Zhu Zhu Pets: Quest for Zhu

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Hamster tale is forgettable fluff with some brief scares.
  • NR
  • 2011
  • 73 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 5+
Based on 2 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

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 & Representations

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

What 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).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bymelany1982 April 18, 2012

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... Continue reading
Parent of a 2 and 3 year old Written byMommaOfTwoo July 26, 2014

ok.

Cute but one big promo for zhu zhu pets....
Kid, 10 years old February 22, 2012

terrible

it. is. terrible. that is all i have to say
Teen, 15 years old Written bymilo remmestein January 8, 2012

Horrible, horrible film

Ok, worst idea ever. This is obviously a CareBears knockoff and I can't stomach either movies. High levels of consumerism and a few scares, this film barel... Continue reading

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?

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 a movie is "good" or not -- and this one really is not. Given the popularity of the Zhu Zhu pet toys, any child who owns one will likely enjoy this lackluster Wizard of Oz rip-off, but 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.

Talk to your kids 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

For kids who love animated fun

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