I ordered this movie because a friend of my son's had recommended it. Even the mom said it was a worthy film. I watched it for the first time with my son. I found the story a bit jarring and political at times. The idea of death is very forward in presentation throughout the cartoon. My son, who is not yet twelve, was eager to assure me that the sad parts were over quickly. It was quite a role reversal for him to reassure me rather than the opposite.
The film tells the story of nine creatures- or creations if you will. I don't want to spoil the story, but it is a kind of apocalyptic tale in which there are no humans, only creations who are left to deal with the aftermath of what scientists and war have wrought on the world. There are thematic elements that are very adult running parallel to the action within the story. There is a sense of preservation, a thread of foreboding and an all-out sense of hope in the tale that you cannot help but root for these tiny creatures to succeed. They are battling not only their own fear, but the thing that was created, much as they were, in the name of science that wants to destroy them. And it is up to a brave few to take on the monumental task of preserving the last of humanity.
I would recommend this film to anyone with the caveat that some scenes may be too scary for small, immature children.