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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The film is entertaining, but not educational.
The Happy Cricket promotes positive messages about keeping promises, the pitfalls of greed, the value of music, and the importance of environmental conservation.
Positive Role Models
The characters are simplistic -- good or bad -- but likeable and relatable for young children.
Violence & Scariness
Scary monsters, near falls, ferocious snapdragons, and last-minute rescues all keep up the suspense and threat of peril, but usually with quick resolution and humor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Happy Cricket is told from the vantage point of bugs, so the scale of nature at night and its panoply of frights is exaggerated, which could heighten fears of bugs or creepy crawlies in some kids. However, the movie is an ultimately sweet tale of rescue and friendship that attempts to demystify that scariness. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The Happy Cricket is a nicely paced adventure that never seems to drag. Though the peril can sometimes seem a little excessively scary, playing into lizards, snapdragons and such as "scary monsters" with whom the protagonists must fight an all-out war, the film works to resolve the threats quickly and with humor.
Kids will enjoy the nonstop action and relatable animal friends. Parents who are not concerned about the potential for scary feelings about nature will appreciate the positive lessons about friendship and conservation, with an upbeat emphasis on music and inspiration.
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