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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Baking processes are accurately represented and a makeshift production line is created out of toys. Cooking is made to look fun and could inspire kids to cook.
Themes include self-confidence, teamwork, resilience, creativity, inventiveness, forgiveness, and adaptability.
Positive Role Models
Elfie is a confident, determined, and optimistic young female elf who views the world with an infectious sense of wonder and positivity. She is a problem-solver and is not brought down by negative people around her. Baker Theo is a grumpy human who learns to accept the help of the Elfkins and teaches Elfie how to bake. Arrogant and negative elf Kipp learns the joy of helping others. Characters take pride in learning and perfecting skills.
Violence & Scariness
Two adult siblings fight. This involves heated arguments and food fights. In one instance, a character falls down the stairs, gets knocked out, and is taken to hospital with concussion. Some slapstick, including a running gag with a dog unsuccessfully chasing the Elfkins. A character armed with a safety pin fights a marionette during a play. Characters buried in mud after a mishap but all emerge ok and dust themselves off. Character throws a radio on the floor in anger, throws a cake at someone. A flammable liquid causes some peril in the kitchen. Characters fall into a vat of goo. Two vehicle collisions.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A marionette's dress is cut off during a play and a character says "you have no panties." Young elf kisses two characters on the cheek.
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Language includes "stupid," "fart," "hell," "heck," "loser," "sleazebag," "oh my God," "wazoo," and "butt." Some brief and mild potty humor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Elfkins: Baking a Difference is a family-friendly animated movie packed with positive messages, including perseverance, resilience, teamwork, and self-confidence. Lead character Elfie (voiced by Rivka Rothstein) has an infectious positivity and optimism, and always works hard to encourage others, even when they don't encourage her. Many characters improve their attitudes throughout the movie thanks to Elfie's spirit. This includes grumpy but kind-hearted human baker Theo (Erik Hansen), whose brother's mission to ruin his business is succeeding. The Elfkins work with Theo to try to save his shop and the accurate, fun baking scenes may inspire viewers to get in the kitchen. A fire erupts in the kitchen, but there's never any real peril, although those responsible are held to account. Theo and his brother argue and fight -- usually with food but in one scene, one of them falls down stairs, is knocked out, and is taken to hospital with concussion. Other cartoon violence includes very minor slapstick involving a dog chasing the Elfkins. A marionette has its skirt cut off and a character says it has "no panties." There is some very mild, brief potty humor involving gas. Mild language includes "fart," "butt," and "sleazebag." The movie is a German animation dubbed into English and sometimes goes by the shorter name of The Elfkins. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With so many positive messages stuffed into the recipe, this German animated delight could have turned out a stodgy mess. But what The Elfkins: Baking a Difference serves is a light, perfectly balanced, and richly refined delicacy. The cherry on top? It looks gorgeous -- especially the mouthwatering baked creations. The movie's lean running time packs in a handful of laugh-out-loud jokes and a lead character with an infectious positivity that makes it a joy to sit through. It's well paced and there's just enough action to deliver thrills, with exciting situations that require characters' quick thinking. So involving is the story that you'll want to give a fist pump when things come good.
It's not perfect -- some of the English dubbed voiceover is way off the animated mouth movements and the song that occurs only twice still feels two times too many. But the pervasive positive attitude that hangs over the movie sees to it that these don't deter from what is a short, sweet, and very satisfying animated adventure for all the family.
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