A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Even people who cheat deserve friends. Sometimes showing kindness to others can help them become better people.
Positive Role Models
Frankie is creative and driven to win, which makes him a great sled designer, but also someone who can hurt others unknowingly. Zach seems not to care about hurting others.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence showcases spectacular sled crashes. Everyone lands in the snow so no one is badly hurt. Kids keep crashing and yelling, "I'm okay."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Racetime is an animated feature from Canada depicting ambitious kids who spend all their time outdoors in a snowy scape working to win a sled race. The movie showcases a close-knit band of friends who support each other and welcome newcomers to their group, but one newcomer, who challenges the reigning sled-racing champion, turns out to be a cheater. The movie tries to model acceptance and the importance of friendship even during difficult times. Some spectacular sled crashes, but no one is hurt. 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 movie feels pretty generic in its animation and plotting, but at its heart it's a message of the importance of creating harmonious relationships. For that reason, Racetime certainly deserves a look by younger kids with nothing to do on a rainy day. The kids here live in an idyllic world in which adults are mentioned but never seen, leaving them to negotiate difficult interpersonal interactions without grown-up input. Like Snowtime!, a 2016 animated film about some of the same characters, the film examines true conflicts that kids face, and offers a gamut of ways they can choose to resolve them.
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