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Parents' Guide to

Night of the Animated Dead

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Graphic violence in animated remake of classic horror tale.

Movie R 2021 71 minutes
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This is an earnest, if unnecessary, animated remake of a genre-defining horror classic. Night of the Animated Dead is more graphically violent than the original, but aside from this and a minimalist (either due to style or economy) animation style, there's nothing much different from this and the 1968 Night of the Living Dead on which it's based. It doesn't bring any new perspectives to this movie, or to the zombieverse depicted in the other George Romero movies in the Dead franchise. If you've seen the original, this doesn't do much to bring on a deeper appreciation. If you haven't seen the original, there's no reason why you shouldn't just choose to watch the original instead. Nonetheless, while cynics may question why this would be made, it does come across as a sincere tribute to what makes Night of the Living Dead a classic.

The voice actors do solid work across the board, which plays into the tribute aspects of the movie. Perhaps the low-budget animation is also intended to be a tribute of sorts to the low-budget aesthetic of the original. If that's the case it's fine for what it is, but at the same time, like any tribute or remake, you want something new, something more than a modernized or animated version. This doesn't really do that, and if there's some question as to why it would be made in the first place, such questions naturally lead to why anyone should watch it in the first place. Why listen to a note-for-note cover band when you can just as easily listen to the real deal? Tribute or not, there isn't enough here to justify its existence.

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