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Brightheart: Let Your Light Shine

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Off-target animated insect adventure has killing, threat.

Movie NR 2021 85 minutes
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For the most part, this animated adventure for younger kids merrily zips along as we learn about the bug village where the titular character lives. The language and threat level of Brightheart: Let Your Light Shine all appears to be appropriate for its target age group. And then the killing happens. Central to this change in tone is a bug lantern, which first appears when an enemy tries to trick Brightheart into touching it and dying. She avoids that fate but quickly sets up a trap in which a group of crickets do get fried.

When -- in a few scenes later -- Brightheart and her crew decide to save another group of enemies, because "they are not killers," it's difficult to know if they're deliberately being contradictory or if they've simply forgotten what happened earlier. The English language voice cast is good, the animation is bright and attractive, and the message of understanding is positive. It's just let down by the killings, which isn't a phrase best suited to a movie aimed at young kids.

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