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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.
Pets don't like being left behind.
Positive Role Models
Conni tries to be honest and helpful, but sometimes she gets into trouble.
Violence & Scariness
A boy in armor falls down stairs. A girl puts her hand in a bird nest and the magpie inside flies in the girl's face for several long seconds, providing the movie's scariest moment.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Conni and the Cat is a German animated feature (with English dialogue) about a girl whose beloved cat stows away on the bus ride for her kindergarten school trip to a supposedly haunted castle. The cat causes mischief, which Conni and her friends labor to hide. When Conni finally admits that her cat followed her, the teachers don't believe her and punish her for lying. The kids are left to solve several mysteries on their own. "Scalawag" is as racy as the language gets. Violence is tame: A girl is briefly attacked by an angry bird, and a boy in armor falls down the stairs without injury. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Conni and the Cat may be most remarkable for suggesting that grown-ups are often wrong and that they mistakenly ignore kids who are trying to correct them. In all other respects, this movie is cute but not memorable. That doesn't mean that preschoolers won't enjoy it, because they will, especially animal lovers, but as far as substance is concerned, there isn't much here. Unlike Scooby-Doo! and other cartoons aimed at this age group, there's nothing especially clever or informative here. There are also no monsters. But there are no real jokes. "That's not a kitty, that's a CAT," says one child, a statement that inexplicably prompts loud guffaws from everyone within earshot. "Ha ha ha!"
An array of unmatched accents in this English edition adds some confusion. Some of the kids seem to be American, others distinctly Irish. Parents may want to be aware that experts don't recommend keeping raccoons as pets. (Domesticated ones are legal in only 16 states, and wild ones are not legal anywhere.)
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