Disco Worms

  • Review Date: September 9, 2011
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 78 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Musical worm tale is bland, with a bit of name calling.
  • Review Date: September 9, 2011
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 78 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Worms, called in this film the "lowest species on the food chain," learn that they can be proud of who and what they are. They also realize how crucial it is to follow their dreams and work hard to attain what may seem to be impossible. Winning should not be considered the only prize in a contest...having fun and doing your best are valuable rewards.

Positive role models

Members of "Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms" a '70's disco band illustrate the value of hard work, self-confidence, and refusal to give up easily. Barry's mother is a stereotypical martyr-hypochondriac who henpecks Barry's dad, but eventually learns a lesson. The corporate types are classic one-note businessmen who abuse the workers. One of the members of the Disco Worms is overweight, subject to teasing fat jokes, and chastises himself with lots of self-deprecatory comments. 

Violence

A number of scenes include cartoonish pratfalls: a character is whipped around on a fan; the worms are shoveled out with the trash and momentarily trapped; fishermen's hooks endanger the worms; and Barry is squashed by a boot, but in all instances, no one is hurt or injured. Note: The DVD includes a trailer for another movie that has some scary images.

Sex

Some mildly suggestive sexual behavior -- a rock star tries to seduce an ardent fan; a worm makes a subtle reference to being gay and having a crush on a man; husband and wife kiss.

Language

One use of "hell." Several scenes show snooty insects teasing and harassing the worms: "sissy," "dumb brain," "fat," "stupid," "greaseball" and more.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Disco Worms includes several instances of name-calling: "sissy," "dumb brain," "fatty," "stupid greaseball," etc. and one use of "hell." Otherwise it's pretty tame (and bland) stuff. There are some typically cartoonish mishaps with no injuries or consequences. Characters get caught in a zipper, smashed by a boot, trapped in a container meant for live bait, threatened by a rusty hook, and more. A sleazy rock star tries to seduce a young female worm-singer and one member of the worm band makes several vague gay references which could easily go right over the heads of young viewers.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

Barry the Earthworm is growing up. He's on his way to a full-time job filing compost reports and settling down. But Barry wants more than that. He's tired of being laughed at because of his lowly status as a dirt-eating worm. When he hears about a TV song contest, he realizes that winning could mean fame, fortune, and a different way of life. So Barry and his overweight, but loving best friend decide to enter the contest with the dance sensation of the 1970s...disco! Gathering an odd assortment of would-be musicians (including Lucy, voiced by Jane Lynch) "Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms" sets out to prove, once and for all, that earthworms are special, that they can boogie.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The message is fine: follow your dreams, work hard, earn respect. There are amiable recreations of some iconic disco hits ("Play That Funky Music," "YMCA," etc.). The characters are likeable.

But it's all a bland affair. Neither the story nor the humor is original or clever. Sunshine Barry and the Disco Worms can boogie, but they're simply not that special.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the message of this movie. What does it say about the value of winning and losing? Does the movie communicate its message effectively? Does anything detract from its message?

  • What does the expression "bottom of the food chain" mean? How do Barry, Gloria, and the others change the opinions of the other creatures in the yard? What causes misconceptions about others? How can you avoid making incorrect judgments about others?

  • How did you feel about everyone laughing at Tito because of his overeating? How did Tito feel about himself? What are the consequences of bullying?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:September 7, 2008
DVD release date:September 6, 2011
Cast:Frank Lenart, Jane Lynch, Jason Graae
Studio:Phase 4 Films
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Music and sing-along
Run time:78 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:for mild, rude humor and brief language

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Parent Written bymommydaddy678 March 4, 2012
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18
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Encourages Stereotypes!

This is a film I regret showing my family because of the subtle messages in regards to sexism and racism. The protagonist is of couse a white male worm with no human attributes except eyes and a mouth. I was greatly offended to see full breasted female worms in this film and I thought that it was self serving. All females depicted in this sloppily done animation , were steriotypical nagging mothers or "dumb blonde" females. Not impressed with any aspects of this film andi regret encouraging such stereotypes that my children are confronted with daily.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 16 years old Written byBelkaStarDog May 27, 2012
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5
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could've done better

it was OK,could've done better,but guys,Disco Worms was made in a different languge!Then it got transfered to the UK(where Phase 4 films is),and i tried,i liked it
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much sex
Teen, 17 years old Written byenjrolas September 6, 2013
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6
QUALITY
 

I LOVE DISCO

SUNSHINE BARRY AND THE DISCO WORMS IS THE BEST MOVIE I HAVE EVER SEEN AND I WILL SHOW EVERY SINGLE PERSON THIS MOVIE AND MY CHILDREN WILL WATCH IT EVERY DAY AND EVERY NIGHT
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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