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By Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Warm, funny animated bird tale with some peril.

Movie PG 2015 90 minutes
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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

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age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 5+

Has Drug Culture References/Poor Message

This movie just wasn’t funny - my kids barely laughed. I also had serious concerns about the storyline: The yellow bird sees the father bird dying and is given a last message to give to it survivors. Only the yellow bird doesn’t pass on the dying message and instead makes up a lie that he is supposed to lead the family on its migration. He puts the family in terrible danger throughout the movie and when they are finally almost dead at the north pole, and have been repeatedly lied to throughout the movie, yellowbird supposedly “redeems” himself by getting the birds into the back of an airplane that “miraculously” just happens to fly to Africa. At the end, they pass off his dishonesty (that almost kills them on a dozen occasions), as “part of any family...” The message is that it’s okay to lie and endanger other’s lives for your own selfish benefit. It’s likely to be lost on kids but the significant lying and disrespect of other’s wellbeing was troublesome for me. Also common sense media missed it in its review and ratings above but there’s also a big scene that glorifies drug culture when the male birds go out one evening (when they need to relax) for “the good air” & get *high* off of the high altitude air. They even use the word “high” and one character tells another that “you’re not gonna fly straight tomorrow...” It’s pretty shocking.

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Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 5+
There are a few instances of love in this movie

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (1 ):

The pace is a bit slower than in franchise cartoons made primarily for American kids (who get used to a barrage of rat-a-tat-tat action sequences). But this charming film should hold the interest of and appeal for kids who are comfortable with real versus pretend danger. What makes it most appealing is the inventive, artful animation and the distinct personalities and points of view of the characters. Wonderfully voiced by an impressive list of featured players (including Dakota Fanning, Danny Glover, Christine Baranski, Richard Kind, Jim Nash, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Elliott Gould), Yellowbird and his colleagues offer a delightful look at industrious and comic birds on their annual trip to warmer climes. The only cautionary note is that the story lingers for a while on a beloved father figure's death after an attack by two feral cats.

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