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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The movie encourages learning and curiosity. Science and nature are explored with the main character charting the new creatures and plants they encounter. Two of the main characters are scientists and are helped in their work by their child.
Kindness, friendship, intelligence, and a sense of adventure are all prominent themes.
Positive Role Models
Willy is curious, clever, friendly, and bold. His mom is a scientist and his dad an explorer. He follows in their footsteps and spends his time cataloging items. Both parents are loving toward him and equal in their relationship. Strong teamwork and reciprocated kindness throughout. Buck the robot learns about empathy and emotions.
Violence & Scariness
A child crash lands on an uncharted planet, separating them from their parents. Adventure antics on this alien planet include a character being chased by giant dinosaur-style creatures. Some near-misses with falling rocks and giant hail. Some slapstick humor. Character shoots bow and arrow at pixel baddies in VR video game. Characters suffer reactions to various plants, some with funny consequences, but one serious that requires an antidote.
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Some potty humor including a joke about urinating. One use of "poop."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Terra Willy (also known as Astro Kid) is a French animated space-adventure (dubbed into English) that's full of positive messages with a bit of mild peril. After his family's ship is destroyed by asteroids, Willy (voiced by Landen Beattie) crash lands on an uncharted planet. Despite the fact that he's separated from his parents, the movie has a reassuring tone, with no significant danger or upsetting situations lingering or hindering the fun. When they crash, Willy's robot companion, Buck (Jason Anthony), calmly explains the situation, how they'll survive and how they'll be found, with Willy constantly learning and adapting to his new environment. Exciting action scenes include regular run-ins with big, dinosaur-like rock monsters. Friendship, teamwork, and empathy are key themes, with Willy forming strong bonds with Buck, an alien pet, and some giant alien beetles. There are two instances of potty humor, one with Willy and an alien urinating and another with a mention of "poop." There's some sadness with Willy missing his parents and having to say good bye to a friend. But overall this is a joyous adventure that can be enjoyed by the whole family. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's something about the reassuring tone that makes this movie a real joy to watch with children of all ages. There are big themes in Terra Willy (also known as Astro Kid), such as Willy being separated from his parents and forced to fend for himself. But these are emotionally eased through thanks to the smart script that ensures everything has a sense of wonder and adventure rather than peril and panic.
Naturally, Willy gets upset on a couple of occasions but his robot companion, Buck (Jason Anthony), is on hand to reassure him and help. The charming Buck learns more about compassion with each situation, including learning the value of pets when they meet the equally sweet Flash, an alien with dog-like tendencies. While it might sound saccharine sweet, there's no try-hard or forced feeling to the warm spirit of Terra Willy. It's just innate in the movie's DNA, baked in by the thoughtful direction of Eric Tosti (The Jungle Bunch). Tosti has created a fun adventure playground full of learning, teamwork, and empathy, on a gorgeous planet full of fascinating landscapes, plants, and animals.
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