A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids can learn about the processes of animation and how this film fits within the Batman and DC comics universe. The film could open discussions about the qualities of a superhero or the value of family.
Family watches out for family. Count your blessings and appreciate what you have. Focus, responsibility, and sacrifice give a person power, as does a high threshold for pain. Sometimes our actions have unintended consequences for others, so it's good to think before acting and try to keep other people in mind. Trusted adults often really do know what's best for a child.
Positive Role Models
Damian wants to emulate his father and be a superhero, but he hasn't mastered the skills and qualities necessary. As such, he rushes into problems that impact everyone around him. Batman overprotects his son to the degree that he's not allowing him to grow as much as he's capable. Criminals behave as criminals, but are they maybe just lonely?
The film creates animated versions of popular characters from the Batman stories. British-American cast.
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Violence & Scariness
Animated characters are threatened and battered, but always emerge relatively unscathed. There are fights and wounds, fires and explosions, falls and crashes. Little Batman squares off against adult bad guys. There are also some darker scenes where the animation turns black and white, and an ominous crowd seems to be chasing a child. In another sequence, a child says goodbye to an AI parent and finds himself alone, calling for his real father, and facing psychological manipulation by other adults. Batman lost his own parents quite young and wants to preserve Damian's childhood.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters joke about a Batman costume with pronounced nipples, saying it "leaves nothing to the imagination." Batman calls Damian's mother "a smoke show" and suggests Damian's body might be going through some changes.
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"Hell," "heck," "holy crap," and insults like "turd-muffin," "bird-brain," "brat," "incontinent," "jerk," "clown-face," "bozo," and "twerp."
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Products & Purchases
All Batman and DC comics products are related to this animation.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the animated film Merry Little Batman puts Batman's (Luke Wilson) 8-year-old son, Damian, into significant danger, but the characters always come out essentially unscathed. The boy learns lessons in responsibility and sacrifice, as well as in appreciating his family. Characters experience fights and wounds, fires and explosions, falls and crashes. Little Batman squares off against adult bad guys. There are also some darker scenes where the animation turns black and white, and an ominous crowd seems to be chasing a child. In another sequence, a child says goodbye to an AI parent and finds himself alone, calling for his real father, and facing psychological manipulation by other adults. Batman lost his own parents quite young and wants to preserve Damian's childhood. Language is mostly juvenile insults, plus "hell" and "holy crap." Some suggestive language involves a suit with prominent nipples, a woman being called a "smoke show," and a boy reaching puberty. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This film offers up some comical takes on classic characters and manages to also eke out a few meaningful lessons about family and being responsible for one's actions. Merry Little Batman's script and voice cast never seem to be taking the action too seriously, making dangerous scenarios feel less imposing for young viewers and the humor occasionally funny even for adult audiences. The Joker's childlike flair for the dramatic and Alfred's sarcasm and meticulousness are especially silly, and some fast-moving lines also capitalize on viewers' familiarity with the characters and their world. The Christmas timing feels like an afterthought to this merry little movie.
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