"Family Friendly Fantasy Flick"
What You Need To Know:
CHUPA is an engaging family-friendly adventure with uplifting themes and compelling storytelling. It tells the story of a young boy finding his own family by helping a fantasy creature return to its family. CHUPA borrows portions from many family movies, but it comes into its own, is fresh and entertaining, and is told with heart, humor and flare. CHUPA has a strong moral with uplifting themes and values stressing family, protection of the innocent, and belief in oneself and each other. It’s a wholesome family film for all ages, with characters who love and support one another. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children regarding some elements of peril, light action sequences and scary images.
CHUPA is an animated fantasy about the friendship between a miniature Chupacabra, the legendary Latin American creature, and a young Mexican boy from Kansas, Alejandro. Alex meets the little fellow while on summer vacation in San Javier, Mexico with his grandfather, Chava, and his two cousins. The Chupacabra is supposed to be a fearsome vampire creature, but Alex is surprised at how lovable this cat with bat wings, fangs and a lemur tail can be. Showing it to his cousins, they christen it “Chupa” and begin to fall in love with their new friend.
Chava, upon finding that the children have discovered “Chupa,” reveals that he found the creature a while ago and has been feeding it for some time in hopes of reuniting it with its family. However, a scientist doing research in the area, who seeks the creature for his own selfish reasons, tries to capture Chupa. Determined to keep Chupa safe from harm and hoping to find his family if he has one, Chava and the children embark on a quest to find Chupa’s family. The journey brings Chava back to his Lucha Libre wrestling days, and Alejandron closer to his family than he has ever been.
CHUPA is an engaging, family-friendly adventure with uplifting themes and engaging storytelling. It tells the story of a young boy finding his own family by helping a fantasy creature return to its family. CHUPA borrows portions from many family movies, but it nevertheless comes into its own, is fresh and entertaining, and is told with heart, humor and flare. Demian Bichir is an excellent grandfather with a background in Lucha Libre, Mexican wrestling. Christian Slater makes a convincing bad guy. The children voice actors also pull off good performances. CHUPA has high production values, with good cinematography and music. The movie’s CGI of the creature is impressive, recalling the creature depicted in Sony’s video game THE LAST GUARDIAN.
CHUPA has a strong moral worldview. It stresses uplifting themes and values, including family, protection of the innocent, and believing and trusting in oneself and others. CHUPA is largely free of objectionable content. It’s a wholesome family film for all ages, with characters who love and support one another. MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children regarding some elements of peril, light action sequences and scary images.
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