B.O.B.'s Big Break

Movie review by
Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media
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Monsters vs. Aliens short too much for little kids.
  • NR
  • 2009
  • 20 minutes

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

Parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational value
Positive messages

Not much of a message in this short film, though what little there is tends toward the negative. Friends insult each other (though humorously), and the general criticizes another's athletic ability by saying, "You throw like my 12-year-old niece."

Positive role models & representations

When Dr. Cockroach discovers B.O.B.'s ability to read minds, his first thought is how he can take advantage of it to "rule the world."

Violence & scariness

The conflict between the monsters and the general ranges from slightly tense chase scenes to angry exchanges to getting trapped and hit by blobs. The fiery crash at the end might disturb sensitive kids.

Sexy stuff
Language

The characters mildly insult each other and use words like "stupid" and "party pooper."

Consumerism

The high profile of Monsters vs. Aliens means kids will see these characters as toys and other merchandise.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this short animated film that comes packaged with the Monsters vs. Aliens DVD combines the same goofy characters with conflict and cartoon violence that might be disturbing to very young children. Two creatures attempt to blow up their friend with a bomb. The trio fights against an evil military foe by throwing gelatinous blobs at him and engaging in angry (though funny) exchanges, and a jet goes up in flames. Viewers can choose 2-D or 3-D, and the latter cranks up the intensity.

User Reviews

Parent of a 3 year old Written byerinmort December 16, 2009

im sorry but it sucked!!

its short and crappy and not worth your time or money.
Teen, 16 years old Written byndrwcd November 20, 2012

dosen`t live up to the movie monsters vs aliens

it was ok i guess although i was dissapointed that ginormica wasn`t in it
Kid, 9 years old July 28, 2012

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REALLY GOOD SORT FILM

What's the story?

In this offshoot of the CG-animated Monsters vs. Aliens, three characters -- B.O.B. (Seth Rogen), Dr. Cockroach (Hugh Laurie), and Missing Link (Will Arnett) -- attempt to escape their underground prison where they are watched over by General W.R. Monger (Kiefer Sutherland). When B.O.B. acquires mind-reading abilities after swallowing a bomb, Cockroach and Link use him to read Monger's mind and find escape methods.

Is it any good?

The character of B.O.B. is hugely charming for all his clueless glee, and his positive energy keeps the short film from turning too dark. His mind-reading ability and general blobbiness are pretty funny too. But the narrative arc is rather predictible, which is fine, but nothing to get too excited about.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about using force. In the movie the monsters are trapped and use force against the general to find an escape. When is it OK to use your hands or your body to force someone to do something? Is the kind of violence in the movie realistic?

Movie details

For kids who love monsters and aliens

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