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Jester Till

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Entertaining folk tale, with some cartoon violence.

Movie NR 2011 85 minutes
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JESTER TILL is an entertaining folk tale, even if the character Till isn't all that funny. While Till's jokes about cell phones and references to George H.W. Bush's line "Read my lips: No new taxes!" feel forced, if not confusing (especially to kids born long after the first Bush was president), the quest and adventure aspects of the story are enough to keep families engaged.

The story can be confusing at times, as Till is trying to do three things at once -- win the love of a princess, rescue his missing grandfather, and save a boy king from the machinations of his heartless and greedy advisors -- and some of the voices feel unnecessarily parodic (i.e. the wise owl who talks like an effeminate male, and the stereotypical voicings of the Arabic man in the mirror), but the story does move at an engaging pace, and as it is a folk tale, this should inspire discussions amongst families about other folk tales they've seen or read, the elements of folk tales, and how Jester Till matches up.

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