A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Superhero mission: to protect the innocent, at all costs. Essential to stay focused, unearth important truths about one's past, and be faithful to self. Acknowledges need to preserve endangered species.
Positive Role Models
Powerful female superhero is an equal to her male counterparts. She is loyal, compassionate, enterprising, brave, and willing to make sacrifices for a righteous cause. She is a good friend, a good daughter, and fully engaged with her community. In addition to crime-fighting, she pursues a career in fashion.
Violence & Scariness
Action-packed throughout. Hard-fought battles with fire, lasers, wild animals, lightning, arrows, swords, gunfire, and hand-to-hand combat. Characters are chased, captured at gunpoint, fall from great heights, menaced by street thugs and ferocious villains.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Full-breasted female characters.
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Occasional swearing: "pissed off," "bitch," "crap," "damn," "ass," "hell," "screwed."
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Products & Purchases
Part of the DC Comics franchise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vixen: The Movie is the first feature-length, animated film starring this superhero who has appeared as an ancillary character in DC Comics' stories since 1981. Mari McCabe (voiced by Megalyn Echikunwoke), now dubbed "The Vixen," is a strong, female, African-American leader and crime-fighter who has the gift of utilizing the power of the earth's entire animal kingdom. This "movie" is actually a smoothly edited compilation of all episodes from Vixen's two seasons as a web series with five-minute episodes that streamed in 2015 and 2016 on Canada's CW Seed. Mari, aided upon occasion by some of DC's other franchise heroes, comes up against an array of supervillains in her efforts to protect the innocent. Viewers can expect lots of cartoon action, some of it violent and with all manner of lethal weaponry (fire, gunshots, hand-to-hand combat) and forceful superpowers (speed, strength, animal prowess). Along with the fierce action, there is a smattering of mild profanity ("ass," "hell," "bitch," "pissed off") which makes this Warner Bros. Animation entry appropriate only for tweens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Though created in earlier DC Comic book stories, Mari McCabe, female, African in origin, spirited, resolute, and occasionally fallible, is a superhero for the 21st century. Vixen: The Movie, the first full-length feature to focus on this young crime fighter, who is nothing if not a stunning model of boldness, confidence, and empathy for girls who love action, should find fans of all genders. And the good news is, the folks who've put together these webisodes now released as a film got the introduction right. As Mari McCabe finds answers to her strange, mysterious past, the audience comes along for the ride. Vixen's journey as a child from the heart of Africa to a young adult on the streets of Detroit is carefully plotted and dynamically recreated. Only the fierceness of its action sequences and a sprinkling of naughty words will keep it from younger kids who might also respond to Vixen and her eclectic animal gifts.
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