Parents' Guide to

Sheep & Wolves

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Occasionally amusing animal adventure has mixed messages.

Movie PG 2018 85 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 7+

Sheepish grin

I browsed through some Russian cartoon channels on Youtube as I found this. It is a Russian cartoon but not too foreign for the family, and it's like Starfox in Europe. A big bunch of action, as the romance could get too high for some . If your teens like more foreign live action comedies let them watch Emir Kusturica's comedies.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
age 8+

Very good and cute!

We loved it, as did the rest of the audience. I haven't seen this movie advertised that heavily, it could have been a hit. It's a great film for both parents and kids. From a storyline standpoint - it's helpful to explain the story a little bit to kids under 10 for them to be able to follow it. The main characters are very well developed and endearing. Loved the characters of Grey and Bianca too. The story moves along at a good pace and is engaging the whole way - funny but also touching. From a design/artistic standpoint - it's amazing!

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7):
Kids say (1):

This twist on the "wolf in sheep's clothing" saying is sure to amuse younger kids with its fish-out-of-water setup, but it's ultimately an uneven, scattered take on a predictable formula. There's nothing remotely original about a story focused on an immature young man who recognizes the need to grow up out of love for the right young woman and the need to defend his people/community. Felton's voice acting is slightly too posh-sounding to match Grey's devil-may-care attitude, but he does get the emotional cues right as Grey goes through the spectrum of feelings in his new body. Renowned voice actor Orlow's Ragear can sound every bit the bloodthirsty villain he is, and Rose is well cast as the patient, confident Bianca, who's waiting for Grey to step up and be the alpha male she knows he can be.

Sheep & Wolves relies on some very Lion King-like themes, but they don't add up to anything particularly memorable here. Grey, after all, does more to teach the sheep than the sheep seem to teach him (until the very end). He helps Moz (Peter Linz) express his true feelings to Lyra (China Anne McClain); mentors Lyra's little brother, Shaya (Alyson Leigh Rosenfeld); and even calls out the flock leader for his superstitious beliefs (in a particularly cruel way, but it does wake the flock up to their shortcomings). Kids will laugh (although sensitive ones will also be understandably frightened of Ragear's viciousness), and this movie is still better than several of the Alpha & Omega sequels, but don't expect your next family favorite in this "can't we all be friends" adventure.

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