Riverdance: The Animated Adventure

Movie review by Stefan Pape, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 8+

Engaging Irish animation deals with grief; some peril.

NR 2022 87 minutes

Parents say

age 7+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 5+

Based on 1 review

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age 6+

My family absolutely loves this movie!

My family absolutely loves this movie! We watched it 3 times this weekend. I have 4 kids, 2 boys and 2 girls between 6yrs and 12yrs. I lost my husband, their father, last year. Talk about a cathartic experience for all of us to watch this gorgeously made, poignantly observed tale about grief and love and allowing your community to help you heal. Most of all, it's not a heavy "message" film. Netflix delicately wrapped the soul around great humor to make it more relatable to my younger ones while also captivating my older ones. There's a story line for girls, a story line for boys, and an adorable story line about little tadpoles for the little ones all cleverly woven together. The bad guy is just bad enough and the humanity of each character is well expressed. We're half Irish, too, so to see the landscapes I grew up around and hearing the various Irish accents (yes we have many) was wonderful. I have to laugh at some online who say the narrator has a fake Irish accent -- it's John Kavanagh one of our most famous Irish actors! And yes, Pierce Brosnan is Irish, too! Clearly the filmmakers did their homework. I also like some of the other accents , that they weren't all Irish, because it's very true to the stage show (which I've also seen multiple times) in incorporating different cultures like Russian, Spanish and North American. One of the best scenes in the stage show is when the dancers visit NYC and have a hilarious tap-off and deer named Penny and Benny capture that spirit and are the 2 middle kids' favorite characters. Both the show and film express how we're all, many countries and cultures, connected through dance. This film will offer so much to so many who let it. And I must say my oldest boy is a tough critic, but when I saw him tear up then burst out laughing, I knew they hooked him. Everyone in the house has been emulating the Riverdance (it's great exercise!) and quoting their favorite lines. Seriously I hope this is a St Patrick's Day classic that everyone watches every year -- we'd be a kinder planet if that happened! Bravo Netflix! p.s. When can we buy those sheep? Omg we all want those sheep!

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age 10+

Less dance, more death than expected

I thought this would be nonsense gluing together almost nonstop dance scenes. But it’s utter nonsense only occasionally interrupted by dance. And our 7-year-old was disturbed by the character deaths.
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