A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids can learn about tracking animals by their prints and basic electric circuits. Kids may also be inspired to seek out the book that the story is based on.
The Easter rabbits live in a community based on mutual support. The community improves when they welcome someone with different experiences and new ideas. Characters form a strong friendship and teamwork. Good examples of perseverance and courage.
Positive Role Models
Max is a streetwise young city rabbit who shoplifts with his friends and wants to be in a gang. When he meets the Easter rabbits in the countryside, he dedicates himself to training and tries to help fend off threatening foxes. Emmy is a rabbit who is told she's too small to train as an Easter rabbit but doesn't give up and becomes a leader despite this. Madame Hermine is tolerant, friendly, and thoughtful. She believes in Max's potential and listens to his new ideas. Jealous rabbit Anton tries to damage Max's ankle by making him fall off a ladder. A family of foxes try to steal a precious golden egg from the rabbits.
A rabbit is told it's too small to train. A fox is called "fatso" and "fat," and a small rabbit is called a "runt." The country rabbits have posh British accents. The fox family is given accents and characteristics that mimic the U.S. "hillbilly" stereotype.
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Violence & Scariness
Mixture of slapstick and mild violence, which includes fights with fists and kicks, an affectionately boisterous family, and a teacher who pulls a young rabbit's ears as punishment. Threat includes rabbits scared when a fox chainsaws through a hedge, a character being kidnapped and tied up, and another being threatened with a flint dagger.
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A rabbit says "oh crap" when they fail at a task. Other language includes "jerk," "butts," "dimwits," and "halfwitted."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg is a German animated adventure with slapstick violence and some language that may come as a surprise for a movie aimed at kids. The movie tells the story of a streetwise city rabbit called Max (voiced by Gustav Bergold) who learns the fairy tale of Rabbit School is real when he crash-lands at their country base. In the city, Max shoplifts with his friends and wants to join a gang. But he also learns with the rabbits the importance of community, friendship, and perseverance, eventually earning Easter rabbit status. There is a strong message of accepting new ideas to improve a situation, even if it's already good. The movie features some mild threat and slapstick violence, along with one use of "crap," as well as the likes of "dimwit" and "jerk." The English language version uses the term "fatso" and casts the country rabbits with posh British accents and gives the fox family -- who are portrayed as being less intelligent -- characteristics that mimic the U.S. "hillbilly" stereotype. The movie is inspired by the 1924 children's book A Day at Bunny School by Albert Sixtus. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This animated kids adventure about a group of rabbits, successfully and cheerfully gets across a complex message. Rabbit School: Guardians of the Golden Egg is a solid depiction of integration and open-mindedness, all wrapped up in a fun and fluffy Easter tale. The movie's messages of friendship and perseverance work well, too. A countryside vs. city debate weighs heavily on the side of the former. But to be fair to the movie's art department, they sure make it look nice. The character art is distinctive, too, closer to the innovative artwork of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse than just another Pixar mimic.
The one use of "aw, crap" -- in the English language dub -- stands out as unnecessary but is delivered quickly and will likely be missed by younger children. There's no reason for it to be there though. In its intro, the movie retells the story of Easter as a time when animals gave back to humans to thank them for when they left them food during a harsh winter. As such, viewers who prefer a more traditional Christian take on what Easter is about had best look elsewhere. But those looking for a light and breezy adventure with a good message should find lots to enjoy.
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