Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this animated direct-to-DVD movie features those ubiquitous toy hamsters, the Zhu Zhu Pets. Although most of the movie is a harmless adventure for preschool-aged kids, the second half includes some frightening situations that might scare very young viewers, especially the parts with the "Yeti" Zhu, a trio of saber-toothed tigers, and the serpentine villain that shoots fire out of her tail. There's nothing to fear in the long run, since the Zhu pals are ultimately victorious, but some of the scenes might still be disturbing. Like most movies based on toys, the entire story seems like a big merchandising promo (the DVD even comes with two Zhu Zhu figurines).
A Tarzan-esque Zhu licks Pipsqueak's arms after saying "Me like you!"
A "King of the Amazon" Zhu growls loudly to scare off a leopard Zhu. Num Nums almost falls off a cliff but is saved by her friends. Menacing-looking "Zhurrassics" (saber-toothed tiger Zhus) growl and momentarily chase the Zhus. Then a huge Yeti Zhu chases the pals and grabs them. An avalanche almost buries the Zhus in snow. An evil character has plans to enslave the Zhus in her secret lair and tries to injure them with a fiery zap of her breath.
Rare insults like "stink breath" or "silly Zhus."
The Zhus are taught to appreciate each other's gifts and talents, and Pipsqueak learns that she shouldn't have run away from her friend. Some accents that verge on stereotyping.
This DVD is a marketing vehicle for the Zhu Zhu pets toy franchise, which includes the figurines, video games, books, a website, and other merchandise. The DVD comes with some toys.
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