The Blue Elephant
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But once we got into the third act, things I thought got a little disturbing. There are a lot of war scenes towards the end, and throughout the whole story there are a lot of fights, teasing, slightly creepy images of red eyed monstrous elephants (the animation makes them look more like demons than elephants), and I basically felt uncomfortable with my two year old staring at it. I also didn't like the message about war being a necessary thing in society (actually I was quite shocked when they said that in a kid's movie supposedly about a cute blue elephant).
The bottom line is there's nothing about the cover of the DVD and the ads that depict what the movie is actually like. I'm not saying it isn't an enjoyable movie, but it might not be what you're expecting, especially after the first 5 minutes are all cute and cuddly and then it turns into a slightly scary film about war and death. I would watch it first as a parent before letting your child view it to gauge if it's something you feel comfortable letting your child watch.
The action of film takes place in Siam (today this country is called Thailand) in XVIII century, when this kingdom was invaded by its Burmese neighbours. More of half of the movie is about the war training of elephants and our blue hero, when fully grown up, goes to fight a bloody war carrying on his back the king of Siam. The Burmese are presented as wild, red eyed barbarians and they certainly act in very barbaric ways. The battles are brutal and even my 8 years old daughter felt a little bit uncomfortable - and I am certain that this movie is NOT appropriate to the youngest children, not until they are seven at least.
Other than that, it is not a bad film and certainly very different from most kid movies I ever saw - just be warned that cute and cuddly part ends fast and then the story heads to army training camps and the war...
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