What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this full-length, animated theatrical movie (based on the Nickelodeon TV series) with its humor, strong messages, suspense, and inspiring facts about nature and animals will appeal to both kids and parents. The filmmakers show great respect for creatures in the wild, different cultures and people, the study of science, and a close-knit family made up of distinctive individuals. Set in Africa, the movie has some suspenseful scenes that may be scary for the very youngest or most sensitive kids. Family members and/or animals are in danger in a number of action sequences: a stampede, confrontations with gun-toting poachers, falls from great heights, rushing waters carrying kids over steep waterfalls, and more. There are no serious consequences, and everything is resolved humanely.
- Families can talk about how the movie compares with the TV series. Is it as good or better in full-lenth film form?
- Why do Eliza and Debbie feel so differently about the animals?
- Families may want to discuss the issue of poachers going after wildlife. Kids: Do you see why Eliza would risk her life to save a cheetah cub?