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Unstable Fables: Tortoise vs. Hare

By Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Fabled Aesop rematch teaches new lessons.

Movie G 2008 80 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 8+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

dull as watching paint dry

a real yawner. The kids started asking if we had to finish watching it.
age 8+

For a good laugh

Full of fun and laughter.

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Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say: (2):
Kids say: Not yet rated

Once again the Jim Henson Company takes on a familiar fable and turns it into an entertaining, laugh-out-loud story that teaches lessons that reverberate long after the movie ends. The movie pulls off the trick of presenting excessive parental pride and ambition without making the parents unlikable, and thereby provides a gentle reminder without a lecturing tone. Tortoise's insistence that "slow and steady" is the right course of action in every situation drives his daughter crazy, but it's enabled Grace a comfortable lifestyle. And Murray's excitement in having Team Hare win the race comes at least partly from a deep-seated desire to make his son proud of him. Mothers aren't let off the hook either; snarky comments between the stay-at-home Mrs. Tortoise and her working-mom neighbor Mrs. Hare will register true with members of both contingents.

The action lags in parts as the race wears on. Most kids, however, will be too busy laughing to complain. The production company has a flair for making tiny details hilarious, from the glories and defeats of fellow competitors in the Mt. Impossible race to the antics of the film crew assigned to cover the action as it unfolds. The Fable Cable Sports Network broadcast team is aware of the dramatic bonanza that a race tragedy could provide, and are all-too-eager to call one that hasn't even happened yet. And while the lesson learned by the ultimate victors in the race may make Aesop cringe, you can't argue with its veracity.

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