Sid the Science Kid: Sid the Movie

 
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Series-inspired movie caters to preschoolers' curiosity.
  • Review Date: March 25, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2013
  • Running Time: 75 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The movie is set in an enormous science museum, so there are learning opportunities at every turn. Kids get to see levers, pulleys, static electricity simulators, solar system displays, and gigantic animal habitats in action, all through the eyes of Sid and his equally excited friends. The characters' adventures also give them opportunity to solve problems and work as a team.

Positive messages

Viewers see kids' enthusiasm about all aspects of science as the characters explore basic principles like simple machines, astronomy, solar energy, and biology. The story emphasizes the importance of teamwork in solving problems and reminds kids that there's no age requirement for learning and sharing your ideas with others -- nor is there shame in learning from the mistakes you make.

Positive role models

Sid and his friends love to learn, and they find opportunities to apply what they know about science all around them. They're enthusiastic, friendly, and excited to try new things, and when they make mistakes, they try to learn from them. The older kids encourage the younger ones to share ideas and ask questions, enabling cooperative learning. Adults are absent for much of the movie, leaving the kids in the care of a robot tour guide. But when they're around, they share the kids' enthusiasm for learning new things. The cast is multicultural.

Violence & scariness

A robot gets zapped by a lightning simulator and short circuits, but eventually he's set straight again.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

The movie is inspired by a TV series and has ties to a website, books, and apps for kids.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Sid the Science Kid: Sid the Movie is based on the same-named preschool series, so new fans may want to check out the show after enjoying this story. The movie is set in a museum where the young characters explore topics like weather, dinosaurs, and static electricity, and the dialogue does an impressive job of incorporating scientific jargon on a level that preschoolers can understand. The characters' enthusiasm for learning is infectious and may inspire your own kids to think in new ways about how machines, weather patterns, and biological systems work.

What's the story?

In SID THE SCIENCE KID: SID THE MOVIE, Sid (voiced by Drew Massey) and his friend Gabriela (Alice Dinnean) learn that winning a worldwide science contest entitles them to an exclusive preview tour of The Super Ultimate Science Museum. There they meet the museum's eccentric creator, Dr. Bonabodon (Christopher Lloyd), and his staff of robots, including Bobbybot (Bruce Lanoil), a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence prototype who guides the kids' behind-the-scenes tour. Accompanied by a team of contest winners from China -- Yangyang (Allan Trautman) and Niuniu (Julianne Buescher) -- Sid and Gabriela explore the museum, develop new friendships, and learn a lot about teamwork when Bobbybot's programming goes haywire and they have to help Dr. Bonabodon set him straight before the museum opens to the public.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Already preschoolers' ambassador for science exploration, Sid now stars in his own feature-length movie, which has ample time for the characters to explore a variety of scientific disciplines. From astronomy to simple machines, there's something new and wondrous to discover around every corner in this museum, and the movie does a good job of incorporating and demonstrating scientific vocabulary like "hypothesis," "fulcrum," and "probability" in a way that doesn't detract from kids' enjoyment of the overall story. They're sure to be inspired by Sid's enthusiasm for learning, giving families a great incentive to build on their kids' interest with some explorations of their own.

Since the advent of his TV show, Sid has caught some flak for being, well, a little grating in his delivery, and there's no departure from his characteristic exuberance in this movie. What's more, there's a lot more of him to go around in this 75-minute feature than there is in his regular TV format, which might contribute to the movie seeming to plod along at times. Kids won't notice these issues, of course, and the wealth of inspiring educational content more than makes up for it from a kid's point of view, but parents might not experience the same joy in sharing this movie with their kids the way they might some of The Jim Henson Company's other offerings.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about what makes learning fun. Kids: What are your favorite things to learn about? Do you visit museums, the library, or the great outdoors to do so? What did you learn from Sid the Movie?

  • Explore some of the scientific concepts raised in this movie. Build a simple machine to make a difficult job easier, explore the area around your home to learn about animal habitats, or spend an evening star gazing.

  • Kids: Do you ever feel like you have a hard time being heard by grown-ups or older kids? When you have an idea to share, can you? What role do you play in your family's "team"? Why is it an important one?

Movie details

DVD release date:April 2, 2013
Cast:Alice Dinnean, Christopher Lloyd, Drew Massey
Director:Kirk Thatcher
Studios:NCircle Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Friendship, Science and nature
Run time:75 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Parent Written bySir Henry Senior II October 21, 2013
 

Very Bad!

Very bad!
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Teen, 13 years old Written bySammyTonkes March 31, 2013
 

0 out of 1000

TERRIBLE. This is possibly the worlds worst movie of all time. Dont bother getting your kid to watch it it is terrible. I got my baby brother to watch it and he almost through a stone at the tv I think that explains it
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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent Written bymbmartin874 November 10, 2014
 

Meh

I'm giving this 60-minute "movie" 3 stars instead of 2 because it's totally harmless - no violence or sex or shameless product placements. But this has got to be one of the most aimless films I have ever seen. I love the regular Sid the Science Kid show. This...just meanders. I thought it would at least be educational, but it's only marginally so. My 4- and 6-year-olds, zonked out from a week of school and in need of some decompression time, thought this special was fine. I was more than glad to erase it from the DVR afterwards.

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