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Norm of the North: King Sized Adventure

By Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Potty humor and peril in so-so animated sequel.

Movie NR 2019 90 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 2+

False advertising

This is not a SpongeBob movie
age 8+

This is not a good movie

The cons very much outweigh the "educational value". There are a lot of scary scenes...basically the polar bear is held at gunpoint for most of the movie. There's the aftermath of a plane crash and then another near helicopter crash (more than once I believe). There is a lot of slapstick type action and name calling which leads to laughing at others' misfortunes. I admittedly left for a bit, but I did watch 75% of this movie and advise against for anyone teaching your child to be a good human.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2):
Kids say (9):

This movie is a problem solver: it's an innocuous film to entertain young ones for 90 minutes when parents need to put their focus on something else. The story is simple, but not dumb. It's not particularly educational, but it does introduce an earth science phenomenon and Chinese culture. Norm's constantly in dangerous situations, but one never doubts he'll come just fine. Don't expect a barrel of laughs, but if "adorable farts" makes you giggle, you're in luck. Ultimately, Norm of the North: King Sized Adventureis just like Norm: easy-going and nothing to worry about.

Again, though, this is not a Pixar or an animated film for all ages: it's going to be a rough watch for adults. The animation is nothing special. In fact, whether it's an homage or a rip-off, some scenes are similar to Aladdin, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Tomb Raider. The computer animation values were surpassed soon after computer animation was invented, but its lack of sophistication will likely only bother grown-ups: the intended audience of younger kids will like it just fine. The story is so uninspired, it'll be hard for adults to keep their focus, so look forward to utilizing the film as a way to get other work done or snuggle with your little ones and catch a few winks on the couch while Norm entertains them.

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