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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Children may learn the value of friendship, and see how friends are willing to take risks for each other.
Parents will want what's best for their kids, but they may not always understand exactly what that is. That's why it's important for young people to be able to cultivate a sense of imagination and adventure, and to be open to new experiences that their parents may not completely endorse -- like making friends with a motorcycle-loving mouse.
Positive Role Models
Ralph is initially a bit self-centered, eager to try out a new toy motorcycle even after promising to leave it alone. But when he's really needed, the mouse will risk his life to save his human friend.
Violence & Scariness
Mice discuss the grim fates of some of their relatives at the hands of rodent-hating humans and predators such as cats and owls, and one mouse barely escapes such an unpleasant end as he undertakes a dangerous rescue mission.
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The film is based on a popular title by the beloved children's author Beverly Cleary.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Mouse and the Motorcycle is a faithful adaptation of the popular children's novel by Beverly Cleary, blending live actors in the human roles with realistic looking puppet animation to bring the mice to life. Ralph, the mouse, is a mischievous scamp looking for some fun, and his new human friend Keith has just the thing: a toy motorcycle that's perfectly suited for a small rodent. The film is tailored for a young audience, with no swearing, drinking, or anything else that might alarm parents. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This version of The Mouse and the Motorcycle perfectly captures the sweet spirit of Beverly Cleary's classic children's novel. It reveals the unique bond between children and the special playmates that adults are unable to appreciate. Or in this case, a new mouse friend that Keith's parents would never believe capable of befriending a young boy. The film features live actors in the human roles with furry puppets as the animals, and the animated effects aren't especially impressive. But that's not the point here: The joy is in the charming story and the important relationship between Keith and Ralph. Kids will enjoy the tale, and will be able to relate to a story that focuses on things that only children understand, while parents will be happy to find their children laughing at something so pure and simple.
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