Parents' Guide to

The Fox and the Child

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Stunning story of friendship shows the magic of patience.

Movie G 2007 92 minutes
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age 8+

Based on 17 parent reviews

age 8+

Beautiful, fairytale-like with a hard but true lesson

Beautiful and a lovely slow, gentle pace. A message about experiencing and appreciating the beauty of the natural world. The end is upsetting but can be handled properly for sensitive children. I told my sensitive animal loving child what would happen and warned her that the scene was coming. I explained what I was seeing while she sat away from the screen. She came back to see the end. We discussed that making friends with wild animals puts the animals in danger, especially to the biggest danger that is humans. We can love from afar and show our love by protecting natural areas.
age 12+

Please read the notes about the dramatic ending. I didn’t and my 9 year old was very upset and sobbing at the final scene. The film ends not long after this dramatic scene leaving younger children not enough time to process. Beautiful scenery.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (17 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Exploring nature at its breathtaking best, this movie will delight all animal lovers. Shots from inside of a fox's burrow, of hedgehogs playing and otters skulking in the stream, of bears hunting and wolves prowling, will mesmerize kids of all ages. Adults will appreciate the artistry of Luc Jacquet, March of the Penguins' creator, whose skill in capturing the natural world is unparalleled. Not only does the movie succeed in taking the viewer out of the technology traffic jam that is modern life, but it creates a shift in the heart of the audience member. It lets us believe that with enough patience and willingness, we can become so close to nature that we can be part of it again. And that is magic, indeed.

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