BACK TO THE OUTBACK is an animated adventure comedy streaming on Netflix. The story follows a group of Australia’s deadliest creatures who are tired of being labeled as monsters by people who visit the zoo. After a crocodile named Jackie is taken from the Zoo because people think she is dangerous, a snake named Maddie convinces her friends to escape. Maddie, a spider named Frank, a Scorpion named Nigel, and a Thorny Devil Lizard named Zoe embark on an adventure through Sydney, Australia in search of their home. However, the Zookeeper named Chaz Hunt will not rest until the animals are captured and returned.
BACK TO THE OUTBACK is a fast-paced, thrilling animated adventure. Through courage, the bond of family and sacrifice, the rag tag group of creatures learn that family is made up of those who love unconditionally. BACK TO THE OUTBACK also has a strong message about celebrating unique talents and being confident. However, it does contain some mild foul language and several scenes of peril that could be scary for younger viewers. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for young children.
(BB, L, V):
Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview champions the importance of family and the sacrifice it requires, shows the consequences of selfishness and vanity, and has a message about how humility is more important than physical looks
Several light of OMG profanities, one “d” word and one use of “bloody”
A crocodile attacks a child, we later learn that the crocodile is only joking, humans are attacked by various animals, and in turn a group of creatures are attacked by humans, a boy is saved from falling off a cliff, several uses of tranquilizer darts, and some animated peril could be intense for younger children Alcohol Use/Abuse: No alcohol use
No sex, although there are some mild jokes about mating season littered throughout that will go over the heads of most young viewers
Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,
Nothing else objectionable.
Streaming on Netflix, BACK TO THE OUTBACK is an animated adventure comedy about a group of Australia’s deadliest creatures who are tired of being labeled as monsters by people who visit the zoo, so they hatch a plan to escape back to their home in the Australian Outback. Through courage, the bond of family and sacrifice, the ragtag group of creatures in BACK TO THE OUTBACK learn that family is made up of those who love unconditionally.
In Sydney, Australia, a zoo holds some of the most dangerous animals from the Outback, including a venomous snake, spider, scorpion, a Horny Devil lizard, and also a gigantic crocodile. While the people of Sydney flock to the zoo to see a cute Koala bear named Pretty Boy, visitors are frightened and disgusted by the other creatures.
Maddie, the snake, is discouraged after her first live show, because she scares most of the crowd. Jackie, the crocodile, has been at the zoo the longest and cheers up the creatures with stories of the Outback. While everyone else was born at the Zoo, Maddie was found by the Zookeeper, Chaz Hunt, and remembers a little about her old home.
After Hunt’s son falls in the water with Jackie, people mistake the crocodile’s efforts to save the child from drowning for her attacking. She is taken away from the zoo.
Maddie, Zoe the lizard, Nigel the Scorpion, and Frank the spider all agree they need to escape their enclosures and find their true families. During their escape however, they run into Pretty Boy, who turns out to be arrogant and prideful instead of cute and cuddly. The Koala, who is an internet sensation, tries to stop the group of critters from escaping, but after a sting from Nigel, Pretty Boy passes out.
Unable to waste any time, Maddie decides to take the unconscious Koala with them on their journey. Because everyone loves Pretty Boy, people quickly realized that he’s missing. However, Pretty Boy doesn’t receive the warm welcome he’s usually accustomed to, because the people of Sydney believe he has rabies.
Forced to go along with the other deadly creatures, Pretty Boy and his unlikely companions must work together to find a home and stay free.
BACK TO THE OUTBACK is a fast-paced, thrilling animated adventure story. Through courage, the bond of family, and sacrifice, the rag tag group of creatures learn that family is made up of those who love unconditionally. BACK TO THE OUTBACK also has a strong message about celebrating unique talents and being confident. However, it does contain some mild foul language and several scenes of peril that could be scary for younger viewers. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.
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