Definitely charming and fun. Some issues with violence and stereotypes
My 8-year-old said something about walking to the ends of the earth and I experienced a flashback to this childhood favorite of mine. Successfully dug it out of iTunes for family movie night. It was totally fun — with a couple issues.
Kids enjoyed the movie a lot. They loved the sight gags, they learned things about culture and life of the San people in South Africa (see related culture issues below). The plot kept them engaged, they both got something out of the messages — question the need for material things, prize humane interactions and harmonious relationship with nature over all. Yes there is that shooting in the beginning, I had them close their eyes for it. It wasn’t an issue in my family but I could imagine some kids being upset; recommend skipping over that scene if that’s the case, just explain what happened.
Watching this 1980 movie from the lens of 2018 does raise some questions in my mind about stereotypical portrayal of the roles of black and white people, and also men and women. The San people are called Bushmen — and described as childlike. There’s a pretty and fairly helpless female lead who needs rescuing all the time. The movie as a whole is a sincere effort (I think) on the part of the filmmakers to be liberal minded (1980s version), but you certainly could have a discussion with kids before/after about stereotypes to make sure everyone is watching
Reading on Wikipedia after watching I learned this movie was super
Low budget, made locally in South Africa, that was a surprise international commercial success, which I think is interesting. It’s a totally charming film in many respects, I would give it two thumbs up, just keenthe above caveats in mind and address with kids as appropriate in your family.