Parents' Guide to

The Little Vampire

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Animated book-based monster tale has potty humor, peril.

Movie NR 2018 83 minutes
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This animated movie tries to offer a new twist on the classic vampire tale but ends up as a trite gimmick with some lazy platitudes about overcoming differences. Any potential for the quirky entertainment value of all-American tween Tony Thompson and punk-goth tween vampire Rudolph forging an unlikely friendship gets lost in the predictable action. The obvious deeper messages contained in the story -- in which a vampire and human family must overcome their prejudices to save the vampire family from a bumbling pair of vampire hunters -- gets easily lost in what's perhaps the movie's most memorable (if gross) image: a flying cow defecating on the bad guys' helicopter.

The tween vampire girl is basically a copy of Wednesday Addams, and the secondary characters come off as second-rate imitations of Pixar characters with "funny" accents. What's left is an attempt to put a spin on the familiar that ends up relying too heavily on the overdone tropes of the vampire movie genre to deliver something truly original. So while this could have been a movie that the entire family would enjoy, The Little Vampire ends up being best for younger kids.

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