Time Kid

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Action-packed time-traveling adventure with some fighting.
  • G
  • 2008
  • 75 minutes

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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

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What's the story?

Tom Spender (voiced by Mochael Monroe Heyward) is a typical teenager from the year 1902. But when he discovers his father's time machine, he realizes his father is missing somewhere in the future. He embarks on a journey -- first to the year 2002, and then to the year 11,902, to find him and bring back to his own time. Along the way, Tom encounters skinheads, skateboards, and strange future-primitive tribes in the 120th century.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the future. How does this movie imagine it? How do you think things will change over the next 100 years? How about the next 10,000?

  • What kinds of messages are embedded in this movie? Does the non-stop action make the messages less clear?

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