Terra Willy

Movie review by
Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media
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 Parents recommend
Animated alien adventure has learning, empathy, teamwork.
  • PG
  • 2019
  • 89 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

Kindness, friendship, intelligence, and a sense of adventure are all prominent themes.

Positive Role Models & Representations

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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Language

Some potty humor including a joke about urinating. One use of "poop."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byLiBay October 30, 2020

Really sweet

This movie was super cute, sweet, and clean. There was a tad of potty humor but not nearly as much as other movies these days. The rock monsters might be a... Continue reading
Parent of a 4-year-old Written byAnthony Lohan June 5, 2021

Great

Good one without the bad language and bullying of others
Kid, 11 years old June 6, 2021

What's the story?

In TERRA WILLY, 10-year-old Willy (voiced by Landen Beattie) crash lands and must learn to live off the land on an uncharted alien planet while he waits to be rescued.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Willy and Buck demonstrate great teamwork, curiosity, and empathy in Terra Willy. Why are these such good character strengths to have? Can you think of any examples in real life when you've shown these traits?

  • What does the movie teach us about science and nature? How does Willy adapt to his new surroundings? Why should we care about nature?

  • Talk about the differences between Willy's funny-automated life on the ship and the back-to-nature life he leads on the planet. Do you think you would adapt well to living in the wilderness?

  • Do you think aliens exist? What do you think they would make of our planet? What would you say to an alien if you met one?

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