A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Strong messages about good relationships, honesty, and responsibility stand out.
Breaking rules has far-reaching consequences, and the only way to set things right again is to own up to your mistakes and make amends. It's important to think of others' needs before your own. Selfishness hurts feelings. Sibling relationships are complicated, but brothers and sisters can work through their differences and solve problems together.
Positive Role Models
Sofia's can-do attitude, courage, and forgiving nature make her an excellent role model. Amber gives in to selfishness, but when she realizes how her actions hurt those she loves, she makes better choices and learns from her mistakes. Princess Ivy uses fear and power to satisfy her greed.
Violence & Scariness
Dragonflies zap people to erase their memories, sending them into a trance. Sofia and Amber face brief peril when their carriage nearly crashes.
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The movie is part of an extensive Disney franchise inspired by the TV series. There's mention of other familiar Disney names like Ariel, Belle, and Cinderella, and Rapunzel makes an appearance.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sofia the First: The Curse of Princess Ivy is a movie tie-in to the Disney series Sofia the First. The story shows how acting on negative impulses like jealousy and selfishness can have detrimental effects on relationships, particularly between siblings, and that such actions have consequences that can only be remedied by the original transgressor. There are some tense moments when the fate of the kingdom, and separately of Sofia and Amber, are in doubt, but they're well within the expectations set by the original series. Likewise, the story's villain schemes and plots, but she's not outright scary. In addition to the excellent messages about honesty and making good choices, viewers will enjoy a handful of new songs and the requisite happily ever after. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Here's further evidence of Disney's remarkable skill in crafting characters and stories that blend quality entertainment and positive messages kids can relate to their own lives. The story begins with a familiar-sounding sibling spat caused by Amber's jealousy, follows her rationale behind defying Sofia's wishes, and explores the consequences of her actions, none of which are good. Similarly, it reminds kids that when you do something wrong, it's up to you to make them right, and that's not always as simple as apologizing. Because it's so easy even for young kids to see how her misdeed causes such mayhem, the lessons about honesty and respect for others become evident to them as well. Even the substory of Princess Ivy's background reflects this same theme, giving viewers yet another example of positive vs. negative relationships.
But The Curse of Princess Ivy isn't just about teaching your tots how to get along with others. It's also about adventure, and spunky Sofia always makes sure there's plenty of that to go around. The girls' pursuit of Princess Ivy and the amulet takes them far from Enchancia, where they meet new friends and even get some help from Rapunzel in their quest to save the kingdom. Along the way there are fun new songs, comical characters, and multiple opportunities for them to solve problems. All in all, this movie is a fun way to spend some shared screen time with your little ones.
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