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SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS

"Friendship Is the Real Magic"

What You Need To Know:

SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS is a German fantasy adventure movie. Ida is a new student at Winterstein School. Rejected by the other children, she befriends a lonely clumsy boy named Benni. All looks bleak until a new teacher arrives to give the class a lesson about the magic and importance of friendship. She assigns Ida and Benni their own special animals. These unlikely friendships bring cheer, music and mischief. Things become complicated when items start disappearing from the school, and Benni is blamed. Ida and Benni must stick together to expose the real thief.

SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS is an optimistic, cheery tale that highlights the power of friendship and loyalty. The movie has some very funny, endearing moments, which include singing and dancing. SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS has a strong moral worldview with redemptive elements. It highlights the power of friendship, loyalty, kindness, family, and forgiveness. Even the children who were initially mean eventually exhibit the virtues of kindness and cooperation. However, SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS has some scary situations, bullying and light vulgar language. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.

Content:

(BB, C, O, L, V, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview with some redemptive elements extols friendship, family, forgiveness, and redemption, with a brief mention that the children think their teacher is a witch and magical animals;

Foul Language:
Light obscenity/vulgarity, one light profanity, and insults such as loser, jerk and peabrain;

Violence:
Minor peril when characters climb high into the rafters and dangle in mid-air, though no one is hurt;

Sex:
No sex;

Nudity:
No nudity;

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use;

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

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Bullying, meanness, jealousy, and there’s dysfunctional family where parents argue incessantly in front of child, plus a father admits he’s wrong after appearing stubborn and unkind.

More Detail:

SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS is about a new girl at Winterstein School who befriends a lonely outcast at the school and helps him when the strange new teacher gives them magical talking animals and the boy is accused of stealing. Based on a popular book series in Germany, SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS is an optimistic and cheery story that that highlights the power of friendship, loyalty, kindness, and forgiveness, but there are some scary situations, insults and bullying.

Ida moves to Winterstein school. The once popular and contented girl is faced with rejection from her new classmates. She’s forced to team up with the school outcast, a lonely clumsy boy named Benni.

Things begin to look brighter when a new teacher, Miss Cornfield, arrives. She introduces the class to Mortimer Morrison, who searches the world looking for magical animals. Miss Cornfield assigns the first two magical animals to Ida and Benni. Ida is assigned a sly fox named Rabbat. Benni is entrusted with a very old and wise turtle, Henrietta. Both children begin to feel new hope, as the friendship grows between them and their new animal friends.

However, their optimism dims when Benni is accused of stealing items from Winterstein School. They must stick together to find the real thief.

SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS is based on a popular children’s book series in Germany. It tells an optimistic, cheery tale that highlights the power of friendship and loyalty. Even the kids who were initially mean eventually exhibit the virtues of kindness and cooperation. The movie has some very funny and endearing moments, including some singing and dancing.

SCHOOL OF MAGICAL ANIMALS has a strong moral worldview with some redemptive elements. It highlights the power of friendship, loyalty, kindness, and forgiveness. However, there are some scary situations, insults, bullying, and light vulgar language. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.


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