What parents need to know
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").
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. 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 Which is too bad, and makes this movie, released in 2011, all the more woefully out-of-date in both its message and presentation.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?