Agathe-Christine: Next Door Spy – Film Review

Disclaimer: I received this film for free from TriCoast Entertainment in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the film or the content of my review.

Title: Agathe-Christine: Next Door Spy 

Age: U

Release Date: 16th June 2020

Director: Karla von Bengtson

Genre: Family, Mystery

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (4/5 stars)

About: Ten-year old Agathe-Christine or AC likes to be on her one.

Here she dreams about mystery and from the basement of the building, where she has just moved in with her family, she has established a little detective bureau.

AC’s first mystery looks likes it is going to be simple to solve, but before long, she finds herself involved in a much more complicated case, much more when she could ever have imagined.

Review: So guys I was really excited when I got asked to review this film.

It’s an up and coming animated film that isn’t going to be released until the 16th June on various digital platforms (InDemand, Amazon, iTunes, DirecTV, AT&T, FANDANGO, FlixFling, Vudu).

This film is absolutely perfect for anyone with young children, particularly if your child loves a good mystery.

An official still from Agathe-Christine: Next Door Spy. Image Credit: TriCoast Entertainment

As an adult it’s watchable, but not something that I would go out of my way to watch if I’m being honest. This is partly because I pretty much figured out the mystery straight away, so in that sense it wasn’t so good… But I guess it would take a young child a while to figure it out, so I don’t see it as a huge problem.

This is a kid’s film though obviously, but it’s not just a film that you can use to entertain your children with – the storyline and characters create a great message that your children can learn from.

They’ll learn how to have faith and trust in others, how to deal with feelings like being an outsider (which is a really great lesson, particularly if children move around a lot), and that you should always be yourself.

The main character Agathe Christine (AC) is a little bit stubborn, but she has a great passion and throughout the entirety of the film she stayed doing what she loved, even though others told her she basically wasn’t good enough.

An official still from Agathe-Chrisine: Next Door Spy. Image Credit: TriCoast Entertainment

Luckily in the end it all worked out, and she proved to everyone that she was doing the right thing.

The one thing I don’t understand about this film though is the fact that there is a talking lizard – why and how is it talking?

I first though that it has something to do with her insecurities, and was just a way to show how she was dealing with things.

I still think that that might be the reason, but it wasn’t quite clear if this was the case. Particularly at the end when she overcame her insecurities and was able to trust people in her life easily by the end of it.

An official still from Agathe-Chrisine: Next Door Spy. Image Credit: TriCoast Entertainment

The talking lizard isn’t really a big issue though as it doesn’t really affect the storyline, but it’s one of the main reasons why I gave this film 4 out of 5 stars – as it just felt like there were a few things that were brushed over.

My rating for this film is mainly based on the fact that it is a pretty great film for young children. You’ve got an intriguing storyline and some great lessons (as previously mentioned).

It even manages to capture the struggles of balancing family life with personal interests and just has a sense of realism about it.

When you listen to the conversations and dialogue between the characters, it was clear to me that a lot of thought had been put into the script. It was a very real film (if you forget about the talking lizard haha)!

An official still from Agathe-Chrisine: Next Door Spy. Image Credit: TriCoast Entertainment

I also just want to point out how amazingly skilled the people are who created this film – there is a special look about this film which features 100 backgrounds and 39 characters drawn in Photoshop, with each cell painted-by-hand and each character layered 600-times to enable movement.

I just think that’s incredible and the fact that this has taken about one and a half years, just shows their dedication to this!

The animation is stylized and artfully done, especially in the daydream sequences that Agathe lets her mind wander to frequently when she is dreaming about solving a case.

An official still from Agathe-Chrisine: Next Door Spy. Image Credit: TriCoast Entertainment

For a kid, this is the perfect film to watch – so if you want to entertain your kids for an hour and a bit then this could be perfect for you!

You don’t even need to be in the same room with them – there is nothing scary about this film and it is perfectly safe for them to watch on their own.

So if you need an hour to yourself to do a bit of work, or just want to have some “you time”, then when this becomes available on various digital platforms (on the 16th June), then this could be the perfect choice!

28 Comments Add yours

  1. I like the idea that it’s a film for children, something that they would highly enjoy. The plot sounds really interesting, but a talking lizard sounds intriguing haha. Glad you enjoyed it. X

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    1. This would be the perfect film for children! The talking lizard was intriguing, just wish they had explained why it was talking haha x

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      1. Let’s hope they will bring out another film very soon!
        I have also nominated you for the Ideal Inspiration Blogger Award! Hope you don’t mind. Details at https://thecaskconnoisseur.com/category/awards/

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      2. Hopefully! It would be good if they could turn this into a mystery series for young children. Think it would be very successful and thank you! x

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  2. adamjnew85 says:

    Looks pretty cool, one I’ll suggest to the kids to watch for sure.

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  3. I had no idea that Agatha Christie had been turned into a cartoon for kids. I almost wish my kids were younger so I could hook them into this. Instead I’m wondering if I can tie it into class and teaching reading skills (inference? Character development? Setting?)…

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    1. Ohhh yes you could do that actually, think this film would work well for teaching things like that!

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  4. Animation and spy films is my thing. Maybe I should check this film out. Thank you for sharing your review.

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    1. Well this sounds absolutely perfect for you – if you do end up watching it when it comes out i hope you enjoy 🙂

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  5. Lellalee says:

    My daughter would absolutely love this film. In fact, she is looking over my shoulder as I am writing asking to watch it! We’ll definitely be watching it upon release! xxx

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    1. Haha that’s amazing! Hope you guys enjoy it when it comes out xx

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  6. Kelly Diane says:

    This is such a great in depth review. It sounds like something my niece would love to watch.

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    1. Thank you! I hope your niece enjoys it, it’s a great film for young children!

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  7. Karalee says:

    This film looks so cute & I love Agatha Christie so I’ll definitely have to watch it with my daughter! Also, it’s amazing how they made a movie using Photoshop!

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    1. This film was really cute, and had a nice story with it. Super easy to watch as well which is great! I hope you and your daughter enjoy it when it does come out 🙂

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  8. Bossylibrarian says:

    This looks great! My daughter loves mysteries! She Will love this! Thanks for the review!

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    1. If your daughter loves mysteries then this film should be absolutely perfect!

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  9. This is so lovely! I was a huge fan of Agatha Christie when I was a teenager. I will check it out! Thanks for the rec.

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    1. Detective fiction is always fun to read, and I love her work. So I was super excited to watch this, even though it is a kid’s film. It’s still a fun, easy watch though.

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  10. kalliopechasing says:

    I love the animation style for this. It looks so cool! Plus Agatha Christy for kids? It feels new and fun.
    Me and my daughter will definitely give this a watch

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    1. I was really impressed by the animation style for this. I loved the daydream scenes when they changed to black and white, it was very cleverly done. I hope you and your daughter enjoy!

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  11. Jaya Avendel says:

    I love the animation and color on this! I find myself liking most Pixar films as a family, so I think this is something we would all also enjoy. 🙂

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    1. It is a really good family film, one that young children will really enjoy! And if you like most Pixar films, then you should like this one as well.

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  12. This sounds adorable! While I don’t regularly run to watch children’s movies, there are occasionally days that all I want is lighthearted entertainment. I’m definitely going to have to check this out.

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    1. The good thing about this film is that it is really easy to watch and has a cute storyline! Obviously better suited for younger children, but it does work perfectly if all you want is a bit of lighthearted entertainment!

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