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Release Date: 06/30/23 [Cinemas]
Genre: Animation. Action. Adventure. 

Studio: Universal Pictures.

"A shy adolescent learns that she comes from a fabled royal family of legendary sea krakens and that her destiny lies in the depths of the waters, which is bigger than she could have ever imagined." 


Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken is an animated coming-of-age story with a bright, colorful aesthetic and fun vibe. This film is not going to change the world, but it’s a fun summer movie with humorous moments.


Ruby tries desperately to fit in at high school and has a great group of friends who all share her view that “Prom is a post-colonial patriarchal construct” – yet it might still be fun to go. Another determining factor comes into play as Ruby develops a crush on classmate, Connor, whom she tutors in math and who seems to be sharing the crush.


Drama enters the picture via new girl, Chelsea, who has a suspicious resemblance to the animated version of Ariel (the little mermaid) and, as it turns out, is actually a “mother-flippin’” mermaid. But forget everything you know about mermaids and krakens, because in this world, mermaids are the bad guys and krakens are good! 


Ruby and Chelsea become “super sea-girl besties” for a time, but can a kraken and mermaid truly be friends? You’ll have to watch to find out. This film will entertain younger kids on one level, while teens and parents will find a deeper layer of humor and meaning intended just for them. Family issues, fitting in with peers and finding one’s own destiny are all themes explored by Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken.


I personally loved the switch-up on the usual mermaid tale and have a newfound appreciation for kraken, aka giant squids. The voice actors all do a great job, with my personal favorite being Jane Fonda as the fierce kraken warrior queen. If you’re looking for a breezy animated adventure this summer, Ruby Gillman, Teenage Kraken may be just the right fare.

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