Freddy Frogface

  • Review Date: December 8, 2012
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Animated feature treats bullying as a laughing matter.
  • Review Date: December 8, 2012
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2012
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

No educational value.

Positive messages

Bullying is treated with light-hearted humor, and victims fight back with more bullying instead of using thoughtful and positive methods for dealing with the problem.

Positive role models

Victor and his friends stand up to the bully Freddy Frogface, but their methods include humiliation and further bullying.

Violence & scariness

Frequent bullying. Freddy Frogface blows his nose in a little girl's drawing, punches out a boy, and shoves his way down the sidewalk. In an instance of cartoonish violence, Freddy is flung a far distance from a tree. Freddy drags one of the boys with a rope and tries to hang him from a windmill. An adult pulls a shotgun on Freddy, but does not shoot. Freddy locks up Victor in the basement of an abandoned building.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language

Frequent name calling from Freddy. Freddy calls Victor an "asp bug" on numerous occasions, which some viewers mistake for "ass." Freddy frequently calls those around him "runts." An overweight woman is called "a hippo." A ticket-taker for a circus is called "stupid."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

An adult sits down to lunch with a bottle of beer and is later furious when Freddy ruins his lunch and spills his beer.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Freddy Frogface depicts frequent bullying in a humorous way, which feels inappropriately light-hearted. Adults appear either completely clueless or unaware of what's going on throughout the movie, and the kids' responses to the bully Freddy Frogface could be considered additional bullying. Expect plenty of potty humor -- farts, nose picking, etc. -- as well as name calling that sounds very similar to curses ("asp").

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What's the story?

Victor just wants to spend his summer vacation with his friends and his dog, relaxing in their tree house. But he must constantly contend with Freddy, a bully who torments Victor and all the kids in the town. After getting punched out, Victor schemes various ways of getting even with Freddy. But when the circus comes to town, Victor sees a golden opportunity -- not only to perform for the town with his dog, but to get Freddy out of town once and for all.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Perhaps FREDDY FROGFACE, based on a novel, is intended to be light-hearted entertainment. The problem -- especially in a time when society is starting to come to grips with the harmful effects of bullying in both the short and long-term -- is that presenting slapsticky fare about a bully feels in bad taste.

It's too serious of a topic to be addressed in a "wacky" animated film, and sadly, Freddy Frogface would rather go for the easy laughs than to address bullying in a meaningful way. Which is too bad, and makes this movie, released in 2011, all the more woefully out-of-date in both its message and presentation.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about bullying. How do the kids handle being bullied? What other choices could they have made? If you've ever been bullied, how did you handle it?

  • Are certain subjects off limits for comedy? What is comedy's purpose?

Movie details

DVD release date:July 3, 2012
Cast:Nicolaj Kopernikus, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Thure Lindhardt
Director:Peter Dodd
Studio:Phase 4 Films
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:language, mild bullying, and some rude humor

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Teen, 14 years old Written byWOLF13 October 22, 2014
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2
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EVERYBODY HATES IT

THIS SHOW IS THE DUMBEST AND MOST VILOENT SHOW I HAVE EVER SEEN (BESIDES LEGEND OF THE SEA) I RECOMEND NOBODY SHOULD WATCH THIS
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byDARKmAgiC99 October 21, 2014
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2
QUALITY
 

THIS SHOW MADE ME WANT TO SMASH MY TV AND CHOP IT UP INTO PEICES

THIS SHOW WAS A LIVING HECK BROUGHT INTO REALITY IT HAS LOTS OF VIOLENCE CUSSING AND STUPID THINGS WATCHING THIS SHOW COULD SCAR YOU FOR LIFE DO NOT WATCH
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Adult Written byFLAMEBUSTER678 October 21, 2014
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2
QUALITY
 

MORE VIOLENT THAN OSAMA BIN LADEN

THE SHOW WAS EXTREMMLY STUPID LOTS OF SWAERING THE VILLIAN WAS AN IDIOT THE ANIMATION WAS HORRIBLE UNBELEVABLE I BET OSAMA BIN LADEN WOULD SAY HAY FREDDY FROGFACE IS WORSE
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing

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