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Unstable Fables: Goldilocks and the 3 Bears

Imaginative take on tale pokes fun at reality TV.
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 78 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Teaches lessons about family and forgiveness. A character navigates the treacherous social waters of middle school, making mistakes and learning from them. Misconceptions abound between rich and poor characters. Characters who seek fame are left with a bitter taste of the celebrity life. A character is shown attempting to hitchhike.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this modern retelling of the classic Goldilocks story handily knocks the stuffing out of any "glamour" associated with reality TV. It's a useful starting point for discussion with star-struck kids about the perils of fame and celebrity.

What's the story?

The Unstable Fables series from the Jim Henson company takes on the classic tale of the little lost girl and the "too hot, too cold, just right" Bears IN UNSTABLE FABLES: GOLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS. As usual, the story is updated and given a funny twist: this time Goldilocks (voiced by Jamie Lynn Spears) is the spoiled celebutante host of a home makeover TV show, and the sloppy but loving Bear family is the recipient of her questionable altruism. A spin-off show is quickly conceived, catapulting the Bears to reality show fame while testing their loving family bonds -- and Goldilocks finds herself with a vested interest in keeping their family together.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

The animated movie, while perhaps not as laugh-out-loud funny as the Unstable Fable's Three Pigs and A Baby, shares the solid storytelling of the other reimagined tales. It dares to dig a little deeper into Goldilock's life -- why was that child wandering around the woods unattended, anyway? There are not-so-subtle riffs on the stereotypes of both celebrity and poverty, and the reality TV industry takes a beating. "Disasters and humiliation -- that's what reality TV is all about!" exclaims Goldilock's weasel agent at one point, and it's hard to argue the point.

Beyond that there are nice scenes about forgiveness and the small things that make a family -- a shared dinner around a table and a kiss on the forehead at bedtime. Kids who have seen the other Unstable Fables may laugh to see the cameos by animated actors from those movies, and this is likely the only kid's movie to make G-rated use of the punchline from the adult film The Aristocrats. A great choice for a family movie night.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the changes that take place in the Bear family once they're on television. Do you think you'd like to participate in a reality show? What do you think the good things would be about celebrity? The bad things? Talk about how the agent and film crew influence the "impromptu" storyline -- do you think that really happens?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 16, 2008
DVD/Streaming release date:December 16, 2008
Cast:Brooke Shields, Jamie Lynn Spears, Tom Arnold
Director:Howard E. Baker
Studio:Weinstein Co.
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Wild animals
Run time:78 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 13 years old Written bypunkrocker August 21, 2009

Hilarious for EVERYBODY!!!

Ok so I know I am 13 and this is kind of pathetic, but this was an AMAZING movie. It was hilarious and I watched it with my best friend as a joke, but we ended up loving it! It's great for any age, and if 2 teenagers found it funny, then EVERYONE will find it funny. Only there is a lot of consumerism. MyCave, Simon Owl, etc... But I don't really care. WATCH THIS MOVIE!!!
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Kid, 10 years old December 24, 2014

Awesome movie

In my opinion, this movie is very entertaining, has great messages, is funny, and is a perfectly good choice for watching together as a family. It shows that it's better to forgive than get mad when someone messes up, that being happy is more important than being famous, and that you should be yourself, not someone you think is better than the actual you. And on top of that (as some other people have said before), Unstable Fables show it in a way that kids will listen. However, there is some consumerism. A fabulous movie for sensitive kids because there's not really anything to be scared of, but of course kids that like violence might find it boring, depending on their personality. And younger kids might not understand what's going on all the time. But overall, I think 'Unstable Fables: Goldilocks and the 3 bears' is an awesome movie for kids 4 and up.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byAnabelle02 September 5, 2012

its a good one

This movie has great messages about family, popularity and learning to forgive rather than get even. Good to watch as a family and discuss afterward. Very hip and cool, so the message comes through in a way kids will listen to.
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Too much consumerism