Information for Parents
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 5+
Understated sequel still delivers animal laughs.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a funny, occasionally crude animated comedy that pits wild animals against domesticated pets in a race to save a conflicted dachshund. The trappings of domestication – leashes, treats, RVs – are presented as entrapment, at least from the perspective of the "wilds." But it ultimately delivers a nice message about the devotion between pets and their owners. While it might be helpful to see the original before viewing this, it's not imperative - kids will still be able to follow along with the action.
- Families can talk about Mr. Weenie's dilemma. If you have pets, do you think they ever wish they were free? What would be the pluses and minuses of being free for an animal used to living inside? What do you think wild animals might envy about domesticated life?
The good stuff
Positive messages: This is a story of very different creatures working together as teams to achieve their goals. There are also lessons in forgiveness and finding out what's really important; that is, being with the ones we love and the ones who love us.
What to watch for
Violence and scariness: If you're a rabbit lover you may not cotton to the way rabbits are used like snowballs in a snowball fight, but the action is very cartoonish. Repeated threats of electrocution by dog collar may require some soothing of children whose homes have invisible pet fences.
Sex: Lots of male fear of commitment, but for a movie that starts with an animal wedding there is very little romance.
Language: No swearing, but potty mouth and dog barf humor pop up now and then.
Consumerism: Not an issue
Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue