PollyWorld

  • Review Date: November 11, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 68 minutes

Common Sense Media says

A mildly entertaining commercial for Polly Pocket.
  • Review Date: November 11, 2006
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2006
  • Running Time: 68 minutes

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Mean girl obsessed with her own popularity will do anything to bring Polly down a notch, but is ultimately unsuccessful. Honest discussion of a character's feelings about her father's remarriage include supportive advice from close friends. Reality show participants compete to win money for a charity of their choice as part of a community service project for school. Most successful teams are the ones that help one another.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff

Characters have an innocent crush on a reality show host.

Language

No cursing or vulgarity, but adherents to the English language will wince at the slang-heavy dialogue. "Chillax," "spectabulous," and "monster fabulorific" are among the most colorful invented words.

Consumerism

This is essentially a one-hour commercial for Polly Pocket toys. Almost every set change is in fact a playset that can be purchased, according to the helpful merchandise sheet enclosed with the video. The Popsicle brand is also featured prominently.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie will appeal to young girls who are Polly Pocket fans, and that they're likely to lengthen their gift wish lists with toy tie-ins after seeing it. A new stepmom is portrayed as scheming against her stepdaughter and the stepdaughter's beloved babysitter behind her fiance's back. Shopping and spa treatments are portrayed as almost sacred pursuits. Reality show contestants compete to win money to donate to a charity of their choice.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

This animated movie takes viewers on a colorful and mildly entertaining romp through PollyWorld, \"the ultimate theme park shopping destination\" with Polly Pocket (voiced by Tegan Moss) and her four friends. Team Pockets is competing in the reality show \"Roll Like That\" to win $10,000 to donate to charity. In the meantime Polly's father John (Michael Donovan) introduces Polly to her new stepmom-to-be, Lorelai (Kathleen Barr). Lorelai schemes with one of Polly's competitors, Beth (Tabitha St. Germain), to get Polly shipped off to boarding school and out of both of their lives. The DVD also includes three interactive games that keep up the superficial emphasis on fashion, as well as downloadable wallpapers and coloring pages.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

The movie emphasizes the value of friendship; when the competition gets tough, Team Pockets keeps its perspective and puts an emphasis on having fun and supporting each other over winning. And there's an honest discussion of Polly's mixed feelings about her father's remarriage. Polly decides, at some personal sacrifice, that her father's apparent happiness is more important than her own worries.

However, fashion and shopping are almost as important as friendship and familial support here. There are three epic shopping excursions and a spa visit (with the promise of a second). The most interesting sets are available as retail toys, and kids may recognize the catchy pop songs as Polly Pocket-toy sound effects. The animation is lovely and candy-colored, with appealing scene transitions. The games are easy to play for younger kids but would probably not appeal to girls older than 8 or boys of any age.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Polly and her friends worked well together as a team. How did their ability to cooperate help them get ahead in the competition? What examples of good and bad sportsmanship did you see? If you could donate money to a charity of your choice, what would it be and why? Are there ways you could help that charity now?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 14, 2006
DVD release date:November 14, 2006
Cast:Chiara Zanni, Nicole Bouma, Tegan Moss
Director:Bill Moore
Studio:Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:68 minutes
MPAA rating:NR
MPAA explanation:not rated

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Kid, 11 years old February 18, 2012
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7
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Cool!

This is an awesome movie, but parents there is 1 thing that may get your kids going. There's a mean girl who is obsessed with populaity and always tries to bring Polly down.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
Adult Written byPolly Fan via D... September 11, 2010
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6
QUALITY
 

Bye it.love it. watch it.

I am 9 years old and i bought the movie for 4$ and after the movie is i think i payed to little . It was so good. If you watch it when ypu are like 5 you probley will need help with words no bigey.And it has good music.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byMovieMamma April 9, 2008
AGENot rated for age
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Cute For 5 and up

This was a cute movie with a great social message. My 8 year old loved it. The commecialism was extremely high, though. If your children are younger, be prepared for the wish list growth.

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