Parents' Guide to

The Tiger's Apprentice

By Jennifer Borget, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Magical book-based animated adventure has peril, violence.

Movie PG 2024 99 minutes
The Tiger's Apprentice movie poster: a boy sits with a tigers face hovering behind him

A Lot or a Little?

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

Community Reviews

age 9+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 10+

A bit scary, but tried to teach lessons

My 8 year old was scared. The black and green demon part was pretty disturbing. It'd also based on Zodiac animals which don't really reflect Christian vales ir traditions. It did have good intentions on making the zodiac brave and role models. Does touch on death, magic and violence.
age 8+

Diverse cast, interesting cultural representation

Not a bad movie; fairly entertaining and some humorous parts. Just not a lot of depth to the characters, and it seemed pretty rushed. Animation is pretty. The Chinese culture, storyline, and cast were a nice change from typical representation. Watched this with 8 and 10 year olds; they said a couple parts were creepy but not too scary (would depend on your child obviously). Probably won’t watch again.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

Audiences of all ages will appreciate the vibrant animation and engaging storyline in The Tiger's Apprentice. Adapted from Laurence Yep's children's book series, the film follows the journey of Tom Lee, a Chinese American teenager thrust into the role of protecting an ancient phoenix egg. The relationship between Tom and the zodiacs is brought to life by a stellar cast that adds humor and heart to the tale, making the characters not just heroes, but relatable companions.

This visually-stunning movie finds a way to keep a culturally-rich storyline with mythological roots grounded in a modern-day teen world, from the silly jokes to getting around on a skateboard. The Chinese zodiac characters showcase each one's unique powers, and how they can work together, delivering a powerful message of diversity and a sense of unity. It's hard to miss the powerful messages about courage, family, loyalty, and choosing love over violence.

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