The Giant King

Movie review by
Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
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Comic animated robot tale has heavy action, crude humor.
  • PG
  • 2015
  • 104 minutes

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

Direct, repeated messages about friendship: what it means to be a friend, how friends treat one another. Promotes having dreams for oneself and being willing to fight for those dreams. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

One central heroic robot is courageous, stands up for the underdog, risks his life for a friend, and wants to follow his dreams despite obstacles. The second robot must learn hard lessons about friendship, loyalty, having dreams, and fighting for them.

Violence

Heavy cartoon action and suspense. Sequences include lengthy robot battles, firestorms, avalanches, falls from high altitudes, crashing, breaking, lightning hits, a giant magnetic force threatening, a giant grenade explosion, the dodging of blades and large spherical objects. Main characters are overpowered several times and appear to be destroyed for lengthy intervals; they do survive.

Sex
Language

Crude humor and insults: "buttocks," "dumb robot," "broccoli face," "blue-collar no-nothing," "fat," "stinky," "sissy." Instances of "acid boogers" constitute a plot element.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A bar scene finds one character over-drinking motor oil and becoming drunk.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Giant King is an animated battling robot film with plenty of cartoon action and jeopardy, alongside well-defined characters, lots of humor, and upbeat music. Very clear (and repetitive) messages about friendship and fulfilling one's dreams provide motivation and teach important lessons. Violence occurs in the form of bot attacks: crashing, crushing, firestorms, treacherous falls, lightning, a giant menacing magnet, and even a prolonged battle between a heroic robot and the sun. The predominance of comic "life-and-death" action, as well as some crude humor (a discussion of boogers, buttocks jokes) and insults, make the movie best for older kids. It's definitely not for those who cannot yet differentiate between real and make-believe. This version of Yak: The Giant King, a hit in Thailand, where it was made, arrives with the jokes, characters, and cultural references well translated for English-speaking audiences 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 8 and 10 year old Written byViolinMommy February 1, 2016

Weird, confusing, violent, with poorly-written script

Not worth the time! I think it could've had potential to be a decent movie, but the translation from Thai to English was awful -- with dumb jokes, lots of... Continue reading
Adult Written byAmber M. February 5, 2018

Blatant Hindu Reigious Influence & Characters, & Creepy

The intro to the move is illustrations of various creepy looking Hindu gods in battle. The main character is modeled after one of them, and is kind of creepy. H... Continue reading

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What's the story?

Zork (Russell Peters), a giant, multiarmed robot who dreams of being a kindergarten teacher, and Pinky (Bella Thorne), a small robot with prominent eyebrows and no dreams at all, are revived many years after being buried during a giant robot battle in THE GIANT KING. With no memory of each other or how they got there, the two are aghast to find that they're chained together. What's more, no matter how hard they try, the chain can't be broken. And so they set off to find Ram, the creator of all robots, and seek his help. Along their journey across a vast robot land, populated by assorted oddballs and comic predators, Zork and Pinky become heroes; their bravery and cunning keeps saving innocent bots from tragedy. As they get closer to their goal, they begin to connect and care about one another. Then, little by little, the two remember the past -- a past that threatens their newfound friendship and, scariest of all, Zork's very existence. 

Is it any good?

Imaginative animation and quirky comic characters keep this message-heavy robot movie from combusting during its many explosive, and sometimes too-long, action sequences. An abundance of robots occasionally complicates the plot (at times it may be hard to tell Pinky and Rusty apart), and audiences may not remember which "dreams" belong to which robot. But Melanie and Mychal Simka, the English-speaking adaptors of this movie from Thailand (loosely based on the Sanskrit poem "Ramayana," in which a giant robot wanders in a desert after a great war) have done a nice job with the material they were handed. The jokes and the characters are fresh and culturally relevant to Western audiences; it's a seamless transition. The movie is best for middle-grade-level kids and tweens who like a lot of smash-'em-up bot battles and enjoy some name-calling and a booger joke or two.  

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Pinky changed over the course of the movie. Who was she at the beginning, and how was she different by the end? Which experiences made her a better person/robot?

  • Many movies for kids give human qualities to nonhuman characters (animals, robots). What are the human qualities of Zork, Pinky, and Rusty? How do filmmakers use this "personifying" device (also called "anthropomorphism") to spark your imagination and make the stories relatable for audiences?

  • The filmmakers attempted to combine comedy with lots of action. Were they successful? Think about some of the unusual characters. How did they make a battling-robot movie funny?

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