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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Brief references to the possibility of animal extinction and to protection of natural resources (mining is prohibited on Planet Quatros to assure the survival of the planet and its inhabitants).
Amidst the battles and jeopardy are clearly stated messages: A hero's duty is to help those in need. While a little competition is healthy, true leadership calls for teamwork.
Positive Role Models
All members of the Heroes team are portrayed as unselfish, brave, resourceful, and loyal. The villains are power-hungry, unrepentant, and cruel. There are no female characters.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon action from start to finish. Robotic characters display various powers and built-in weaponry, including fangs, claws, and spikes. The villains, other than the evil professor who's the mastermind of the plot, are in the form of animals: dogs, birds, and a particularly stubborn and nasty scorpion. All engage the Heroes in hand-to-hand combat. Sparks fly; robots are zapped, chased, fall, and come back for more.
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Products & Purchases
All members of the Heroes team, as well as many of the villains, are sold as action figures. The movie functions as an extended commercial for LEGO toys.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this direct-to-DVD release is another entry in the LEGO series of action-packed, animated tales designed to showcase robotic toys and superhero figures for young consumers. There are many battles scenes (some of which feel a lot like video game sequences) with villains exhibiting various built-in weapons: sharp teeth, fangs, claws, and sabers. The Heroes fight their enemies in lengthy hand-to-hand combat scenes which serve the usual "evil mastermind wants to take over the world" plot. Professor Aldous Witch has glowing red eyes and a dastardly cackle. There's an attempt to provide some positive lessons about teamwork and responsibility along with the action. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Somewhere amid the barrage of battles, attacks, and derring-do, there's a thin story and an even thinner attempt to draw distinctive personalities. It's hard to tell the Heroes apart, except for their color or dialect. Even their special skills are difficult to define, though each is supposed to embody the qualities of a mighty animal (bear, eagle, wolf).
The movie finds an easy rhythm: Hero is attacked; Hero defends himself (and they are all male); Hero defeats the fanged, clawed, or spiked creature that threatens him. And all the while, the big baddie laughs his hideous laugh, his eyes aglow with piercing red embers. It's not original; it's not clever or funny, but for kids who like their superheroes dashing, strong, and unstoppable, it's probably enough.
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