A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this animated twist on the Noah's Ark story occasionally veers into potty humor, and the animals fighting each other or the hunters sent to capture them may be a bit much for younger viewers. There's unrelenting action coupled with large doses of slapstick humor. The movie's commentary on endangered species should lead to worthwhile discussions about man's relationship to mother nature and the animals who inhabit the earth.
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- Kids say
What's the story?
A mysterious and eccentric millionaire named Noe has dispatched a ruthless hunter/poacher named Newmann to steal two of every endangered species he can find so Noe can put them on his boat. However, both Noe and Newmann get more than they bargained for when they storm a sanctuary housing Felix the "jinxed lynx" (who always feels unlucky) and his ragtag gang of endangered animals. Together, Felix and his friends learn the real story behind Noe and must do battle with the ruthless Newmann, who still has Felix's new girlfriend prisoner.
Is it any good?
While not a Pixar film, THE MISSING LYNX sure feels like it's trying to be. Wisecracking animals who act human, all too human? Check. Caricatured antagonists? Check. Comments on mankind's relationship with nature, the earth, animals? Oh yeah.
Which isn't to say that it's a bad film. It isn't. There are funny moments, sad moments, moments of intense action. However, it does feel like a patchwork cut from themes and characters taken from various familiar movies, with animation -- while quite good -- that isn't at the level we've come to expect from places like Pixar. The environmental themes will appeal to some parents, and kids will get a kick out of the action.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how Newmann the hunter is presented here. What makes him more like a poacher (one who hunts endangered species for profit) as opposed to a hunter from the past or present who hunts to eat?
How were the different animals' (lynx, goat, chameleon) natural skills used to solve the animals' problems?
How does this film tackle the difficult issue of endangered species? Does it seem too lighthearted? Too serious? What messages do you come away with?
- On DVD or streaming: December 25, 2008
- Cast: Cecilia Santiago, Conchi Lopez Rojo, David Robles
- Director: Raul Garcia
- Studio: Phase 4 Films
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Misfits and Underdogs, Science and Nature, Wild Animals
- Run time: 102 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG
- MPAA explanation: mild action/peril, some rude humor
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