Duck Duck Goose

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Sweet animated animal tale has peril, positive messages.
  • PG
  • 2018
  • 91 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Family is who you choose to love. Being responsible for others is difficult but it can have great rewards. It's fun to be out on your own, but it's also great to be part of a close and caring group. Someone says, "Apologizing is a sign of weakness," to which someone else responds, "That's just dumb." 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Peng initially sees two vulnerable ducklings as a way to protect himself from predators, but comes to genuinely care for them. 

Violence & Scariness

A hungry cat chases Peng and ducklings, threatening to make a meal of the little ones. They all endure lots of cartoon violence and perils: falls from high perches, waterfalls, banging into walls, and running and sliding from dangers. The cat threatens to eat a chicken's eggs if she doesn't give him information he wants. Peng bangs into a gong and injures his wing. A chef tries to kill ducks with a cleaver. A little duck eats and then throws up a caterpillar. The birds venture into a scary cave.

Sexy Stuff

A goose suggests having a family with a gander.

Language

"Nincompoop." "My nuts froze," says a squirrel referring to the previous winter and displaying an acorn. Some gassy pigs.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Duck Duck Goose is an animated adventure in which a headstrong, self-absorbed goose (voiced by Jim Gaffigan) learns to help others -- but not before he injures his wing, gets separated from his migrating flock, just manages to outrun a hungry cat, and tries to ditch the two lost ducklings he promised to take care of. Younger kids may worry during the story's tenser moments, but the peril is mostly mild and short-lived. Expect some name-calling and a few verging-on-crude jokes (à la "my nuts froze" from a squirrel, referring to the previous winter and displaying an acorn), but there are also positive messages about family and responsibility.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byCandy C. July 31, 2018

Cute movie but...

Why must there be sexy things in movies that are obviously meant for children?! This is maddening to me. In a restaurant setting, the goose is under the table b... Continue reading
Parent of a 15 year old Written byJMJ34ME July 28, 2018

Unremarkable kids movie with adult sexual content.

This movie was funny in parts & amusing for kids. There were a couple of references to male genitalia, obviously not appropriate for younger audiences,... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byGracie23K July 25, 2018

Major Plot Hole

I started watching his movie out of boredom. Sure, it’s okay, but there is a MAJOR plot hole. The goose breaks his wing, which is a very important plot point, b... Continue reading

What's the story?

DUCK DUCK GOOSE follows Peng (voiced by Jim Gaffigan), an independent-minded goose who wants to lead his flock in migratory flying, but he's a bit too much of a daredevil for the head goose to trust him. When Peng gets injured just before the exodus, he worries that winter in the Chinese wilderness will strand him, almost surely dooming him to an early demise. The lack of food, the cold, and the presence of hungry predators are all threats. At the same time, two newborn ducklings, Chi (Zendaya) and Chao (Lance Lim), get separated from their duckling group, who were heading to some wonderful place called Happy Valley. Selfishly thinking he can use the ducklings as a decoy for predators, Peng lies to them, promising he will take care of them until he can deliver them to their flock. At first, he remains impatient and unsympathetic to the little ones, but as they spend more time together, and especially after Chi and Chao save Peng from danger, he becomes so protective that when he realizes that Happy Valley is a restaurant that specializes in duckling, he turns the place upside down to save Chi and Chao. (Note that the animals all speak English and when rare humans show up, they speak Chinese.) Peng's affection for the ducklings is clear by the time he catches up with his own flock. His girlfriend Jing Jing (Natasha Leggerro) is ready to adopt the kids and raise a family with Peng.

Is it any good?

This is a sweet and amusing animated feature that will entertain young kids without many scary parts. Both the dangers and jokes are mild. A head goose instructs the flock: "If you should get hit by lightning, the correct procedure is to fall out of the sky while gently smoking." Even when the heroes are running from a ravenous cat, escaping in a truck full of pigs, the worst that happens is that the birds have to endure a constant barrage of foul-smelling air emitting from the gassy pigs. Jim Gaffigan voices Peng well, and Carl Reiner makes Larry, the wisdom-spouting turtle, a perfect truth-telling adviser.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why birds fly to warmer weather for the winter. Why is Peng worried when he can't fly away from the coming cold weather?

  • How does it help to have close friends and family support us during difficult times? How does the movie show that?

  • What's your favorite animated animal movie? How does this one compare?

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