Parents' Guide to

Norm of the North

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Conservation-themed animal tale has lots of potty humor.

Movie PG 2016 86 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 20 parent reviews

age 12+

Ten out of five stars

Polar Bear shouldn’t talk
age 2+

Don't Watch It Ever

It's worse than terrible. It's an abomination. Poor animation and badly written characters. Despite there being a message about saving the environment and making a difference in this movie, kids won't even like watching it. It's unfunny, stupid, pointless, and a waste of money. It had nonstop pee jokes (lemmings peeing in a fish tank for 30 seconds) and fart jokes (lemmings farting for 10 seconds) that are awkward and uncomfortable. You want your kids to watch something that's entertaining and sends a good message? Have them watch Zootopia, Frozen, Kung Fu Panda, the Incredibles, Brave, Tangled, Lion King, Mulan, Megamind, How to Train Your Dragon, or Cars. Only infants may find some joy in watching Norm of the North.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (20 ):
Kids say (37 ):

Families are better off skipping this underwhelming, potty-humor-filled mess and re-watching better eco-friendly themed films like Happy Feet and Hoot. Norm means well, of course, and there's nothing truly awful about it, but it's definitely one to stream or rent at home rather than pay full fare to see. Sadly, no amount of conservation messaging can outweigh the forgettable and dated animation, sub-par writing, and lowbrow humor (really, does anyone need to see lemmings peeing into a fish tank for that many seconds?).

One of the movie's most egregious problems is its generic use of New York. Although there's a shot of the Brooklyn Bridge and a couple of Times Square, it otherwise might as well have been set basically anywhere. Unlike Madagascar or Bee Movie, Norm doesn't mention real places or highlight well-known landmarks, giving no sense of setting other than a generic "insert skyscrapers and outdated yellow taxis" urban landscape. All of that said, the voice talent is decent, especially Jeong, who makes Greene sound appropriately smarmy as a faux zen developer (fake ponytail and all) capitalizing on the "green" trend -- when all he wants is the green in his pocket.

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