The Hero of Color City

Movie review by
Yvonne Condes, Common Sense Media
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Gentle adventure is sweet, colorful but not very original.
  • G
  • 2014
  • 77 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 3 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Educational value

Kids can learn their colors and the value of friendship.

Positive messages

Overall themes of conquering your fears, believing in yourself, and trying new things. The crayons learn that they must help those who are helpful to them and not to judge someone by their appearance.

Positive role models & representations

Yellow is afraid of everything, but after some inspiring words by Blue, she realizes that she needs to believe in herself. Blue, who doesn't get worked up when he's confronted, tells Yellow that he believes in her and it's time she starts believing in herself. The crayons help the misunderstood creatures in the Land of the Unfinished drawings, even though it might drain their color. 

Violence & scariness

A dinosaur wastebasket comes to life. Yellow is grabbed by the king and taken to the top of a tall building. He drops her; she's caught by a paper plane. The crayons are warned that if they don't get back to Ben's room before he wakes up, they'll be lost forever. The crayons take a boat down the "scary narrows." They encounter spooky fog and a voice that says, "go back." The characters in the Land of Unfinished Drawings seem aggressive at first but turn out to be misunderstood.

Language

A few insults, including "creep," "jerk," and "poopy pants."

Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Hero of Color City is similar to Toy Story, but instead of toys coming to life, it's crayons. The movie has lots of positive messages about overcoming your fears, believing in yourself, helping others, and working as a team. There are a few scenes in which the crayons are in peril -- a dinosaur wastebasket comes to life, a character is dropped off a tall building (and caught!), the crayons take a boat down the "scary narrows" and encounter a spooky fog and threatening voice -- but nothing overly scary. Younger kids will like the colors and the mild adventure, but the story might not be exciting for older kids or their parents. 

User Reviews

Educator and Parent Written byunderscorex March 5, 2015

Blandly pleasant fare with the usual messages, stereotypes, etc.

I'll be honest, 90% of my interest in this was due to Craig Ferguson voicing a character - he's the "villain's" henchman. Of course, a...
Kid, 7 years old January 13, 2015

Great

JJ loves this movie me, kind of.
Kid, 12 years old June 26, 2016

It's ok...

It's a ok movie, definitely not the most original I've seen. It teaches kids about colors, being brave, don't judge anyone before meeting them,...

What's the story?

Ben loves to draw, but what he doesn't know is that the figures he creates come to life, along with the crayons. After he goes to sleep, the crayons jump into their box to get home to the beautiful and bustling Color City. Two of Ben's creations, King Scrawl and his sidekick, Gnat, follow the crayons and start wreaking havoc in Color City. If crayon Yellow (voiced by Christina Ricci) and her friends don't stop King Scrawl from plugging up the town waterfall, all of the color will drain from their colorful metropolis.

Is it any good?

THE HERO OF COLOR CITY is similar to Toy Story, but without the groundbreaking animation or iconic characters. It's a cute movie with some nice songs and good lessons for little kids. But the main character, Yellow, isn't quite engaging enough to hold older audiences' attention as she inadvertently goes on an adventure and fights all of her fears.

There are some funny lines, mostly by the pessimistic crayon Black (David Kaye), and some pop culture references (plus a strange crayon who sounds like Jerry Lewis) scattered here and there, but the story -- while sweet -- is one we've seen before. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Yellow's fears. She's isn't very confident in her abilities and is afraid of new experiences. Kids: Do you ever feel afraid? What do you do to get past it?

  • Why do you think it was important for Yellow to help the creatures in the Land of the Unfinished Drawings? 

  • Kids: Do you ever pretend that the objects in your room come to life when you're sleeping? Is that idea exciting or scary? Why?

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