Rooster Doodle-Doo

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Preachy French-Canadian parable is a bit of a snooze.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 80 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain, not educate.

Positive Messages

You can't have fun all the time. Hard work balanced with play makes for a happy life.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The mayor learns to listen to the townsfolk and live a more balanced life.

Violence & Scariness

Some slapstick falls and bumbles and a rowdy street brawl where baguettes are used as weapons; threats by the townsfolk to kill the rooster.

Sexy Stuff

The mayor and Florence send each other some longing glances.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Partygoers drink wine, and Gustave gets comically drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Rooster Doodle-Doo (also known as Le Coq de St-Victor) is a French-Canadian kids' flick that has been overdubbed in English. This mildly entertaining parable about the importance of balancing work and play is pretty clean, with only some mild slapstick violence and one scene where a character gets ridiculously drunk on wine. The positive message and mild content make it appropriate for young kids and up.

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What's the story?

The villagers of St. Victor are fed up with the mayor's rooster, whose crow wakes them up every day promptly at 4 a.m. After a brief bout of insomnia that leads to a few middle-of-the-night wake-up calls, the villagers have had enough. So when the mayor unveils a golden statue of his prized pet, they demand a quick exit for the rooster. When the mayor of a neighboring village offers to trade his lucky donkey for the noisy bird, the villagers are thrilled, and, against his better judgment, the mayor trades away his prized rooster. Now able to rest peacefully, the villagers get used to a life of laziness, spending their days swimming in the mill pond, drinking lemonade, and playing golf. But when the town runs out of bread and the neighboring town starts picking up the slack, Florence the baker and Lucien the carpenter realize the importance of the rooster and concoct a plan to get him back.

Is it any good?

Despite the rooster's best efforts, ROOSTER DOODLE-DOO is a bit of snooze. This preachy flick has a positive message, but it's so in-your-face that it gets old pretty fast. If it were shorter (30 or 40 minutes seems about right) or had a few more plot twists, it might be more than mediocre. As is, the slow pacing and the slightly cheap-looking animation make this parable one you can safely skip.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the message in the movie. Why is it important to balance work and play? How do you do it?

  • What did the mayor learn in the movie? How did he change?

  • What's your favorite movie about animals? Why is it your favorite?

Movie details

For kids who love animal tales

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