A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Ultimate Avengers: The Movie is an animated feature, released straight-to-DVD in 2006 and contains many similarities to the 2012 live-action feature film, but also some differences. It has medium-level fantasy violence, with lots of fighting (and some shooting); characters get wounded, but there's very little blood. Female characters wear sexy, revealing clothing and there's some flirting and jealousy. Language is mild, including "damn" and "hell." Some characters drink in more than one scene, and their behavior may lie on the border between social drinking and problem drinking. Teens with serious Avengers fever may want to see this; it doesn't have anything any more or less objectionable than the theatrical release.
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What's the story?
During World War II, Captain America (Justin Gross) saves the world from aliens and, in the process, winds up frozen at the bottom of the ocean. In the present day, he is revived and recruited by Nick Fury (Andre Ware), of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury recruits several other heroes, including Iron Man (Marc Worden), Black Widow (Olivia d'Abo), Giant-Man (Nolan North), Wasp, and Thor (David Boat), to join a new super-team. Their next-to-impossible mission is to stop the aliens, which have remained on earth, dormant, throughout the decades. The aliens have developed an invincible metal to be used in battle, and have also successfully stolen all of S.H.I.E.L.D's secrets. But even their threat is nothing compared to the violent rampage of the Hulk.
Is it any good?
Based on a 2002 comic series, "The Ultimates," which re-imagined the Avengers for modern times, this animated movie seems overly simplified. The animation is flat and average, and the storytelling seems abbreviated, with too many characters getting shorted by the 72-minute running time. The video is especially disappointing after the big-screen thrills of Joss Whedon's 2012 live-action movie.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the movie's violence. Does the tone of the violence change after the superheroes dispatch the aliens and when they begin fighting the Hulk? How is the violence different?
Are the female heroes in this movie good role models? Does it matter that they dress up in sexy costumes and use their sexuality to get results?
What is the cause and the effect of the heroes drinking in this movie?
Would it hard to be a superhero? If you were a superhero, what would your super power be?
- On DVD or streaming: February 21, 2006
- Cast: Grey DeLisle, Justin Gross, Marc Worden, Olivia d'Abo
- Directors: Bob Richardson, Curt Geda, Steven E. Gordon
- Studio: Lionsgate
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 72 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: action violence
- Last updated: December 4, 2019
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