A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The story introduces kids to diversity among animal species, showing how characteristics like a keen sense of smell and the ability to communicate underwater help different animals survive in their habitats.
There are multiple instances throughout the story that illustrate positive behavioral traits like politeness, friendship, and helpfulness, as well as the spirit of holiday giving. Though mishaps repeatedly befall the travelers, they stay positive and use creative problem-solving to overcome challenges.
Positive Role Models
Nick, Sally, and the Cat put their own holiday at risk to reunite a baby reindeer with his family for Christmas, showing selflessness and sympathy toward others. Along the way they befriend new creatures and learn something new from each of them.
Violence & Scariness
Young kids might fret for the characters' safety when the Thingamajigger plummets from the sky, but no one gets hurt in the process.
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Products & Purchases
The movie links to a TV show as well as a large marketing franchise centered on Dr. Seuss' popular book character The Cat in the Hat.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas! is a round-the-world holiday special that teaches kids about different animals the characters meet along the way. Kids will enjoy the Cat's comical antics (and the mishaps that tend to follow) as well as the story's ties to holiday traditions like Santa and his reindeer. Parents will like that the characters' interactions are marked by kindness, politeness, and attention to the needs of others. There are a couple of touchy moments when the Cat's vehicle breaks down and tumbles from the sky, but only the littlest kids might worry over these. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Everyone's favorite rhyming feline celebrates the Christmas spirit in in this fun-filled animated movie. Flanked by Thing 1 and Thing 2 and advised by the talking Fish (all voiced by Rob Tinkler), Cat, Sally, and Nick take a roundabout path to Ralph's hometown, and they meet some interesting characters who teach them about their special qualities along the way. From Christmas Island red crabs on a journey of their own to African elephants guided by a super sense of smell, each new friend does his or her part to get Ralph and the kids back to their families for the holiday.
Mischief, mishaps, and an accident-prone Thingamajigger ensure there's never a dull moment during the course of this kid-pleasing story inspired by the series The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That, and the fact that it makes subtle use of the characters' positive traits means there's a lot to like about its entertainment value and its lasting impact on your kids.
Did we miss something on diversity?
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