I was so excited to watch and review Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken. I did want to not only review this film but share if Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken is appropriate for families.
Overall, I think the movie is cute and a great summer film. I am shocked I haven’t seen more marketing toward this movie because the storyline is great, the characters are likable, and the fun twists of the movie weren’t what I had expected. My family enjoyed the screening quite a bit!
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Is Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken appropriate for families?
What is Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken Rated?
The movie is rated PG. I personally thought the movie was good and great for kids. PG stands for parental guidance. There are mermaid monsters and fight scenes that might be a little dark for really young kids. It was a feel-good movie with gorgeous colors and animations. I think the movie would be good for kids ages 5 and up.
What are the main themes of Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken?
One of the main themes was about growing up. This theme is what my kids noticed the most.
There is also a multi-generational mom/daughter relationship that is very relatable as a mom of two girls. There were quotes in the movie that I felt deep in my soul. I felt that this was the theme that tugged at my heart the most and not my daughters.
Another good theme you can pull out of the movie is trust and communication. If the characters started with trust and open communication, it would have made for a short movie, but it is definitely a fun conversation to have with your kids after the film.
Is it too long for younger children?
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken running time is 1 hour and 31 minutes long. I thought the timing of the movie was great and not once did I feel like it was dragging. The movie flows really well and I feel like if your kid needs frequent potty breaks you might miss something really good from the film.
Are there any controversial topics?
I personally didn’t find anything controversial or political.
I didn’t notice much during the movie but my daughters did see that there were same-sex prom proposals.
The main character has a group of three friends who are all secondary characters in the film. Also, Ruby’s best friend is a lesbian. I didn’t even notice but my youngest who is only 9 years old said she noticed. I only noticed she wore a rainbow necklace.
Is the movie available in 2D or 3D?
The movie is in 2D and in 3D. If your kids are old enough to wear the glasses make it a fun movie experience! I only watched it in 2D but I think the ocean scenes, bright colors, and magical bubbles would be a fun movie to experience in 3D.
What is the overall tone or atmosphere of the movie?
The movie is very colorful, bright, and magical. The overall tone was optimistic with struggles of trust, knowledge, and wonder.
Are there any notable soundtracks or songs in the movie?
Back Lot Music releases the single, “This Moment” BY Mimi Webb. This is the first single from Dreamworks Animation’s this feature film.
When is the release date?
June 30, 2023 but you can pre-purchase tickets today!
About the Movie
Sometimes the hero you are meant to be lies just beneath the surface.
This summer, DreamWorks Animation dives into the turbulent waters of high school with a hilarious, heartfelt action comedy about a shy teenager who discovers that she’s part of a legendary royal lineage of mythical sea krakens and that her destiny, in the depths of the oceans, is bigger than she ever dreamed.
Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken stars an extraordinary cast that includes Lana Condor (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before franchise), Oscar® nominee Toni Collette (Knives Out), Emmy winner Annie Murphy (Schitt’s Creek), Emmy nominee Sam Richardson (Veep), Emmy nominee Will Forte (The Last Man on Earth) and Academy Award® winner Jane Fonda.