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Spark: A Space Tail

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Sci-fi adventure isn't too scary but has lots of clichés.

Movie PG 2017 90 minutes
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age 6+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 6+

Cross dressing villain?!

Our 5yr old Grandson has watched this movie over and over and seems to really enjoy it. I'm surprised the reviews didn't mention the cross dressing villain that is presented. Not sure why that needs to be in a kids movie?
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age 9+


Poor jabs/jokes. Stereotypes everywhere that are embarrassing and shameful. Predictable and unoriginal, it’s a shame as the concept is there it has just been poorly executed with more animated violence than I felt comfortable sitting through with my 9 & 10 year old.

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Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

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Although kids will surely enjoy this harmless space adventure, adults will likely be bored, distracted by the many borrowed elements from far better stories about young heroes. Every aspect of Spark: A Space Tail is reminiscent of another movie. There's Spark's hidden identity and special mark, a la Harry Potter, as well as Zhong's inadequacy compared to his deceased brother, whose death he caused (think Scar from The Lion King). And there's a moment when Spark communicates with his dead father that seems straight out of Star Wars (or Harry Potter or The Lion King). Basically, everything here is something older viewers have seen before, likely in a movie that was far more memorable.

On the bright side, Spark: A Space Tail does have positive messages about teamwork and not doing something before you think about the possible consequences. It also conveys the empowering idea that even one teenager can make a difference. But, let's face it, those ideas are somewhat buried beneath a bunch of silly animal jokes, including an ongoing height gag about Napoleonic Zhong wanting to be seen as taller and more imposing. Still, if you don't mind overly familiar storylines, this comedy is generally appropriate for single-digit-aged kids.

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