Aussie and Ted's Great Adventure

 
Sweet, cliched animal-toy tale with a consequences lesson.
  • Review Date: October 31, 2009
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 89 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value
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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

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
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Language

"Dumb" and "sucker."

Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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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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?

QUALITY
 

AUSSIE AND TED'S GREAT ADVENTURE'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.

Families can talk 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.

Movie details

DVD release date:October 6, 2009
Cast:Beverly D'Angelo, Dean Cain
Director:Shuki Levy
Studio:Screen Media Films
Genre:Action/Adventure
Run time:89 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Kid, 11 years old August 12, 2011
age 5+
 

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 remember that you found out the existance of this movie. It's so cheap, they couldn't even animate the animals' mouths moving. The best animation in this is when Aussie imagines an angel dog and a devil dog when he tries to figure out something. Don't bother unless you want to teach kids or torture older ones.

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