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Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Tame Halloween special doesn't live up to original movie.

Movie NR 2009 30 minutes
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age 2+

2 year old scared!

My 2 year old son is a complete boy-boy, but for some reason this scares the daylights outta him! We have it on DVR and while he normally loves action in shows and movies he will freak out before it gets past the opening scene.

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Too much violence

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This movie's lackluster content isn't likely to wow any but the youngest viewers. There's no doubt that this holiday special is intended to capitalize on the success of its full-length predecessor rather than stand out on its own merit. The story is one-dimensional, the characters' actions are predictable, and the outcome is hardly a shocker. For most of the show, the plot seems to build toward an exciting climax that never materializes, leaving older viewers (who may have loved the original movie) wondering what the point was.

That's not to say the special is totally devoid of entertainment value. With the exception of classics like It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, holiday specials typically don't boast great staying power anyway, and Mutant Pumpkins is just more of the same. And at least younger kids for whom the original movie was a tad too intense can tune in to this Halloween tale without parents worrying much about its very mild content.

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