Parent reviews for The Velveteen Rabbit

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Common Sense says

age 5+

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Parents say

age 5+

Based on 12 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 2 reviews

age 3+

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism
age 6+

Thought provoking

Three generations enjoyed this well produced and acted movie. My six yr old daughter asked appropriate questions about the meaning of the "fire" (as a symbol of death and a fever) but was a bit sad when she realized that the boy's mother had passed away. It was clear that a lot of thoughts were going through her mind after watching this.

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 5+

Saturday evening family movie

Fun movie we all laughed and tried not to cry out loud at the emotional parts I'm sure we will be watching it again. My 6 yr old common sense child help explain to my 8 yr old emotional child that it was okay to cry and explained the good moral values that the movie was telling. I'm not sure if I was going to cry from the movie of my kids conversation. Why can't there be more movies like this that family's can enjoyed together?

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 5+

A little too real & sad for an emotional 5-year-old.

I wanted to speak up... it is a sweet story... but my emotional 5-year-old daughter cried for an hour afterward. There is a scene where the mom who had died (not in the film) comes back to the boy in a vision and they have a sweet moment... and then she rides around on a carousel and disappears while he screams for her to come back. This raised a lot of questions for my daughter... she hadn't considered that moms could die before, and she was sad for the boy. Also, the fire scene where the whole woods burn down was quite scary (and she LIKES scary shows - no problem with Beauty & the Beast, etc.), and the part where the bunny almost burned in the fire. Even though all ended well, it was still a little too real & sad for my emotional girl. I wouldn't recommend it if your kids THINK about movies... maybe after age 7. Or find another version.
age 7+

Too scary for little kids.

My 2.5 daughter didn't like it we stopped it because the fire scenes were scary. This is the last time I neglect to check a review before letting her watch something.

This title has:

Too much violence
age 4+

Good message, but may be scary for little ones

It may be a little confusing in that it kept going back and forth with reality and imagination. However, the reality scenes are with real people and the imagination ones are animated. There are 2 dramatic scenes involving fire. In both scenes someone is harmed but the viewer doesn't know that the character survives until later. I discussed with my 3 year old how only 'stuff' was burned and not anything truely alive. My child was fine with it, but some children may be disturbed by the scenes.

This title has:

Great messages
age 6+
well done movie.Acting was good.

This title has:

Great messages
age 7+

Simple animation mixed with an OK live-action story that could produce some anxiety.

I watched this with my 7 year old grandson. He had some questions about why the young child protagonist became ill (from Scarlet Fever, which was BTW, convincingly portrayed). I could tell he was anxious as to whether he could be taken ill with a potentially deadly illness and we stopped the movie and talked to him about it. Other than that, the very simple animation was serviceable but far from Pixar standards. The story is not realistic as people (both the grandmother and the father) completely change their attitudes within the space of days/hours. While teaching a lesson that "loving is what makes us real" it actually has more complex metaphysical issues that it touches on but barely explores. (Do our dreams & fantasies affect our real life?) There is no spiritual/religious component to the movie although parents could makes analogies to spiritual themes. Our 7 year old enjoyed it as he would a fairy tale other than for some trepidation about a boy (his age) nearly dying... both in the real world and his fantasy world. Consider this issue for younger children.

This title has:

Great messages
age 5+

This title has:

Too much violence
age 5+

Very very sad

This is a nice movie, but so sad. My son cried big heaving sobs 2 times that he watched it. His Dad cried with him the second time, so my son felt better, I think! Yes, great animation/mix