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By Peter Lewis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 2+

Light humor and suspense make up for a thin plot.

Movie G 1999 75 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 5+

Flashback to my childhood

I loved this movie as a child. I was a big fan of fairy tales, and this one fit right in. I found the plot easy to follow along and fun. Now I think, it was not just fun, but doesn’t feel like it’s talkimg down to kids. Their are some scary parts with real bugs put into the CG, which are definitely a bit scary and could make some little ones jump a bit. Overall though, it’s not to bad and kids probably around 5 and older woud be fine. As an adult, I still love this film. The positivity is refreshing, and I still find the plot absolutely delightful. Definitely recommend!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
age 6+


I picked this show from my OnDemand selection after checking with this site that it would be appropriate for my 3 yr old twins. It's absolutely NOT appropriate for this age. The faces are quite scary and there's kidnapping, baby-threatening, scary music and so on. Kids this age don't have the necessary perspective for this. It's poorly written and animated so the site's reviewer called it inoffensive but they didn't consider it from a toddler's developmental point-of-view. I was wavering for a while (and shouldn't have), but finally turned it off when the villain scooped up a baby and threatened to harm it unless the heroes fulfilled some prophecy for him. My twins are still exclaiming "we don't like those bad guys" twenty minutes after I turned it off and they turned to another activity. Which is why I'm prompted to actually write something on this site. I'm not one of those over-protective moms, but even I was pretty surprised at how absolutely NOT for toddlers this movie is. At all.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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

The plot of FAERIES is anything but original: bumbling but triumphant humans in fairyland, the rivalry between good and wicked brothers for the throne, the destiny that is true love. But it's a proven product, and many characters in this fairy tale are appealingly sharp and droll. Kids pay attention, even though the Prince himself is a disagreeable combination of braveheart and milquetoast.

The production's biggest drawback is the startlingly realistic scenery upon which animated characters float. It looks and feels fake, like a bad diorama. Fairy tales should transport, but this technique just confuses things. When the landscapes are animated, however, they're often eye-catching; spectacular flaring colors of fairyland, and the green rolling fields of the English countryside. Here, and with the bright company of fairies, the animators get to impressively stretch their legs.

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