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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This movie is meant to entertain rather than educate.
Ralph learns that sometimes it's better to accept help when it's offered.
Positive Role Models
Ralph shows that although it's important to have a sense of adventure and to be independent, it's also important to value your friends, family, and home.
Violence & Scariness
There's a scary cat that tries to eat Ralph more than once, including playing with him and tossing him in the air.
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Runaway Ralph is the second book in a series by popular children's author Beverly Cleary.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Runaway Ralph is a movie adaptation of the popular Beverly Cleary sequel to The Mouse and the Motorcycle. This squeaky-clean flick starring Fred Savage (The Wonder Years) combines live actors and stop-motion animation to portray the animal characters. Although there's a rather creepy cat who attempts to torment and eat Ralph (which might be a little scary for very young viewers), overall this film is perfect for a young audience. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
RUNAWAY RALPH is a fun film that parents and kids alike will enjoy. Although the stop-motion animation looks pretty dated (and honestly a bit creepy since the animals almost look like taxidermy) and the mice are a bit hard to understand, the story is sweet and nicely captures the joys and awkwardness of adolescence. Both Ralph and Garf feel out of place, and their instant bond is heartwarming. And Ralph's adventures zipping around on his tiny motorcycle are silly and fun. It's not a very complicated story, but it nicely illustrates the sometimes odd friendships children form and how important they are.
Parents will love the clean, simple plot and the wholesome messages. And young kids will like the tame thrills of watching Ralph narrowly escape from Catso, zip under cars on his motorcycle, and sneak around the camp.
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