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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Orphaned bird looks for his true home; scares and suspense.

Movie NR 2020 90 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 8+

The birds kiss and flirt.

Kissing scene and mild suggestive humor. Good story. Watched with my six year old and he covered his eyes a couple of times. I say 8+ is appropriate.
age 7+


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4):
Kids say (6):

The frequently good-looking animation and the whimsical story of an orphan living in two different bird worlds aren't enough to offset the weaknesses in this well-intentioned production. The scenes that move through the French Riviera are well-drawn, as is an exciting bird race. Seeing the differences in bird species -- seagulls glide when they fly while swifts flap their wings; one species eats bugs, the other is hooked on fish -- are both instructive and fun. However, Swift is long, clunky, and moves from one action sequence to another without much in the way of character development or charm. The sound is sketchy; it's especially hard to hear the words spoken by both Willem Dafoe and Kate Winslet. Finally, for a story that is meant for little kids, the rats are seriously scary.

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