Action-packed time-traveling adventure with some fighting.
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
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?
- On DVD or streaming: February 12, 2008
- Cast: America Young, Michael Monroe Heyward
- Studio: GAIAM
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures
- Run time: 75 minutes
- MPAA rating: G
- Last updated: February 25, 2022
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'80s time-travel favorite; some violence, bullying, cursing.
Fun fantasy has a bit of bite.
For kids who love fantasy
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