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Bibi Blocksberg

Movie review by
Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media
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Kid-friendly magical adventure has some scares.
  • NR
  • 2002
  • 102 minutes

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

Educational Value

Intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Humility and courage are important. Friendship must be worked at. Empathy is shown by some but not by others. Some discussion about family break-ups and divorce. Character appears to lie, but it's later revealed that they were just mistaken. Character is stressed by his job.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Bibi is courageous and, despite her gifts, shows great humility. She often uses her magic for others and is a loyal friend. She's the central hero of the movie; her male friend, Florian, is her sidekick. Bibi's father gives his wife and daughter an ultimatum and shows little remorse in doing so.

Violence & Scariness

In one scene, zombies appear in a graveyard; it's initially scary but quickly becomes an amusing musical routine. Character is kicked, bitten, and has a shoe thrown at them, briefly knocking them out and causing a cut forehead. Floor collapses under two characters, who fall onto a bed. Pushing and shoving. Characters locked in a glass box. Cat is thrown in a chest; the lid traps its tail. After transforming into a squirrel, a character is caught under a chair, causing momentary distress. Character jumps off a building but lands in a well full of water. Mother and child are briefly separated after the latter is locked in a room. Crystal ball lands on foot causing pain.

Sexy Stuff

Brief kiss between married couple. Character undresses, revealing modest undergarments.

Language

Regular use of "hell" and "damn."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Character drinks what looks like a cocktail. Another looks like he's lighting a cigarette. Beer seen at dinner.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bibi Blocksberg is a German movie based on a radio series about a young witch. The central character, Bibi (Sidonie von Krosigk), shows courage throughout and maintains humility despite her magical talents. The movie is far less intense than the Harry Potter series, but there are some scary moments. For example, zombies appear in a graveyard as part of a musical routine, two characters are locked in a glass box, and kids often find themselves in peril, although they eventually come out on top. The evil Rabia (Corinna Harfouch) suffers a cut forehead after having a shoe thrown at her, which also briefly knocks her out. On several occasions, "hell" and "damn" are used. Bibi Blocksberg is the first of two movies in this series.

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What's the story?

BIBI BLOCKSBERG tells the story of a young witch (Sidonie von Krosigk) who, after saving two children from a fire, is to be rewarded with her own crystal ball. This gives Bibi the power to see into both the past and the future. But the evil Rabia (Corinna Harfouch) doesn't believe that Bibi deserves this honor. After Rabia deliberately smashes Bibi's crystal ball, the head witch orders Rabia to give Bibi Rabia's own ball. But what no one knows is that Rabia has hidden the spell to eternal youth inside her crystal ball. Together with her conniving cat, Rabia comes up with a plan to get her crystal ball back and rid Bibi from the witching community once and for all.

Is it any good?

Based on the German radio series, this first of two Bibi Blocksberg movies inevitably draws comparisons to Harry Potter. But whereas millions of dollars were spent on the Potter franchise, this movie was put together on a far more modest budget. And it shows. The special effects are poor, particularly those where Bibi and her mother fly on their broomsticks. But get past those, and audiences -- kids, at least -- will enjoy a fun, if not memorable, magical ride. The movie starts at a frenetic pace, with little context as to who Bibi is, so some pre-knowledge of the character is expected.

The sub-plot of Bibi's friend Florian (Max Befort) and his absent parents feels like it's from a different movie, and the lack of remorse shown by Bibi's father over making his wife and daughter choose between him or witchcraft is irritating. But the three musical numbers, although random, are fun and well choreographed, and the cast, particularly von Krosigk and Harfouch, are clearly having a "ahem" crystal ball. Inferior to Harry Potter? For sure. But for those unfamiliar with the Daniel Radcliffe movies, or those who are perhaps too young, Bibi Blocksberg is an OK introduction to the genre.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the scary scenes in Bibi Blocksberg. Which scenes did you find most scary? Were these scenes realistic? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?

  • What character strengths does Bibi show? Can you give any real-life examples of humility and courage?

  • Why does Bibi's father ask her and her mother to give up witchcraft? Do you think it was fair of him to ask? What would you have said if you were Bibi?

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