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Rainbow Brite and the Star Stealer

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Noisy, subpar cartoon adventure with lots of peril.

Movie G 1985 85 minutes
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This is a dizzying array of ugly baddies, with little humor, little warmth, and, despite a female protagonist, little to recommend it. It appears that this brand was created in 1985 by Hallmark in an effort to fill a need for merchandise and programming that might gain traction in a predominantly boy-oriented "action" marketplace. This cartoon adventure, however, is a disaster. Other than a perky, brave heroine and some appealing sidekick characters, this is an overlong (even at 85 minutes), super-loud barrage of action sequences that place the heroes in constant danger. Starlite (the horse) alone is captured, goes over a waterfall, gets trapped in an elevator, is hurled from a cliff, is lassoed, ​and is shot at, chased, and pummeled by rocks. Every other likable being is subject to similar treatment.

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