Hedgehogs

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Animal comedy has positive messages but weak story.
  • PG
  • 2017
  • 96 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids will learn about certain aspects of being a hedgehog (e.g., that they have spines/quills and eat fruit), but other depicted facts about hedgehogs are incorrect (e.g., in real life, they're nocturnal animals, and birds/owls are their predators, too, not just badgers).

Positive Messages

Promotes humility, teamwork, and asking for/accepting help. Also stresses the importance of unconditional friendship and standing up for your friends when they're being threatened. Bobby's journey demonstrates the value of accepting who you are and that even one creature can make a difference.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Hubert is a helpful and kind friend, even when Bobby says some mean things to him. Bobby learns the value of teamwork and asking for help. On the downside, Bobby's hedgehog love interest is stereotypically girly, with "curly," fashionable spines that she doesn't raise during a fight, like the male hedgehogs do.

Violence & Scariness

Violent confrontations between hedgehogs and badgers (including punching, stabbing with spines, etc.), as well as humans and exterminators who are out to capture and kill them. Also a few human-on-human moments of violence, with a young man being hit by a gun or pushed down, etc. One quick glimpse of a dead animal.

Sexy Stuff

A man stares at a woman's butt. Two sets of animals flirt with one another and are called boyfriend and girlfriend. A little innuendo.

Language

Insult language à la "weird," "weirdo," "stupid," "big bully."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Hedgehogs is an English-dubbed version of a Chinese-produced animated adventure about the journey of a proud hedgehog named Bobby (voiced by Anthony Padilla) who suffers from memory loss and forgets his identity. The movie -- which features the voices of internet stars like Padilla, Ian Hecox, and Jenn McAllister -- has a few mild insults like "stupid" and "weirdo" and a few violent confrontations between animals, as well as between animals and humans. There's a gratuitous scene of a man checking out a woman's behind and two sets of animal "boyfriends and girlfriends" (who flirt and nearly kiss). Animal-loving purists may be bothered by the fact that the hedgehogs are portrayed inaccurately (the animals are actually nocturnal and don't throw their quills like porcupines do, for example), but many viewers won't know the difference, and young kids will likely be entertained by Bobby's adventures with his pigeon friends and the hedgehog community, which ultimately promotes themes of friendship, teamwork, and asking for help.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 5, 6, and 9 year old Written byMary S. March 10, 2018

Weird and Innapropriate

This is the weirdest movie ever. There is lots of drama that is really not for kids. Heavy emphasis on hedgehog and bird romance that is just creepy. The longe... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byrosegolden February 26, 2018

Wasted Life....

This entire movie was a waste of breath, life, and time. The plot structure change multiple times, the character's personality changed multiple times, chan... Continue reading

What's the story?

HEDGEHOGS follows Bobby (voiced by Anthony Padilla), a reckless, arrogant, alpha-male hedgehog who lives in an idyllic community where all the hedgehogs consume a "yummy fruit" that keeps them happy and full. During a confrontation with a badger predator over the fruit, Bobby is hurt and ends up in the big city, suffering from severe memory loss: He doesn't even know he's a hedgehog anymore. Bobby meets Hubert, a large, friendly pigeon who declares him a feather-less bird whose wings must've been injured (explaining why he can't fly). As an act of friendship, Hubert creates wings for Bobby to fasten to his body, which allows him to truly be part of the bird clan ... until Bobby once again encounters the badger, who calls him a "stupid hedgehog" and explains that the real threat to hedgehogs isn't other animals but the humans who want them -- and their habitats -- destroyed. So Bobby hatches a plan to defeat the human exterminators sent to hurt his family and friends.

Is it any good?

Sporting a colorful palette and a familiar hero's journey, this animated adventure is far from outstanding, but it'll be fine for younger audiences who can't get enough of animal comedies. That said, let's get one key thing out of the way: Hedgehogs are nocturnal, which is just one of several fundamental truths about the animals that this movie gets wrong. They also can't throw their spines like porcupines. Of course, hedgehogs also don't speak, so maybe the filmmakers can be forgiven for stretching and changing the facts about the adorable animals.

Bobby's story is a clear mistaken-identity comedy, and his friendship with Hubert the pigeon is cute enough -- particularly when Hubert makes Bobby wings so he can fly with the rest of the birds. Where the story suffers -- and lags -- is in the various subplots involving evil, greedy humans and unnecessary romances (Bobby's hedgehog love interest even has "curly," fashionable spines that she doesn't raise during a fight, like the guys do!). And, as a villain, the angry badger (or whatever animal he's supposed to be) isn't all that frightening, but that's probably for the best. The movie is best when it concentrates on the importance of friendship and teamwork, but with so many excellent family-friendly animated movies available, this one is ultimately below par: It's fine to stream for a few laughs, but nothing you'd buy for your personal collection.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether there are any role models in Hedgehogs. Who are they, and what are their character strengths?

  • Which parts of the movie were scary for you? Why? How much scary stuff can young kids handle?

  • Why do you think talking-animal movies are so popular? What are some of your favorites?

  • How authentic is the movie's information about hedgehogs? Did watching it make you want to learn more about the animals?

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