Right away, the audience can see that Nathan comes off as cocky and is detached from his fellow toys. Even when he first meets Timebot, Nathan’s main concern is showing up his peers once he gets his color. [Nathan and Timebot are tea pets (toys); tea toys aren’t fully made until they get wet, giving them vibrant color. Timebot escaped his toy-making lab before they could give him his color.] But as the two spend more time together, Nathan becomes more protective and thoughtful of the needs of those who matter to him. Timebot’s first friend is Nathan and he does everything he can to keep him safe.
The relationship of the two characters is what carries the movie. Nathan starts off as impatient and mean-spirited toward Timebot, but as their adventure progresses, he becomes more understanding and compassionate, even going so far as to sacrifice himself and his chance to find his color for Timebot’s sake. Timebot is naïve and unsure of most things, but on his journey with Nathan, he learns the importance of friendship and their bond leads him to put his life on the line on multiple occasions.
Overall, Toys & Pets is filled with many unique, fun ideas. The lessons of determination, friendship, and imagination overshadow the mild cartoon violence, making this film Dove-approved for All Ages.
The Dove Take:
Nathan and Timebot take families of all ages on two toys’ journey of self-discovery and friendship.