Parents' Guide to

Up and Away

By Tom Cassidy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Magic carpet adventure has slapstick and toilet humor.

Movie NR 2018 81 minutes
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This is a sturdy, well put together animated movie that will keep young kids entertained throughout its lean 81-minute runtime. There are few surprises, but it's well paced to hold the interest of even very young viewers. Up and Away is consistently funny -- much of the laughs come from Raja the goat (Peter Zhelder) -- and even when it veers to the ruder side of the line, it's always done with charm, pitched to raise a giggle rather than cause offense. This playful nature keeps everything lighthearted so the characters never get bogged down in the repression of the sultan (a greedy ruler who is essentially a human version of iconic Star Wars despot, Jabba the Hutt). However, the sultan's approach to punishment -- plus the fact he has many wives -- plays a little toward lazy stereotypes.

The movie is always colorful, which helps add flair and distract from the somewhat sub-standard animation. A Danish production, the English voiceover doesn't always match the mouths of the characters. But the spirited performances make up for it. This magic carpet adventure doesn't break any new ground, but regardless takes the viewer to a magical place and offers a brief, enjoyable ride.

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