A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Brother and sister team treat each other with respect and kindness. They meet a rag-tag group of kids in a gang who help them survive the frightening mind control hi-jinx of Dr. Gannon and Letha.
Violence & Scariness
Some frightening threats are uttered by Dr. Gannon. He tells Tony to "make that crane drop on" Tia. He also yells, "Crush her!" These commands are enacted so that heavy objects threaten to crush Tia.
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Products & Purchases
Ford, GE, and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena are logos that can be recognized.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Victor and Letha command Tony to pour them a drink of red wine. Tony is injected with sedative a few times.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this live-action Disney classic centers around the theme of mind control. Since Tony and Tia are capable of using their psychic powers to move objects of any size, their talents are invaluable to evil geniuses. A doctor uses an implanted device to control Tony's mind. The child has no ability to refuse the doctor's whims. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The very fact that the kids end up in a plutonium processing plant makes this adventure a little too James Bondish for its target age group. But Bette Davis and Christopher Lee bring a villainous intensity to this "kid power" project that gives it credence. Parents who remember when this movie hit the big screen will enjoy reminiscing with their kids about the days when being in a gang had nothing to do with guns and drugs.
Speaking of parents -- there are none to be seen in this movie. The closest thing to a parental figure is the lovable truant officer Yoyo (Jack Soo.) And you have to wonder what would happen if Tia didn't save Tony. But no matter -- the trip back in time is worth the effort it takes to suspend a little disbelief.
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