The Mummy: Quest for the Lost Scrolls

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Animated, but may be too scary for some kids.
  • NR
  • 2002
  • 64 minutes

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Positive Messages

The characters are too busy fighting demons, skeletons, and various other monsters to convey any meaningful messages.


Positive Role Models & Representations

The entire O'Connell family are brave and level-headed while they go on their intense adventures from one corner of the globe to the next.


Cartoon violence/scariness. Characters fight demons, skeletons, and sand worms, all of which are drawn to look incredibly mean and nasty. Characters sword fight, punch, and kick. Zeppelins nearly crash. Minotaurs are kicked, then shackled in chains.


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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Mummy: Quest for the Lost Scrolls is an hour-long animated offshoot of the film The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser. Between the demons, skeletons, and sand worms, this isn't the best movie for younger kids, to say nothing of the intricate plot, the sword fights, poison darts, minotaurs, and zeppelin crashes. It's a cartoon, and most of the violence is cartoonish, but the violence coupled with the scariness of the various monsters makes this a better fit for older kids. Yet even with all of this action, the needlessly complicated plot makes this an uninteresting experience for the entire family.

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What's the story?

In THE MUMMY: QUEST FOR THE LOST SOULS, an animated feature based on the action-packed Mummy thrillers, archeologists Rick and Evy O'Connell and their 11-year-old son, Alex, accidentally get themselves involved in an ancient curse and have to save the world -- which leads to a lot of acrobatic fight scenes. Alex foolishly gets an ancient Egyptian manacle stuck to his wrist, which won't come off without the power of the "lost scrolls." Unfortunately, the homicidal mummy Imhotep has again awakened, and he wants the scrolls too, as a way of accessing power over pretty much everything and everyone. The group must race against the mummy to get to the scrolls, locating clues along the way that point them in the right direction.

Is it any good?

This is essentially a Saturday-morning-cartoon-style version of the adventures of the intrepid archeologist family. The Mummy: Quest for the Lost Scrolls is an animated and more kid-friendly version of the stories in the action-packed thrillers The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. The plot is pretty much the same video-game version of Pandora's box as the feature installments.

Head of the family Rick is a big, brave, dashing, and very gung-ho American who more often ends up destroying mummies while saving the world from ancient curses than studying them. His brilliant librarian-turned-archaeologist wife is as feisty as the men. Uncle Jonathan provides some comic relief, while Ardeth, the brave Medji warrior, helps the family around the globe with his knowledge of Egypt and is always a hero without being too flashy.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about ancient Egypt and about the real work of archeologists, who, are a lot more careful about excavating ancient artifacts than the O'Connells are.

  • How do you think The Mummy: Quest for the Lost Scrolls compares with the live-action films about mummies you've seen?

  • Does this movie inspire you to visit to your local library or museum to learn more about the fascinating culture and the adventures of the 19th and 20th century scholars who have studied Egyptian history, culture, and artifacts?

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