The Missing Lynx

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed endangered species story, with potty humor.
  • PG
  • 2008
  • 102 minutes

Parents say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 4 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Some information about endangered species and the challenges they face.

Positive Messages

Endangered species of all kinds must be protected. Working together and utilizing each individual's strengths, adversities can be overcome.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Despite feeling like a "jinxed lynx," Felix stops at nothing to protect and defend his friends from those who seek to hurt them.

Violence & Scariness

Cartoonish violence: Chase scenes, falling, punching. Early in the film, a hunter shoots and kills a rhinoceros at point-blank range with a rifle. Rifle shooting is prevalent throughout the film. A wolf and a hunter fight and throw each other around and claw at each other's faces.

Sexy Stuff

While there is no profanity, a human character smears his hand on what he thinks is mud, only to find out it is bat excrement. Birds also "bomb" the windshields of the hunters with their droppings.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byNed N. January 8, 2018

Pretty decent show

The film was pretty good kept our attention and had fun characters
Overall a great watch
Parent Written byPedro H. September 8, 2016


I liked it
Teen, 13 years old Written bySpeckledhyena December 30, 2017

A pretty good movie

A little disappointing, but I thought it was quite cute for a movie made almost 10 years ago.
The animation/storyline were both a little off, but I enjoyed it... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byBelkaStarDog May 26, 2012

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?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love the environment

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