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Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland

By Carrie R. Wheadon, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Lots of fantasy fun, but watch out for nightmarish scares.

Movie G 1992 95 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 8+

Scared the crap out of me as a kindergartener but...

I first seen this film as a 5 year old way back in 1993 when it was shown to the class in kindergarten. I remember being terrified of this. I didn't see it again until recently and it is a really beautiful looking film and I plan on rewatching the entire film from beginning to end (I didn't get to finish watching it after I found it again). I will say that I can't recommend this for small or sensitive kids because it scared me as a child and I wasn't a sensitive kid but I guess it was the first time I ever encountered some creatively disturbing things with the capturing and freezing of the characters. I actually had the same problem with Star Wars as a kid for a similar scene with Han Solo so I wouldn't recommend it if you have kids that scare at freaky type things like that. That's why I increased the age range to 8 years old. I will give a more in depth review when I can find time to finish the ending.

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age 7+

An adventure

This movie is great. It's not a Disney movie so it didn't receive the credit it truly deserved. I'm really happy I stumbled upon this movie and can't wait to share this with my daughter when she's old enough to watch it.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This is a little animated gem. If you read up on the making of LITTLE NEMO: ADVENTURES IN SLUMBERLAND -- a rocky collaboration between Japanese and American studios that blew through scores of big-name talent and then barely got a U.S. release -- then you'll get why you never heard more about it. It's a shame, because, though it's pretty obvious in its uneven storytelling that too many cooks were in the kitchen, there's so much for fans of fantasy and animation to enjoy here.

Almost all the animation stands out, but especially when Nemo boards the elaborate airship and when his bed grows long legs and walks through the sleeping city (taken straight from the original comic strip). The characters are all appropriately curious for a dream state: the not-scary-enough goblins make especially good sidekicks in Nightmareland. Santa-like King Morpheus and scampish Flip are also a treat and Princess Camille is refreshingly strong-willed. Viewers will be pulling for them all to return safely from Nightmareland before the dream has to end.

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