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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids learn a little about ancient Egyptian culture and what archeologists do.
The characters are too busy fighting demons, skeletons, and various other monsters to convey any meaningful messages.
Positive Role Models
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.
Violence & Scariness
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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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. 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 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.
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