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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that POLICE PATROL is a 2009 computer-animated feature from Norway about a cute VW Bug police car fighting a pair of brothers determined to steal the water of a quaint village and generally wreak havoc with the environment. The simplicity of the story and the overall shrillness in the characters' voices make this a movie best enjoyed by young kids. The movie's strong pro-environment stance might be a bit much for some, especially for those parents who drive Hummers, as Radar the Police Car has some harsh words for Hummers and those who drive them. Still, overall, the film's message should resonate with those concerned about the use and abuse of our planet's water, air, and land, and should inspire discussion with younger kids about the importance of protecting these resources.
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What's the story?
Radar (Robert Stoltenberg) is a VW Bug Police Car. During a power outage in the tiny village he patrols, he is struck with electricity by an errant power line after rescuing the village and becomes an electric car. While playing with his friend Dottie the Otter (Pernille Sorensen), Radar gets stuck in the river, but manages to escape as the river begins to mysteriously dry up. Investigating further, Radar discovers that two evil brothers are behind the drying river as they seek to privatize the village's water supply. Meanwhile, the village is too distracted with the arrival of their country's princess to notice the dried up water and the hotter temperatures. Radar must stop the brothers' wicked plans, and convince his fellow police officers and citizens that the water must remain in public hands.
Is it any good?
While there are better animated features that are pro-environment, POLICE PATROL is an enjoyable computer-animated movie best for younger kids. The shrillness of the characters' voices as well as the simplicity of the story will be a bit much for older kids and parents, to say nothing of those parents who don't subscribe to the views and opinions conveyed in the movie.
Nonetheless, younger kids will enjoy this story of one electric police car's fight against those who seek to privatize and destroy the water supply of a quaint village. For parents concerned about climate change and responsible water management, this movie should inspire edifying discussion with their children about the environmental hazards we face.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the movie's pro-environment message. What are some things you can do to protect the environment?
Do you think movies like this one can inspire people to take better care of the earth? Why or why not?
Compared to other movies expressing concern over man's use and abuse of the planet, what similarities and differences do you see?
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