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Tales of the Riverbank

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Clever rodent romp resolves conflict with cartoonish action.

Movie G 2008 83 minutes
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Based on the long-running Canadian children's TV series, this scrappy British film adaptation manages to mix high and low comedy, and should appeal to multiple generations. The animatronic puppets are silly looking enough to qualify as camp, and the sustained peril they face and witty jokes are absurdly funny.

Kids will love watching furry creatures navigate an astonishing number of modes of transportation and natural disasters, even if the allusions are over their head, while parents will enjoy a flick for kids smart enough to incorporate sly nods to pop culture references only they can get -- a mouse doing her best Lauren Bacall, and the co-opted Apocalypse Now reference, "I love the smell of fresh marmalade in the morning." An excellent vocal cast doesn't hurt either.

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