Norm of the North

2016 PG PT1H30M Blu-ray / DVD

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Norm of the North

2016 PG PT1H30M Blu-ray / DVD
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Accompanied by his three lemming friends, a playful polar bear named Norm sets off on a journey from the Arctic to New York City in an attempt to save his homeland from a greedy land developer.
Format
Blu-ray DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
Subtitles
English, Spanish (Neutral), English SDH
CC
No
Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
Rating
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 6+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 6+
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Reviews

age 6+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Norm of the North is an animated adventure about a polar bear, Norm (voiced by Rob Schneider), who can communicate with humans -- and so travels to New York to convince people not to build a proposed real-estate development in his Arctic home. Families familiar with movies like Happy Feet and Hoot will know right away to expect clear environmental themes ... as well as lots of crude potty jokes to make kids laugh. In addition to the gratuitous bathroom humor, which may bother some parents, there's also plenty of slapstick humor, a little bit of innuendo, a stereotypical joke based on the phrase "coming out," some potentially frightening sequences involving a tranquilizer gun, and an apparent death.

Sexual Content

Violence

Norm tries to hunt seals, but he can't. Men shoot polar bears with dart guns, knocking the bears out. In one scene it looks like a polar bear has drowned. A man is shot with a dart gun in a humorous fashion. A whale eats a seal when told to "keep it real" during a performance for human tourists visiting the Arctic. Lots of slapstick involving the lemmings, who don't seem to have bones and can bounce back from any sort of fall or injury.

Language

Not technically language, but lots of potty humor involving farts, pee, and poop.

Social Behavior

Supports environmental themes like preserving animal habitats (i.e. the Arctic for polar bears, sea lions, seals, and lemmings). Depicts the hypocrisy of businesses that purport to be "green" but really care more about profit than conservation. Parent-child relationships and closeness are also encouraged in the story, as are inter-generational relationships between grandparents and grandchildren.

Consumerism

Greene says he plans to build a Volvo dealership in the new Arctic real-estate development.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

An actor jokes that he smells like "macaroni and sweet vermouth." Later, the actor plays the piano and sips from cocktail glasses with umbrellas (but what's in the drinks is never made explicit).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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