Parents' Guide to

Eleanor's Secret

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Reading saves the day in charming, mildly perilous tale.

Movie NR 2009 80 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

We enjoyed it

We found this movie to be more entertaining than most. This isn't surprising, given that GKIDS is the primary distributor of 21st century children's movies that are worth watching. The values are decent. I liked seeing everyone work together to solve a problem, though the premise that a child's reading problems can be solved in less than a day, just by raising the stakes sufficiently, is silly and unhelpful.
age 8+

Great movie with a great message but be aware of some cultural differences in the animation

This is a good family movie. It has a great message about confidence and perseverance and - overall - it's a great pick. However, I will warn that there is a statue that is shown in two scenes, one where it is the focus, that depicts a topless figure. It is a life size native looking wooden figure - very geometrical in shape but it clearly shows breasts that the kids picked up on right away. A very clear difference between French and American animation. There is nothing wrong with what is shown but get ready for giggles and gasps. In another scene the older sister (maybe supposed to be around 11 or so?) is shown after a bath with a towel wrapped just around her waist. There is nothing to see - could be a little boy or a little girl but the kids picked up on that too when she realized that her brother was in the room and she quickly pulls the towel up to her neck. Just wanted to point it out so you can make up your own mind.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This charming celebration of the imagination is a visual and emotional gem. The delightful animation in Eleanor's Secret is quirky and reminiscent of the vivid drawings of the Stinky Cheese Man illustrator Lane Smith. Although an ogre, a wicked witch, and mildly perilous adventures may worry smaller children, the idea that fictional characters from different stories are all friends who band together to save themselves so that more kids may enjoy them is something most kids can happily root for.

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