Latte & the Magic Waterstone parents guide

Latte & the Magic Waterstone Parent Guide

The waterstone is the only magical part of this dull little children's movie.

Overall B+

Netflix: The forest is suffering a terrible drought that can only be reversed if Latte the hedgehog can reclaim a magical waterstone from the king - who happens to be a bear.

Release date July 31, 2020

Violence A
Sexual Content A
Profanity A-
Substance Use A

Why is Latte & the Magic Waterstone rated TV-G? The MPAA rated Latte & the Magic Waterstone TV-G

Run Time: 89 minutes

Parent Movie Review

Deep in the forest, a group of animals live together in harmony, sharing food and water and making decisions together. But when their existence is threatened by a terrible drought, a lonely hedgehog named Latte (Ashley Bornancin) volunteers to go on a quest to retrieve the magical waterstone from the selfish bear king Bantur (Danny Fehsenfeld) and restore water to the river. Accompanied by a timid squirrel named Tjum (Carter Hastings), Latte sets out, and learns a few lessons along the way.

My three-year-old son will watch anything. As long as it’s moving and on a screen, he is content. With that in mind, you can imagine my surprise when halfway through Latte and the Magic Waterstone he turned to me and said, “Mom, this is boring.” I agreed, but I’m not the intended audience. He did sit through the remainder of the run time, however, so I guess he decided something was better than nothing.

This is an altogether inoffensive production. The animation is cheap and badly rendered, but the story has some decent themes and there’s a lack of objectionable content, aside from some name calling. The movie touches on themes of community, family, selfishness, loneliness, and friendship, which are all done in a way that is easily understandable for a young child. The action is not overly perilous or scary, making it a decent introductory adventure story for the very young.

If you want to put on something for your preschooler that you don’t have to worry about it being scary or inappropriate, Latte is a perfectly fine choice. However, I wouldn’t recommend this film for adults or older children, not because it’s bad, but because it is dull. If this movie was a spice, it’d be flour.

Directed by Mimi Maynard, Regina Welker, Nina Wels. Starring Ashley Bonancin, Danny Fehsenfeld, Leslie L Miller. Running time: 89 minutes. Theatrical release July 31, 2020. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Latte & the Magic Waterstone rated TV-G? Latte & the Magic Waterstone is rated TV-G by the MPAA

Violence: Mild peril. Characters are chased by a lynx, confronted by a pack of wolves, and chased by an angry bear. A lynx is hit on the head by a falling tree, knocking him out temporarily.
Sexual Content: None.
Profanity: Name calling and insults are said throughout, including stupid, dumb, idiot, freak, crazy, and nutjob.
Alcohol / Drug Use: None.

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Latte & the Magic Waterstone Parents' Guide

Do you think Latte could have retrieved the waterstone by herself? Why is it important to accept help from people? Why did the bear king want to keep the waterstone? Is what was best for the bears best for all the forest animals?

Loved this movie? Try these books…

Hedgehogs are well represented in picture books for kids. Kat Yeh and Chuck Groenink have written and illustrated The Friend Ship, a whimsical tale about a lonely hedgehog who is trying to find the Friend Ship. Hedgehog in the Fog by Yuri Norstein and Francesca Yarbusova follows a hedgehog en route to a meeting with his friend, Bear. And in Jenni Poh’s Herbie’s Big Adventure, a little hedgehog goes exploring and finds his courage.

Animals who admire each other’s abilities get a chance to try them out in Unstoppable by Adam Rex and Laura Park.

Kids also love books about animals having adventures. Kate DiCamillo’s The Tale of Despereaux sees a brave mouse come to the rescue of the kingdom in this Newbery Medal winning story. Kate DeCamillo also sends barnyard fowl out to the wide world in Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken. Three pets travel 300 miles across the Canadian wilderness to find their masters in The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford.

For kids who love animals, Chelsea Clinton and Gianna Marino have written Don’t Let Them Disappear. This picture book introduces endangered animals and provides tips for what readers can do to help protect them. You can celebrate the earth’s biodiversity with your little ones with Many: the Diversity of Life on Earth. This picture book was written by Nicola Davies and illustrated by Emily Sutton.

Home Video

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If your kids enjoy the animals and the forest setting of this movie, they will likely enjoy Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax”, an animated ecological parable. FernGully: The Last Rainforest features fairies trying to save the forest from loggers who would destroy it. Once Upon a Forest is another animated arboreal story, this time featuring animals making a dangerous trek through the woods in search of a healing herb.

Young Mowgli goes on adventures through the jungle with his animal friends in Disney’s Jungle Book, which is available in the original animated version and the CGI/live action remake.