A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Things aren't always as they seem. You are free to be whoever you want to be. Looks aren't everything. Don't judge a book by its cover.
Positive Role Models
Pretty Boy is selfish and makes fun of other animals, calling them names like "ugly." He experiences major character growth through the film and learns valuable lessons. Zookeeper Chaz deceives the animals he works with and lies to his son. He redeems himself and comes clean to his son and the characters he has betrayed. Throughout the movie Maddie encourages her friends to see the good in themselves. She's trusting and is willing to sacrifice herself to help others.
Animal and human characters are Australian. Main characters are voiced by both female and male characters. Main character is a female snake. Most of the human cast is White but some side characters are Black and Indigenous.
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Violence & Scariness
Several chase scenes include tranquilizer darts, knives, and threats of falling off cliffs. Moments of brief potential peril with both animals and humans, but mostly animals being chased by angry humans.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Several mentions of it being "mating season" for a spider character and innuendos surrounding that. The lonely spider does a mating dance for other spiders. And when he meets other venomous spiders he says, "I've never been so aroused in my life." Two toads kiss and their tongues intertwine. Later they're seen with many new toad babies. A man loses his pants and he's seen in his underwear; at the last moment you can see part of his butt through his chewed boxers. Kissing.
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Use of words such as "stupid," "ugly," and "freak." Profanity includes "damn." Some potty humor includes drinking urine and images of animal poop.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
There's a bar where adult characters hold and drink alcohol. A woman on a motorcycle downs a martini before falling off the bike.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Back to the Outback is an action-packed animated comedy with some mild language and racy moments. An egotistical koala calls other animals names like "ugly" and "stupid." There are several mentions of it being "mating season" for a hairy spider, and when he meets other venomous spiders, he says, "I've never been so aroused in my life." Two toads kiss; their tongues intertwine, and later they're seen with many new toad babies. A man loses his pants and is seen in his underwear; at the last moment, viewers can see part of his butt through his chewed boxers. The word "damn" is used, and there's some potty humor. There are a couple of scenes involving alcohol. Several chase scenes include tranquilizer darts, knives, and threats of falling off of cliffs. On the bright side, it has strong messages about friendship, personality being more important than looks, not judging a book by its cover, and believing that you can be who you want to be. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Back to the Outback is a funny film jam-packed with adventure and jokes that will likely get chuckles from the whole family. Parents will root for the lovesick spider anxious for mating season and kids will cheer for the dangerous animals on a dangerous journey to their motherland. It's a familiar tale of animals escaping a zoo to head back to their natural habitat, but the story stands out because of its positive message: Don't judge a book by its cover. Or in this case, a creature by the way they look. Young animal-lovers will be delighted by the vast array of predators on display here, from venomous snakes and saltwater crocodiles to sharks and toxic toads.
The seemingly-villainous Chad has a personal journey of his own involving growing up idolizing a familiar Australian zookeeper and conservationist. The audience may wonder why a character who loves animals is on a mission to catch and captivate the escapees. After coming clean to his son who idolizes him, and some close calls with death, he's also able to discover that looks can be deceiving.
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