Parents' Guide to

Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness

By Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Amid peril, animated adventure celebrates differences.

Movie NR 2022 91 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 7+

I feel it would have been better if they stuck to the story line

It is a well produced movie but I could have done without the little bit of liberal child programming and some of the language was pointless.
4 people found this helpful.
age 11+

Subplots within the Indiana Jones Styled Movie

Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness is an Indiana Jones Styled adventure movie where they go looking for clues etc. Chickenhare has friends on his team to help him along the way. The original author of the graphic novels had the goal of making sure that couples with a heterosexual nature had minimal influence in the story. This is a mostly male cast with the exception of the skunk. Overall it is probably not worth the watch. This one is a little odd.
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (5):
Kids say (2):

Based on the graphic novel series by Chris Grine, this is a colorful, often funny take on a classic adventure story. Viewers familiar with Indiana Jones and similar treasure-hunting stories will recognize the borrowed scenes in Chickenhare and the Hamster of Darkness. From being stuck in a place with closing spiked walls to the booby-trapped stone floors, there's a lot for parents to smile at knowingly.

Since it is so familiar, the story isn't groundbreaking and doesn't explore much new territory. This is a straightforward tale with a clear division between hero and villain. The heroes are kind and willing to forgive, while the villain is very stuck in his ways, stubborn until his last breath. The challenge the hero faces gradually progresses throughout the film as Chickenhare starts out a bit self-loathing and then begins to accept his differences with the help of friends and family. By the end, he's finally able to fully embrace his unique qualities, and he and those around him are the better for it. The idea of accepting your differences is discussed often throughout the film, making it an easy topic for families to talk about after watching.

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