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Parents' Guide to

Sigmund and the Sea Monsters

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Remake of Krofft classic has heart, likable themes for kids.

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This reboot is corny, funny, and filled with heartfelt themes like friendship, respect, loyalty, and kindness. Sigmund is an anomaly among his species; he's curious about humans and entirely unafraid of them, despite the stories he's heard. So when Scotty and Johnny rescue him, they become fast friends, defying everything they've heard about each other, but putting all of them at risk of being discovered. For the kids, their biggest nemesis is the scheming Captain Barnabas, played exceptionally well by Arquette and forever lurking about trying to discover their secret. On Sigmund's end, he's plagued by older brothers who insist against his friendship with humans.

The Kroffts reprise the live action and costumes style of Sigmund and the Sea Monsters circa 1970s, making this reboot a visual departure from most shows today's kids enjoy. The curiosity factor goes a long way in enticing viewers, but it's the story's heart that will keep their interest. Sigmund's friendship with his human counterparts is sweet, and all involved are called on to stand up for the others against presumed "normal" circumstances. This bodes well for family discussions about looking past first impressions and respecting differences.

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