A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
No educational value.
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.
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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."
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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.
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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"). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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