A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate, but it could spark discussions about immortality and ethics.
Characters display courage, perseverance, and teamwork, as well as compassion and empathy. One of the main themes surrounds the use of a magical power to stay young. However, the concluding message is that with age comes growth and wisdom.
Positive Role Models
Felix is an adventurous 12-year-old boy. He carefully plans a secret trip to an island to find his long-lost father without his mother and aunt knowing. He has creative ways to get out of scrapes, cares about others, and is highly motivated. Mylene is Felix's mother who has brought up her two children on her own for two years and cares about them deeply. Her less experienced sister, Annie, offers to look after the children so Marlene can have a break. She is out of her depth but always tries her best. Tom is an old lighthouse keeper who saves Felix when he gets in trouble trying to reach the island on his own. He offers to help Felix get there. He tells Felix a few times that boys don't cry but learns to show his own emotions at the end of the movie. Morgäa is a villain with a magical way to transform people, while creating a secret society.
The human characters are all White. There are a number of strong female characters and a good range of ages among the characters with some inter-generational friendships formed.
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Violence & Scariness
Mild violence includes a guard being hit with a Frisbee, a yo-yo, and a baseball fired from a slingshot. Two characters have chloroform rags held over their faces while they're in bed. A character punches some guards and throws another. Guards are hit with oars. A spider bites someone's toe. It is later squashed and shown dead with gooey green blood. A kid punches their friend on the arm to get their attention while they're playing video games. Threat includes a huge wave that knocks a kid overboard and a big storm that causes a boat to run into rocks.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A couple kiss. Character is seen covered in lipstick kisses having spent some time alone with another character.
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Character calls some guards "dimwits."
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Products & Purchases
A billionaire pays $10 million for an anti-aging treatment, and discusses tax havens and fraud. When they snore, they say "money, money, money."
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Felix and the Hidden Treasure is an enjoyable Canadian animated adventure movie with plenty of positive messages and role models, and some mild cartoon violence. Felix (voiced by Daniel Brochu) is a 12-year-old boy who sets sail in search of his missing father. Felix's mom Marlene (Holly Gauthier-Frankel) is a strong female presence, having brought up Felix and his baby sister on her own for the last two years. Felix's kind aunt, Annie( Angela Galuppo), looks after them to give Marlene a break, despite having little experience with babies. Felix is adventurous and curious, sneaking off to find his father without telling his mother and aunt. He is also compassionate and determined. There is much character development as characters learn that aging is part of life and that it's important to show your emotions. There is moderate cartoon violence, which includes using toys as weapons (a yo-yo, a baseball, a Frisbee) and some fights in which guards get hit in the face. One more sinister moment that might need to be explained to kids is when two men have chloroform rags held over their faces while they're in bed. Other moments of threat involve dangerous sailing in stormy seas. There is some suggestive behavior when a character is seen covered in lipstick kisses. A billionaire talks openly about his financial situation and when he snores he's heard muttering "money, money, money." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This original animated movie looks great and does a marvelous job of blending a seafaring adventure with science fiction themes. Simply put, Felix and the Hidden Treasure is a joy. Director Nicola Lemay presents the entire world with confidence, its characters fully rounded in a picturesque coastal town. Lemay's deftest move is keeping the story at a specific, steady pace. Scenes of strangers discussing a mysterious -- and very expensive -- deal are dropped into the main story. As confusing and seemingly unconnected as these first seem, when the story unfolds and the two worlds merge, it's a satisfying device rarely seen in kids' movies. The animation style feels unique to the movie too, rather than falling into the all too common trap of copying Pixar, pixel for pixel.
Clever stuff aside, the movie's also great fun. A cat who acts like a dog and a seafaring bird with an eye patch provide plenty of physical humor. The human characters are also winners. Felix is plucky, while siblings Marlene and Annie (Felix's mom and aunt) are both charming and emotionally rich. Annie (Angela Galuppo) throwing herself into the wild world of childcare to give the tireless Marlene (Holly Gauthier-Frankel) a break is one of a handful of heartwarming plot points in the film. Put on top of that a philosophical debate about the pros and cons of immortality, and the nature of cults, and you've got a deep, rich, and thoroughly entertaining kids movie for all the family.
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