A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pet Pals is an animated kids movie with a couple random iffy moments: a Hollywood starlet accidently loses her dress and is photographed in her bra and underwear, and in bonus scenes a duck curses out a rabbit (using bleeped language). There is some cartoonish violence and some potentially scary moments for younger viewers when the villain addresses the audience directly and threatens them if they give away her secrets.
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What's the story?
Long ago, the Evil Crow Witch was an aspiring magician. But when she claimed she could jump off a bridge and float five centimeters over the canals of Venice, she fell into the water and became a laughing stock. She swore revenge, and is now scheming to find a way to drain the canals. Standing in her way are the Pet Pals, a ragtag group of furry animals who are also in the hunt for Marco Polo's Code, which contains the mysteries about the secrets below Venice. The Pet Pals must work together to discover this code before the Evil Crow Witch and her minions discover it and use it for their own foul purposes.
Is it any good?
Riffing off The Da Vinci Code with the "Marco Polo Code," PET PALS is a somewhat confusing adventure/mystery with some iffy content. When the most likeable character is a canary who doesn't speak, you know you're in trouble. While the main story is easy enough to follow, everything else is a jumble of nonsensical scenes that feel unnecessary.
While younger viewers might enjoy the cuteness of the Pet Pals themselves, there's a good chance they will be scared off by the Evil Crow Witch -- the leader of the bad gang -- who frequently addresses the audience and makes threats to them in a loud, scary voice. Pair this with moments when a cartoon character is shown standing in the street in her bra and panties, and you are left with questionable content and awkward pacing in what could have been an enjoyable story for the entire family.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the quality of movies. How do movies of lesser quality get made? Who makes the decision to produce these movies? Who is the audience for these kinds of movies?
How do the individual Pet Pals stand out from each other? What were some of the positive messages in this movie?
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