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Doraemon: Nobita and the Space Heroes

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Action-packed anime space adventure is heavy on violence.

Movie NR 2015 100 minutes
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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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