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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
It's important to forgive people we love, and it's important to apologize when we make mistakes. The kids are brave and work well as a team.
Positive Role Models
Mike is a brave and determined boy who wants his father and grandfather to reconcile their longstanding differences. His father and grandfather stubbornly avoid each other. Marty is resourceful and creative. Amy is a steadfast and loyal friend. A gruff and angry man gains self-awareness and starts apologizing for his actions.
Violence & Scariness
Scary things go wrong on a rocket ship to the moon, but all turns out well. A villain tries to claim the moon for himself for profit-making reasons. He turns explosives, henchmen, and machines against those trying to thwart him. An aircraft crashes and passengers parachute out but one hurts his leg. An astronaut leaves a spacecraft flying in space to fix something. Another astronaut saves him and gets in trouble himself. Both survive. Computer-assisted guidance goes wrong, creating a brief moment when a crash seems imminent.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A grade-school boy and girl kiss by mistake. Briefly, a boy finds a girlie magazine an adult has been looking at.
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"Heck," "fart," "twerp," and "butt."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Capture the Flag, a 2015 animated Spanish feature dubbed into English, highlights the glory of landing on the moon back in 1969 by sending kids there today as part of a mission to save the moon from a profiteering tycoon. A family rift plays a role in the drama as well. The science takes a back seat to adventure here, but the underlying creative feat of imagining and executing a moon flight is honored and celebrated by the young son and grandson of astronauts. Cartoon violence and peril make for scenes that can scare small kids, but elementary school-age kids will probably find it all compelling. Language includes "heck," "fart," "twerp," and "butt." A grade-school boy and girl kiss by mistake. Briefly, a boy finds a girlie magazine an adult has been looking at. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This is an entertaining romp through space, complete with family conflicts, friendship, loyalty, a goofy pet, and a stock villain bent on making lots of money and bringing the world to its knees. In order to create the entertainment, sometimes facts are ignored regarding the space program, launch sequences, survivability by stowaways, etc. But Capture the Flag is a cartoon that seems more interested in the importance of family, bravery, and friendship than how many seconds it will take to run out of oxygen with a cracked helmet. Even the plucky lizard Igor, who flies and obeys orders without regard to the dictates of reality, gets to play a role in saving humanity from a greedy businessman who wants to control the limitless source of energy said to be buried in the moon. Vivid animation creates beautiful and compelling visuals. While scary moments may be too intense for small children, school-age kids may find it entertaining, especially if they like adventure and the mysteries of space.
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