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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.
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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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