught when she loses a much-loved toy, and one character dies, but quietly. 

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Kid, 12 years old February 5, 2019

Terrible acting

Just another movie for kids filled with bad acting. The animals talk, but their mouths don’t even move. Part of the movie has computer generated stuff in it tha... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old August 12, 2011

Cheap, stupid, TOO educational, and a VEEEEERYYYYY childish story.

If I were looking for a story that will educate little kids to do whats right, this is the movie you're looking for, but otherwise, don't even remembe... Continue reading

What's the story?

Aussie the dog is young Laney's (Alyssa Shafer) favorite companion. But when a magical box arrives, nestling a very special teddy bear, the jealous dog begins to act out. Eventually, Aussie opts for a drastic measure, one that sends him on a journey to make up for a bad decision.

Is it any good?

This movie's life lessons are wonderful, but the script's treacley treatment and unimaginative dialogue -- overly explanatory and clichéd -- won't work well for sophisticated older children. Shrill acting doesn't help, either (Kirstin Eggers, we're looking at you). Even Dean Cain and Beverly d'Angelo don't quite rise above the mess. That said, you can't fault a film too much that will likely have younger kids thinking about consequences, making good choices, and righting your wrongs. There are, however, plenty of other films that impart such messages with more flair.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Aussie does what he does. Is it excusable? How does Aussie make it right?

  • Discuss what it‘s like to be faced with a choice between right and wrong, and how one makes the decision.

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