Parents' Guide to

The Aviators

By Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Animated WWI tale has war violence, potentially scary scenes

Movie NR 2009 73 minutes
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Although THE AVIATORS has solid animation (using a combination of 2-D and 3-D graphics) and an interesting story idea that's based on real events, the plot is mostly a jumbled mess. Adults without a strong knowledge of WWI history will have trouble figuring out what exactly is going on, and most kids will probably find themselves pretty lost. The characters spend a lot of time discussing whether they should enter the war (including a totally bizarre song badly sung by Jeff Foxworthy about not wanting to surrender like Cher Ami), which is made especially confusing because the actors portraying the characters all have different accents (French, English, and American). It's impossible to tell where all the characters are supposed to be from, making it extremely difficult to figure out the characters' motives and whose side they're on. The lines between good guys and bad guys get a little vague at times, too, which no doubt will be confusing for small children.

Although kids may get a kick out of the crazy flying contraptions made by Lindbergh the mouse, the rest of the plot is muddled enough to probably lose most kids' interest. And sensitive younger kids may find the falcons and battle scenes too scary.

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