Daddy, I'm a Zombie

Movie review by
Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media
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Zombies learn about friendship; lots of cartoonish violence.
  • PG
  • 2013
  • 82 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

In life and in friendships, you get out what you put in.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dixie's dad is devoted, loving, and supremely positive. Isis shows her what true friendship means.


There's cartoon violence, and lots of it. Dixie's dad is a mortician, so in the real world, we see cadavers; there's also kid-on-kid punching, and a lightning strike that causes a tree to fall onto a person. In the undead world, teen zombies are chased by "dark angels"-- huge, wolf-like creatures with spiked armor and long teeth and claws. One teen zombie has a hatchet stuck in her head, which is later used to attack another zombie. Other violent elements include a machine that erases zombies' thoughts, zombies falling into pits of fire and boiling slime, and a fall that breaks a zombie into body parts.


Teen humans and zombies kiss, but there's nothing intense.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Daddy, I'm a Zombie is a computer-animated movie about a teenage Goth girl named Dixie who is bullied at school because of her dark moods and because her sweet, doting dad is a mortician. After being teased mercilessly at the local fair, Dixie runs into the woods, where she is struck by a falling tree; the teen awakes to find she is a zombie. This is partly a movie about friendship, but it includes loads of cartoon scariness and violence: an evil zombie queen, pits of fire and boiling slime, menacing wolf-like thugs, zombie body parts, a hatchet attack, and more. However, the horror is all very cartoony and shouldn't scare upper graders and tweens. There are also a few romantic but innocent kisses between a mortal couple and between two zombie teens.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLebron12James3 May 28, 2021

This is so trash what the heck this is not Shrek The Third

I am the smartest man alive and this show is not good.
Adult Written byiamhanuman October 29, 2018

A terrible creation

This animation manages to make almost no sense, whilst also being too creepy for younger viewers.
Avoid at all costs.
This is a mistake in film making, along wi... Continue reading
Kid, 12 years old June 7, 2021

Not good

It’ snot good
Teen, 14 years old Written byPoppy From The ... May 29, 2021

Not very good

Ok, before I start this review, I just want to clarify that all of this is my opinion. I know a ton of people like this movie, and if you do, that’s great. It’s... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DADDY, I'M A ZOMBIE, the main character, Dixie, is a teenaged Goth girl who's bullied at school and unhappy at home since her mom left her and her dad. Dixie blames her sweet, doting dad's job as a mortician for her social troubles. When she is teased cruelly at the local fair, Dixie takes off into the woods in the middle of a storm. Lightning strikes a tree, which falls on Dixie. The girl wakes in a graveyard and is shocked to realize she is now one of the undead, with only a bubbly zombie mummy named Isis for company. Dixie must learn some valuable lessons about friendship, and track down a zombie drifter named Vitriol -- the only one who knows how she can escape the evil zombie queen Nebulosa and her minions and open the door that leads back to her mortal life.

Is it any good?

Daddy I'm a Zombie is a sometimes entertaining children's movie about friendship and appreciating life. It will appeal to kids who are curious about more grown-up horror films, without horrifying them. However, as with a lot of cartoon adventures, disbelief must be suspended not only regarding the existence of supernatural creatures, but also concerning the often illogical plot.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Dixie's moods. Why is she so down and so angry? Do you know anyone at school who acts like Dixie?

  • There have been many films and TV shows made about zombies. What do you think is so appealing to viewers about zombies?

  • What does Dixie learn during her stint with the undead?

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