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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
There's often more to things/situations than what meets the eye.
Promotes optimism, bravery, integrity, perseverance, teamwork, and looking past the superficial. Encourages people to challenge long-standing beliefs that might be wrong; just because something has always been a certain way doesn't mean it can't (or shouldn't) change.
Positive Role Models
Maisie is a brave child who's willing to stand up for what's right and challenge anyone who stands in the way of that. She has integrity and helps those around her learn to think differently and, even as the youngest main character, is a strong leader. Jacob tries to do what he thinks is right; he's used to a certain way of doing things but is willing to learn and to listen to other/better ideas. He helps others in need and practices loyalty. Captain Crow is determined and courageous but also very set in his ways.
Maisie, a lead character, is a young Black girl. She has a powerful voice that she uses to educate and inspire adults. First mate on monster-hunting ship is also a Black female; she has agency and is respected. Ship's crew includes several diverse characters of all shapes, sizes, and colors; some have prosthetic limbs. Women are seen as equal leaders.
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Violence & Scariness
The hunters are attacked by various sea monsters, some scary looking and causing lots of destruction with sharp teeth, long tentacles, and pincers. The monsters attempt to swallow and/or harm humans. Hunters attack, injure, kill monsters with spears, cannons, poison. Chaos and fighting leads to a child getting seriously injured. A little blood is briefly shown. Sword fights. A character points a gun at a child. Several close calls with drowning. Maisie's parents were killed while monster hunting, leaving her an orphan.
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Language includes "bloody hell" and "ass"; exclamations include "God!" A deadly weapon is called "The Hand of God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Monster hunters share flasks of alcohol aboard the ship. Characters sing and dance in a tavern and drink mugs of beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Sea Beast is a thrilling adventure about a young orphan who stows away on a sea-monster-hunting ship and embarks on a journey that could change history. It includes animated action violence and potentially scary images of enormous sea monsters attacking ships and causing destruction. Monster hunters attack and kill the giant creatures with a variety of weapons (spears, cannons, etc.). Chaos and fighting lead to a child getting seriously injured, and a little blood is briefly shown. There are swashbuckling sword fights and close calls with drowning, an adult points a gun at a child, and a child wields a knife. Adult characters drink, and language includes "bloody hell" and "ass." The story shows the power of young people's standing up for others and making a big difference, as well as teamwork, integrity, and looking past the surface of a situation. And the film boasts a diverse cast, including a young, strong female character who's kind, optimistic, and brave. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Anyone who loves a good swashbuckling adventure will delight in this beautifully animated tale. The Sea Beast takes a familiar story about chasing down monsters and gives it a real punch, with messages about heroes not always meeting expectations, the complicated nature of war and peace, the subjectivity of history, and other seemingly heavy themes. All are seamlessly woven into an inspiring, gripping adventure. It has a little something for everyone: Ship lovers will appreciate the nautical entertainment (including teams hanging from the sides of ships with ropes and tons of cannons firing), but there's also some humor and a particularly cute character thrown in for those who need an alternative to the larger, sometimes scary beasts.
It's also refreshing to see a diverse cast throughout the film, both aboard the ship and in town, rather than just in the background. If you pay attention, you'll notice that crew members wear attire from various cultural backgrounds, and there are many degrees of skin tones and hair texture, which all comes through clearly thanks to the movie's outstanding animation. Though the plot does feel a bit trite at times, the setting gives it fresh life, along with the somewhat haunting message about the dangers of blindly trusting history told by those in charge. It gives audiences a lot to think about and a lot to discuss after it's over.
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