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Bibi Blocksberg

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Kid-friendly magical adventure has some scares.

Movie NR 2002 102 minutes
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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.

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