Spy Kids: We Can Be Heroes is a very enjoyable film. It's not just fun for the audience, but it's great fun for the director as well. It's been praised by critics and received a warm and loving reception from audiences of all ages. This animated series is probably the second-best cartoon in the whole franchise, after Madagascar. The movie itself is very funny and has excellent special effects that make up for some of the less attractive aspects of the animation.
Spy Kids: We Can Be Heroes was originally released way back in 2021, following the release of two other popular children's movies that year. Neither of those movies achieved near-universal acclaim, and both failed to do well at the box office. However, Mattel, the company that brought us all these marvel toys and games, has produced a reasonably successful and fun movie. It has proven to be an entertaining family film that doesn't sacrifice quality or originality. It's just as entertaining (if not more so) than Madagascar, and it stars two very nice stars - Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston.
The movie starts out with the main story, which follows the misadventures of a young boy named Sid (Sandler), who lives in a city alongside a giant robot named Mosquito. Sid is so full of energy that he's always running around chasing after Mosquito, but he can't catch him (as far as we understand). One night, however, he gets a visit from his old friendwormworm (voiced by Jason Statham), whom he had saved from a rat in the previous movie. Sid must help the nerdyworm find a way to capture the giant robot, and he must use his newfound friendship with the help of some new teens: Bo and Ether (Heath ledger and Carrie Fisher), who become part of his rag-tag group.
Once the movie gets going, things pick up immediately with the huge musical number "We Can Be Heroes," which serves as a welcome distraction from the serious nature of the story. In typical Sandler fashion, the lead single is a spoof of Disney's Hero. The song, featuring a series of badly botched attempts at acting, gives We Can Be Heroes its memorable opening. And the song does a good job of setting the tone for what's to come.
Following the first verse, the second verse quickly follows, providing some light relief amidst the chaos. But just when things start to get really bad, We Can Be Heroes goes into a fast-paced third verse that features some memorable cameos by some well-known faces from the film industry. The song gets to its climax near the end of the third verse, and there's a nice buildup toward the end of the fourth verse before it gets to the end. So while the song might not be the peak of We Can Be Heroes' album, it's definitely one of the best.
The movie's real strength comes in the way that director Erickson provides a terrific visual accompaniment to the storytelling. The movie opens with an aerial view of New York City in the clouds, and We Can Be Heroes includes a great shot of David Hyde Pierce towering over the Manhattan skyline. The music adds nicely to the overall feel of the film, and while the movie does leave some unneeded plot dangling, We Can Be Heroes provides an entertaining and fun to watch.