A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Humorous exploration of how animals living near human habitats survive. Songs and rhymes are fun to practice.
There are families to love you even if you feel like an outsider. Help one another. Enjoy your work. You can try again if you fail. Friends are there to help friends. Trust in your uniqueness. Be who you are. Work together to accomplish great things. You might surprise yourself with your special talents. Don't let anyone tell you that you're something that you're not.
Positive Role Models
Father mouse takes in Robin without blinking an eye. He watches after his brood, giving each one coaching before they go on a mission. Magpie helps Robin when she's lost or in peril.
The mice and birds come in various shapes, colors, and sizes. The "who-mans" are seen in profile or from afar, so it's not applicable. Voice actors have varied backgrounds and ethnicities.
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Violence & Scariness
Perilous and scary moments when a cat hunts and taunts Robin. This same cat was on the scene when Robin was orphaned as an egg. The cat's dwelling is populated with tools that look frightening when she sings to Robin, calling her "a misfit," and "a freak." The cat isn't shown being violent, but she is definitely a threat.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Half-drunk glasses of wine stand among the human's leftovers. The people clink wine glasses from afar, celebrating the holidays.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Robin Robin is a delightful short stop-action style holiday film from Aardman Studio, creators of Wallace and Gromit and Shaun the Sheep. This story of a cheerful scavenging mouse family and their young adopted bird, possesses a true villain: a sneaky and threatening cat (voiced by a growly Gillian Anderson). Though the cat stalks and presumably catches creatures, nothing outright grisly happens, though youngest viewers might be a little frightened by the cat's taunting and shaming ("You're a misfit/ You're a freak," she sings to Robin, "You really are a terrible mouse"). Robin's songs and clumsy antics will lighten the mood, as will the party atmosphere the "who-mans" keep aloft -- where there is wine consumed -- and left over in half-consumed glasses when the party is done.
Is It Any Good?
Delightful, uplifting, and very well-crafted, this short film could make its way into the holiday entertainment pantheon. The songs in Robin Robin, though few due to the short format of the show, are memorable. Maybe not quite A Charlie Brown Christmas level great, but very catchy. It almost makes one wish the show were a little longer. But the short format works here, developing a nice story arc that doesn't get overly schmaltzy -- which can happen when there's a Christmas tree in the scene. Robin (Bronte Carmichael, Christopher Robin) is an adorable goof.
Kids will want to watch this one more than once. Adults will appreciate the fantastic performances (Magpie, voiced by Richard E. Grant, could give a certain Frozen snowman a run for his money, given the chance). A very nice addition to the holiday canon.
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