A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friends watch out for and protect each other. People's individual hobbies and talents deserve respect. It's important to care for the planet's natural environment.
Positive Role Models
Nobita, Doraemon, and friends risk their lives to help an alien take back his planet from evil space pirates who are sucking the energy out of it and lying to its inhabitants for their own gain.
Violence & Scariness
Characters watch and then reenact movie and TV scenes they've seen involving superheroes fighting fire-breathing dinosaurs. Battles with space pirates and monsters involve guns and other weapons (including tools that can melt and ensnare opponents), spaceship chases, and captivity. Nobita loses consciousness after being rushed through and spit out of a water tunnel. Space pirates are defeated in battle by being shot down, melted, and ensnared.
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Infrequent use of words including "damn," "gasbag," "fart," and "bastard."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Pills are offered to child characters to counter the effects of space gravity.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that in the space adventures of Doraemon: Nobita and the Space Heroes, the anime characters (who are well known to fans of the series and previous films) repeatedly put their lives in danger to battle monsters and aliens. There's quite a bit of fantasy/adventure violence. Weapons include guns, armed spaceships, and tools that can melt and ensnare opponents. Language is infrequent but includes "damn," "gasbag," "fart," and "bastard," and at one point the kids are offered pills to counter the effects of space gravity. Positive themes revolve around friendship, respect, and the importance of caring for the planet's natural environment. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The prioritizing of action over story in this anime adventure may make it more appealing to younger fans, but the unrelenting cartoon violence also makes it less appropriate for them. It's always fun to watch how magical Doraemon turns children's imaginary games into real-life adventures, and the characters' sweetness and loyalty to one another is unendingly gratifying. But older viewers might miss more of the series' usual touches of character-driven charm and humor.
Those touches are here in smaller doses, seen especially in the transformation of each character's hobby -- like Nobita's Cat's Cradle string skills -- into super powers, or a sequence where Nobita keeps losing his pants on rocket launch. Doraemon: Nobita and the Space Heroes also has some bigger messages related to corporations' lack of respect for the environment, embodied in the space pirate storyline. And kids can learn a little about filmmaking from this movie, including terms (like "genre," "set," and "script") and roles (director, actor, etc). They'll just have to sit through lots of shoot-'em-up space battles to enjoy these subtler aspects.
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