A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Intended to entertain, not educate, but kids might get an introduction to the H.G. Wells story A Time Machine, on which this movie is based.
Friends are more important than status and wealth. Instead of going into the future to change things for the better, Tom learns that "we have to make our world today."
Positive Role Models
Tom learns to be true to himself and his friends. His father learns the importance of family over the obsessions of his career as an inventor.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence: falling, chasing, some fighting. There are also scenes of abductions that may be scary for younger viewers. Also, some sad elements having to do with the loss of the main characters mother and his father's search for a cure in the past.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this animated time-traveling adventure includes some cartoon violence and lots of action. One element of the story involves the loss of the main character's mother and his father's grief. Positive messages about being yourself and the importance of family poke through the adventure, and the time-travel theme should spark discussions and trigger imagination about the future. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Based on H.G Wells' classic story The Time Machine, this time-traveling adventure that originally aired on Nickelodeon is packed with non-stop action. The speculations as to what the future will be like around New York in 11,902 should spark imaginative discussions, and an opportunity to compare and contrast the world of today, the world of the past, and the world of the distant future.
The story does get a little strange -- both tribes Tom encounters in the future have rather eccentric belief systems and cultural trends -- and some of the storylines don't really go anywhere. But overall, TIME KID is enjoyable sci-fi entertainment.
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