A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film is intended to entertain, not educate.
Lessons on being true to yourself and the importance of friendship.
Positive Role Models
Topper is a sweet and imaginative boy who cares about his friends and family. On the negative side, a bird is shown defecating on a man's head, and the rhino is shown belching long and loud.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoonish violence. Otto tears up an apartment building simply by being a rhinoceros who has come to life inside an apartment building.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A sweet first love subplot.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
An older character is often shown smoking a pipe. When the owner of a cafe calls the police to complain about an out-of-control rhinoceros, the chief of police calls the man a "drunken wacko" who is hallucinating "pink elephants" and needs to stop drinking immediately.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Otto the Rhino is a Danish computer-animated feature from 2013. While on the whole a sweet and imaginative story, there are some moments of inappropriate humor: a bird is shown defecating on a man's head, and the titular rhino is shown belching long and loud. Also, when the owner of a cafe calls the police to report a rhino wreaking havoc in his building, the chief of police calls the man a "drunken wacko" who is hallucinating "pink elephants" and needs to stop drinking. There is also an older character who is always shown lighting and smoking a pipe. Still, on the whole, this is an enjoyable (if slow-paced) story of imagination and young love. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
On the whole, OTTO THE RHINO is a sweet movie about an imaginative boy who is starting to come of age. It's slow-paced at times, and almost all of the adults are presented as buffoons, but in spite of this, the story of Topper and his relationship with his faraway father and his first love with Silla is charming.
Perhaps the biggest problem with the movie lies with the titular animal. Otto doesn't really have much personality. He's just big and oafish and eats books but doesn't really do anything to endear himself to the audience. Not that he should smile a lot and sing a song composed by Pharrell or Randy Newman, but a little more personality -- or any personality for that matter -- would have improved the movie. Still, this is an imaginative story that tweens should enjoy.
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