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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Friends listen to each other and help each other.
Positive Role Models
Mike is nervous about starting school and needs a friend.
Violence & Scariness
A boy falls through a large hole in the ground where he meets large furry creatures who appear to be friendly.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Fuzzbucket, The Wonderful World of Disney made-for-TV episode from 1986, features Mike, a 12-year-old boy about to start middle school, and his new friend named Fuzzbucket. The story of an imaginary friend who may not really be imaginary could have high appeal for kids making the transition from little kid to tween. Mike and Fuzzbucket help each other with their respective problems, making each of them feel needed and loved, even if they can't hang out together all the time because they come from different places and live different lives. A boy falls through a large hole in the ground where he meets large furry creatures who appear to be friendly. 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 is a clear attempt by Disney TV to capitalize on the boy-and-his-creature vibe that made Steven Spielberg's 1982 mega-hit E.T.: The Extraterrestrial so popular only four years before. This made-for-TV episode is less than half the earlier film's length, so it's no surprise that it offers far less character development, a flimsier plot, and unimpressive special effects. Still, at 46 minutes, Fuzzbucket may be an amusing tidbit for younger kids. Older kids may lack patience for the old-fashioned production values.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.