A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Teamwork, cooperation, compassion, and the importance of being around loved ones during the holidays are major themes.
Positive Role Models
Frank and Buster work together to bring their friend Penny home from the South Pole. Ned helps them land their plane when the going gets rough.
Products & Purchases
Cartoon characters are also marketed as stuffed animals.
Parents Need to Know
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. 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 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.
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.