Parents' Guide to

Poupelle of Chimney Town

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Charming steampunk fantasy encourages empathy, teamwork.

Movie PG 2021 100 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

A different kind of movie... And a good one

My 12 & 9 year old boys enjoyed it, and we watch a broad variety of movies- not just U.S. mainstream. Good story about friendship, death loss, bullying, totalitarianism, and following your heart
age 2+

To cheesy even for 5 yo

To cheesy even for kids. There's no harm, no violence, no swearing, but you wouldn't want your kids to waste their time for such a worn-out story with moderate pitctures.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (3 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Japanese animator Yusuke Hirota's steampunk directorial debut is a moving, accessible tribute to legacy, nature, and unexpected friendships. Viewers may not immediately understand exactly what happened to Chimney Town to make its infrastructure completely dependent on buildings that created a layer of smoke so thick that the natural sky isn't visible (or believed in). But that lack of thorough world-building is for the best so that everyone can focus on the budding friendship between Lubicchi and Poupelle, who's like a trash-based Wizard of Oz Scarecrow meets WALL-E meets Beetle in Kubo and the Two Strings. Their friendship isn't just sweet; it's also a reminder of how much of a difference one person, one team, and one story can make.

Although the movie's setting is dark, the animation is vibrant, and viewers will find something interesting to focus on in every scene. Like most adventures involving a partly orphaned character on a mission, the story capitalizes on the idea of Lubicchi being a "chosen one" hero who needs to believe in himself (and in the teachings of his father) to save the day -- with help from his new friend/mentor. Hirota and the STUDIO4C team briefly explore serious themes about capitalism, hoarding resources, tyrannical societies, and environmental wastelands, but it's not deep enough to divert attention from Lubicchi and Poupelle's desire to find and share the stars with the people of Chimney Town. Hirota's first film is a good indicator that he has more moving stories to share.

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