Strike

Movie review by
Tara McNamara, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Stop-motion comedy is a gold mine of heart and hilarity.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 100 minutes

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 35 reviews

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 4 reviews

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Educational Value

Intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Use teamwork to achieve your goals, whether it's saving the town or following your dreams. You don't have to do the job you're "supposed" to do if you have talents in other areas. Friends and family are the most important thing. Believe in yourself.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Mungo and his friends are great role models. Under difficult circumstances, Mungo makes good choices, stepping up to become a leader, helping to organize his community to fight a greedy business owner. Positive gender representations include girls with skills in mechanics/engineering and explosives. Each member of the young crew contributes their skills to help their friend, their community. Mungo's parents are kind, supportive.

Violence & Scariness

Spoiler alert: A parent dies in a gold mine explosion; characters are shocked/sad. A villain threatens characters with a gun, kidnaps/restrains innocents, throws a mouse to a Venus Flytrap (it survives to get revenge). A gun is fired, and a villain brandishes swords. Villainous characters are dropped into a dangerous vat, but one is seen later looking OK. There's a scary chase involving construction/digger trucks. Slapstick comedy includes child character being hit with a shovel, and a cartoonish electrocution.

Sexy Stuff

A female character wears a short skirt and uses suggestive body language to convince a government bureaucrat to do her bidding. A lovestruck boy exhibits stereotypical signs of affection like being tongue-tied or following the object of his affection around. Close-up of a bear's bare butt for humor. A couple of kisses. Double entendre about "grabbing Mungo's balls" (during a soccer exercise).

Language

The villain insults his minion with words like "idiot," "moron," and "imbecile." A likable character uses "suck" to mean bad. Other words used include "loser," "stupid," and "dumb."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Sight gag during tense soccer game has villain drinking what looks like a martini with an olive, then a bigger drink with umbrellas in it, then a very large drink with many umbrellas.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Strike is a British stop-motion animation movie about a young mole named Mungo (voiced by Lizzie Waterworth) who dreams of being a footballer but seems destined for a career as a miner. The humor ranges from subtle jokes and sight gags to slapstick scenes and potty jokes (burps, farts, etc.). Villains are cartoonishly evil, while the heroes are nearly perfect. The young main characters are brave and smart, and they take on nontraditional gender roles. One scene could cause some tears (possible spoiler alert): A beloved parent is killed in a mine explosion. Viewers see the adult's face react as he realizes his imminent doom, as well as the child's fear and sadness as he realizes what's happened and then mourns his dad. Otherwise, the puppets' style and silliness mostly minimize the impact of the violent moments -- like a villain pointing a gun at the hero, characters being kidnapped, or a young mole using a fire ax to open a vending machine. There are brief kisses and a couple of double entendres (as well as insult language like "loser," "moron," and "idiot"), and one character uses her sexuality to influence a man to do her bidding. Along with themes of teamwork, perseverance, and courage, the movie offers kids clear messages about following your dreams and believing in yourself.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byJK88 May 18, 2020

Funny Film!

I watched this with my 8 year old. I think the film would appeal to kids 7 upwards. The story is very funny, with jokes that work both for kids and adults alike... Continue reading
Parent Written byMA F. September 20, 2020

too creepy

This film is very creepy not for the youngsters
Teen, 14 years old Written byTom278 April 24, 2020

FAB Film!!!!

Watched this with my younger brother, and was totally caught up in the story and characters, LOL, very very funny, even my Dad sat down and watched it with us!!...
Teen, 13 years old Written byenderxaus101 April 12, 2020

Funny feel good film

It's a funny feel good film that I recommended to all my friends. I loved the elephant in the rest room and the frog on the loo near the end! really good!

What's the story?

In STRIKE, Mungo Morrison (voiced by Lizzie Waterworth) is a mole who dreams of being a professional soccer player. But his dad, Garth (Tom Turner), has been grooming Mungo to follow in his footsteps and become a miner. When a greedy gemstone mogul (Ken Stott) is angered by the town's resistance to sell their gold mine, a tragic accident occurs. Now Mungo must decide whether he should pursue his dreams or help his community.

Is it any good?

Trevor Hardy's stop-motion animation feature debut will likely have elementary age kids squealing with laughter. The childish puppetry is a bit misleading -- older kids might shy away because it looks like it's "for babies" -- but between the fart jokes and clever humor, Strike is an unexpected gem that even tweens will enjoy. Throwaway jokes and funny antics happening behind the main action make for an active watching experience, and even with their small, fuzzy mouths, every word that Mungo and his friends say can be understood. 

The animation doesn't feel sophisticated -- but in this case, that translates as "attainable" rather than "amateur." In a best-case scenario, it could inspire kids to pick up their smartphones or tablets and make their own movies with stuffed animals and action figures. Strike's characters aren't likely to end up on lunch boxes or yogurt containers, but they're admirable nonetheless. And while the "I get by with a little help from my friends" message is tried and true, the movie's nontraditional gender dynamics are new and exciting. Two of Mungo's female friends are pros in typically male dominated spaces (engineering/mechanics, explosives). The fact that Mungo's best friend, Ryan (Naomi McDonald), is crushing hard on Maggie (Waterworth), a girl who knows how to work dynamite, is a refreshing touch. Like Maggie, Strike is a blast.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the violence in Strike. Do you think cartoon violence -- or, in this case, puppet violence -- has as much impact as live-action violence? 

  • How does stop-motion animation compare to other forms of animation you've seen? Which do you prefer?

  • How do Mungo and his friends exhibit courage and teamwork? Why are those important character strengths?

  • How do the characters exhibit nontraditional gender roles? Why is that an important aspect of representation?

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