A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain rather than educate, but there are references to preserving the environment and teamwork.
Leaders put their people's needs ahead of personal gain or glory. Good leaders also know the importance of serving their constituents. People need to be careful to put profit ahead of environmental protection. Teamwork is a theme.
Positive Role Models
Norm is sweet and brave, as well as silly and clumsy. He tries hard to improve as a leader. Olympia is clever and supportive. Norm's son is encouraging and dedicated to his father.
Violence & Scariness
A few different chases/pursuits, and the cops surround and arrest Norm. Lots of comedic pratfalls. Aggressive hockey playing.
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Some potty language and humor -- mostly regarding farts and snores. A couple of uses of "butt," "nerd."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom is the sequel to 2016's talking polar bear comedy Norm of the North. This time around, Norm, newly crowned king of the Arctic, is invited back to New York City to receive the key to the city -- only to be caught up in a mistaken-identity crime. Expect a tad of insult language ("nerd," "butt"), some potty humor (i.e., plenty of fart jokes), and a dash of violence (pratfalls, a police chase, etc.), but this is mostly a harmless sequel about the value of teamwork and becoming a good leader. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Considering that the original was only passable, it's no wonder this sequel is even less appealing; it's likely to delight only very young moviegoers more excited about the experience than the movie. It's not literally the worst animated family movie ever made (there's always something worse, like Alpha and Omega 2), but it's definitely forgettable. It almost feels like two disconnected storylines from an episodic TV show: "Norm and friends have to solve the mystery of who's robbing banks while disguised as bears" and "Norm and pals have to save their Arctic home from an unethical corporation."
The animation is amateurish, and at times the voice performances don't perfectly match up with their characters' lip and facial movements. That's not to say that young, polar bear-loving kids who enjoyed the first movie won't also like this unnecessary installment. But adults, parents, and older kids won't find Norm of the North: Keys to the Kingdom a satisfying watch. It simply doesn't stack up against all the competition for quality children's and family entertainment.
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