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Parents' Guide to

The Velveteen Rabbit

By S. Jhoanna Robledo, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Family film lacks frills but has sweet message for kids.

Movie G 2009 88 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 12 parent reviews

age 3+
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.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (12 ):
Kids say (2 ):

Inspired by Margery Williams' classic children's book, this live-action/animated hybrid will please audiences of all ages. The animation is relatively rudimentary, but no matter: The story is full of heart. The animals pose the film's existential central question -- what makes you real? -- in a graceful way that younger audiences can understand but older viewers can contemplate, too. (That's a tricky feat.)

The cast is charming, especially Harbour, who manages to convey both childlike wonder and world weariness at the same time. His rapport with Una Kay, who plays his grandmother, is wonderful, transforming believably from distant to devoted as the story moves forward. Movies these days are often jaded or sardonic, so it's a treat to find a gem like THE VELVETEEN RABBIT that doesn't try too hard to be either. It's happy to just be.

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