Dizzy & Bop's Big Adventure: The Great Music Caper
By Brian Costello,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Music-themed movie has great message, confusing story.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
While intended to entertain, the movie does show the different instruments in an orchestra, and the sounds they make.
The movie discusses the importance and necessity of music in the world.
Positive Role Models
In spite of their differences in personality, background, and temperament, Dizzy and Bop work together to save music.
Violence & Scariness
Some potentially scary scenes for younger viewers. The main characters dodge power saws while trapped in the Land of Silence. One of the main characters is hit on the head with a hammer and is believed to be dead.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dizzy & Bop's Big Adventure: The Great Music Caper is an imaginative idea despite a somewhat confusing story and some potentially scary moments for younger viewers. Scenes of instruments sick or dying, as well as scenes of instruments dodging power saws while on treadmills, can be a bit much for sensitive kids. However, for families interested in music, this movie shows the brass, woodwinds, and percussion of an orchestra, and demonstrates what these instruments do and the sounds that they make. The film offers ample opportunity to learn about music, and the story is tailor-made to discuss the importance of music in our lives.
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What's the Story?
After a concert at the Red Volcano, someone has stolen the Musical Keys, and without them, the instruments can no longer play music together. The Brass, Woodwinds, Strings, and Percussion no longer get along, because each thinks one of the other groups stole the keys. While wondering lost in Brassland, a piccolo named Dizzy (JoJo Levesque) meets a soprano saxophone named Bop (Bow Wow). Because they come from different groups, they're not supposed to get along, but in spite of this a friendship develops. Together, and later joined by a wayward snare drum, they decide to figure out a way to rescue the Musical Keys and restore the sound of music to the world.
Is It Any Good?
DIZZY & BOP'S BIG ADVENTURE: THE GREAT MUSIC CAPER, while a creative idea, is often marred by muddled storytelling. Characters come and go, show up out of nowhere, disappear, come back. Attempts to provide context only serve to get in the way of the adventure itself. The rivalries between instruments make it seem like nobody really likes anyone very much, even on good days.
And yet, despite the flaws, most kids will understand that what's at stake here is saving music from those who wish to silence the world of it. Also, since it's about music, there's ample opportunity for young kids to learn about the different instruments in an orchestra and the sounds that they make. This alone makes it worthwhile for families interested in music, even if the story is hard to follow at time.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about music. How does this film showcase the importance of music? Why do you think music is important?
What did you learn about the sounds that different instruments make? Which instruments would you like to play?
How does this movie compare to other computer-animated features?
- On DVD or streaming: January 27, 2009
- Cast: Bow Wow, Cheech Marin, JoJo Levesque
- Director: Eric Gutierrez
- Inclusion Information: Black actors, Latinx actors
- Studio: Weinstein Co.
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Run time: 77 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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