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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.
Celebrates teamwork, determination, and friendship.
Positive Role Models
The heroes are loyal, brave, learn to respect the uniqueness of others, and work hard to reach their goal. Their arch enemy is a mean python. Everyone, with the exception of the brief appearance by the panda mom, is male.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoon violence and suspense: a scary python chases heroes in multiple scenes, gnashing fangs, cackling, coiling and preparing to strike. There are falls, close calls, a rocket blows up, bees chase, a boat crashes into rocks, snake and bear fight
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Mild name-calling, i.e., "fang face," "tomato face," "clown."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Big Trip is a Russian animated film for kids, adapted for English-speaking audiences using American actors. It's an adventure in which a misguided stork delivers a baby panda to the wrong house in the wrong neighborhood. A group of kooky animals unite to take the little bundle a long distance to find its rightful parents. On their journey, they encounter lots of cartoon action. A python causes the mayhem. He's a scary adversary: cackling, threatening, and baring his fangs. There are chases, fights, treacherous falls, and the baby panda, as well as his five "godfathers," are in peril. No one is injured or killed. Messages about teamwork, finding courage, and getting along are included in the story. All of the characters are male except for one. Some mild insults (i.e., "tomato-face," "fang-face," "clown") are heard along the way. The movie isn't suitable for younger or sensitive kids who aren't comfortable with real versus pretend violence. 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 story is easy to understand, the characters cute, and the animation is fine; however, the movie is repetitious, uninspired, and its cartoon peril may be a bit too scary for the target audience. The Big Trip makes an earnest attempt to follow its purposefully quirky animal folks on an obstacle-filled journey with a happy ending; and it succeeds, in part. Younger kids (who are okay with cartoon violence) will appreciate the funny characters, but won't get some of the jokes (references to Shakespeare?), nor is there sufficient pace to keep them engaged. And, there's not enough inventiveness, wit, or energy to hold the attention of older ones.
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