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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The DVD extras include four very short Sesame Street segments featuring the lamp characters that illustrate preschool concepts like "front and back."
Most of the films don't have an overt message, but a couple reinforce the positives of friendship, joy, and empathy, and show the negatives of greed, teasing, and pressure.
Positive Role Models
The characters range from impulsive and childish like the alien in "Lifted" to well-intentioned but overwhelmed like the babysitter in "Jack-Jack Attack."
Violence & Scariness
A mix of mild cartoon violence and surprises. In "Geri's Game" an old man pretends to have heart attack. "For the Birds" features birds pecking on another bird's feet to force it to let go on a wire. In "Mike's New Car," a character slams his hand under the hood. In "Jack-Jack Attack" a super-powered baby bursts into flames and shoots lasers. In "Mater and the Ghostlight," the tow truck character gets scared in the dark because of spooky stories.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
In "Knick Knack" a snow-globe snowman is motivated to escape his glass home when he sees an attractive bikini-clad mermaid toy.
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Products & Purchases
The shorts that include characters from feature films might encourage kids to covet co-branded merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this collection of 13 short animated movies is entirely wholesome, with just a few minor moments that might bother the most sensitive children. The elements of surprise, exaggeration, and slapstick are common in many of the shorts, so be prepared to see some mild cartoon violence. In "Mike's New Car," characters from Monsters Inc. have difficulty operating a car and the monster Mike gets smashed by the car's hood, bumped against its running motor, and altogether frustrated and upset by the experience. In "Geri's Game," an older man plays chess with himself and fakes a heart attack to distract his opponent -- a twist of logic that might escape, or even slightly disturb, younger children. In "Jack-Jack Attack" a babysitter has trouble with the baby from The Incredibles when he catches fire and shoots destructive laser beams. The humor in each of these films overwhelmingly overshadows any potential dark side. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Each of the short films is a tiny jewel of animation and filmmaking. The 13 films improve chronologically, too, with the first one being more of a record of Pixar's early work and the later ones being masterful combinations of visuals and storytelling. Some of the shorts will be more appealing to children, like the slapstick antics of "Mikes New Car," and some might appeal more to adults, like "Lifted," which chronicles the attempts of a young alien to perform a complicated human abduction under pressure.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.