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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Leafie: A Hen into the Wild is a heartfelt, sometimes bleak animated Korean film released in English and overdubbed as Daisy: A Hen into the Wild. It tells the story of a chicken who escapes a factory farm and raises an orphaned duck. It has some frightening scenes of chickens in cramped factory cages, dead chickens tossed into an open grave, and the battle between a duck and a weasel, with a few resulting deaths. The story reflects positively on the sheer force of a mother's love and the triumph of adoption but is best for older kids who can handle the heavy themes, loss, and grief.
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What's the story?
Leafie/Daisy is a chicken trapped in a factory farm who longs for freedom. But once she escapes to the world outside, she learns it's a much scarier place than she imagined. As she makes friends along the way and eventually finds herself raising an orphaned duck, she learns about the risk of freedom, the bonds of mother and son, and the power of love to trump even the bleakest of circumstances.
Is it any good?
This is a powerful, often sad, and very emotional story about adoption, survival, loss, grief, and ultimately what it really means to be free. It's a compelling story, but the Korean-to-English shift here means the overdub and voice acting can feel off-kilter. That said, the animation is at times arresting, and the emotional resonance of the film comes through in spite of itself.
There are some scary scenes here of cramped and dead chickens, some growls and scary fights, and a few key deaths, so kids who aren't used to death as a common theme or the bleaker nature of existence may be thrown. Older kids who've seen films with heavier themes may appreciate the sweet story underneath, of a mother's love for her son and her fight to help him succeed in life in spite of their many differences.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of adoption stories. Which other stories have you seen about adoption? Why do you think they're so popular?
Have you ever felt like you didn't fit in? If so, what did you do to try to change that? Did it work? Why, or why not?
What do Daisy and her son learn about their love for each other? Why does it succeed in spite of their differences?
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