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The Wild Thornberries

  • compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
  • 2003 1 Jan
The Wild Thornberries

from Film Forum, 01/02/03

The Wild Thornberries Movie, an animated film based on the Nickelodeon television series, is drawing family audiences for its kid-friendly fare. But religious press critics disagree over whether the film is rewarding enough to make the trip.

Geri Pare (Catholic News) calls it "a tame adventure that is family friendly to all but the tiniest of tots. However, the animation seldom reaches beyond standard TV quality." James Akin (Decent Films) is more positive about the movie: "It starts off slow—in fact, too slow—but it begins to involve the audience more as the plot develops. In the end the movie pulls off a genuinely heartwarming finale. The humor is subdued and sometimes clever." Even more impressed, Holly McClure (Crosswalk) says, "Kids will be entertained and mesmerized by this movie because of the colorful animation, great songs, and loud characters."

Jesse Florea (Focus on the Family) cautions parents about several elements, but concludes, "Families … will find quality things to enjoy as well. Humor and action are interspersed with strong family bonds and moral life lessons."