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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Cute talking animal movie has some scary moments.

Movie G 2001 81 minutes
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age 2+

Based on 1 parent review

age 2+

Cute puppy wants to live with wild dingo dogs.

It's a really cute movie. My almost 2 year old was mesmerized by the cute little animals and the silly songs that cropped up every now and then. There were some "dark" parts where the feral black cat attacks the puppy and then appears to drown (the cat climbs out of the water though). It was really cute but some sensitive kids might find it intense but my little toddler didn't seem to be bothered by it.

Is It Any Good?

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NAPOLEON is a mostly-cute talking animal movie best enjoyed by young grade-schoolers, in spite of some of the scarier scenes that tend to lessen the overall cuteness. While the saccharine musical numbers feel a bit cheesy and forced, and some of the voicings of the animals will prove shrill and annoying over repeated viewings, when the movie focuses on the actual adventures Napoleon undertakes, it teaches important lessons about nature, animals in the wild, and what happens when you try to be something that you're not.

What particularly works well in Napoleon is the sheer number of animals Napoleon meets along the way -- everything from porcupines to owls, iguanas to koalas. The movie has much to teach about the behaviors of these animals, and should inspire family discussion and curiosity about their behavior. It's a little too cute for older tweens, but younger kids -- especially those who love puppies and wild animals -- should find much to enjoy in this movie.

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