The Hairy Tooth Fairy

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgas..., Common Sense Media
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Plucky kids save the tooth fairy in sometimes-scary tale.
  • NR
  • 2006
  • 90 minutes

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Believe the impossible. Help each other and solve problems quicker. Trust and help good people. Pay attention in science class; some of that stuff is useful. Don't lie to your family.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Lucy and Robert are clever and courageous kids who try to do the right thing. The tooth fairy loves children and strives to make them happy.

Violence & Scariness

The tooth fairy is gassed and kidnapped. The villain is thwarted and punched by an angry secretary. Kids fall from a flying bicycle onto the deck of a ship. A villain gets buried in pearls. A girl roller-skating in the house falls and knocks her tooth out. Hundreds of worker mice are lured by the illusion of an enormous hunk of cheese and then imprisoned. A black-and-white fantasy sequence depicts a scary world without the tooth fairy. Mice and children are threatened with a big hypodermic needle.

Sexy Stuff
Language

"Hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Hairy Tooth Fairy is a 2006 Argentine animated tale that pits the tooth fairy against greedy employees who want to keep all the tooth money for themselves. The original Spanish has been dubbed by English-speaking actors; kids may notice that lip movements do not sync up with the words spoken on the soundtrack. Young or sensitive kids may find some moments too scary. The heroic hairy fairy, a benevolent mouse (or perhaps a rat), is gassed and abducted by the villainous plotters. Two clever children step in to save him and the entire tooth fairy enterprise, which puts them in peril. The kids fall off a flying bicycle to safety. They are threatened by a villain wielding a large hypodermic needle. A black-and-white fantasy sequence depicts a scary world without the tooth fairy. There is one "hell."

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What's the story?

Perez the mouse is THE HAIRY TOOTH FAIRY, bearing the heavy burden of exchanging children's lost teeth for coins. To keep the business going, his factory of dedicated workers polish the teeth into pearls, which are sold by a kindly jeweler, who shares the profits with the tooth fairy to fund the coin-leaving enterprise. When Lucy finds no coin under her pillow, she suspects foul play and enlists her science-genius friend Robert to help concoct a rescue. This involves leaving the house at night without notice, which launches Lucy's parents on a frantic search that leads to the ultimate rescue of the fairy.

Is it any good?

This charming take on the tooth fairy myth boils over with imaginative and intelligent twists. Mixing animation with live action, the story alternates between mouse and human worlds. The original Spanish has been dubbed by English-speaking actors; kids may notice that lip movements do not sync up with the words spoken on the soundtrack. Kids will enjoy how the intrepid little mice best the bad guys, demonstrating bravery, encouraging others to "believe in the impossible," and working together to solve problems. Sensitive kids might find parts of the tale too creepy, though, so it's best for kids who are comfortable with some tense or scary moments.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why it's important for people to trust each other. If you tell lies sometimes, do you think people will trust you?

  • What does it mean to believe in the impossible?

  • How is this depiction of the tooth fairy different from others you have seen? What do you think the tooth fairy really looks like?

  • What do you think the tooth fairy does with all those teeth?

Movie details

For kids who love adventure and fantasy

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