Father and child sit together smiling while looking at a smart phone.

Want more recommendations for your family?

Sign up for our weekly newsletter for entertainment inspiration

Parents' Guide to

The Polar Bear King

By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Norwegian fairy tale is confusing, long, and a bit scary.

Movie PG 1994 88 minutes
The Polar Bear King Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 7+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 5+

Execution isn’t the best, but the story is fun

It’s pretty cringy, the acting is pretty bad, and the graphics are bad even for the 90s. But with all that said it’s still pretty enjoyable. The thing I like the most is the Princess has a very active role, and is very clever, which is cool to see in a more “traditional” fairytale. Kids will like it.

This title has:

Great role models
age 7+

Oldie but goodie

Obviously not up to the visual standards we are used to today but I quite enjoyed this movie growing up.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (1 ):

It's hard to determine whether it's the story, with its myriad confusing rules that define the "legend," or the production itself that makes this film so unenjoyable. With uniformly terrible acting, laughable attempts at "special" effects (the man in the polar bear suit and his ridiculous vocalizations are almost indescribable), and an assortment of grotesque characters (i.e., a banquet scene with bastions of ugly and bizarre guests slobbering over great plates of disgusting food), only the most undiscerning viewer will find anything to like in this clumsy attempt to bring a Norwegian folk tale to life.

Movie Details

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate