Ella and the Little Sorceror parents guide

Ella and the Little Sorceror Parent Guide

This charmless tale has all the coherence of a rambling story told by a tired toddler.

Overall C

Digital on Demand: Having been turned into a mouse by a witch, Prince Alex must rely on his best friends, Ella and Crystal, to find the fabled Life Stone and restore him to his natural form.

Release date March 4, 2022

Violence A-
Sexual Content A
Profanity A
Substance Use A

Why is Ella and the Little Sorceror rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Ella and the Little Sorceror Not Rated

Run Time: 90 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Prince Alex (Chris Niosi) has been trapped in the body of a mouse by a witch, and his only hope to become human is the fabled Life Stone. Thankfully, the prince has loyal friends, Ella and Crystal (Geri Courtney-Austein and Ashley Bornancin), who set out on a cross-country quest to save him. Along the way their friendship will be tested as they face increasingly difficult obstacles.

You know when a little kid tries to make up a story and they get into a pattern of saying “and then this happened and then this happened and then this happened”? That’s what this movie is. The story is just a sequence of barely related events that happen with no real purpose in a world populated by characters lacking either personalities or motivations. Perversely, the most interesting part of the film is the opening exposition that explains why Alex is a mouse. Why didn’t the filmmakers focus on that story? Instead, this production feels like a cheap sequel to a non-existent film. The climactic battle scene isn’t even between any of the main characters. There are so many bizarre choices in this script that I can’t even begin to list them all.

The animation is cheap and bland, and I spent the entire runtime trying to figure out if the dialogue was dubbed or not. The mouths sort of match the voices, but not really. Also, a side character pops up for about 10 minutes whose recording quality is noticeably different from everyone else’s. It sounds like this actor was recorded underwater or something, which speaks to the minimal level of care put into all aspects of this production.

There is very little negative content, which makes this suitable for most audiences, but I can’t imagine anyone outside of the preschool demographic enjoying themselves. The messages are simple and obvious, focusing on friendship, trust, and forgiveness. If you have a very small child at home who’s into magic and talking animal sidekicks, they might have a fun time. Or you could turn on literally any other major animated feature and get the exact same elements but with better quality, so I guess the choice is up to you.

Directed by Alice Blehart. Starring Geri Courtney-Austein, Ashley Bornancin, Chris Niosi. Running time: 90 minutes. Theatrical release March 4, 2022. Updated

Watch the trailer for Ella and the Little Sorceror

Ella and the Little Sorceror
Rating & Content Info

Why is Ella and the Little Sorceror rated Not Rated? Ella and the Little Sorceror is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: There are scenes of mild fantasy violence and peril. A character is chased by another character wielding a knife. Two witches fight each other with magic. A character falls from a cliff.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: Some mild insults like “stupid” and “creep”. One use of a term of deity.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.

Page last updated

Ella and the Little Sorceror Parents' Guide

Why does Crystal get mad at Ella? How does she feel she’s being treated? What does Ella do differently to be a better friend?

Loved this movie? Try these books…

Young readers will be charmed by How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. What youngster doesn’t want to watch an impossible quest succeed?

Kids of all ages can “read” Aaron Becker’s wordless book, Quest. Featuring two brothers with crayons, the book’s protagonists create their own adventure.

Middle grade readers will get a kick out of the very funny The Adventurer’s Guide to Successful Escapes. Written by Wade Albert White, it’s the first volume in his series entitled Saint Lupin’s Quest Academy for Consistently Dangerous and Absolutely Terrifying Adventures.

James Riley’s Half Upon a Time launches a series that provides humorous mashups of well known fairy tales and new storylines.

Home Video

Related home video titles:

If you are looking for family-friendly movies featuring a magical quest, there are far better options out there. In Onward, two brothers search for a magical gem that will allow them to spend 24 hours with their late father.

Desperate to save her kingdom and the multitudes of people who have been turned into stone, a young woman goes on a quest to find the one magical being who can help. In Raya and the Last Dragon, she takes a perilous journey through neighboring kingdoms to save them all.

Accidentally arriving in the enchanted world of Narnia, four siblings find themselves caught in a battle between good and evil and must find a way to save everyone in The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Kubo and the Two Strings uses a distinctive stop-motion animation style to tell the story of a young boy on the run from his dangerously violent grandfather. As he travels through a fantastical world, he finds friends in unexpected places.

Perhaps the most enduringly popular fantasy quest of all time is based on the famed trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings.

In Frozen II, Anna and Elsa head north to learn why the elemental spirits are endangering the kingdom of Arendelle. On this journey, the sisters will learn unexpected truths about their kingdom’s past and about their own destinies.

Very young viewers might enjoy Adventures of Rufus: The Fantastic Pet. Its animation is subpar but the story is heartfelt and coherent and serves as a good introduction to the genre.