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Tom Sawyer

By Michael Scheinfeld, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

A song-filled family adventure.

Movie G 2002 89 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Some language

This movie was terrible. My family, and I, thought this version of Tom sawyer sucked. What a loser movie. There are lots of language, more than you can expect in this movie. R: strong language throughout.

This title has:

Too much swearing
age 8+

Tom Sawyer with furries and country music

There's an all star country cast in this furry adaptation of the classic book. There's an on screen murder but it's bloodless. Injurin' Joe throws the deputy and the blow from being tossed is what kills him and it's bloodless but still frightening for small kids. Everyone is a furry voiced by a country music celebrity or something and there's some characters that are poor role models. There's flirting between characters and Tom Sawyer is a Tom cat with two lady cats Amy and Becky. Huckleberry Fin is a fox voiced by Mark Wills and Becky the be cat's singing voice is Lee Ann Womack. It's pretty faithful to the original but because it's made more kid friendly it's butchered in parts of the story. There's flirting between characters and the violence is just barely within the G rating. The animation isn't the best but I can recommend this to country music fans because there's alot of country music and voice acting or people who like kids movies with furries.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (2 ):

This innovative adaptation of Twain's classic features country songs and the voices of Don Knotts, Betty White, and a few country-music stars. It's a pretty faithful adaptation, but will appeal primarily to younger viewers. Some of the scarier scenes have been toned down here, and there are plenty of songs, which, while lively, bring the movie to a grinding halt every 10 minutes. The animation is simple, but colorful.

Although The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was written more than a hundred years ago, Mark Twain's storytelling mastery still shines and will captivate most kids. Even today's savvy kids can relate to the universality of having problems in school, getting into trouble, falling in love for the first time, and yearning for adventure and intrigue.

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