As usual, there’s plenty of magic and New Age verbiage, and this time it’s supplied by Merlin (Eric Idle), an aging wizard with dementia, who calls out things like, “Cosmic children of the universe!” and has people look into the smoke to see pictures that will give them clues about their souls.

The movie does address the common problem of children and the “father issues” they have when they’re abandoned or overlooked.  Many movies are addressing this issue now, even recent animations like Curious George and Chicken Little.  It’s just that Hollywood usually gives incomplete answers for such dilemmas.  In this case, the theme is “The thing that matters most is what you think of yourself.”  Well yes, but it takes some dealing and healing with God to get there.
 
Overall, this skillfully made, high budget animation will very likely clean up at the box office as it entertains the masses this summer.  Enjoy the laughs, but always, always talk to your kids about the worldview elements and how they stack up to Scripture.

CAUTIONS:

  • Drugs/Alcohol:  Fuzzy Navels distributed in bar.
  • Language:  Mild issues of off-color, or scatological verbiage, with a few innuendos going over kids’ heads.
  • Sex:  None.
  • Violence:  Mild, cartoonish, slapstick violence.