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Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal

By Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated underdog tale celebrates courage; cartoon violence.

Movie NR 2021 88 minutes
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The third film from the Australian The Tales from Sanctuary City franchise, this is a hugely conventional animated tale that ticks all the boxes of the competition-format narrative. In short, Daisy Quokka: World's Scariest Animal is about an underdog who teams up with a has-been trainer to defy the odds and compete. It's Cool Runnings. It's The Karate Kid. Now familiarity doesn't necessarily have to be a bad thing. There can be something comforting from these tried and tested formulas, so long as it's done well and brings a degree of freshness.

Rice does a fine job voicing the eternally optimistic Daisy, but the true star of the show is Neill, lending his gruff, unforgettable vocal talents to the role of Frankie. But despite some touching moments between the two leads, there's no escaping this film's lack of originality. While it has a lot to say -- promoting the notion of never giving up, no matter how hard the task ahead seems to be -- it's nothing that hasn't been told many times before.

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