Parents' Guide to

Lotte from Gadgetville

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Whimsical animated tale will charm the whole family.

Movie NR 2008 78 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 3+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 3+

too long and really odd

Just not for us. I feel like I don't know what I was watching most of the time. Spaced out so many times. Not even our kids could tell us what the story was all about
age 6+

Inappropriate things over kids' heads

Idk if it's just me or a European thing, but there are some disparaging things that go on in this film, namely when you learn the backstory of the father cat, which... is an alleycat. True to form, he goes on a world tour of sorts, set to music, staying overnight with female cats eager to host him and then send him on his way with much adulation. Any discerning adult knows what's going on here, if only implied, but I'm glad my kids didn't ask any questions about this father staying with other women (sometimes multiple!) and going to bars and drinking and getting drunk. I also can't tell if the two inspector-like moles are supposed to be like a Sherlock and Holmes duo because to me it more seemed like they were a bantering couple (i.e. "together"). Again, idk how these things weren't even mentioned yet or flagged in the official review. I want to make sure you are going into this eyes wide open and prepared to answer any related questions. I was cringing during it and grateful nothing came up but they know not to watch it again. I wish I could rate it for 6 and UNDER because any older and they might pick up on these things.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (5):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Inventive and original, witty and clever enough for adults to enjoy, sunny and funny for the kids, the film is a welcome English-language version of a European entry for family viewing. The story and characters transcend international borders with relatable humor and situations. The Estonian animation company that created Lotte from Gadgetville has been making films for decades. How lucky that someone decided to give American audiences an opportunity to see a film with plenty of story and no baddies or scary stuff. Highly recommended.

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