Magic Light Pictures Room on the Broom

Last updated date: August 19, 2019

DWYM Score
8.5

Magic Light Pictures Room on the Broom

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Overall Take

This short yet sweet story earned a nomination for Best Animated Short Film at the 2014 Academy Awards. It's based on the book of the same name, and the adorable animation brings the tale's illustrations to life. It's a cute story about friendship that's also appropriate for all ages. In our analysis of 78 expert reviews, the Magic Light Pictures Magic Light Pictures Room on the Broom placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 20, 2019:
Checkout The Best Children’s Movie for a detailed review of all the top children's movies.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
4 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.6
5,454 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Short and sweet adventure about a generous witch.
- Common Sense Media
The adorable animation in this movie is spot on in comparison to the book it was inspired by. Right down to the words used in the book, this movie includes animated pictures that look like the illustrations in the book. It provides an overall message of friendship as the witch agrees to take on each of the animals she meets and those friends in turn save her from the mean dragon. The music and non-verbal language in this movie provide an additional layer for viewers to better understand what is going on.
- byucbmr
October 4, 2017 | Full review
This film is very funny and has great detailed animation.
- Huff Post
December 6, 2017 | Full review
For 27 minutes, the film’s mix of Claymation and CGI is done quite well. It’s bright, colorful, and the animation is expressive. There is a really nice calming atmosphere to the overall journey. It helps that Simon Pegg does a wonderful job telling the story, using a quiet tone that fits the overall mood of everything. It’s not a super intense book, or a story that is hyper. It’s a soothing narration that could easily help a child close his or her eyes on the way to slumberland. The experience also has some simple morals any young person could recognize, like sharing, friendship, and overcoming adversity. The other voice actors do a good job with their roles, even though they don’t have many actual lines.
- The Other Side of Animation
October 29, 2015 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The movie's content -- like the book -- is fine for younger audiences, but it does feature a scary dragon that wants to eat the witch. Of course, she's saved, but the moment of peril might be too much for the under-4 set.
- Common Sense Media
The overall package is simple, but I do have some complaints. First off, why did the film need big-named actors like Gillian Anderson or Timothy Spall? I understand Simon Pegg, but for characters who don’t talk much, they got some big named people. Granted, I doubt expanding this kind of story would have been worth the time and budget, but the characters are a bit simple, and don’t have a whole lot of personality to them. They are likable enough, but there isn’t much to them. I respect the organization that sets up the Academy Awards for nominating this movie, but compared to other films that were in this category like Possessions and Mr. Hublot, it might be a tad too simple to have actually won.
- The Other Side of Animation
October 29, 2015 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Room on the Broom is a half hour animated film based on the wonderful children's picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. Room on the Broom is a magical tale about friendship and family from Magic Light Pictures, the producers of the hugely successful The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo's Child.

Overall Product Rankings

Magic Light Pictures Room on the Broom
1. Magic Light Pictures Room on the Broom
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
Walt Disney Pictures Brave
2. Walt Disney Pictures Brave
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 8
Magic Light Pictures The Gruffalo
3. Magic Light Pictures The Gruffalo
Overall Score: 8.0
Expert Reviews: 4
Disney – Pixar Monsters Inc
4. Disney – Pixar Monsters Inc
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 13
Magic Light Pictures The Gruffalo’s Child
5. Magic Light Pictures The Gruffalo’s Child
Overall Score: 7.8
Expert Reviews: 4
PARAMOUNT PICTURES Charlotte’s Web
6. PARAMOUNT PICTURES Charlotte’s Web
Overall Score: 6.9
Expert Reviews: 9
Fox The Peanuts Movie
7. Fox The Peanuts Movie
Overall Score: 6.7
Expert Reviews: 10
Walt Disney Pictures Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
8. Walt Disney Pictures Honey, I Shrunk The Kids
Overall Score: 6.3
Expert Reviews: 7
Walt Disney Pictures A Goofy Movie
9. Walt Disney Pictures A Goofy Movie
Overall Score: 6.0
Expert Reviews: 5
Shout! Factory Maya The Bee
10. Shout! Factory Maya The Bee
Overall Score: 5.8
Expert Reviews: 10

An Overview On Children's Movies

As a parent, you’ve got tons of choices to make about what your child listens to, watches and reads. Are they old enough to handle the language of that song? Will they get something worthwhile out of that book? Is this movie’s message something they’ll pick up on?

That’s enough to make anyone exhausted, especially in a time when you’ve got endless content to choose from. Luckily, a great movie can teach them a lot (and give you a little time to put your feet up).

Storytelling is inherently valuable. A great story teaches your children how to tell their own stories. It also encourages them to empathize with characters who are different from them and shows them that there are many different ways to look at and experience the world. Finding that perfect movie for this moment in your kid’s life is a gift for both you and your child. 

The best children’s movies combine a compelling plot with relatable characters and exciting visuals. We’ve done the research for you and picked the best kid flicks around. Take a look at our Tips & Advice for specific info on these fantastic films. 

DWYM Fun Fact

Many childhood favorites are fully animated, but early animated films bear little resemblance to the CGI-heavy flicks of today.  Many people think of the 1928 short “Steamboat Willie” when they think about early animation, but the first animated film was released two decades earlier. 

“Fantasmagorie” by French artist Émile Cohl was the first animated film. It debuted in 1908, and it was about a stick figure interacting with various objects that transformed before your eyes (like a flower stalk turning into an elephant’s trunk). The animator’s hands were purposely featured in several frames. It clocked in at a minute and 17 seconds, and it was part of the Silent Era of animated films.

Synchronized sound came about in animated films around 1924. This was the “Steamboat Willie” era, and most of the action in that short movie revolves around Willie making sounds. The steamboat sounds and Willie’s whistling made this flick stand out. 

Color was finally featured in animated films in 1930. Steamboat Willie was rebranded as Mickey Mouse. His universe rapidly expanded with the addition of Goofy, Pluto and Donald Duck. Popeye, Betty Boop and Superman began dominating screens during this time, and Warner Bros. also launched Looney Tunes. 

Technology kept moving forward, improving the quality and realism of animated films.  “The Rescuers Down Under” was the first film that used digital ink and paint in 1990, and “Toy Story” made history in 1995 — it was the first feature film fully animated with computers. 

Today’s animated films can combine different styles, like cutouts, Claymation and old-fashioned hand drawings, to bring unforgettable stories to life. We’ve come a long way since stick figures and steamboats.

The Children's Movis Buying Guide

  • The most obvious feature you’ll want in a children’s movie is an engaging story. There are plenty of kids’ movies that are just slapped together, but even young children can tell the difference between a movie with heart and a storyline that falls apart. “Room on the Broom” is only 30 minutes long, but the story about a generous witch who teams up with her friends to fight a dragon is bewitching. The movie was even nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.
  • Many kids’ movies are animated, and the best animated flicks are thoughtful about the medium and how it relates to the movie’s story. Great visuals add oomph to any kids’ movie. “The Gruffalo” uses a combination of Claymation and CGI to bring its story to life. It’s based on the children’s book of the same title, and the animation matches the book’s illustrations to help the story translate to the big screen. Pixar favorite “Monsters, Inc.” uses digital animation to capture every strand of Sulley’s teal fur. 
  • You can find a film with a great story and breathtaking animation, but it won’t matter if it’s not age-friendly for your kid. The length of the film, the complexity of the plot and the movie’s themes all play a role in determining whether it’s appropriate for your child’s age group. “Room on the Broom” and “The Gruffalo” are both ideal for the youngest viewers. They both have a runtime of 40 minutes or less, and the stories combine simple themes with novel animation to keep very young children (ages 5 and under) interested. Pixar’s “Brave” runs for an hour and 40 minutes. It has more complex themes, like promoting independence and standing up for your beliefs. (It’s also Pixar’s first film starring a female protagonist.) It’s rated PG, and it’s probably best for children ages 8 and up. 
  • Speaking of themes, movies can be a fun way to emphasize lessons you’re trying to teach your children in real life. It never hurts to have a fun movie with a great message in your home. “Room on the Broom”  speaks to the power of friendship in the face of adversity. “Monsters, Inc.” demonstrates how teamwork can get the job done, and it encourages the audience to give new people a chance. Seeing life lessons play out with fun characters can help kids connect with new ideas more easily.
  • No one knows your kid’s interests better than you. Many children love repetition, and they’ll watch the same film over and over again. If you’re going to invest in a movie to watch at home, you may as well get the most out of your money and make sure it’s something your little one will enjoy watching on repeat. “Monsters, Inc.” has a multilayered story with plenty of Pixar Easter eggs that make every viewing a little bit different. 
  • Obviously, your child will be the one watching their movie, but you’ll be around the house when the TV is on. It doesn’t hurt to pick a children’s film that you’ll also enjoy. You can watch it together for some family bonding time, and the movie won’t drive you crazy if you’re just trying to work at home. Pixar’s films, like “Brave” and “Monsters, Inc.” both include sly jokes for adults that will fly over younger children’s heads. “Room on the Broom” and “The Gruffalo” are both beautifully animated — it will feel like you’re watching art, not patiently waiting through a movie for kids. Plus, both of those films have famous adult actors as part of the cast (Helena Bonham Carter narrates “The Gruffalo” and Gillian Anderson’s voice makes a cameo in “Room on the Broom”).