Parent reviews for Riverdance: The Animated Adventure

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age 8+

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Parents say

age 7+

Based on 10 reviews

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age 5+

Based on 1 review

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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2 people found this helpful.
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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age 10+

Horrible message- hate it.

Really sad. A young child already feeling like an outcast from society is alone when unexpectedly finding his dead grandpa. While trying to recover, he’s made fun of by nature animals, him almost drowning in a river is portrayed as funny and a fellow human, who’s his friend, tells him it’s no big deal. Then he’s told it’s his fault for allowing evil into the land and manipulated into not asking for help. Finally, he befriends a mystical creature who is led to his death bc of this young boy. This puts way too much guilt and pressure on a young grieving boy and impresses the idea that he’s not allowed to grieve but has to get back to carrying on traditions and weighty responsibility of making sure evil and death are kept out of the land (the next day!). If your kids have just experienced a loss, I highly discourage watching this. It has a lot of beautiful imagery, a wonderful take on Irish culture and some cute parts. Unfortunately they only serve as a lure for a much darker message- get over it and get on with it, there’s more important things than your grief. Horrible horrible message.

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Too much violence
age 12+
One of the characters says, "Did he just go through puberty?!!"
age 10+

Gunshots and hunting!

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Too much violence
age 4+

One of the better films playing now!

Great family film so full of good lessons, colorful scenery, funny jokes and, of course, great dancing. It really touched my husband and I, too, and we both remarked that it's better than some adult films with its themes and careful treatment of childrens' emotions. Timely film about losing a grandparent, as it's been a tough two years for so many. The film knew exactly when to hit you then give you a release with a joke. So many animated films don't take kids seriously. They assume kids want pop music and cliche stories like all those studio sequels telling the same story again and again. We watched Hotel T 4, Pets 2 and Sing 2 recently, and they just felt like big studios stealing money from kids. It's nice that Netflix is fighting against that with something understated but more powerful. We loved the fairy tale aspect, the interesting designs everywhere and the epic music. We haven't seen the live show, but now we must!

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age 6+

Terrific Film!

Your kids will love it and you'll be dancing with them! Beautiful animation, powerful story, and some really funny jokes!

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age 7+

Good family movie!

This movie looks like it is going to be scary but it is not! Disney movies are scarier. It has a good message about celebrating the life of those we have lost or you will fall into darkness. The songs are dances were fun!

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age 3+

Great movie with a sweet message about grief

This is a sweet movie that addresses loss and grief in a relatable way. The little boy loses his grandfather and goes on a magical journey to learn how to deal with his grief. The songs are pretty and there are some really funny parts. The hunter is pretty scary but it wasn't too bad for our son who is almost 3. A really enjoyable movie. There are a couple instances of name-calling between friends. There is a scene where the little boy is coerced into not telling anyone that he talked with the hunter. That could be troublesome, but it's a good opportunity for a conversation about adults asking children not to tell anyone about something and why that's bad. It also shows a scene similar to lion King when Simba finds Mufasa dead. It could be disturbing for young viewers.

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age 4+

Amazing

A beautifully told mythical story we can all relate to. It's come at the right time well done . Fantastic. Music and humour made me laugh and dance. Just lost my dad due to covid1o and like so many people today this helped me cope. Thankyou Well done to all who helped made this amazing story. Fiona and family X