Strike parents guide

Strike Parent Guide

A children's movie with charming stop motion animation and a somewhat underdeveloped script.

Overall B+

Digital on demand: A young mole named Mungo just wants to play football. Dad wants him to follow the family path into the mines. Can Mungo buck the family legacy?

Release date April 30, 2020

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use A

Why is Strike rated Not Rated? The MPAA rated Strike Not Rated

Run Time: 100 minutes

Parent Movie Review

A young mole named Mungo Morrison (Lizzie Waterworth) dreams of becoming a football star but is expected to carry on the family legacy by getting a job at the town gold mine. When a tragedy is orchestrated by a greedy mogul known as “The Boss” (Ken Stott), who is intent on buying the town’s mine, Mungo must find a way to save his community and make his dreams come true.

Strike is the first film produced by Gigglefish Animation Studios; a new stop-motion animation studio based in England. If their debutis any indication of things to come, I think these newcomers have the potential to become a respected fixture in the stop-motion world. The style of the film is very distinctive, with a homemade, crafty look. Many of the backgrounds and props are made from recycled objects, and the characters are made out of fuzzy materials over armatures, which is a departure from the traditional smooth clay used in similar productions. It does take a minute to get used to it, and your mileage may vary in terms of finding it creepy or not. The art form is used effectively to create a variety of humorous sight gags, which I found to be funnier than any of the spoken jokes.

Unfortunately, this movie does reflect the studio’s inexperience. The script needed some editing; it feels like its runtime and the story is padded with unnecessary scenes and subplots. A more seasoned writer could have tightened it up, which would have created a more focused final product. There are glimmers of great writing, however. Many of the characters are well realized and relatable, and there are sweet, emotional moments. Hedy (Lizzie Waterworth) is a standout as Mungo’s best friend, who gives off strong Wednesday Addams vibes.

In terms of content, Strike is more violent than I expected from a movie about a soccer playing mole. There are multiple explosions (one resulting in deaths), a character is eaten by piranhas, and the antagonist shoots at the main characters with a gun multiple times. There is also an excess of potty humor, which got annoying after a while for me, but my three-year-old laughed a lot.

For me, Strike is an ok watch. It’s not amazing, but it’s also not bad. There are enough content concerns that I hesitate to recommend it for all audiences, but it has charm and creativity that save it from striking out.

Directed by Trevor Hardy. Starring Ken Scott, Lizzie Waterworth, Alex Kelly. Running time: 100 minutes. Theatrical release April 30, 2020. Updated

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Rating & Content Info

Why is Strike rated Not Rated? Strike is rated Not Rated by the MPAA

Violence: A character is knocked unconscious by a shovel. A mineshaft is blown up by dynamite, resulting in deaths. An axe is thrown through a tv. A woman is abducted, tied up, and dangled above a piranha tank. The antagonist threatens multiple characters with a gun and shoots it towards them repeatedly. A character is eaten by piranhas. A building explodes. 
Sexual Content: A married couple kiss. A character’s butt is shown. A woman dresses in a short skirt and flirts with a government official to manipulate him.
Profanity: Some insults such as idiot, loser, and stupid.
Alcohol / Drug Use: One sight gag involving a drink with cocktail umbrellas, though not obviously alcohol.

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Strike Parents' Guide

Why do people tell Mungo that he cannot be a football player? What are his limitations and how does he overcome them? How can we overcome challenges to follow our dreams?

Loved this movie? Try these books…

Strike dreams of athletic glory. Everyone has dreams and there are plenty of books to help your young children think about theirs.

A young rabbit is told that bunnies can’t fly, but she’s determined to make her dream come true. Find out how in Baska Agaoglu’s picture book, The Almost Impossible Thing.

James Howe shares the story of a dinosaur who wants to dance. Read Brontorina to see what happens when she can’t fit inside the dance studio.

In The Big Orange Splot by Daniel Pinkwater, Mr. Plumbean is bored until a seagull drops orange paint on his roof. This inspired him to complete a spectacularly bright painting job on his entire house, encouraging change through the neighborhood.

A young boy wants to play soccer, but it seems impossible. He lives in Africa and has been born with a deformed leg. Follow his story in Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson. Another boy overcomes a disability to achieve his dream in Jen Bryant’s A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin. This picture book tells the true story of Horace Pippin, a painter who was shot in the arm in World War I but persisted until he could retrain his arm to paint.

Encourage your own little dreamer’s potential with Emily Winfield Martin’s sweet picture book about potential in The Wonderful Things You Will Be.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of Strike movie is April 7, 2020. Here are some details…

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If you love stop motion animation, you want to watch the stellar work produced by Aardman Animations. We’re particularly fond of The Incredible Adventures of Wallace & Gromit (also known as Wallace & Gromit in Three Amazing Adventures, which features the duos first three adventures. The Wrong Trousers, with its film noir look and dastardly penguin is particularly funny. The feckless Wallace and his intrepid canine sidekick go full feature length in Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

The animation geniuses at Aardman are also responsible for Shaun the Sheep. If you want short episodes, you can watch a compilation of six tv episodes in Shaun the Sheep: A Woolly Good Time. The ovine characters appear in a full length film in Shaun the Sheep Movie.

Aardman has also released two brilliant full length movies. Chicken Run tells the tale of some intrepid poultry who decide they don’t want to become pies and plot their escape from Mrs. Tweedy’s chicken farm. In Flushed Away, a pet rat gets tricked and flushed down the toilet. He lands amongst sewer rats but it desperate to return to his plush London home.