Zhu Zhu Pets: Quest for Zhu

  • Review Date: October 3, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 73 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Hamster tale is forgettable fluff with some brief scares.
  • Review Date: October 3, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 73 minutes

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What parents need to know

Educational value

For entertainment purposes only.

Positive messages

The Zhus are taught to appreciate each other's gifts and talents, and Pipsqueak learns that she shouldn't have run away from her friend. Some accents that verge on stereotyping.

Positive role models

The Zhu Fu teaches the young Zhus to have confidence in themselves.

Violence & scariness

A "King of the Amazon" Zhu growls loudly to scare off a leopard Zhu. Num Nums almost falls off a cliff but is saved by her friends. Menacing-looking "Zhurrassics" (saber-toothed tiger Zhus) growl and momentarily chase the Zhus. Then a huge Yeti Zhu chases the pals and grabs them. An avalanche almost buries the Zhus in snow. An evil character has plans to enslave the Zhus in her secret lair and tries to injure them with a fiery zap of her breath.

Sexy stuff

A Tarzan-esque Zhu licks Pipsqueak's arms after saying "Me like you!"

Language

Rare insults like "stink breath" or "silly Zhus."

Consumerism

This DVD is a marketing vehicle for the Zhu Zhu pets toy franchise, which includes the figurines, video games, books, a website, and other merchandise. The DVD comes with some toys.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated direct-to-DVD movie features those ubiquitous toy hamsters, the Zhu Zhu Pets. Although most of the movie is a harmless adventure for preschool-aged kids, the second half includes some frightening situations that might scare very young viewers, especially the parts with the "Yeti" Zhu, a trio of saber-toothed tigers, and the serpentine villain that shoots fire out of her tail. There's nothing to fear in the long run, since the Zhu pals are ultimately victorious, but some of the scenes might still be disturbing. Like most movies based on toys, the entire story seems like a big merchandising promo (the DVD even comes with two Zhu Zhu figurines).

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

The lovable Pipsqueak feels unappreciated by her young owner and is magically transported into the Zhu-niverse, where every creature is a form of hamster. She meets fellow Zhus Num Nums, Chunk, and Mr. Squiggles, who are told by Stinker -- the resident trouble-making skunk -- that if they find their way to the Palace of Zhu, an Oz-like Zhu Fu will grant all their wishes. When they arrive at the Palace -- after some close calls with menacing Zhus -- the friends discover that it's run by an evil snake villain called Mezhula. If the Zhu pals can't stop Mezhula, she'll use their \"Zhu power\" to fuel her nefarious plans.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

When it comes to movies, most young kids are so excited about the magic of the alternate universe they're being transported to that they don't tend to care whether it's "good" or not. Chances are, given the popularity of the Zhu Zhu pet toys, any child who owns one will enjoy this lackluster Wizard of Oz rip-off, while parents will secretly wish they were watching the actual Wizard of Oz (or even the Tom and Jerry version).

 

It's not just the hamsters' squeaky, high-pitched voices or the Confucius-like character with the ridiculous accent, or the off-putting Mezhula villain that make this quest so unsatisfying. There's just no real purpose to this movie other than to hook kids even further into the world of Zhu Zhu pets. If you are into the little fluff-ball hamsters, the movie will make for passable diversion, but those who aren't already die-hard fans will be underwhelmed.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about movies based on toys. Do they seem like commercials for the toys? What are some good ones? Do you feel more inclined to buy toys after watching this movie or others like it?

  • Is the violence in the movie too intense for preschool viewers?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 27, 2011
Cast:Erin Matthews, Ian James Corlett, Jillian Michaels
Director:Bob Doucette
Studio:Universal Studios Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:73 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Educator and Parent of a 2 and 3 year old Written byMommaOfTwoo July 26, 2014
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ok.

Cute but one big promo for zhu zhu pets....
What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Parent Written bymelany1982 April 18, 2012
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3
QUALITY
 

It's cute

My little 2.5 yr old got this movie as a gift, we watched it together and she just loved it! She's not a TV fan, but this movie does the trick to have her sit by my side and relax on the sofa. She loves to sing along at the beginning...the hamsters are all so cute to watch...a nice soft story with a good ending to sing along and dance to. We enjoy it together. Nothing's wrong with this movie, but I'd like to see more of this style but with a not-so-scary dragon.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old February 22, 2012
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2
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terrible

it. is. terrible. that is all i have to say

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