Police Patrol

 
Computer-animated film with strong pro-environment message.
  • Review Date: July 9, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 74 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

While intended to entertain, this movie addresses environmental concerns such as water usage and air pollution.

Positive messages

This movie promotes environmental awareness, and the hazards of climate change, proper water management, and cleaning up the air.

Positive role models

Radar the police car becomes an electric car, and is committed to protecting the environment from those who wish to do harm to the air and water of the village he protects.

Violence & scariness

Some cartoon peril. The main character, a VW Bug police car, is shown nearly drowning in a river. He is also shown being struck by electricity from a power line. The two antagonists of the movie are shown trying to hit an otter with metal rods. After a power outage, a man loses control of his bike and falls into the river.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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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.

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:January 29, 2013
Cast:Gard Eidsvold, Pernille Sorensen, Robert Stoltenberg
Director:Rasmus A. Silversten
Studio:Phase 4 Films
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Science and nature
Run time:74 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 17 years old Written byMinikman March 8, 2014
age 3+
 

It's just... Not good

Don't pay money for this
Parent Written bytanyaa March 11, 2015
age 3+
 

Great for little kids

Pretty boring. ..obnoxious even. But my toddlers love it! they ask to watch it all the time.
Parent Written byRobert21 August 4, 2014
age 6+
 

Ridiculous

This is a story about a 1970's VW Beatle, that is a talking living breathing police car. At the beginning of the movie he gets violently electrocuted by a downed power line and dies. But because of the electricity, he resurrects as an electric car with powers. It's ridiculous! It taught my kids that electrical shock it a good thing. Since watching they now pull the monitor plug out of the wall and pretend to get electrocuted by it! Second thing that I didn't like is that Radar trash talks a Hummer police car saying he is an environmental hazard. Hummers don't get great gas mileage I agree, but a 1970's beetle with 60hp only gets about 24 mpg and compare that to an H1 that gets 17 mpg with 350hp and way more capability, I'll take the hummer over the beetle any day lol. All in all it's a bad film with a bad message.

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