Two by Two: Overboard!
By Tom Cassidy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Animated sequel has some scenes of peril, cartoon violence.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Younger viewers may learn the difference between carnivores and herbivores. Though not referenced directly, the movie may start a discussion about the Noah's Ark story, which the movie is inspired by.
Teamwork, empathy, and defying orders for moral and ethical reasons.
Positive Role Models
Carnivores and herbivores continue their truce despite a lack of food. Mischievous young mythical creatures Finny and Leah talk back to grown-ups, defy orders, and are washed overboard when sneaking out to steal food. But they work well together and help others. A species of animals on an isolated island learn to work with others in an emergency. The ship's chef keeps the lack of food a secret. The fictitious Nestrians are a helpful and highly skilled species.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of slapstick and some threat, including moments that might worry younger viewers. A character dies and the camera lingers on their corpse before another character revives them. Two characters fall overboard and are pounded by waves in a turbulent sea. A volcano eruption destroys an entire island and the residents panic. A dove is struck by lightning, chased by a shark, and burned. Characters are bound together and made to walk the plank. Characters are chased by scary looking creatures with huge sharp teeth, later revealed to be masks.
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"Butt" said six times. One instance of "stupid." Rude humor including fart jokes.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Two By Two: Overboard! is the sequel to 2015's All Creatures Big and Small and contains some slapstick violence and moments of peril. Though it's never directly referenced, the narrative is loosely based around the Noah's Ark story. The movie has some positive messages, such as the precarious truce between the carnivores and herbivores on the ark and the fictitious Nestrians species accepting outsiders. Lead characters Finny (voiced by Max Carolan) and Leah (Ava Connolly) are mischievous but kind. A character defies their orders for ethical reasons. The word "butt" is regularly used and there is some rude humor, including the Nestrians expelling blue gas when scared. Younger viewers might find some scenes too intense, including an underwater chase, characters being pummeled by waves when falling overboard, and a volcano eruption that destroys an entire settlement. The animals also suffer a shortage of food. There is also an upsetting scene in which a character dies and the camera lingers on their corpse. They are revived but the scene is part of a long sequence of panic and distress.
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What's the Story?
In TWO BY TWO: OVERBOARD!, the animals on Noah's Ark are out of food. But an island of fantastical fluffy Nestrians might provide help -- if the animals, led by Finny (voiced by Max Carolan) and Leah (Ava Connolly), can be persuade the islanders to let outsiders into their community.
Is It Any Good?
Despite being a bright, impressively animated, and incredibly detailed spectacle, the beauty of this animated sequel is only skin deep. The script of Two By Two: Overboard! leans heavily on the tired humor of its characters, while the slapstick rarely raises a smile. The movie's messages of harmony and understanding are well-meaning. But in the shadow of the likes of Zootopia, animated offerings of this kind need more than perhaps used to suffice.
In addition, for a movie that is sometimes so bright it hurts your eyes, its tone is occasionally far too dark for its target younger audience. The chilling scream and anguished face of an infant Nestrian being wrenched from its home as its whole world burns is well rendered and performed, but maybe a bit much. Likewise, when a character seemingly dies, the camera ghoulishly closes in on the corpse for far too long before they're jolted back to life, leaving a bitter taste.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about the positive messages in Two By Two: Overboard!. What do you think the filmmakers are trying to say? How might the themes of inclusion and harmony be applied to the real world?
Talk about the characters of Finny and Leah. Would you describe them as being positive role models? Why, or why not? What character strengths do they show?
Discuss the moments of threat in the movie. Did the fact that it was a cartoon impact how you felt about it? Why do you think that was? What's the impact of media violence on kids?
How did this sequel compare to the first movie? What are you favorite sequels?
- In theaters: October 23, 2020
- On DVD or streaming: March 9, 2021
- Cast: Max Carolan, Ava Connolly, Dermot Magennis
- Directors: Toby Genkel, Sean McCormack
- Studio: Entertainment One
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Adventures, Wild Animals
- Run time: 85 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: February 25, 2023
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