This animated film has some valuable lessons to offer. Pachamama, which means "mother earth" in an Inca language, illustrates not only the sophistication of ancient civilizations and their achievements -- cities, roads, water systems, textiles, governments -- but also their weaknesses, including, in this case, a vain and out-of-touch leader. Values are also emphasized. Although the area's plentiful gold is used to fashion artifacts of worship, villagers treat seeds for quinoa, potatoes, and corn as far more valuable and worthy of protection and respect.
However, in the film's effort to emphasize respect for the environment, it mixes the message with its deference to magic and spirits, neither of which are likely to solve the earth's current environmental problems. Some viewers may wonder why Naira is less celebrated by this movie than Tepulpai, the male character, who's clearly the lead here, even though they seem equally brave and dedicated to saving their village.