Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this animated film, based on a line of popular toys, has a surprising amount of violence for a movie aimed at kids. It takes place on a planet where the main entertainment is watching gladiators battle it out with swords, axes, and other weapons. There is plenty of gambling, and even some cheating, though characters who engage in such behavior are rarely rewarded for it. The hero frequently talks about the importance of loyalty and teamwork. Expect young fans to clamor for merchandise, though some parents may find Bionicle toys, which are produced by Lego and are challenging to assemble, to be more palatable than the action figures or stuffed animals that are often sold in conjunction with other movies.
Plenty of animated action. The Bionicle characters are all humanoid robots, who often engage in hand-to-hand combat using swords, spears, axes, and other deadly weapons. Gladiators play an important role in the culture of Bara Magna, where the film takes place, and some of the fights are staged for entertainment.
The movie repeatedly stresses the value of teamwork and the importance of loyalty.
The film is based on the popular line of Bionicle toys, and fans can purchase toy versions of many of the main characters.
Drugs / Tobacco /
A few scenes take place in a bar, though it's not clear what the characters are drinking.