Flora & Ulysses premieres on Disney+ on February 19th. Is it OK for small kids to watch? The short answer is yes. But, you’ll want to watch out for a few moments within the film.
Flora & Ulysses Review For Parents – What You Need To Know
Flora & Ulysses is a fun-filled film, based on the best-selling book of the same name by Kate DiCamillo.
The story features, a brilliant girl who, due to some family troubles, loses her belief in superheros. Until one day when she encounters Ulysses, a squirrel who has a life-threatening run-in with a rogue vacuum cleaner.
After this event, Ulysses gains superpowers, and his new friend Flora helps him see his potential.
With this adaptation of the book, we have to deep dive into how the story is told, and if the PG rating fully fits the film.
Let’s touch on all the things you need to know if you plan to show this film to your younger kids.
The Length of Flora & Ulysses Is Key
The biggest draw to our family when given the opportunity to see the film before it’s release what the timeframe.
Flora & Ulysses has a duration of 91 minutes, which is around the timeframe my 6-year-old will sit still for a film (if it’s entertaining).
If you have a younger child, please note the length of the film. If your child enjoys films or shows closer to the hour mark, they will have a few moments where they can get up, stretch their legs, or use the restroom.
Moments when your kids can take a stretch break (no spoilers!):
- When Flora’s mom is interviewed for the romance book magazine
- When Flora visits her dad at his job
- When Miller (played by Danny Pudi) practices his shooting skills in his office
Serious Subjects Within The Comedy
Flora & Ulysses is mostly a light-hearted, fun film, with a constant nod to those of us who love Marvel films and comic books.
With all of the joy in the film, we also get a few serious subjects.
Flora’s parents are in the middle of a separation, and that thread of the story is pulled through most of the film.
Flora’s mom, Phyllis, has a sad moment with Ulysses towards the end of the film that might cause your smaller child to be temporarily heartbroken. Don’t worry — it won’t last for long.
There’s also a moment with Ulysses and Miller where your child may become either sad, angry, or both. Again, the feelings will be temporary.
Is Flora & Ulysses Really For Little Kids?
As a parent of a 6-year-old, 10-year-old, and 15-year-old, I will say my 6-year-old enjoyed the film the most.
My 10 year old also enjoyed it, but devoured the book and highly suggests it to anyone else her age. My 15-year-old enjoyed the Marvel and Star Wars Easter eggs, and mildly connected to the storyline.
In Conclusion – Flora & Ulysses Is A Quick But Fun Family Film
The biggest draw to this film when it comes to family movie night will be the shorter timeframe and the enjoyable pace of the storyline.
There are only a few moments when you experience a lull in the film (as stated earlier in the “stretch break” list). From parent to the littlest school-age kid, everyone will delight in the story of Flora & Ulysses.