Little Bite in the Big City

Movie review by
Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media
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Awful animated film with lots of insults, focus on romance.
  • NR
  • 2013
  • 74 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Little Bite in the Big City espouses the importance of community and connectedness to surviving and being a good person.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Characters are one-dimensional and either simplistically good or bad.

Violence

There is some peril throughout among pigeons, beetles, cockroaches, and a cat, but it's largely suspense and not actual violence. There's also light bullying that is largely verbal and threat-based. 

Sex

There are numerous references to falling in love and winning a girl over and stereotypical comments about how to do so by flattering women to win them over. A couple holds hands in one scene and, later, lean in to kiss but are interrupted.

Language

Frequent insulting language, largely from two domineering characters who refer to others as "dumb," "losers," "scrawny," "cowards," "meatball," and "chicks" for women. Another character is fond of sexist comments such as, "Girls are unknown vectors of irrational ideas," "All girls love earrings -- even the smart ones," and "Girls and soccer don't mix."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Little Bite in the Big City is an animated film that largely focuses on the romantic relationship between two cockroaches. There is frequent insulting language, some threats, and many sexist comments. It's poorly animated and not particularly violent or otherwise inappropriate, but the subject matter and lack of clear plot, as well as issues with pacing, make this not just a bad movie in general but a particularly bad one for younger kids.

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What's the story?

When cockroach Bite sees Licka, it's love at first sight. He invites her over to his cozy home, a CPU inside a computer, and gets to work winning her over. But first, he'll have to get to know her, get rid of her current love, Chuck, and filter out the often terrible love advice of his friends, all the while surviving the street wars among cockroaches, beetles, and the occasional cat.

Is it any good?

In possibly the worst choice of bug breed in the history of cinema to frame a love story, these filmmakers chose the one vermin form no human could ever root for. And it gets worse from there -- the animation is terrible (think an early-generation Sims game) and seems to have originally been crafted for Russian speakers, then redubbed with English. The characters are largely sexist, bullies, or stereotypes, the plot is thin, and the pacing is ambling.

That aside, its main focus on the ups and downs of wooing a woman make it a largely alien subject matter for young kids. Older kids who've had a first crush might be more inclined to sit through this, but even that suggests there's any age group for whom this film could be enjoyable. Tread with caution -- and a can of Raid.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the confusion in making animated films that seem geared toward kids with plots better suited to older kids or adults. Is it easy to tell when a movie is "for young kids" versus "for older kids"? How can you tell? How could this film have been clearer in showing that its focus is for older kids?

  • Bite receives a lot of terrible advice about wooing women in the movie. How do you think two people who like each other should get to know each other? Do you think you should have to do a lot of elaborate things to make someone like you? Why, or why not? 

  • In spite of the film's many shortcomings, the main characters manage to survive in their world with the help of an elaborate network of people to help them with resources and connections. Community is important; who are the important people in your community, and how do you help each other?

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