A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
Promotes truth and working toward peace. Good defeats evil and inspires better behavior.
Positive Role Models
The heroes acquire courage and determination as they work toward fulfilling their mission. A wide variety of animal species as characters; mice are the primary villains.
Violence & Scariness
A few cartoon space battles, meteorites, lightning, lasers firing from one spacecraft to another. Cackling villains verbally menace the good guys.
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Insults and name-calling (i.e., "imbecile," "ugly-face," "oh, shut up"). A mention of "bladder syndrome."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zoo Wars is a feature-length cartoon for kids that uses the Star Wars concept and a wide array of creatures from the animal kingdom to frame its story. The villains here make up The Mice Side; the heroes are The Nice Side. The powerful, missing "Chosen One" must be found and returned to the Zooverse to employ the power of "The Sauce" and save the Nice Side from its enemies. Created on a shoestring budget, "special effects," such as they are, limits violence to some rudimentary space battles, meteorite storm, laser fire, lightning, and a cackling rodent villain always seated at a console. There's some insult humor and name-calling (i.e., "silly," "ugly-face," "oh, shut up!"); a mention of "bladder syndrome." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Blaming the extensive awfulness of this movie on lack of funds lets off the filmmakers who want kids and their families to spend time and money on this leaden dud too easily. There's simply nothing to recommend here. The humor is based on regurgitating names of sauces (most of which kids won't recognize) and lame squabbles/insults between leading characters that seem endless. The animation is artless, amateurish, and boring. Most scenes consist of animals sitting in chairs in a straight line looking at the camera. It doesn't help that performances and writing are weak as well. With so many better movies available for at home viewing, it's important to help kids learn the value of quality filmmaking and avoid time wasters like Zoo Wars.
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