Since THE MAGICIAN’S ELEPHANT repeatedly asks, “what if,” I decided to do the same in my review.

  • What if this movie had a better plot?
  • What if parents didn’t lie to protect their kids?
  • What if the animation didn’t feel like second-tier Illumination 
  • What if the narrator, Natasia Demetriou, improvised her lines to match her character Nadja in WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS?
  • What if the dialogue supported Kate Dicamillo’s book instead of making it feel preachy?
  • And finally, what if I told you that despite these shortcomings, I still enjoyed this kid’s movie because it has a good heart?

THE MAGICIAN’S ELEPHANT is available on Netflix.

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. Heโ€™s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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