What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this 3-D animated animal adventure (which stars the voices of popular actorsHayden Panettiere and Justin Long) includes many allusions to romance and even some sexually tinged double entendres ("was it good for you?" after howling, etc.) -- which younger kids won't understand, but tweens and teens probably will. While there's not much in the way of language, the movie does feature a few violent scenes in which snarling wolves are about to attack each other and one sequence in which the main wolves have to run away from angry bears chasing them (all of which iis made more intense by the 3-D). On the plus side, there's a girl empowerment theme and a positive message about marrying for love rather than duty, but families sensitive to innuendo may be put off by all the grown-up references.
- Families can talk about the movie's overall message about relationships and social status. What does the movie have to say about falling in love?
- What does it ultmately take to unite the packs? Why do the packs have to work together to survive? What does this teach us about wolf culture?
- The movie includes references to romantic relationships and some grown-up jokes. Is it OK to insert grown-up themes in a kids' movie (even if really young kids can't understand them)?