Parents' Guide to

Bayala: A Magical Adventure

By Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Elves overcome prejudice to work together in animated tale.

Movie NR 2020 85 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

The best animation movie, yet!

This movie is one of my TOP favorites. It was so, so good. The animation was the BEST I've ever seen in my life. Young kids should see this at least once. Mild action.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
age 2+



This title has:

Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The ingredients are all here for a decent, uplifting, family-friendly adventure story. But somehow Bayala: A Magical Adventure (also known as The Fairy Princess and the Unicorn) doesn't quite hit the mark. The bright, colorful animation will appeal to younger kids, but the story feels overly complex, particularly for this target audience. The cute animal sidekicks tick the right boxes and the messages around looking after nature and respect for all creatures are appealing. But while many of the characters are good role models -- brave, loyal, determined -- they lack depth, so it's hard to really warm to them.

Surah struggles with her identity and how to control her magic -- not unlike a certain Queen Elsa of Arendelle. But while Frozen manages to tell a captivating story while developing compelling characters, Bayala: A Magical Adventure struggles to inspire. That said, a young audience will enjoy the vibrant scenery, uplifting music, and positive vibes as this band of good-hearted elves embark on their quest to save a magical land. As fairytale adventures go, it's entertaining enough.

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