This movie is not for everyone: It's too dark for most young children (outside world is cold & grim, a death of beloved character) and the artistic license taken on the ending will disappoint those attached to to the original story. That said, I loved this film - I was completely charmed by the characters in this stop-motion animation. Anyone with any intimate knowledge of animals will see how well the animators studied & captured the mannerisms that make them come to life. I found the ending uplifting. I'd recommend it highly to older kids & adults who can see the world tinged with a bit of grey & hope.