Tad (voice of Trevor White), an accident-prone archaeologist, is working as an assistant on a dig in Mexico. In characteristic style, he accidentally opens a secret door and finds himself in a giant chamber where he makes the unlikely discovery of an Egyptian sarcophagus. When Tad reports his find, the professional archaeologists ridicule his report and he is fired from the dig. They then claim his finding as their own.
Determined to investigate further, Tad finds the sarcophagus in a museum and manages to open it. By doing so he releases an Egyptian mummy named Ramona (Pippa Bennett-Warner) and unleashes a curse connected with a mysterious emerald tablet. To his horror, the curse transforms his friends from previous adventures – Mummy, an Incan mummy; Jeff the dog; and Belzoni the parrot – into strange creatures.
Pursued by crime fighters and the professional archaeologists, Tad and Sara (Alex Wells) now go on an action-packed and dangerous quest to discover the emerald tablet and free their friends from the curse. They travel to Paris to find information from Napoleonic times hidden under the Louvre and then to Egypt. Along the way they meet up with Victoria Moon (Elena Sanz), a researcher of the occult, who offers to help and follows them before becoming affected by the curse herself.
Archaeology; the ancient world; the supernatural; curses and being cursed
Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure has some slapstick violence and injury. These sequences are meant to be funny but they may worry young children. Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure has some other violence. For example:
- Soldiers shoot at Tad and his companions.
- Many fights include hitting, kicking and grabbing.
- The archaeologists shout at, and belittle, Tad.
- The main characters, in a small motorised bath tub, are chased along the Seine by larger boats. They finally crash through the crime fighters’ large boat and escape.
There are no sexual references in Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure.
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
There’s no substance use in Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure.
Nudity and sexual activity
There’s no nudity and sexual activity in Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure.
Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure has some product placement. For example Mummy is hooked on his mobile phone – obsessively buying online and posting to social media – but this is shown as detrimental and Tad throws the phone away.
Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure has some mild insults, including ‘loser’. It also has some crude behaviour, including a fart joke about Mummy having ‘gas’ when the characters are confined in a crate.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure (also known as, Tad the Lost Explorer and the Emerald Tablet) is an animated, comedy adventure suitable for older, primary school children and likely to also appeal to younger teens, but unlikely to have much appeal for older viewers. The film has some scary scenes and themes, and violence, which make it unsuitable for children under 8 years. We recommend parental guidance for children aged 8-10 years.
The main message from This Movie is that loyalty and friendship are more important than fame.
Values in Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure that you could reinforce with your children are perseverance and selflessness.
Tad the Explorer: The Mummy Adventure has two alternative endings. This could give you the chance to talk with your children about the choices presented, and why people make the choices they do.