When Ella and her dad move away from the West coast and out to the country, Ella must learn to adjust to her new circumstances and make new friends. After hearing a strange noise in her grandfather’s barn, Ella discovers a baby kangaroo—a joey—hiding in the barn. Determined to help this baby kangaroo, whom she names Joey, Ella digs deep into Australian history and environmental conservation, and develops a few unbreakable bonds along the way. What Ella doesn’t know, however, is that bad guys are lurking in the shadows, looking for something precious that Joey just happens to have in his possession.
Ella is a resilient and admirable character—despite mean girls at school and the difficulties that coincide with moving, she is able to grow as an individual. Even when her own plans are put on hold, she remains grateful and kind, and these traits do not go unnoticed by her family. Ella would be a great role model for any young girl.
The producers did a wonderful job piecing together Joey and Ella. Ella’s side of the plot is heartwarming and inspirational while the bad guy’s side of the plot is humorous and provides a clear antagonist for the film. With some relatable scenes and others that are fantastically imaginative, Joey and Ella is a great movie for the whole family.
Joey and Ella is Dove-approved for All Ages.
The Dove Take:
As Ella adjusts to her new town, she must help Joey find his family and while also caring for the environment.