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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
As a collection of stories updated and made contemporary for today's audiences, this movie shows the timelessness of the Uncle Remus stories -- -American folk tales and oral folklore first collected and published in 1881.
Positive Role Models
While a trickster at heart, one who seeks to "give animals what they think they want," Brer Rabbit does learn to be good, kind, and selfless once he becomes ostracized by all the other animals.
Violence & Scariness
Mild cartoonish violence and peril. A bull kicks a wolf in his rear end. A rabbit falls from the sky after being dropped by a vulture. A fox tries to hit a rabbit with a mallet.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Adventures of Brer Rabbit is a 2006 modern-day retelling of some of the timeless Uncle Remus stories first collected in 1882 from African-American folk tales, oral folk lore, and songs. This is an enjoyable and thoroughly contemporary take on Brer Rabbit, and an entertaining introduction to these stories. There is some cartoonish violence -- animals chasing each other and falling from the sky, a bull kicking a wolf in his rear end, a fox trying to hit a rabbit with a mallet -- but overall, the stories themselves shine through with celebrities voicing the characters, which hopefully will inspire kids to read the original stories. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie does a very good job at modernizing the classic Uncle Remus folktales without sacrificing the original stories that have made them so popular since first being published in 1882. A sense of history comes through in this cartoon feature, and one gets the impression that this was a labor of love for the celebrities who provided the voices of the characters.
There are times when the cartoonish violence veers into classic Warner Brothers-style slapstick, and what's striking is how unnecessary it is. The stories hold up just fine without any of it. Regardless, as an attempt to place these stories in a more modern setting and vernacular, this movie succeeds just fine, and hopefully it will inspire families to seek out the original stories.
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