Looking for a kid’s opinion on ‘Strange World?’ We took our 12, 9 and 4 year old to watch. Here’s their Strange World kids review.
We went to watch Disney’s 61st animated feature Strange World this Thanksgiving weekend and it was a hit! Perhaps not everyone’s favorite movie this year but everyone enjoyed it. I even felt like some of that Disney magic we’ve been missing was infused in this new film. You can read my full spoiler-free review of Strange World here. But if you want to know what my kids thought of the film, keep reading on.
In my review I talked about how excited I was about all of the diversity in the film. My kids? They didn’t even care. I think maybe Jayda was the only one who noticed that the parents were an interracial couple like their own parents “but I saw that in the trailer,” she said. It wasn’t even worth mentioning in her recap. Honestly they watch a lot of shows and movies with diversity it’s not even a big deal to them.
My 9-year-old son was flabbergasted at the first mention of Ethan’s crush. Not because of who his crush was on, but because “He has a CRUSH!? How old is he?!” But way more gross than a teen liking another teen was all of the kissing the parents did. Ty turned his head away almost every time. “DISGUSTING! That’s just like you and dad.” *Shivers.* He and Ethan share that in common.
But the one diverse character that Ty did ask me about no less than 10 times during the movie was Legend, the three-legged dog. “Where’s his other hand?” “How can he walk?” “Everyone cares about finding the Dad and not THE DOG?!” “Where’s the dog now?” He was very concerned about Legend the entire movie. But I was also really impressed that he managed to gather some takeaways from the movie, some of which have a deeper meaning.
Here’s what my kids thought in their mostly spoiler-free Q&A (I alert to any spoiler answers before).
What did you think of the movie?
Lee Lee: It’s good!
Ty: I thought it was good.
Jayda: I thought it was good.
So did you like it?
Lee Lee: Yea. Cause it’s cool.
Ty: Yes, I liked it because it has a lot of my favorite things. I liked it because I liked the end. The beginning was ok. The end was so good.
Jayda: Yea, because it gives us another perspective.
What was the funniest part to you?
Lee Lee: When the dog was jumping over the thing the dad was jumping over.
Ty: There’s a lot of funny parts but they weren’t that funny.
Jayda: When the dog was trying to unlock the door.
Would you recommend it to your friends?
Lee Lee: Uhhuh.
Ty: I think Kimberly or Granny would like it.
What lesson did you learn? What message was the movie trying to get across?
Lee Lee: How to garden.
Ty: Don’t leave your family. And the other thing but don’t write it because it’s a spoiler.
Jayda: Kids don’t have to be exactly like your parents. Kids don’t have to share your likes.
Who was your favorite character?
Lee Lee: Splat
Ty: I don’t have one.
Jayda: I didn’t have one.
Who would you recommend this movie to?
Lee Lee: Ty. Me. My friends.
Jayda: People who liked Soul because it has another perspective to life and it makes you think deeper.
Ty: I would recommend it to you. It is kind of like Soul.
[Mom interjection: For the record I don’t think it’s anything like Soul but I can see how my kids went there because it has a similar feeling of revelation near the end]
Do you think it’s for older kids?
Lee Lee: Little kids.
Ty: More 9 to 12 year olds.
Jayda: I think older kids would get more of the message but it still looks good for younger kids.
Did you think it was scary?
Lee Lee: No
Ty: No. Of course not.
Would you want to watch it again?
Lee Lee: Yep.
Jayda: Yea, but not in theaters. I’ll wait until it comes out on Disney Plus.
How would you rank it compared to other movies we’ve seen recently?
Lee Lee: I liked Lyle Lyle Crocodile more than Strange World. I liked Strange World more than Super Pets.
Jayda: I like this more than Black Panther 2, I liked Lyle Lyle Crocodile more than Strange World. I liked DC League of Super Pets more. I liked Bad Guys more. But I liked this more than Lightyear.
Ty: I liked Strange World more then Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
What was your favorite part?
Jayda: When he says “is it judging me?”
Ty: My least favorite part was the parents kissing. [SPOILER:] My favorite part iswhen they found the giant eye.
Lee Lee: When Splat splat into the tree.
How many stars would you give it?
Lee Lee: 6 stars
Ty: 3.5 stars.
Jayda: 3 stars.
Is it worth going to the movies to see?
Jayda: I think you should wait and watch it at home. Save your money.
Lee Lee: Yep.
So as you can tell, Jayda was the more critical one this time, but she still enjoyed it. Lee Lee and I saw it twice in theaters and she and I were both more entertained the first time. Still, I’m excited to watch it again as soon as it’s streaming on Disney Plus.
Is there an end credit scene in ‘Strange World?’
It’s a bummer but there are no end credit scenes in Strange World (we stuck around the first time to be sure). But there are some fun images to watch during the first part of the credits.
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