Bands on the Run
By Brian Costello,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Issue-free animated adventure might stretch your patience.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film is intended to entertain, not educate.
The movie has a generally positive outlook with characters helping each other out and looking forward to being appreciated by kids. But it's not a strong enough movie to have those messages penetrate beyond the superficial.
Positive Role Models
As personified rubber band bracelets going on an adventure, the characters never stray from their one-dimensional archetypes (rock star, light bulb, airplane, etc.).
Products & Purchases
Might inspire kids to buy more rubber band bracelets. The DVD comes with bracelets.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
When the characters meet a plastic sippy cup, one character tells the others that the sippy cup is "partial to drink."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bands on the Run is a boring story about five archetypal rubber band bracelets working together to make it to the big box store where they will surely find children who will love them and wear them on their wrists. The characters/rubber band bracelets -- a rock star, a television, a light bulb, a flower, an airplane, and a simple round bracelet -- never veer away from their character descriptions, and often say about what you'd expect them to say (i.e. "Let's rock," or "I'm flying!"). This simple tale and simpler animation might have some basic appeal for young kids, but this tale probably won't have much appeal for older kids and parents.
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Based on 2 parent reviews
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Amazing Movie, probably the best family friendly movie I've seen in a while that doesn't have questionable jokes that I don't want my kids to hear thank you
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What's the Story?
When a delivery truck swerves out of control to avoid hitting a rabbit in the middle of a desert road, it spills a box filled with rubber band bracelets en route to a "big box superstore." When the truck pulls away, it leaves behind five rubber band bracelets -- a rock star, a light bulb, an airplane, a TV, and a flower -- who must work together to get to the "big box superstore" so kids will buy them and wear them on their wrists. Along the way, they meet a round drill sergeant of a rubber band bracelet, who helps on their adventure through garbage cans, gas stations, and playgrounds.
Is It Any Good?
Luckily, they kept BANDS ON THE RUN in the 40-minute range; not a whole lot happens even in those few minutes, but much longer and it would be unbearable. The characters are as one-dimensional as they come -- which may be helpful for younger viewers -- but for the rest of the family, it should be pretty easy to guess what each character will say.
The action plods along as much as the computer animation. There is so little personality to the characters, it's difficult for anyone to root for them as they try to get to the department store vending machine where they hope a child will wear them and love them. While the movie was supposedly inspired by the recent rubber band bracelet trend, it's hard to imagine anyone -- even those wrapped up in this alleged craze -- feeling engaged in this story.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the six different main characters and how they stand apart from each other. Who are they, and what do they do?
Why do you think this movie was created? Who is the market? Is the movie designed to sell bracelets? What other movies have been made about consumer trends?
- On DVD or streaming: May 31, 2011
- Cast: Dan Ochipinti, Justin Krogh, Marina Zenovich
- Director: Charlie Mason
- Studio: Entertainment One
- Genre: Musical
- Topics: Adventures, Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 43 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: June 8, 2023
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