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Jean Marie Barnwell
Billy is a boy who is trying to save a baby kangaroo called Joey after its family is captured and taken to Sydney. Billy travels to Sydney to reunite Joey with his family only to discover that Joey is not the only one who needs to be saved. Linda, the young daughter of the U.S. Ambassador joins Billy as they fight to save Joey. Written by
This is a great way to spend 90 minutes watching a movie with your kid.
The comedy is broad and lighthearted, the child actors are cheery and enjoyable to watch and the mother, played by Rebecca Gibney, is a sympathetic and well-crafted character.
It's not often a baby kangaroo shows up in an animal movie, and this one (or however many played the part of Joey) is deployed with plenty of charm.
I might also add that this was an especially fine turn for Miss McKenna, who comes across as lovable without being the least bit annoying.
And, thankfully, the Australian accents by the actors from down under were also softened for the American ear. I, for one, find that the harshest Aussie accents are among the most painful sounds made by the human voice.
I give this a strong recommendation -- it's easy to find on the Netflix instant queue.
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