Wondering if Flora & Ulysses is ok for kids? Based on the award-winning book by Kate DiCamillo, Flora & Ulysses is rated PG for some comical violence with a dart gun and mature content including divorce. This heartwarming story about finding hope is fun for the whole family! Exceeding my expectations, Flora & Ulysses is a treasure that is subverting stereotypes. Here’s what parents need to know in this Flora & Ulysses Parents Guide.
Is Flora & Ulysses Kid Friendly?
Flora (Matilda Lawler) is a 10-year-old comic-book-loving, snarky, smart, girl. Her parents George (Ben Schwartz) and Phyllis (Alyson Hannigan) have separated, and she’s become even more cynical than before. However, when Flora sees a vacuum cleaner almost suck up Ulysses, a squirrel with superpowers, she finds an instant friend.
As she tries to convince both parents that Ulysses does indeed have powers and that her mother shouldn’t kill him, she finds another unlikely pal, William, who suffers from hysterical blindness. Together they must save Ulysses from Miller (Danny Pudi), an Animal Control agent who had a bad experience with a raccoon and now wants his revenge.
Is Flora & Ulysses kid friendly? Yes! Parents, this is one you’ll want to watch together for a family movie night, but is safe enough for kids to watch alone.
There is no profanity in Flora & Ulysses.
Phyllis is a romance novelist and has some funny book cover posters around the house. Think Fabio-ish.
Flora’s parents are separated, so kids may be sensitive to that topic.
There is some physical comedy when CGI animals attack a man.
There is a scene where one character shoots another with a tranquilizer gun several times.
In order to distract her parents, Flora announces she’s pregnant just for shock value.
William suffers from hysterical blindness. I don’t know how serious the condition is, but some may be sensitive to the comical way it’s portrayed.
Is Flora & Ulysses Appropriate for Kids Under 8?
I’m the first to admit talking CGI animals annoy me for the most part, so I’m so glad they didn’t have Ulysses talk. The CGI is done well and was not distracting in the least. Ulysses is delightful and fills his purpose perfectly – as one who allows Flora and her family to let down their emotional guards. He’s hilarious and kids will probably laugh at the trouble he causes.
Flora & Ulysses does an amazing job tackling tough topics like divorce, loss of hope, and helping broken people in a kid-friendly way through comedy and dialogue. I would recommend Flora & Ulysses for kids 8 years and older and even younger would be fine if you’re ok with the content.
Matilda Lawler shines and plays the heroine like an old soul. The comic book and Comic Cave aspects add elements of joy for all of us geeks out there – comic book lovers, Disney lovers, fandom lovers! There are Easter Eggs aplenty for everyone to recognize.
Director Lena Khan described Flora & Ulysses as a live-action Pixar film, and I can see where she was going with that. While I love a fairytale, I also appreciate a story with flawed characters who have real problems. Flora is a cynic and any cynic knows superheroes only live in your head. But what if they don’t?
I’m fangirling over Lena Khan as a female minority director, and over the way Flora is portrayed. Thank you from all the mothers who are raising girls who just want to be themselves.
You’ve heard the old adage, not all superheroes wear capes, and Ulysses doesn’t. He also changed my mind on what a superhero means. What if your superpower is about connecting people? Being kind? You may not be expecting Flora & Ulysses to make you laugh and cry, but be careful, it just might. I’m a sucker for magic, and Flora & Ulysses will help you see the magic in everyday life again.