Spookley the Square Pumpkin (2005) Rated G

 Spookley the square pumpkin is teased by the other round pumpkins in the patch, but with his friends, a couple of bats and three spiders, maybe he can be of help. Based on the book, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano and Susan Banta. Starring Sonja Ball, Bruce Dinsmore, Craig Francis.

This film isn’t so much about Halloween as it is about bullying, and it is not addressed well.  The bullying is so intense at the beginning of the movie that Spookley gives the sense that he’s suicidal, making it difficult to keep watching. I was expecting a drastic change of heart for the bullies, but they offer nothing more than a quick thanks to Spookley after he saves them. There’s hardly any apology expressed for their behavior. I think, for as hard as they hit the subject matter starting out, the filmmakers should have made apology and reconciliation a stronger message at the end. This film is a pass.

 

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