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Parents' Guide to

The Man from Button Willow

By Tracy Moore, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Animated cowboy adventure has light peril, outdated views.

Movie G 1987 80 minutes
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age 4+

Based on 1 parent review

age 4+

A dull movie!


Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (1 ):
Kids say: Not yet rated

This is an amusing nostalgia kick for fans of Westerns, cowboys, or that haze of the good-old-days in American history, where it didn't matter if they got the actual history right. THE MAN FROM BUTTON WILLOW does what it clearly aimed to achieve in 1965: romanticize cowboys, gloss over landgrabbing in 1800s-era America, and send a message about America's dominance, superiority, and the importance of fighting for freedom. In spite of that high-octane to-do list, it drags more than you would expect, and spends an inordinate amount of time exploring a Disney-styled cast of animals frolicking and surviving in nature before it gets down to business.

Kids, though, may enjoy that romp in the forest. Parents will wonder how a rugged cowboy is raising an orphan while he constantly jaunts off on heroic rescues, nevermind that this orphan calls him "Justin-san" even though she is Chinese. And don't bother asking why Eastern-tinged music needs to play every time she appears.

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