A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lots of growing and learning in this DVD. A bully and his victim, guided by a wise teacher, find they have something in common and become friends. Similarly a character who is different from others in his community is finally accepted and admired because of his differences. Finally, a character learns through a supportive adult that "happy things can come from sad times."
Violence & Scariness
A custodian hunts for a mouse with a series of increasingly elaborate tools, but no harm comes to Ralph "S for Smart" Mouse. An animated scene has menacing dinos chasing hapless cavemen.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the third vignette in this DVD, Uncle Elephant, concerns a child whose parents disappear after promising to come right back, and that the child spends time listing all the mistakes he's made in his life as reasons they left. Other than that dark theme, the DVD includes engaging stories about characters overcoming bullies, mouse traps, and community rejection to find friendship and happiness. A scene of a live-action classroom includes a disabled student without making a big deal of inclusion. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
While the 1990s animation may feel somewhat dated to kids raised on CGI (it's a combination of live action and dimensional animation), the stories are nuanced and the acting’s better than expected. The second and third stories pale in comparison to the tale of motorcycle-riding Ralph. Uncle Elephant may worry children with its themes of parental disappearance, but the other two tales model good lessons of friendship and teamwork.
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