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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teaches the importance of recycling.
Amid gross-out humor are messages about how empathizing with others who are different from you is an important way to foster friendships. Showing compassion toward others can help you solve issues affecting their well-being. Emphasizes importance of recycling; critiques capitalism.
Positive Role Models
Max and Lotta show empathy and compassion toward the Ogglies, who want to live in the city dump (to the chagrin of the townspeople). Lady Mayoress' experience as an Oggly helps her learn compassion and empathy toward the Ogglies. Some characters speak in accents that could be perceived as reinforcing stereotypes about Italians, New Yorkers, etc.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence: Chases, fall from a huge height, beating up the villain, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
After being rescued from a machine, a character says "I haven't been tickled like that in 753 years," which could be taken as innuendo. Kissing.
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Burping, talking about passing gas, using the word "turds," etc. Use of swear words "damn" and "hell." Words that could be considered ableist, such as "nutcase," "crazy," "nuts."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A character smokes. Another uses "anti-stress drops."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Smelliville (also known as The Ogglies) is a German animated film -- dubbed in other regions -- based on Erhard Dietl's children's books about a family of green creatures who eat garbage and live in a dump. There are messages about empathy and compassion (as well as the importance of recycling), but they're somewhat lost amid all the gross-out humor about bodily functions. Expect a little strong language ("damn," "hell," "turds") and substance use: A character smokes, and another uses "anti-stress drops." There's brief kissing and innuendo, as well as cartoonish/slapstick violence (chases, falls, etc.). Some characters speak in accents that could be perceived as reinforcing stereotypes about Italians, New Yorkers, etc. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Smelliville wants to entertain kids and teach them about recycling, but it might gross them out first. Kids who enjoy body humor -- i.e., fart and burp jokes -- will probably laugh, but kids who are sensitive to jokes about bodily functions may not find it as enjoyable. And adults who usually like watching animated films, especially with kids, might also get frustrated with the overreliance on gross-out humor.
That said, it does seem like the film's gross-out aspects are supposed to have a purpose. Its humor is intended to help get across a message about recycling and living greener (literally, in the case of the green Ogglies, who reside in the city dump). But the film's message about living in harmony with others and the planet is lost under the "ewwww" jokes and Max's struggles with his extreme type A mother, Lady Mayoress. Any message about recycling is saved until the end, when Lady Mayoress uses Max's plan to help the Ogglies and the town live in peace together. Perhaps if the film focused more on that theme, it would have more impact with viewers. Still, if you're only looking for diversion, this is a serviceable story about a mother and son finding common ground.
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