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What to know: Willy (Matthew Knight) is terrified about moving into the family's new house.
KIDS FIRST ENDORSED GOOBY is in the KIDS FIRST! Film Festival - it may not be a regular, endorsed title
Recommended age 5-12
98 minutes
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Mixed reactions. Some really liked it. "It was scary at points, funny at others, and very entertaining. One 12-year-old thought it was too babyish. "The story was about a boy who had to move to a new house. He was scared of the hoolies. He was sad about not spending time with his parents, especially his Dad. His old teddy bear, Gooby came alive and helped him make friends. He was a good friend and helped him get his Dad back. Sometimes, the background music was too loud and you couldn't hear the characters talking." "It made me think about how when things change, I don't have to be scared." Favorite part: When Gooby and Willy were in the grocery store trying not to be seen and when Willy and his father build a tree house."Gooby did things that caused trouble for Willy." "I didn't like the beat costume of Gooby. It was scary."
Willy has serious issues about moving - something any kid who has ever moved can relate to - new house, new neighborhood, new school, new friends, not able to spend more time with his parents - particularly his father. It's a good story that points out to kids that they are not the only ones with these same issues. Then, there is the issue of the space aliens that he sees inside the house - enough to make even a brave boy want to leave. Fortunately, a stuffed bear with a Scottish accent comes to life and helps Willy make friends and inspires his parents to spend more time with their son. The boy and his "fuzzy orange monster" have funny adventures together for example the bear goes to the store to buy marshmallow cookies and he and the boy avoid being seen by a crazy teacher in a music montage. While the movie is mostly funny, it also deals with issues such as being a new kid in a new school, and not being able to make friends. The structure and continuity of scenes is professional, scenes in which a bad monster comes for Willy the boy are edited well but not too scary. The visual production is high quality but the audio production has some problems. The parents ignore their son for most of the movie until the father has to save his son from falling in an abandoned building. This parents realize they have been selfish and begin to spend more time with their son. There are also small lessons such as Willy learns that he needs to teach his bear to recognize what constitutes stealing and that it is bad to steal. Excellent sound track.
Willy (Matthew Knight) is terrified about moving into the family's new house. He's convinced it's filled with evil space aliens out to get him. In response to his longing for someone to save him , Gooby (Robbie Coltrane, Harry Potter) comes to life as a big, loveable, scruffy creature who quite possibly may be more frightened of the world than Willy. The two new pals embark on hair-raising adventures and learn about courage and the power of friendship. In the end, Gooby fulfills Willy's wish by bringing Willy and his Dad (David James Elliott) together in a heart-warming and exciting climax. Starring Eugene Levy from American Pie.
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