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The Magician's Elephant

By Jennifer Green, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Child bravely faces danger in book-based tale of hope.

Movie PG 2023 103 minutes
The Magician’s Elephant movie poster: Peter and the elephant.

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Community Reviews

age 6+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 7+

Wholesome family watch! No controversial agendas.

Entertaining! Great messages about hope, faith, family and putting others before yourself. Good option with no agendas or controversial messaging. Solid pick for movie night, especially for a Netflix movie.
age 5+

Great family movie!

We loved this one! Great story that kept both the kids and adults interested all the way through. Nothing inappropriate or scary, so it's an easy pick for multi-age movie night.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (1 ):

This book adaptation offers a visually engaging take on a very sweet tale. Among the standout elements of The Magician's Elephant are the detailed buildings and cobbled streets of the colorful European-style village, and gorgeously haunting magic realist dreamscapes where both the elephant and Peter envision themselves flying or floating among loved ones. A moving moment comes when Peter is fed a warm, home-cooked meal for the first time. The look in the animated character's eyes says it all. Another memorable scene has the action stop while one character talks to the camera and walks between the others, all frozen in time. The film's themes of rekindling a sense of hope and wonder offer valuable messages for our times.

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