A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos (or The Brave Rooster) is a subtitled Spanish-language animated comedy full of jokes with double meanings and sometimes-obvious sexual references (to happy endings, going all the way, sexy breasts, impressive cock-a-doodle-doos, etc.). Although many of the jokes will go over the head of younger viewers, the sheer amount of eyebrow-raising lines makes this comedy more appropriate for middle schoolers and up, rather than younger audiences. In addition to suggestive jokes, there's violence in the form of cockfighting (which, while illegal in the States, is a traditional, legal sport in Mexico), vultures swooping down to kidnap farm animals, and gun violence (no one is shot). And there's some insult language. But despite its racier material, the movie offers positive messages about teamwork, friendship, and self confidence.
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What's the story?
UN GALLO CON MUCHOS HUEVOS is the feature-film debut of a popular Mexican animated cartoon series that features talking eggs. In the movie, Toto (voiced by Bruno Bichir) -- a young rooster who was once the runt of his litter -- must band together with a group of hilarious eggs, a strip of bacon, a former fighting rooster, and Di (Maite Perroni), the chicken who only has eyes for him, to train for a fight that could provide the group with enough money to save their farm. To train Toto properly for the fight, the crew seeks out a champion duck who once fought in the cockfights ... but instead they must resign themselves to working with a duck egg who claims to know how the legend trained.
Is it any good?
A little bit trippy and a little bit crass, this Mexican animated comedy is nonetheless quite funny for viewers who won't be shocked by the silly, suggestive jokes. The bulk of the story, after all, is a basic hero's journey, like Mumble's in Happy Feet: Toto must find his voice (or, in this case, his rooster's crow) and his self confidence in order to participate in the big championship fight (yes, it's a cockfight of the sort that would be illegal in the United States) and fully become a rooster.
The egg-chicken-rooster jokes may recur a bit too often, but they're not so over the top that they'll grate on your nerves. Toto is a sweet and lovable main character, and the sidekicks gamely fill their roles. There's a confetti egg that's terrified of humans and quick with one-liners; Di, the bespectacled chick who loves Toto; and Bibi (Angélica Vale), a tough-shelled female egg who doesn't suffer fools. And yes, there's a mute strip of bacon along for the ride. If you're familiar with or can dive into broad, Latin-American humor, none of this will be a surprise, and you'll find yourself cracking up (another egg joke!) more than you'll want to admit.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the number of jokes with double meanings in Un Gallo Con Muchos Huevos. Do you think kids will get the jokes? If not, why are they in the movie? Do you think this movie was made for kids? At what age is it OK for kids to watch sexy stuff in movies?
How is it different to see a movie in its native language than to see one that's been dubbed in a language you speak? Do you prefer dubbing or subtitles? Why?
What do you think about the humanizing of animals (and, in this case, eggs) in so many animated movies?
- In theaters: September 4, 2015
- On DVD or streaming: December 1, 2015
- Cast: Bruno Bichir, Carlos Espejel, Angélica Vale
- Director: Gabriel Riva Palacio Alatriste
- Studio: Pantelion Films
- Genre: Comedy
- Topics: Friendship, Horses and Farm Animals
- Run time: 99 minutes
- MPAA rating: PG-13
- MPAA explanation: suggestive content and sexual references
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