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The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear

By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Plucky friends rescue missing mayor in charming tale.

Movie NR 2017 79 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 13 parent reviews

age 13+

“I’m a pirate Dammit” said the pernicious pirate!

I’m disappointed that Common Sense rates this for 6+. I usually read these reviews before I select a movie but I hastily chose this for my 4 and 6 year bc the cat and elephant looked like cute characters. I should have turned it off when the first red flag for me was when the tank shot out a bullet. Then as we see another missile shot at the giant pear we are introduced to a pirate ship. The pirate onboard gets upset at the scientist & Elephant and responds with the word “dammit”. I’m sure there were more inappropriate words as described from other reviewers but we shut the movie down at that point. This was rated TV-Y on Netflix. I need to do further research on what constitutes this rating but cuss words & realistically drawn ammunition should not be appropriate for a kids cartoon—especially one that appears to be geared towards very young kids.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing
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age 6+

Lovely and Magical

My son loves this movie, which he has seen several times. While there are a few scary moments, they were outweighed by the friendship of the elephant and the cat, the whimsy of them traveling in a pear and the enchanting images. My son can be sensitive to violence/scary villains in films, but he was okay with this. He didn't even notice when the pirate cursed and says overall, "It was the best movie of my life!" (I assume this will change when he sees the next "best movie" of his life), but it is a sweet and original film.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (13 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This is a charming adventure that emphasizes the balance between strengths and weaknesses that exists in all of us. The Incredible Story of the Giant Pear owes an obvious debt to Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach, but the downright adult meanness Dahl often wrote about is replaced here with respectful and cooperative adults who even defer to children with good ideas. What's especially fun here is how many adults seem to have retained the curiosity, adventurousness, and flexibility of childhood, which paints them in a positive light for kids and also reassures younger viewers that adulthood won't require that they abandon playfulness as they mature.

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