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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Family is the most important thing. When you help people, sometimes they help you back. Perseverance is a major theme; if you want something, don't give up and keep trying.
Positive Role Models
Stick Man never loses hope. Even when he falls into danger, he tries to notice and enjoy whatever good might come out of it. Stick Man runs to save himself, then runs back into seeming danger to help someone in need. His animal friends all try to warn him of imminent threats.
Violence & Scariness
Stick Man is constantly mistaken for the perfect flag mast, cricket bat, fetch toy, boomerang, pen, hook, and sword as he vainly protests that he is not any of them but rather "Stick Man, that's me!" He is tossed by ocean waves and woven into a swan's nest and ends up sleeping on a fireplace grate, unaware that he may be kindling for a family's next fire.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Stick Man is a British animated short that is based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler's charming book, Stick Man. The story has a kid-friendly Christmas backdrop. Although there is mild comic peril (a large dog grabs Stick Man for a game of fetch, and Stick Man drifts into the ocean and is tossed by waves), Stick Man's friendly nature, strong sense of self, and unbending will to return to his family make this a great choice for young children. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
STICK MAN handles adversity with aplomb and grace, but it's his palpable longing for his lady love and children that give this delightful rhymed cartoon its bittersweet heart and soul. Martin Freeman (Dr. Watson of British television's Sherlock and Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit) voices Stick Man cheerfully and plaintively while Hugh Bonneville (of Downton Abbey) voices a buoyant and helpful Santa. Rene Aubry's jaunty music perfectly sets the tone for Stick Man's inadvertent adventures. Lots for families with young kids to enjoy together.
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