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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Subtle messages of environmentalism and discussion about the difference between rhino horns and elephant tusks.
Messages of environmentalism and humans' impact on the jungle. Helping others in need. Teamwork. Courage. Goodness will prevail. Always look ahead; don't look back or dwell in the past. Truth lies within you.
Positive Role Models
Beni is willing to share his feathers to make his friend a new horn. Riki and the duck work together to help other animals in trouble. Riki learns that there's more to him than his horn.
Cast consists of animals and racially ambiguous people. Mostly male, with a minor female animal character as a love interest. A female poacher is the most athletic of the group.
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Violence & Scariness
A character loses their mother in a forest fire. A poacher cuts off Riki's horn. Poachers tranquilize various jungle animals with weapons that look like handguns. A man gets in a fistfight with a monkey. Animals are in danger as poachers chase them and attempt to capture and cage them. Knives, crowbars, chainsaws, axes, tranquilizer darts, nunchucks, arrows used on animals. No blood is shown. Animals fight back with their natural defenses.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Beni falls for a female bird and tries to win her over by catching her a meal.
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Insults include "low life," "you're a disgrace," "worthless," and "coward."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Riki the Rhino is an animated adventure about a rhino who loses his horn to a vicious poacher and goes on a journey to get it back. The movie has violence, including implied images of a poacher cutting off Riki's horn with an ax and animals facing peril in forest fires caused by humans. A character loses their mother in the forest fire. Other hunters tranquilize various jungle animals with weapons that look like handguns. A man gets in a fistfight with a monkey. Animals are in danger as poachers chase them and attempt to capture and cage them. Animals fight back with their natural defenses. Among all of the fighting, no blood is shown. There's no swearing, but insults include "coward," "low life," and "worthless." There are many positive messages about self-acceptance, teamwork, and courage, and an underlying message about animal conservation and environmentalism that's gentle enough for a younger audience to understand. 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 animation in Riki the Rhino is basic and stiff, but the exciting story more than makes up for it. It's a familiar tale about deforestation and hunting from an animal's perspective, but the magical twist makes it feel new. Viewers have to be willing to embrace the cheesiness of the quirky duck tagging along with his best friend, a grumpy rhino who was actually in a bad mood even before he lost his horn. Of course, he had a good reason, given that he lost his mother to hunters when he was young. Still, kids are likely to be entertained, and parents will like the positive messages.
The message about humans' impact on the environment is prevalent but not overbearing, even showing images of the characters matched with photographs of their real animal counterparts and their endangered status. It's easy to root for the jungle creatures against a horde of greedy poachers, but along the way it can feel a little uncomfortably close to home as the audience gets to see more familiar hazards for animals, such as fishing nets and plastic water bottles. The movie could inspire families to discuss things they can do to help save animals.
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