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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids learn critical thinking skills. Crista is a strong, adventurous female role model. The message of fidelity, love, and respect for other cultures is woven throughout the story.
Violence & Scariness
Mild peril, but always cartoonish. The kids are threatened by tigers, nearly fall off a bridge, and are buried in an avalanche.
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Products & Purchases
Packaging is marked by Life Cereal, and the cereal even comes with the kids on the adventure.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Benjamin, Crista, and Marco's parents have died and that they get into tough scrapes, depending on how kids choose for the story to go. They almost die when a bridge collapses; they get buried by an avalanche, and they must run to avoid shifting glaciers all around them. The action is exciting but not disturbing, and is handled in a way not to jangle small nerves too much. Along the way, the kids -- and the viewer -- get an opportunity to learn from mistakes and practice critical thinking skills. The message of fidelity, love, and respect for other cultures is woven throughout the DVD, but there is some blatant product promotion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The characters are engaging, the animation fluid, the kids are strong but smart, and the adventure is rousing without being too scary for kids. Many parents will remember the Choose Your Own Adventure those jigsaw-puzzle stories that let you determine what to do next; some found the books laborious and gimmicky, but that's not the case with the DVD version of this concept. Choosing the characters' next move and getting the opportunity to try different approaches to the same situation helps kids learn critical thinking skills.
And parents can talk to kids about what's safe: When, if ever, should you go with someone you don't know but says he was sent by your parents? How do you take care of your siblings when you're in a difficult situation? It's a real shame that this well-done DVD is marred by shockingly blatant product placement. In one version of the story, Marco offers Life Cereal to an injured Yeti, and exclaims, "She likes it!" Not only is it egregious product placement, but it takes the viewer out of the moment and distracts from the fun and storyline.
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