The Little Penguin Pororo's Dinosaur Island Adventure

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Some peril, mild violence in computer-animated animal tale.
  • G
  • 2020
  • 79 minutes

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Cooperation and teamwork. 

Positive Role Models

 Pororo and his friends are kind and work together to rescue their friends after they were abducted by an evil space pirate.

Violence & Scariness

Some peril, as two of the characters are abducted by an evil space pirate and held prisoner with other animals and dinosaurs that have been abducted. One of the dinosaurs injures his arm and must wear a cast. Fight scene between an army of robots and the good animals and dinosaurs. The lead bad guy has a laser gun, and robots shoot lasers as well. Characters fall out of a building, but are rescued.

Sexy Stuff
Language

After eluding his pursuers, Pororo slaps his rear end while saying "Nah nah n-nah nah." A burping contest.

Consumerism

Based on the long-running Korean computer animated series. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Little Penguin Pororo's Dinosaur Island Adventure is a computer animated feature (originally released in South Korea in 2017) in which a penguin and his animal friends must rescue dinosaurs from a kidnapper. There's some bodily function humor, including a burping contest, and a scene in which Pororo slaps his rear end while saying "Nah nah n-nah nah" at the bad guys. Peril includes a spaceship scooping up two of the characters and takimg them prisoner, and there's fighting between dinosaurs and robots. The lead villain has a laser gun, and robots shoot lasers, too. Characters fall out of a building but are rescued. 

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What's the story?

In THE LITTLE PENGUIN PORORO'S DINOSAUR ISLAND ADVENTURE, a mysterious egg-shaped spaceship comes out of the sky. When Pororo and his friends go to investigate, they find a little dinosaur inside named Allo. Allo was trying to escape his home planet after an evil space pirate named Mr. Y (Pauly Shore) from the Planet Casella arrived with an army of robots who he uses to hunt and kidnap dinosaurs that Mr. Y can sell to the highest bidder. While Allo soon befriends Pororo and all of Pororo's animal friends, another spaceship arrives and scoops up Allo, along with Pororo's friend Crong. Now, Pororo and his friends decide that they must go to Allo's dinosaur planet to rescue Allo, and all of the other dinosaurs held captive by the wicked Mr. Y. Things don't go as planned, though, as the polar bear Poby (Jon Heder) and the bird Patty are soon taken prisoner by Mr. Y. Now, Pororo and his friends must team up with the dinosaurs, led by the all-powerful King, as they try to take on Mr. Y's robot army and rescue the captive dinosaurs and animals once and for all. 

Is it any good?

This is a computer-animated movie that should please its intended audience of young kids. While not in the same league as Pixar movies, it's better than many of the cheap, computer-animated knock-offs of Pixar movies that somehow manage to find their way into Redboxes everywhere. The lead animals are cute, there are two musical sequences, and the story is easy to follow, with enough conflict to make it interesting without resorting to scares or excessive violence.

Often, computer-animated movies such as these get lost in the morass of too many characters and too many b-stories, but this manages to adhere close to the matter at hand -- namely, the abduction of dinosaurs by an evil space pirate (played by Pauly Shore). Parents will be pleased to see that Shore’s not completely obnoxious and insufferable in this role. Also, Jon Heder plays a simpleminded polar bear -- so there's that. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how Pororo helps his friends. How do you show that you're a good friend? 

  • Have you seen other animated animal movies? If so, how does this compare?

  • Which character was your favorite, and why?

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