Parents' Guide to

Pil's Adventures

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Fantasy animation has positive messages, slapstick action.

Movie PG 2022 89 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 6+

Solid family film!

My 6 & 8 year olds loved it! It wasn't an amazing movie, but it was fun, appropriate, and kept their interest all the way through - so that's a big win in our house!
4 people found this helpful.
age 6+

Fun family movie, low-stress

I thought this was a fun movie. My somewhat precocious, but also sensitive, 5-year-old really enjoyed it. My 8- and 11-year-olds watched most of it and were pretty engaged but they also complained that it was nothing new or interesting. I really appreciated that it had action and excitement without being stressful.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
1 person found this helpful.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

True laugh-out-loud funny slapstick is a rare thing in animated movies. Pil's Adventures has found the perfect sweet spot, mixing the smart execution of 1940s Donald Duck shorts and classic Laurel and Hardy. But what stands out most about this French fantasy adventure is the glee that comes with its inspired moments of comedy, even in the most thrilling of action set pieces. The action is big, bold, very loud, and utterly gripping, with a heft that makes every bang count. So, that's laughing and gasping taken care of. Thankfully writer-director Julien Fournet also crafts a compelling story packed with important lessons that include questioning power, learning from mistakes, empathy for others, kindness, and acceptance.

All of this takes place in a stunningly rendered world. The town of Foggyborough is alive with characters coming and going, while the eerie but beautiful Cursed Forest has a gorgeous red glow. The fantasy beasts are a joy, too. Boasting the most strokeable fur this side of The Secret Life of Pets, everything from the weasels to the "chickat" look luxuriously soft. On the flip side, the monsters strike the right balance of being intimidating but not too scary, keeping the emotions the right side of excited. In its truly emotional moments, the movie doesn't milk the worry kids will feel when they think a character might be in peril. These scenes are kept brief and always deliver a happy ending. All this and with a social message weaved in for good measure.

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