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Parents' Guide to

Pets United

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated pet tale falls flat; violence, mild language.

Movie NR 2020 89 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 25 parent reviews

age 8+

Confused, dark, scary, sci-fi thriller cartoon

"You are not my son, you are the spawn of Satan." So says the main baddie to his now rejected, robot son, the latter of whom is planning world domination. Poor script, weird characters, very dark and adult themes of death and world domination (except not in a palatable superhero way). Giant robot spiders that move in that menacing way, like in the War of the Worlds Tom Cruise film. A couple of big names cannot save this.

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Too much violence
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age 7+

Working class vs the rich hidden messages in plain sight.

Seems like hidden programming agenda. I can see the theorists pouncing on this. Worst storyline ever, the plot lacks depth, connection between events, and emotion. There’s harmful comments that aren’t good for little girls like mentioning pets getting plastic surgery (not even funny, as girls have enough self esteem issues in this day and age due to toxic beauty standards with less than worthy reality tv celebrities being glorified as icons in youth culture and over sexualization of women) what was with the monkey man hybrid ? Lots of weird things and I honestly think it should be removed from Netflix. Script is obviously psychologically designed to plant ideas in kids rather than for purpose of a proper story. Odd timing for the release also considering the way the world is headed.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (25 ):
Kids say (24 ):

Pets United feels entirely familiar and yet strangely foreign at the same time; something is just a little off. A motley crew of animals sets out to save the day and avoid capture by stray-snatchers, much like in The Secret Life of Pets. A wise, bearded animal who looks a lot like Kung Fu Panda's Master Shifu offers guidance. A snooty and pampered female pet falls for a big-hearted scamp of a stray, like in The Lady and the Tramp. And so on. You'd think you could guess what was going to happen based on the references, but Pets United is not so predictable. In a children's film, that's not always a good thing.

The ending tosses out several competing morals related to respecting nature and fearing robots, but it's too little, too late after an hour and a half of action for characters that we mostly don't care much about. The European clichés could be off-putting, an unexpected rap song from zoo animals seems out of place, and one animal's obsession with beauty enhancements feels inappropriate for younger viewers. The ending also has a moment of vengeance that seems unsuitable. On the plus side, the animation is attractive, some of the characters have endearing foibles, and there are a few heartening or fun moments.

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