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Not for younger kids. Movie explains sex, though in a childish manner. Be prepared for "The Talk" afterwards.
Overall a great movie, though somewhat sad.
Quirky the way many foreign films are. One of the few animated films i actually liked
Great movie, but only for more mature kids. It can be upsetting for the younger ones.
Too dark, except for older teenagers. It is mildly funny in a few places, but it is not an entertaining animation for kids or adults. Kids in or from foster homes might appreciate seeing something that deals with their experience, so worthy from that pov.
Very well done! Check out the Bonus, Genie in a tin of ravioli. Tee hee now I am hungry
Sweet and real and lovely. It shows kids dealing with issues that even adult media shys away from. Yay for a good and well-meaning orphanage too. Yay for a three-dimensional "bully" and yay for showing happy and sad moments. A moving and sweet claymation film that felt more REAL than many live-action films.
I think it is okay for older children to view, especially if they have had to deal with hard issues in their lives. Actually, I think this film would really help children that have had to deal with grief and dysfunctional parents and other hard issues.
I watched the English-subtitled French version and the special features showed how they had non-actor children really playing out the scenes while recording--which explains a lot of the realism and sincerity felt throughout the film. Also, you can tell the creators really loved and cared for the film, story, and characters.
this is NOT a Kid's movie IMO. I think it addresses issues that some kids will find overwhelming.
Enjoyed the movie, but some things I don't think are appropriate for children of a certain age
Ce film est super chouette, autant pour les enfants que pour les adultes. La quantité de travail pour réaliser cette animation est phénoménale. Le tout est très impressionant.
This film is both heartwarming and very sad. It is set in a group home for children who cannot live with their parents for varying reasons including death, abuse, murder, and deportation. It deals with difficult topics in a way that is accessible to children but still engaging for adults. I loved watching the children's friendships develop and their shared moments of joy. There is a "making of" in the bonus features that goes into how the animation and voices were created. Overall, a sweet film that I would recommend for people who like stop-animation and are looking to take on challenging topics and their subsequent feelings.
The stop motion animation is great. The story deals with grown-up themes like death, loss, bullies, adoption. But the plot still felt a bit too childish to appeal entirely to adults.
A good, heartwarming movie all around. I would say it's more directed at teens than children, but that's up for debate. Deals with some mature subject matter re: abuse, violence, abandonment, etc. but in a gentle way. Best to watch in the original French with the English subtitles; kind of loses its charm in the English dub. I wish it had been longer (without credits, it's about 1 hour).
Such a creative & quirky little film. It's amazing how much time & effort is put into these stop-motion animation movies. So cute!
Our whole family really liked this one. French film but with English voice-overs which are not at all distracting because it's animated. (Other languages too, I think.) Probably not for real young kids, but certainly middle-school age and up through older adults. At once heartbreaking, inspiring, funny, and uplifting. Not to be missed!
This animated film for adults and teens has themes of loneliness, some of the horrible things children can experience, and finding a family, other than a biological one. The wonderful stop-motion animation is a treat for the eyes. I thought the movie had a good mixture of darkness and light, though most of it is more sad than happy. The pace is slow, and to me, it felt longer than its actual 68-minute length. I also enjoyed the quirky short film (approximately 8 minutes in length) The Genie in a Tin of Ravioli, which is included in the DVD's bonus features. My Life as a Zucchini is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and suggestive material.
Whoa. This French original is a lot darker, and touches on subjects that would never, ever be introduced in an animated children's film in America. And that's why I loved it. But forewarning to parents who glance at the animated cover and see pre-school aged sort of characters; this film is a realistic portrait of kids torn from their families and put in to foster care because of the many adult mistakes that parents can make, from alcoholism and drug addiction to child sexual abuse. All presented in an artistic style that feels like it's drawn by the kids themselves.
My 22 year old repeated several times that she thought the film was even too dark for her, but I thought it was an important piece that speaks to the future of how we need to prepare our kids for the problems of the world. How in the world the library listed this as a comedy, though, I have no idea!