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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Teamwork is more important and effective than individual achievements. It's essential to recognize one's limitations. Fear is a precursor to valor. Sometimes the best thing to do is nothing at all. Humans must respect nature and the planet. Believe in yourself.
Positive Role Models
Jim finds strength and courage within, even when he's stripped of his amulet and armor. He and his mates realize the importance and value of working in a team. Other characters selflessly put their own lives in jeopardy to save each other or humankind and the earth as a whole. Marriage and love between species (humans, trolls, aliens) is seen as natural.
Violence & Scariness
There are battles involving all kinds of characters and weaponry, falls, explosions, stabbings, strangulations, fires and flames, ice and waves, giant monsters and robots, high-speed crashes, radiation, electric shocks, cannonballs, guns, and more. Characters sacrifice themselves to save others. Some human bystanders are affected, like pedestrians on a city street that witness a subway crash then are surrounded by a circle of fire to restrain them (the perpetrator warns: "Let go or the humans perish and so do your friends!"), people in cars on a bridge in Hong Kong that collapses, a school bus full of high schoolers that barely escapes unscathed. "We're all going to die," one character frets, and indeed several do. Evildoers have scary voices and glowing eyes. They have a plan to destroy humankind in order to save the planet earth.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Characters kiss and express love for each other. A man gets pregnant by his alien girlfriend, which is played for a lot of pregnancy-related humor (pickles and ice cream, rampant emotions). The birth scene involves a neon blue liquid spurting out of him (from where we aren't shown or told, but he appears to be lying down with his legs spread apart before the liquid is seen).
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"Butt," as in "butt snacks" or "butt-kicking."
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Products & Purchases
This film could inspire interest in other Trollhunter shows and merchandise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
High schoolers sing "99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall" in a school bus on a field trip; their supervisor says, "Root beer!"
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans is the action-packed finale to creator Guillermo del Toro's popular CGI animated fantasy-adventure series. Younger viewers could be upset by the movie's violence -- including the apparent deaths of several beloved characters -- and the theme of destroying humankind in order to save the Earth. The violence is animated and cartoonish, but it's constant. Battles involve many kinds of weapons, and there are falls, explosions, stabbings, strangulations, fires and flames, ice and waves, giant monsters and robots, high-speed crashes, radiation, electric shocks, cannonballs, guns, and more. Characters sacrifice themselves to save others, and some human bystanders are affected, like pedestrians on a city street who witness a subway crash and are then surrounded by a circle of fire to restrain them (the perpetrator warns: "Let go, or the humans perish -- and so do your friends!"). Other innocent victims include people in cars on a bridge in Hong Kong that collapses and a school bus full of high schoolers that barely escapes unscathed. "We're all going to die," one character frets -- and, indeed, several characters do. Villains have scary voices and glowing eyes. Characters kiss, and a man is impregnated by his alien girlfriend and births multiple babies. But facing killer enemies and the possible end of the world, the heroes show courage and teamwork to save the day. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This latest installment is made for the series' legion of die-hard fans. Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans brings established characters, storylines, and mythology to a satisfying close while leaving the door cracked open just enough for a possible next chapter. As a finale, the focus here is naturally on action and denouement over character development, but that can leave newbies behind, and those unfamiliar with the series may find this world a bit impenetrable. An early scene where the heroes are interrogated by police helps flesh out some details in a humorous way, but there's a lot to grasp that this scene (and a 3-minute prologue) just can't summarize fully. In sum, it's best to watch the series first in order to really appreciate the tales given closure in this film. But fans will likely be delighted, especially by an intriguing twist at the end.
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