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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A great introduction to a popular Mexican legend, as well as a starting point for children to learn more about Mexican history.
It's important to have compassion for others. Resilience and courage are ways to stand up to oppression. Avoid violence as much as possible; it's important to use dialogue to solve conflicts.
Positive Role Models
Leo San Juan is brave and risks his life to save people around him. The rebels fighting the Monarchists are constantly looking out for one another.
This Mexican film made by Mexican storytellers and voiced by Mexican actors does a beautiful job of combining a classic legend with Mexican history. Supporting female characters include Teodora, who's a fierce and loyal friend and researcher, and Juanita, who both try to stop the Chupacabras.
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Violence & Scariness
A man turns into a monster. The Chupacabras turns men into stone. It flies out and scares people, knocking them off mountains. Prisoners are forced to walk over a narrow bridge in the fog. They're captured at gunpoint, told they'll be executed. Men are hit and tackled. Leo is put in a cell with adult men and told he'll be executed with them. Leo and his brother almost fall off of a building. Teodora is turned into a toy, her friends captured. Two friendly monsters with living skull sidekicks might be scary to young kids.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One of the friendly monsters tries to set the other up with his "loose" cousin. Teodora has a crush on Leo.
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Insults like "blockhead," "ugly," "dorks," and "hippie." A boy is called a "princess" as a taunt.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character smokes a pipe.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that La Leyenda del Chupacabras is a Mexican animated film (in Spanish with English subtitles for U.S. release) that's part of La Leyenda series about Mexican legends. Positive messages include the importance of compassion, resilience, and courage as ways of standing up to oppression. Positive role models include Leo San Juan (voiced by Benny Mendoza), who's brave and helps others around him, and the rebels who will do anything to defend their families. Some scenes will likely be scary to younger kids, including those with the Chupacabras -- a bat-like creature with glowing red eyes -- and some tense scenes in which the rebels are captured at gunpoint and told they'll be executed. Two friendly monsters have living-skull sidekicks, which could also upset the youngest viewers. Expect some insults, such as "blockhead," and a boy is called "princess" as a taunt. Leo's friend Teodora (Mayté Cordeiro) has a crush on Leo, and two monsters offer to set someone up with their "loose" cousin. A character smokes a pipe. In terms of diversity, the film is made by Mexican storytellers and voiced by Mexican actors. Female characters in supporting roles include Teodora and Juanita (Laura G), who are fierce and loyal as they try to stop the Chupacabras. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
In order to fully enjoy this Spanish-language adventure (subtitled in English for U.S. release), you might want to watch the previous films first. Leo is a sweet character, but his sidekicks don't make much sense without the context of the earlier movies. That said, La Leyenda del Chupacabras is action-packed and has a positive message about fighting for what's right and not jumping to conclusions. The animation is fun to watch, as are the wacky sidekicks, a group that includes colorful monsters and walking skulls. Younger kids may have trouble with the subtitles and the scary images, but older kids and adults who know the backstory may find this Scooby-Doo-like story entertaining.
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