Movie review by Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
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age 8+

Unique animated adventure is emotionally intense.

NR 2007 80 minutes

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age 7+

Movie About Confronting One's Fears Delivers Solid Animation, Mediocre Plot

Tim is a young boy who's scared of the dark. When his playmates tell him to retrieve a lost ball that fell into the basement of their orphanage, Tim feels uneasy. When he goes to bed that night, he discovers that the star he looks for each night is missing. This discovery leads Tim on a quest with the 'creatures of the night' to find the lost star and ensure it makes its way back into the sky. This movie takes viewers on a wild adventure where Tim meets the residents of "Nocturna" and must confront his fear of darkness face to face. This movie isn't all that scary despite the "dark" tones. It's relatively lighthearted, save for the movie's threat known as the "shadow". The "shadow" is everything that it sounds like-a large dark shadow that creeps along the walls of the city and has long claws and a menacing presence. It doesn't talk, though, and is far less scary than Disney villains. This show is aimed at young children and doesn't contain any content that parents would find objectionable. 3/5 stars.

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age 7+

Beautiful in it’s simplicity

This seemed kid-friendly to me, with the exception of a shadow monster who eats light and has yellow eyes. I don’t this he was super scary, only for sensitive kids, and he wasn’t in the film a whole lot. This movie didn’t need to be long, or flashy and in-your-face with it’s animation quality. It didn’t need to try to be beautiful, it was the emotion of the characters and simple story that made it so. Even the message was simple, but powerful in a childlike way. This movie felt like a children’s book that came to life, so unique and full of cozy warmth. Even the one character death was beautiful, though this may upset some kids as it was a lovable character who died. The “cartoon female briefly in a red bra” was just some sort of viking-opera lady on a billboard and this was quite brief so don’t let that turn you off.

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