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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know The Mini Witch (also known as Fuchsia the Mini Witch) is a cheerful Dutch kids' comedy about a forest community of mostly good-natured witches about to be disrupted by a contractor trying to plow down their trees to make way for an unnecessary highway. When a wizard's home is disturbed by workers trying to cut down trees, he magically seizes their shotguns and points the guns back at them. Quark briefly shows drawings that depict witches being hanged and burned to warn his daughter about the cruelty and danger of humans. The villains are inept and too silly to be terribly scary. Newbie witches fall from their brooms and get into mischief casting spells too sophisticated for their skill levels. A cloud dragon spits snot and lightning. The witches eat spiders and enjoy fart jokes. There is some name-calling.
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What's the story?
At 198 and a half, Quark the wizard is surprised when his breakfast egg cracks open and pops out someone calling him "papa." Fuchsia, as he names his new daughter, is the "Mini Witch" of the title, and she is a lively sprite who wants to learn to fly a broom and cast spells. She enrolls in witches' school, run by Quark's old flame, the boisterous Minuul. A rule breaker by nature, Fuchsia ventures into the human town despite her father's warnings and befriends a "good" human, a boy who warns the witches that his evil uncle is planning to raze the forest and build a highway through it. The witches band together to fight the tree killers, using their magic to win the day.
Is it any good?
While this feels like many other movies about impetuous children who outsmart grown-ups for the greater good, it has charm and will probably appeal to young viewers. Observant kids will notice that lips don't often sync with dialogue, as this has been dubbed into English from the original Dutch. There are some mild scares, but most kids won't be frightened. Expect some potty humor to lighten the mood.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about whether magic is real. Do you think witches and wizards exist among humans?
Quark mentions that humans were afraid of witches because witches have magic powers and humans don't. Why might people be afraid of magic?
The witches want to stop the highway not only because they live in the woods but also because many animals live there. Do you think this movie is trying to send a message about protecting nature?
- On DVD or streaming: August 20, 2013
- Cast: Rachelle Verdel, Porgy Franssen, Annet Malherbe, Charlotte Rampling, Nichola Burley, Richard Winsor
- Director: Johan Nijenhuis
- Studio: Phase 4 Films
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Run time: 85 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: some mild rude humor and smoking
For kids who love magic and fantasy
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