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Combat Wombat

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Superhero cartoon has loss, rude humor, negative body image.

Movie NR 2021 90 minutes
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Themes of death and grief are handled so clumsily in this Australian animation that it takes some thinking for an adult to unpick what's happening, let alone a young kid. Don't expect a happy ending in Combat Wombat, whose plot is effectively a story about a murder all in the name of a publicity stunt. It's also dull and mean-spirited, with "jokes" made at the expense of people's appearances. The size of lead character Maggie's backside is a running gag, while a joke about characters being cute until they get glasses is cruel.

To give writer Mathew James Kinmonth some credit for his debut feature, it's just about possible to see the positives that he was trying to get across. Namely that friends can become family and can help you through the trickiest of times. But the way it's played is confusing and gives no satisfaction. Still, the title is pleasing to say out loud. More rhyming titles please, fewer depressing murder movies for kids.

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