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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Washington Irving's novel is given a big nod here: we learn that it was written in 1819, and that it might have been based in some facts. Mention of the Battle of White Plains, the Revolutionary War, its mercenary Hessian soldiers, and some of the families who lived in the area ground this tale in reality. Words like phosphorous, ectoplasm, and theory are used.
Hictorical facts are nicely woven into this reprisal of the Sleepy Hollow tale. Also, kids and adults cooperate and kids help solve a mystery.
Positive Role Models
Teachers are respected, and kids are willing to learn from adults.
Violence & Scariness
Some ghost and skeleton appearances are a little spooky, but not gory or terrifying. Some sword fighting.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated tale features ghosts and a headless horsemen who whirl and swirl through the town of Sleepy Hollow. But despite the ghoulish figures, nothing too terrifying happens in this Halloween legend, and even most sensitive kids should find this seasonal story agreeable. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
If The Magic School Bus ran amok on the Scooby Doo set, THE HAUNTED PUMPKIN OF SLEEPY HOLLOW is pretty much what you'd get. Though there is plenty of educational material in this twist on the Sleepy Hollow tale, it doesn't feel forced or contrived. Even adults might learn a thing or two about the history surrounding Washington Irving's tale.
Even though there are ghosts, they are pretty harmless. Only the Headless Horseman feels frightening in this movie, which is appropriate, since he's the bad guy. But there are no beheadings or slayings -- just a history lesson shrouded in mystery. It's a good choice for families with sensitive kids.
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