"Fantastical, Unique Reimagining of Classic Fairytales"

What You Need To Know:

THE AMAZING MAURICE is an animated fantasy comedy based on a book by the late acclaimed fantasy writer Terry Pratchett. The movie follows a talking cat named Maurice, a boy named Keith and their band of talking rats who scam towns and villages out of their money. However, their scam is jeopardized by a mysterious evil that could put the whole kingdom in danger. Eventually, Maurice must decide to change his selfish ways if he wants to defeat evil and save his friends.

THE AMAZING MAURICE is a unique, funny animated adventure with tons of fun nods to classic fairytale stories like the Pied Piper, Hansel and Gretel, and more. The movie’s stellar voice acting and excellent animation make for an entertaining fantasy. Maurice finds true purpose in being willing to sacrifice himself for others, and there are strong messages about honesty and trusting one another. However, this redemptive, uplifting content is marred by some scary images with intense animated violence and by pagan, magical, occult elements. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises extreme caution for THE AMAZING MAURICE and his band of animated tricksters.


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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral, sightly redemptive, worldview champions self-sacrifice, redemption, trust, honesty, and doing the right thing, marred by some pagan, occult elements like fantasy magic and an evil created by a sort of rat séance

Foul Language:
No foul language, but a few instances of “Oh my gosh”, and a rat urinates on a plate

Animated, often scary action violence throughout, characters are punched, clawed and tackled, there is an underground gambling ring where dogs eat rats, the violence takes place off screen but could bother younger viewers, there’s a mention of a whole town of children gone missing in the forest, other violent dialogue moments, characters are given a laxative, but they think it’s poison, and the central villain consumes other rats, but it’s later revealed that the rats are alive

No sex

No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs, but characters are given a laxative and they think they’ve been poisoned;

Miscellaneous Immorality:
For most the movie, Maurice justifies his selfish action because he’s a cat, even stealing and abandoning his friends, but he’s ultimately redeemed by the end of the story.

More Detail:

Based on a children’s book by Terry Pratchett, THE AMAZING MAURICE follows a con-artist cat and his band of loyal, talking rats. The movie pokes fun at many classic fairytale tropes. It begins with narration about a harmonious group of animals who talk, wear clothes and interact with humans.

The story then cuts to Maurice, the band of rats, and a boy named Keith posing as the Pied Piper, who are scamming villages and towns out of money. Maurice, the band’s spokesperson, claims he can solve the town’s rat problem by calling the Pied Piper. After the townsfolk pay up, Maurice, the rats and Keith take off with the money.

Although the wiser of the rats has some reservation about stealing money, Maurice convinces them to do one more con before they search for the paradise from the book which is read by the narrator from the start of the movie. However, they quickly realize that something is off about the next town. There’s no food anywhere to be seen, and there are bounties on captured rats.

While searching for food, Maurice, Keith and one of the talking rats run into the narrator, Malicia, who’s the town mayor’s daughter. Together, they discover there’s an evil mystery behind the land’s famine.

When several of the talking rats are captured, Maurice runs away to save himself. However, when the evil shows itself to the town and Maurice, he knows that if he does not work together with Keith, Malicia and the rats, the whole kingdom could be in danger.

THE AMAZING MAURICE is a unique animated adventure with tons of fun nods to classic fairytale stories like the Pied Piper, Hansel and Gretel, and more. The voice acting and excellent animation make for an entertaining animated movie.

While there is a strong message about sacrifice, the moral themes are marred by some intense sequences of peril and violence, as well as some fantasy magic. For young children, the main villain character will be frightening, and there are some jump scares that could frighten younger audiences. Ultimately, THE AMAZING MAURICE is an entertaining animated movie, but parents should use discernment before watching with their children.

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