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By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Picture book gets a sweet musical adaptation for families.

Movie G 2012 41 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 6 parent reviews

age 5+

Scary for preschooler

The scenario of a baby bat getting knocked off her mother's chest and falling away was too intense for toddler/preschooler. In retrospect, this movie does not belong on a "first movies for kids" list, alongside easygoing films featuring Pooh Bear, Daniel Tiger, and Elmo. My kid cried watching the opening scene, but the image and idea of getting lost was imprinted before we could turn it off. Best we could do at that point was fast forward to the part where the baby gets reunited with her Mama. It is not a bad story but stick with the book version for little ones.
age 3+

Is It Any Good?

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Like most picture book adaptations, the charming movie is padded with songs and extra characters to fill out the simple plot. Those expecting a page-for-page filmed version of the book might be surprised at some of the characters' personality differences, but the fundamental story is the same: Stellaluna is "upside down" living with her new bird family, and she doesn't know why she's compelled to do things that are so un-bird like.

The animation isn't of the dazzling Pixar variety, but the songs are surprisingly catchy, and Stellaluna is an irresistibly sweet protagonist. This is one of the rare children's films that seamlessly blends in educational tidbits (in this case, about bird and bat habitats -- and habits), so kids will likely want to learn even more about bats, particularly Flying Foxes like Stellaluna.

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