Box art for Ivan the Incredible

Ivan the Incredible

  • Rated NR

independent, special interest


A young boy's luck changes when he finds a magic potion that makes him "the best at everything" for one single day.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    N/A
  • Audience Score
    25%

common sense

ON for kids age 8
Educational value
0 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5

Offbeat cartoon about bullying; confusing message for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Ivan the Incredible is the English-language version of a Danish animated movie. Kids used to the upbeat rhythm of American cartoons and movies will find this film's pace slower and some scenes repetitive. In an odd departure for a story with bullying as its theme, the underlying and puzzling message is that it's better to be bullied than to become a bully yourself. Ivan's father is a disrespectful blow-hard who cares little for his child's well-being throughout most of the movie. Cartoon action consists mainly of chases, punches, strong-armed intimidation, and name-calling. Though the animation is unique, often funny and inventive, most of the female characters are distinguished by great sagging breasts. Be prepared for some coarse behavior (i.e., spitting, peeing, belching).

what families can talk about

  • Families can discuss Ivan's solution to dealing with bullies. Do you agree with the outcome -- the final scene -- in this movie? Why or why not?
  • What helped Ivan learn that being "best at everything" wasn't a real miracle? What did he realize was special about him?
  • According to this story, why do people (both grownups and kids) become bullies?