Parents' Guide to

Even Mice Belong in Heaven

By JK Sooja, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Some violence in cute tale of friendship and bravery.

Movie NR 2021 87 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

Boring

This movie is boring
age 6+

It's not "violent" as the other reviewer suggests

Hello, although the other reviewer left a wonderful review and I agree with some of it, and I understand that they are trying to be as specific as possible on parent's behalf. I do think they make the movie seem like the Chainsaw Massacre. The word "violent" does not equate with this film. Almost EVERY Pixar and Disney film deals with death and always has "scary" parts in it. You do not see the animals run over by a car, just like you do not see Bambi being shot. Things are insinuated. Saying the fox is going "crazy" is inaccurate and insulting to the mental health community. Using a word like "crazy" to represent mental torment is what leads to teen suicides because kids don't want to be called "crazy" when they need to open up about their feelings. So they keep it inside. The fox is battling with his own insecurities and fears, he lost his parents when he was young (cue EVERY Disney and Pixar movie plot), and was brought up by a mean uncle who didnt treat him well (again, cue almost every Pixar and Disney plot). The fox is very kind the whole way through until he is tested as to why he doesn't stick up for himself and why he is so insecure and afraid. This is a stunning film, with incredible details, a sweet and simple script that teaches kids about bullying, standing up for yourself, being brave, to be grateful for what you have, that nature works as a circle and one feeds off the next, (cue Lion King), about friendship and not judging someone by their appearance, to be clean and tell the truth , to follow rules. This is no scarier then any Disney or Pixar, I'm a parent and my 7 year old loved it and was way more scared of Snow White, Bambi, The Lion King than this sweet beautiful movie. So I'm sticking up for the film a but because this film is not violent. Especially in a world where there are more school shootings than there ever should be, we can't pretend that there isn't death in the world and that animals don't eat each other. Thanks

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

The stop-motion animation combined with CGI is rendered in beautiful high definition, so the film looks great, crisp, and genuine. The art direction in Even Mice Belong in Heaven is solid all-around, as are the performances, pacing, and thrills. While some of the material might be a little heavy since it's about death and heaven, many viewers will still get plenty of satisfaction out of this simple adventure. Even though heaven is a central concept, Christianity isn't mentioned nor is there any proselytizing, and in the end, all the animals get reincarnated into different (if they choose) animals.

At times, this adventure might remind viewers of the 1980s children's classic, The NeverEnding Story, but nothing about this Czech film is as complicated or dramatic. Instead, lessons of bravery, anti-bullying behavior, and keeping yourself clean all contribute to an easy-to-watch romp. The only drawback is that many scenes might be too scary for younger viewers.

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