Guardian of the Highlands

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Wildlife adventure has some peril, sensual characters.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 76 minutes

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

Positive Messages

Protect endangered animals and the environment.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Some adults are portrayed as corrupt and self-serving while others are heroic and well-intentioned.

Violence & Scariness

Mild peril and some violence. Animals are shown whimpering in cages. A truck crashes, and animals spill out down the hillside. An animal falls to a cliff below and hits its head, nearly drowning. A goat is hit by a truck but unharmed. Two animals almost drown and navigate perilous rapids to stay afloat. A bunny hits her head, and it's said to be bleeding badly but not shown. Friends remark that there is "a lot of blood." A helicopter crashes. A bunny and beaver are rescued in rushing rapids. A goat falls from a helicopter and lands on a trampoline and is unresponsive.

Sexy Stuff

The movie begins with a James Bond-style introduction featuring women dancing suggestively in silhouette. In one scene, a woman is shown with exaggerated cleavage and overtly sexy music, and she and another female character are shown throughout with gently heaving cleavage as a prominent attribute. A final scene includes sexy music and women dancing in a sultry manner. A woman caresses a man's face and sighs, "Such a man."

Language

Mild profanity such as "damn" and mildly insulting language such as "smelly beaver butt" or "oh, my god."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A man smokes a pipe. A man drinks wine or a mixed drink at a bar.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Guardian of the Highlands is an animated movie about saving an endangered beaver and his environment. It has some sensually dressed animated characters with excessive cleavage, some very mild profanity ("damn"), and at times the action sensibility of a James Bond movie (Sean Connery is in a main role), often at the expense of the developed, easy-to-follow plot. There is mild peril and cartoonish violence throughout.

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What's the story?

Bessie Boo the Beaver is an endangered species, so veterinarian Sir Billi (Sean Connery) and his friends, including Gordi the Goat, must band together to save the beaver, protect the highlands, and rediscover what community really means when one of their own comes under fire.

Is it any good?

GUARDIAN OF THE HIGHLANDS has a bit of an identity crisis: It's an animated children's movie about saving an endangered beaver but with the winking sultriness at times of a grown-up action movie. It borrows heavily from James Bond in the introduction, action, and treatment of female characters, who are often shown with heaving, exaggerated cleavage. There are some nice ideas about preserving wildlife and endangered species, and the community must work together to save the day against the evil corporation and corrupt officers. And fans of Sean Connery may enjoy his wisecracking role as a veterinarian/skateboarder/ladies' man. But there's a bit of a mishmash of action and jokes here without a lot of meaningful plot development and some iffy portrayals that muddle the positive messages.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about endangered species. Do you know any endangered species in your area? What are they? What can we do to protect endangered species?

  • Teamwork helps to save Bessie Boo the Beaver. When was the last time you had to work on a team? What happened? What did you accomplish?

  • What is your favorite place in nature, and why?

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