A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Many positive messages sprinkled throughout the movie that are broken down into episodic stories. Themes such as gratitude, hard work, sharing, and kindness. Messages included lines such as "you can never be grateful for too many things," "persistence without a plan will get you nowhere," "friends make compromises," and "to care for another is to share with one another."
Positive Role Models
Both Snow White and Rose Red show kindness throughout their stories and sometimes even stand up to less polite characters. They tell the Queen of Wonderland to use nice words instead of harsh, angry shouting to get what she wants. Characters learn from their mistakes and acknowledge when they were wrong. A character who stole a ring from a wizard returns it and apologizes before becoming friends and making a trade. Snow White and Rose Red aren't just damsels in pretty dresses; they solve math equations to help free a fairy in trouble.
Main characters and majority of the cast is female, but there's hardly any racial diversity. At first the girls don't vary much in interests beyond princess dresses, flower crowns, magic, and fairy festivals, but by the end they use archery and solve math equations to save other characters.
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Violence & Scariness
Briefly in the Alice in Wonderland story there's a jabberwocky growling and scaring the tea partygoers. The "monster" growls, but it turns out to be a small, harmless animal. Offscreen a brother fairy traps his sister in a trap out of jealousy.
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Some mild language such as "foolish girl" and "silly girl."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Adventures of Snow White and Rose Red is a low-budget episodic film telling six fairytale stories with positive messages. Taken in one sitting, the themes could be hard for younger viewers to grasp all at once, but broken into parts, themes such as kindness, friendship, perseverance, and courage are easily understood. Messages included lines such as "you can never be grateful for too many things," "persistence without a plan will get you nowhere," as well as "friends make compromises." The main characters and majority of the cast are female, but there isn't much racial diversity. Briefly in the Alice in Wonderland story there's a jabberwocky growling and scaring the tea partygoers. The "monster" growls, but it turns out to be a small, harmless animal. Offscreen a brother fairy traps his sister in a trap out of jealousy. At first Snow White and Rose Red don't vary much in interests beyond princess dresses, flower crowns, magic, and fairy festivals, but later the main characters show different layers of their hobbies and skills, including using archery and solving math equations to save others. Though it plays like a home video quality movie with a very slow pace, young fans of fairytale stories may enjoy the short tales. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The amateurish production quality combined with a slow pace makes these familiar tales a little less delightful than expected, but the positive messages are charming enough to make it worthwhile. More of a series of short 15-minute episodes than a feature-length movie, the stories don't really flow together, but stop and start. This might make it easier for younger viewers to take in one part at a time for easier comprehension, but could be frustrating to others expecting one complete story from beginning to end. The acting is a bit over the top, but the well-known fairytale characters keep things interesting enough as viewers wait to see how "Alice in Wonderland" will compare to the story they already know.
Though the first couple of tales involve a lot of pretty dresses and flower-picking, it's nice to see Snow White and Rose Red learn important lessons and show they can be brave and save the day too -- even with tools like solving as math equations. If you can look past the fact that the movie appears to be something a group of friends recorded together in their backyard, you'll able to enjoy these gentle tales.
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