Parents' Guide to

Sea Level

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Weak, poorly-plotted animated tale with scares, few laughs.

Movie PG 2012 93 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 5 parent reviews

age 2+

Sea Level is a trash Pixar movie

Why did they make the worst Pixar movie three times?! This film was SO BAD. This is the worst of this already awful franchise. Pixar should stop making these abominations.
age 2+


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Interesting, quirky, sometimes beautiful animation cannot save this ocean tale run amok. Sea Level often switches from light and frothy to dark and murky, with many unpleasant scenes likely to disturb little and/or sensitive kids, and turn off any viewer who values continuity and logic. A scene with delightfully comic chickens interacting with Julius (in a funny water-filled space capsule) might be followed by a scene in which a diabolical father beats his kids. Pup's attempts to rescue his "family" are intercut with (more accurately, interrupted by) other characters in thinly-related crises that are rarely resolved.

The film suggests that a factory's unceasing dumping of sludge and junk are wreaking havoc on this ocean setting, but the action on the screen never clearly connects the dots to the mutants deep below the surface. Sea Level plunges through very choppy waters and the few funny scenes are not worth the effort it takes to stay on course.

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