The Blue Elephant

2008 PG 1h 36m DVD

The Blue Elephant

2008 PG 1h 36m DVD
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When a little blue elephant named Khan gets separated from his herd, his dreams of adventure come true. In his quest to reunite with his family, Khan finds love, steadfast new friends and courage he didn't know he possessed.
Miranda Cosgrove, Carl Reiner, Martin Short, Richard Epcar
Kompin Kemgumnird
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
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 9+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 9+
age 9+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that The Blue Elephant involves a missing father who SPOILER ALERT is ultimately found to have died in battle. Along the way, it glorifies (and justifies the necessity of) war, with particular focus on dying in battle as an act of heroism, and a noble gift to one's own tribe/culture. While it's stated that war is never good, the film's main concern pits two warring cultures against each other in overly simplistic ways in which one is good and the other is evil. While some aspects of this could help a child process an absent or missing parent who is an enlisted soldier, the perilous battle scenes could complicate this effort for younger children.

Sexual Content

Not applicable


The Blue Elephant presents a few key elements that create some scariness and peril. Khan Kluay's father is missing at battle; he becomes separated from his mother while searching for his missing father. The movie contains several battle scenes that involve spears, brute force, and scariness, though there is little or no bloodshed. Elsewhere, the film features the use of enslaved animals (tigers, weasels) in chains, and an overall sustained menace as the film ratchets up to the discovery of his father's whereabouts and a final battle scene.


There is no profanity but sustained insults throughout the film, such as calling a character an idiot, or deaf, or ugly.

Social Behavior

The Blue Elephant offers strongly positive messages about courage, trust, loyalty, and family bonds.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Not applicable

  • 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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