Freddy Frogface

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Animated feature treats bullying as a laughing matter.
  • PG
  • 2012
  • 85 minutes

Parents say

age 15+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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

Violence

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.

Sex
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
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.

What 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").

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byDiDDleMAN000 September 30, 2015

I thought this was a kids show not a horror movie

this was a bad movie with horrible content and the villain is a psycho and plenty of filthy language
Adult Written byDARKmAgiC99 October 21, 2014

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
Teen, 14 years old Written byWOLF13 October 22, 2014

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
Teen, 15 years old Written bybruhh March 25, 2016

please read.

WHAT THE FRICK WAS THIS THIS MOVIE IS BULL THE CHARACTERS ARE UGLY AND THE BULLY IS CRAZY AND THE PARENTS ARE USELESS AND I DIDN'T SEE A GOOD, PLOT MOVEMEN... Continue reading

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?

Perhaps FREDDY FROGFACE, based on a novel, is intended to be light-hearted entertainment, but presenting slapsticky fare about a bully feels in bad taste. 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.

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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