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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Pet Pals in Windland is the sequel to the kids' film Pet Pals. This animated movie has an underlying message about recycling and renewable energy (shown through some neat-looking inventions) but also has some suspenseful scenes that might be too scary for young viewers. The villain and her cronies kidnap some of the Pet Pals and spend much of the film trying to destroy a town. They threaten to kill other characters and even chase some around with weapons.
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What's the story?
Eggy goes looking for his favorite mechanical toy when he realizes someone with feathers has taken it. Eggy and the Pet Pals discover the evil Crow Witch is behind its disappearance and that she's also taken the Wind Keeper and some of the Pet Pals hostage to steal the wind power of the town of Puff. After the rest of the Pet Pals are arrested by the king of Puff, who thinks they're behind attacks on the town, Eggy is on his own to rescue the Pet Pals and stop the Crow Witch from using her evil war machines to destroy Puff.
Is it any good?
PET PALS IN WINDLAND showcases some neat gadgets and cute characters, but it's mostly a confusing, awkward mess that's hard to follow. The movie gives no backstory on the Pet Pals or the Crow Witch, so if you haven't seen the first Pet Pals movie it can take a little while to figure out what's going on. There also are some gadgets that are central to the plot that are never explained, which will no doubt make it hard for younger viewers to follow. Younger viewers also are likely to be scared by the Crow Witch, who not only threatens the Pet Pals but also directly addresses the audience in a threatening way. Even the good guys are a little scary or at the very least off-putting. The king of Puff, who's supposed to be a friend of the Pet Pals, has his hulking guards imprison them. And Diva, one of the Pet Pals, spends the majority of the movie complaining or being mean to one of the other Pet Pals.
Although the wind-powered machines and other gadgets are cool, there's not enough good to outweigh the confusing plot and violence in this strange movie, making it one you can safely skip.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about renewable energy. What are renewable energy sources? Can you use any renewable energy sources in your life?
The narrator and other characters address the audience directly. Why do you think they chose to do that? Do you think it makes the movie more engaging?
If you haven't seen the first film, do you think this film is easy to follow? How could filmmakers have made it stand better on its own?
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