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A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ribbit is an animated tale about trying to find where you really belong. This mostly clean adventure tale has a little mild innuendo and flirting and a few kisses. There are some suspenseful and scary scenes involving a hungry crocodile and an evil witch doctor who tries to poison another character, which may be too much for sensitive younger kids.
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What's the story?
Ribbit (Sean Astin) is a poisonous tree frog that doesn't fit in with the other frogs in the Amazon. Fed up with feeling left out and different, he decides to head off to find out who he really is. Not willing to let him go alone, flying squirrel Sandy (Cherami Leigh) heads off to help her friend. Soon Ribbit meets the vampire bat Deepak (Russell Peters), who tells him that he's actually a human prince who just needs a kiss from a human princess to become his true form. With Sandy at his side, Ribbit searches through the Amazon to find a human princess. Though there are always new friends willing to help them, the pair soon finds themselves dogged by the hungry crocodile Kai (Sonny Franks), who would love to have them for a snack.
Is it any good?
RIBBIT is a near win that, unfortunately, doesn't quite hit the mark. The adventure tale has some lovely messages about friendship and acceptance, and the relationship between Sandy and Ribbit is nicely developed. The side characters also are really fun and often the best part of the movie, even though they all only pass through briefly. But Sandy and Ribbit encounter too many villains and have too many near misses on their journey, and the last 20 minutes or so throw in a whole new side plot and set of characters that feels like an entirely different movie.
Parents will love the positive messages and role models in the film, but they might be concerned by the numerous villains and scary scenes. Animal adventure lovers will no doubt enjoy the fun characters and beautiful graphics, but those easily scared by suspenseful scenes may want to skip this one.
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