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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kindness and honesty. "It's important that you tell a grown-up before things get worse." Take care of your bodies and don't eat too much candy.
Positive Role Models
Mila and Morphle are friendly and mostly make good choices. When Morphle makes a mistake, he owns up to it. The bandits make poor choices that lead to poor consequences, but they aren't immediate. Mila's father is kind and tells Morphle and Mia it's good to go to grown-ups when they make a mistake, before things get worse. When bandits are in danger, Mia and Morphle still save them from getting hurt.
Some racial and age diversity in supporting and background characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Morphle and Orphle briefly morph into large skeletons. Bandits steal Halloween decorations in their hovering aircraft. Some characters are turned into gummy candy but are otherwise unharmed. Orphle tries to steal a pet away from Mila. He faces consequences for his actions.
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Products & Purchases
Related to the Morphle TV show.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Morphle: The Halloween Candy Magic Pet is a short Halloween adventure featuring characters from the popular Netflix show. The content is aimed at younger kids and features a little girl named Mila and her red pet Morphle, who can transform into anything. This Halloween tale has some moments that might be spooky for sensitive viewers, such as when Morphle and Orphle briefly morph into large red and green skeletons. Bandits steal Halloween decorations in their hovering aircraft. Their poor choices lead to consequences, but the consequences aren't always immediate. Some characters are turned into gummy candy but are otherwise unharmed. On a positive note, Mila and Morphle are friendly and make mostly good choices, and when they don't, they own up to it. Mila's father is kind and tells Morphle and Mila that it's good to go to grown-ups when they make a mistake, before things get worse. And when the bandits are making a mess of things and in trouble, Mila and Morphle are quick to step in and help even them, setting a good example for being a bigger person and helping others. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Morphle: The Halloween Candy Magic Pet seems to have more of a storyline and tone aimed at preschoolers than previous iterations of the series. The animation has stepped up a notch, and the poor behaviors have gone down a notch.
It's encouraging to see multiple parts of the story that point out being honest and trying to do the right thing, such as when Mila and Morphle forgo rescuing the pretty pumpkins to help keep the bandits from falling from the sky. Mila also stops working on decorations to go tell her dad about an accident she's had after accidentally zapping someone into a gummy person. Perhaps that's why the ending seems to fall flat, when after all the hard work they put into trying to make homemade Halloween decorations for the contest, they decide to use magic to pull a last-second win. It seems to take away from the messages of working together and being honest that the show worked so hard to convey throughout the story. Perhaps if the magical pet had turned the whole street into candy-made houses, or if they'd decided winning wasn't that important, it would've landed better.
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