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Parents need to know that Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas is a 2006 short stop-motion animated feature in which Frank and Buster fly a plane from their home in Australia to the South Pole to rescue their injured friend Penny and get her back home in time for the holidays. Positive messages of teamwork, cooperation, and togetherness abound. While parents and young kids will enjoy this movie, it might prove tiresome to older kids, especially over repeated viewings. Nonetheless, this is a short and sweet animated adventure with positive values to impart.
What's the story?
In KOALA BROTHERS: OUTBACK CHRISTMAS, Frank and Buster have invited everyone to come to their homestead to celebrate Christmas. But there's one problem: Penny the Penguin cannot make it because she's stuck in the South Pole with an injured wing. Nothing will do but for Frank and Buster to get into their propeller plane and fly to the South Pole, rescue Penny, and bring her back to the outback so everyone can be together.
Is it any good?
This is a sweet animated feature that shows the importance of teamwork, what good friends will do for friends in need, and the meaning of togetherness during the holiday season. While it's way too simplistic for older kids, younger children will find much to enjoy, and parents will find entertainment in the quirky characters and take heart from their positive messages.
It isn't a very complicated story -- parents and kids looking for something with more weight and depth should look elsewhere -- but for entertainment geared toward younger audiences, Koala Brothers: Outback Christmas manages to convey positive messages without being preachy and shows eternal Christmastime values without being corny. It's quirky, gentle, and enjoyable.
Talk to your kids about ...
Why do Frank and Buster go far out of their way to find Penny and bring her back home?
The outback is a warm desert-like region of Australia. Based on how it looks during the holidays in the movie, how do you think celebrating the holidays there would be different from celebrating in colder places?
- On DVD or streaming: November 7, 2006
- Cast: Jonathan Coleman, Keith Wickham, Janet James
- Director: Tobias Fouracre
- Studio: Lions Gate
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, Holidays, Misfits and Underdogs, Music and Sing-Along
- Character strengths: Compassion, Teamwork
- Run time: 48 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: September 20, 2019
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