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Niko: The Journey to Magika

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Bland animated adventure with bullying, demonic imagery.

Movie NR 2014 100 minutes
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Like so many animated features that are in the Disney vein but not made by Disney, much of NIKO: THE JOURNEY TO MAGIKA feels manufactured to fit a specific mold. There really is no need for the musical numbers, for instance, and the horse character talking like a surfer, like totally adds nothing, dude. The lead character, Niko, talks about his parents dying in a car crash when he was a baby, and this is dispensed with in a matter of seconds and not really brought up again. While the story itself isn't bad, all these pointless Disneyesque tropes are distracting at best and annoying at worst.

That said, aside from Niko and his grandparents being likeable enough, nothing else stands out as being especially worthwhile or original in this movie. The demonic imagery is tailor-made to give young and more sensitive kids nightmares, and when the story veers away from its central plot, it can be needlessly confusing.

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