The Littlest Angel

Heavy-handed Christian tale could provoke questions, fears.
  • Review Date: September 12, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 24 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

The Littlest Angel offers some exposure to Christian notions of heaven, God, and Jesus.

Positive messages

The Littlest Angel teaches patience, acceptance, and that everyone has something to offer, no matter their age or aptitude. It has a particularly anti-materialist stance with regard to giving.

Positive role models

Characters are simplistic. The majority of adult characters are realistically flawed in spite of their heavenly address.

Violence & scariness

The Littlest Angel's premise involves the separation of a very young child (presumably by death, as he is in heaven) from his family. Moreover, the child finds it difficult to find adults who are caring or concerned in this environment. This may frighten younger children or provoke questions if it registers.

Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Littlest Angel's premise is a 4-year-old boy's entrance into heaven, his struggle to fit in among adults who find his childish behavior annoying, and his sadness at being separated from parents, all told from an overtly Christian perspective that may be a bit heavy for young kids and heavy-handed for parents. This may provoke questions or confusion from young children about death or religion, or could trigger fears about abandonment without proper context. 

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What's the story?

A 4-year-old boy has just entered heaven, but he doesn't quite know the rules. As he struggles to fit in and misses his earthly possessions, he learns a bit about what it means to be good enough according to Christian ideals.

Is it any good?


THE LITTLEST ANGEL is not particularly well-animated or clever, but for those of Christian faith, it offers a simple message about what acceptance means in God's eyes, and a broader, secular message about valuing the pure of heart over the material gesture. However, that message is delivered in an extremely heavy-handed way, in an environment where adults are not always a kind presence unless instructed otherwise.

Kids may simply enjoy this short tale about heaven from a boy's perspective -- he flies around, causes mischief, and misses his dog. From a parent's perspective, this tale of a child who has passed on, and is struggling to fit in, is a downer no matter your faith. And though the more complex issues raised here may not even register to kids, parents should be ready for potential questions about death or heaven, or fear about being separated from loved ones. 

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about faith. What does your family believe? How does this film differ from what you or your family believes?

  • Have you ever met someone who didn't know the rules where you live or play? Did you help him or her? What happened?

  • In the film, the boy is afraid his gift isn't good enough, but God tells him it is because it's from the heart. Have you ever felt something you did wasn't good enough? Why? What was the outcome?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 13, 2005
Cast:Blu Mankuma, L. Harvey Gold, Maxine Miller
Director:John Delaney
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Book characters
Run time:24 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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