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Chasseurs de dragons Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 11+

Old tale told with stunning but scary animation.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this is an animated adventure story, many of the images are scary and our heroes face great danger in scene after scene. The hunted "dragons" are ugly and vicious, and include a giant skeletal monster with blazing eyes, sinister creatures made of sharp needles, and fire-spitting, swarming insects on the attack. Eerie music combined with visual images of dark caverns, a teeming jungle, and crushed cities to indicate the end of the world create what might be a terrifying experience for the tender-hearted. Some mild "bad words" that kids usually find funny are sprinkled throughout, as well.

  • Families can talk about how the animation in this French film is different from the family-friendly animated movies usually seen in the U.S. How does the music add to the feelings that the visual pictures create?
  • What methods did the filmmakers use to show that the brave, strongwarrior Lian-Chu is also a sensitive, caring man?
  • What did Gwizdo learnabout "doing the right thing?"
  • How did Zoe's presence help the DragonHunters?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Good triumphs over evil; opportunists learn that doing the right thing is always the better motivation; and bravery and belief in oneself wins the day. Even the orphaned "damsel-in-distress" has the heart of a lion and the brains with which to save herself... most of the time. Her guardian, however, has much to learn about being a compassionate, reasonable surrogate parent.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Fantasy violence throughout. All manner of monsters, creatures, and dragons on the attack, including flying bats, lizard-like animals with jagged teeth, a giant caterpillar, speeding blobs of massive needles, swarms of fire-spitting flying insects, and an enormously powerful dragon with fiery eyes and sharp claws. The heroes are under siege again and again. Nightmares, scary music, and explosions heighten the danger to a little girl and three "knights" who continually come to her rescue.

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    Sex: Not an issue

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    Language: Mild potty language: "barf," "doo-doo," "fart," "butt," "butt-wipe," "boogers," "piss," "s--t."

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue