Animated


Zoo Wars


MPAA Rating:
Not Rated
Genre:
Animated
Runtime:
70 mins
Stars:
KJ Schrock, Bobbi Maxwell
Director:
Evan Tramel
Producer:
Alejandra Riboria, Ryan Ardent

Content at a Glance

0

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Language

Sex

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences
3:
inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
1
Violence

Violence

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
on-screen acts of romance
2:
infidelity; implied pre-marital sex or secondary lead characters with consequences inappropriate sexual relations without consequences
4-5:
graphic sexual activity is heard and/or seen
×
0

Drugs

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
occasional drinking by secondary characters (i.e., man in bar)
2:
historically accurate use of alcohol and tobacco products
3:
continuous drinking and drug use common throughout
4-5:
drug/alcohol used many times by main character(s) shown in a positive light
×
0

Nudity

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

0:
none
1:
baby’s behind; shirtless men, low cut shirts, short skirts seen occasionally on women
2:
rear nudity that is not suggestive such as skinny dipping from a distance; cleavage
3:
sexually suggestive and revealing clothing or underwear is common throughout
4-5:
frontal nudity
×
1
Other

Other

Approved: 0-2 in any category

 

Lead characters that exhibit disrespect for authority, lying, cheating, stealing, illegal activity, witchcraft or sorcery

0:
none
1:
mild-moderate with consequences
2:
moderate poor behavior
3:
moderate-heavy behavior with no consequences
4-5:
extreme portrayals, condoned or excused
×

Sex


a bride and groom kiss; hens dance suggestively

Language


a few crude jokes; some insults such as “ugly,” “shut up,” etc.

Violence


a spaceship is caught on fire; some threats exchanged between characters; using “the sauce” on characters; a character is held hostage.

Drugs


a mention of "vodka sauce"

Nudity


No Information

Other


characters are dishonest and selfish with seemingly no consequences



Synopsis

When Nuke Tiptoes, a galactic elephant, is teleported into another dimension, it’s up to him to find a wise ape named Bongo Bananas and save the Zooverse from total destruction in this hilarious spoof comedy.


Movie Message

A boring elephant embarks on the journey of a lifetime to discover his destiny in this animated adventure.

Nuke is an average elephant, disillusioned with his office job and longing for a greater sense of purpose. His daily routine is disrupted by an odd voice which launches him into a quest for truth, justice, and the safety of the galaxy. In the Zooverse, evil is running rampant as the diabolical Boo Boo Squeal has mastered the art of “the Sauce” (think “the force” a la Star Wars here) making him conqueror of the galaxies. He has taken Princess Sparklefeather, ruler of the Nice Side, hostage and is demanding information about the "Chosen One”; that is, the legendary hero that will save the galaxies from the Mice Side. Clueless Nuke is thrown into this mess as he searches for truth about himself and the Chosen One. Along with B-52, the emotionally unstable pink robot, and a rogue squirrel, the team seeks out their only hope: Bongo Bananas, a wise but ditzy Nice Side warrior with all the answers.

An old story told in a new incarnation, Zoo Wars is a little bit Guardians of the Galaxy, a whole lot Star Wars, and just a touch Zootopia. The animation and dialogue can be lackluster at times, but this film manages to eek out an entertaining plot with a unique twist, as well as humor on levels adults and children will appreciate. It’s your classic good versus evil, with one unexpected caveat: the hero isn’t who you suspect. During the course of the film, we learn the interesting backstories of each character, are treated to beautiful outer space scenes, and are kept guessing the identity of the "Chosen One." Cheese and nut jokes abound, and with a few very clever puns and nice vocabulary words throughout (pachyderm, carbon-based lifeform), the film alternates from nearly grown-up science-fiction talk to childish insults.

Zoo Wars deals with the subject of truth as a plot point throughout, which is a nice anchor for the uncertain, ever-changing circumstances of the story. Nuke doesn’t know who he is and desperately wants to, while Boo Boo (the bad guy) is driven by rejection into an identity of villainy. As the truth is finally revealed, it causes a perspective change for the viewer buts accomplishes very little for the animals. The consequences of their actions are never addressed, and it appears any lessons learned are soon lost—or perhaps just unexplored—in the story. The galaxy is indeed saved by an unlikely hero, and we get a happy ending, but no real resolution. Knowing the truth in this case doesn’t make you free, it just causes more questions.

Overall, Zoo Wars is clean, fun and entertaining for families to watch together, if you don’t read too much into it – and an even better opportunity for discussion and reflection if you do. Zoo Wars is awarded the Dove Seal of Approval for All Ages.

For All Ages

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