A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Promotes living in harmony, cooperation, second chances, hard work, freedom. "We always have a choice to do the right thing."
Positive Role Models
Queen Marguerite illustrates fine leadership qualities: compassion, determination, bravery, responsibility. Apollo the Cricket makes mistakes but always rises to the occasion; he too is brave, resourceful, loyal. Villains are either power-hungry and/or struggling to survive.
Violence & Scariness
Heavy cartoon action during last half of film. A scary bat menaces the garden. The evil Wendy Wasp sneers, cackles, and wreaks havoc, fear, violence. A gang of "pests" threatens the peaceful community. Action includes swordplay, falls, chases, a wasp attack, endangered baby bees, a kidnapping, characters held hostage, a possible beheading.
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Some mild insults and name-calling (e.g., "idiot").
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A party appears to include drinking (most likely honey).
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings is a French animated tale based upon the children's book Droles de Petites Betes. Antoon Krings, the author of this and other books in a popular series, is one of the directors of this movie, which has been adapted from the French for English-speaking audiences. Adorable bees and bugs fight to save their hive and garden from an array of villains. Viewers can expect lots of cartoon action and jeopardy. Power-hungry (or just plain hungry) evil-doers cackle, menace, and threaten with bodily harm. There are chases, attacks, captures, sword battles, and a possible beheading, with the good guys trying to survive scary-looking creatures (including a vampire bat and wicked wasps). Some mild insults and name-calling include words like "idiot." Otherwise, the charmingly drawn heroes, along with the insect and bee population, are endearing and have distinctive personalities. Caution: Too many scares for kids who are not yet comfortable with real versus pretend violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Sparkling animation and endearing characters live in this comic adventure that includes treachery, a palace coup, cackling villains, and a possible beheading among its many action sequences. The plot has twists and turns and a triumvirate of villains. It's not an original tale -- a power-grabbing "cousin," a far-too-trusting innocent, and a grand finale of derring-do and comeuppance -- but if the kids who watch are mature enough to understand the difference between real and imaginary violence, there's enough to recommend Tall Tales from the Magical Garden of Antoon Krings.
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