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Elephant Tales

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Somewhat sad yet heartwarming film about orphaned animals.

Movie G 2008 92 minutes
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Unlike so many "talking animal" movies, ELEPHANT TALES has something extra -- a deeper message for its audience. Through the sadness of brother elephants Zef and Tutu as they witness the death of their mother at the hand of poachers, and as they join other animals similarly orphaned, kids witness in very personal terms the devastation wreaked by poaching. These animals trying to come to terms with "The Badness" should inspire family discussion about wildlife preservation, in Africa and elsewhere.

Not that it's all sadness and seriousness. The talking animals find plenty of opportunities to engage in the business of being cute and/or silly. While this does break up the more dramatic moments, there will still be some who consider this film to be too slow-paced, but for animal lovers and for those who believe in preserving and protecting wild animals from mankind's greed, this will prove a must-see movie.

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