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CHUPA

"Family Friendly Fantasy Flick"

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CHUPA is a delightful, animated fantasy on Netflix. It follows the adventures of a Mexican boy from Kansas, Alejandro, who meets a young Chupacabra on summer vacation in Mexico with his grandfather and his two cousins. Alejandro decides to try and return his new friend to its mother. However, a scientist doing research in the area, who seeks the creature for selfish reasons, tries to capture Chupa.

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.

Content:

(BB, L, V, N):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview where characters love and support one another, value and praise the importance of family, and work to save a creature from its greedy enemies and return it to its mother

Foul Language:
One light “h” obscenity

Violence:
Light cartoon violence such as a creature scares several adults and children when it appears in caves and several other places, a goat is seen with two puncture wounds in its side, a man threatens to bust out a wrestling move on another man unless he leaves his property, a young boy and his grandfather wrestle, the man gets the boy in a wrestling hold for a bit, the man turns his back to him claiming victory, and the boy gets up and runs at his grandfather and pushes him out of the ring where the older man falls hard onto his back, a man shoots a creature with a tranquilizer, a man in Mexican wrestling garb kicks another man over a table, a man scares off a ravenous mountain lion from attacking his grandson, a young boy hangs and falls from a drain pipe over a cavern, a creature saves a boy from a fall, three large creatures attack a man’s vehicle, and a man gets another man in a choke hold, disarms him and performs a body slam on him

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
An older man is shown in Mexican wrestling garb that reveals much of his upper body

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Nothing else objectionable.

More Detail:

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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