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Bionicle: The Legend Reborn

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Animated DVD based on popular toys has plenty of violence.
  • Review Date: September 12, 2009
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2009
  • Running Time: 71 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The movie repeatedly stresses the value of teamwork and the importance of loyalty.

Positive role models

Mata Nui is devoted to his comrades and is willing to sacrifice himself, if necessary, to help others.

Violence

Plenty of animated action. The Bionicle characters are all humanoid robots, who often engage in hand-to-hand combat using swords, spears, axes, and other deadly weapons. Gladiators play an important role in the culture of Bara Magna, where the film takes place, and some of the fights are staged for entertainment.

Sex
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The film is based on the popular line of Bionicle toys, and fans can purchase toy versions of many of the main characters.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few scenes take place in a bar, though it’s not clear what the characters are drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated film, based on a line of popular toys, has a surprising amount of violence for a movie aimed at kids. It takes place on a planet where the main entertainment is watching gladiators battle it out with swords, axes, and other weapons. There is plenty of gambling, and even some cheating, though characters who engage in such behavior are rarely rewarded for it. The hero frequently talks about the importance of loyalty and teamwork. Expect young fans to clamor for merchandise, though some parents may find Bionicle toys, which are produced by Lego and are challenging to assemble, to be more palatable than the action figures or stuffed animals that are often sold in conjunction with other movies.

What's the story?

The powerful warrior Mata Nui (voiced by Michael Dorn) arrives on the planet Bara Magna, where the squabbling tribes of Glatorians have learned to settle their differences through one-on-one battles, gladiator-style. He befriends some of these skilled fighters, including the veteran Ackar (Jim Cummings) and Kiina (Marla Sokoloff), one of the best female combatants, who agree to help Mata Nui find a way back to his own world. The group soon discovers that the Bone Hunters and the Skrall, the two sworn enemies of the Glatorians, have formed an alliance, and Mata Nui must convince the bickering tribes to put aside their petty differences and unite against their common foe.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The positive message of the movie is muted, somewhat, by the violence. Expect lots of fighting, including several intense gladiator matchups and some major battles between huge armies. Because the characters are all anthropomorphic robot-like Bionicles, based on the popular line of toys, there are few injuries and no blood or explicit gore. However, the fighters favor swords, battle-axes and spears, and the action can get pretty intense, and kids may want to emulate their moves.

Mata Nui’s efforts to promote teamwork seem to go against the nature of the Glatorians, who much prefer single combat and see the needs of their tribes as more important than the needs of their entire race. As an outsider, he has a better perspective on their self-centered culture, but his views are easily disregarded by those who want to maintain the status quo. Only his small group of friends seem to recognize the value of his lesson, but they eventually manage to convince the rest of their people that working together is the only way to prevail; it’s a lesson that is equally important for the Glatorians and young viewers.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about teamwork. Mata Nui repeatedly tells his friend that the only way to defeat their foe is to work together. How does his plan work? How is his suggestion received, considering that his comrades come from a gladiator culture that reveres single-combat?

  • Families can also discuss toys. The Bionicle film is based on a popular line of toys. Does this DVD make you overtly aware of the tie-in? Or do you think it stands well on its own, as a story, without depending on the toys?

  • How does this DVD compare to other movies or TV shows that are based on toys?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 15, 2009
Cast:Jim Cummings, Marla Sokoloff, Michael Dorn
Director:Mark Baldo
Studio:Universal Pictures
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:71 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent of a 3, 5, and 7 year old Written byLola LaB January 11, 2011

Okay for 7/8+ but I really wish we'd never bought it.

Our 7yo loves his Bionicle figures and has a great time putting them together and making new creations as well. He understands that hitting is wrong and the it hurts people. He also understands that this movie is make-believe. On the other hand, our youngest boy is 3.5 and loves his big brother and wants to do the things he does, of course. We have allowed him to watch the movie but wish we did not. He acts out the battles and has hurt (not severly) his siblings in the process. We talk to him about not hitting and we have not had issues with him at day care, so hopefully we will nip it in the bud.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Kid, 9 years old September 27, 2009

Better than you think CSM

Common sense media your over reacting this movie is good for anyone the action is normal for even a todlar this will enjoy any bionicle fan!!!
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byMavrah333 August 10, 2014

Ok, but the others are better.

The Bionicle films were always something for kids, but even I watch them from time to time, and even when I was 9 this disappointed me. It had been made too childish, too happy and not dark enough. If Lego actually paid attention to their fan-base, they would see that by 2009 You-Tubers (or Bio-Tubers and they call themselves) such as Lennodude15, Edictarts, The Shadowed One 1 and Kylernuva135 were making more teenage-adult Bionicle videos, and that they'd want a film that was dark and to their tastes. The latter two said this year that 2006/2007 would have made great films. The franchises of these years were darker, more interesting and more deep thinking. A bad film in comparison to the other ones.

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