Parents' Guide to

Birdboy: The Forgotten Children

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Cute characters + drugs and blood = nightmare fuel.

Movie NR 2017 76 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 18+

Fantastic, though intense

I think it's great and thought provoking, but kids should not watch it.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 9+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (3):

This unsettling Spanish animated movie's adorable characters may make it seem kid-friendly, but it's not -- it's nightmare fuel, but it's also quite striking in many ways. Winner of a Goya Award and based on a graphic novel, Birdboy: The Forgotten Children is immediately off-putting, given that most viewers are used to seeing cute characters in cute movies, rather than anything quite like this dark vision. But once you're settled in, this surprising effort offers great rewards.

Filmmakers Pedro Rivero and Alberto Vázquez create simplistic but striking images, alternating moments that are disturbing and brutal with other moments that are wondrous and inventive. Nasty, fighting trash-diggers alternate with a weird, kind little walking alarm clock robot. Images of Birdboy dealing with his addiction trade off with breathtaking moments of his learning to fly. Even the darkest moments, such as bird-shaped monsters or inner demons trying to cause chaos, are matched by moments of incredible beauty, light, and hope. Still, this one is only for older teens and up.

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