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  • 3.0

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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    All in all? A curious preachment yarn for peace, one which makes you wonder if the filmmakers couldn't wait to get to the climactic aerial dogfights.

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  • 63

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It's an unconventional premise: that aliens live in harmony and humans are the warmonger invaders. But it's not that simple.

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  • 67

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    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Tentle, dreamy animated sci-fi tale.

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  • 70

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    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The animation is splendid on what must have been, since this is not a studio film, a modest budget.

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  • 75

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The animation is nicely stylized and the color palette well-chosen, although the humans are so square-jawed, they make Dick Tracy look like Andy Gump. The voice performances are persuasive. The obvious drawback is that the film is in 3-D. If you can find a theater showing it in 2-D, seek it out.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Animated space adventure tackles war, complex themes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that even though it's animated and targeted at kids, this sci-fi adventure deals with some very mature themes, including extinction, colonization, unprovoked war, and even a suicide bombing of sorts (the incident involves a main character and is presented as a noble sacrifice). The violence is more prominent than in most animated films and is similar to what you'd see in a movie like The Clone Wars -- animated, yes, but still disturbing. On the other hand, there are many positive lessons about environmental preservation, cross-cultural awareness, and peaceful negotiation, and there's no sex, language, or drinking to worry about. (Note: Some theaters are showing this movie in 3D, which adds an extra level of intensity.)

  • Families can talk about the character who decides to sacrifice their life. Why did that character make their decision? Kids: How did it make you feel? Does it have more or less impact than the rest of the movie's violence? Why? Families can also discuss the movie's environmental message. What could Earthlings have done to prevent the eventual battle? Do you think this is meant to be a cautionary tale for us?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Good-guy characters model positive traits like courage, bravery, and sacrifice. Other messages include the importance of environmentalpreservation, cross-cultural awareness, and peaceful negotiation. The Terrians believe in being peaceful and close to nature, but they'll also defend themselves when attacked.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: An Earth Force general wants to wipe out the Terrians so that humans can have their planet. His actions lead to many, many casualties on both sides. Opposing forces shoot at each other from battleships, and there are several explosions that result in deaths, as well as deaths from poison in the air. One main character's death is presented as an act of "noble suicide" -- but it also kills many people.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Best friends flirt and embrace.

  • language false1

    Language: Very infrequent; one use of "damn" and one "God."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable