Better than I expected
I really enjoyed this movie with my kids ages 3, 8, and 12. I typically go into children's movies with a skeptical eye because of all of the flashy, over the top violence, stereotypes, predictable plot lines, and damsel in distress situations. That being said, I found Smallfoot to be a great choice that really was not scary and had some great messages about being curious, questioning, open to new ideas, and speaking truth to power. Spoiler: I appreciated how the two species ultimately let curiosity for each other rather than fear win out so that they could co-exist. I also appreciated larger vocabulary words and concepts that are not often found in children's movies. I was prepared to take my 3 year old to another room during the "scary" scenes but did not feel the need during the airplane crash or the history lesson. The airplane crash was very mild and seemed almost playful rather than frightening. The history lesson featured a great rap and some ominous undertones but the violence was depicted on stone carvings without much detail, so I let her stay and watch the movie.
There are a lot of adult themes running quietly through the film that were great conversation starters but that many children probably wouldn't pick up on. My 8 year old was laughing hysterically at the the various falls, bonks, and injuries that happened. It wasn't graphic, and there were no lasting injuries. We all chuckled a fair amount throughout. However, my 3 year old said right before bed that she was scared so for those families who are extra cautious about this, maybe watch it first, then decide.
I can see where some religious families would be offended since the movie opens with the Bigfoots' ideas of how their world was born from the butt of an Ox and the "truths" told on stones are actually fabricated. However, many families of faith may be able to use this as a conversation specific to their own beliefs: on the matter of people hiding behind religion rather than practicing it, the concept of other beliefs, the role of religion, etc. Just a matter of personal level of comfort I suppose.
In all, I was very pleased and thought this movie was funny, thought-provoking, and not too scary. A good, fun movie with themes for modern times.
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Positive role models