What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Willow is a wonderful fantasy adventure with lots of intense scenes of battle and conflict, which are often lightened with humor. Expect an evil queen who yells and threatens to kill a baby, plus some scary wildebeasts and soldiers who storm a village of innocents -- including kids -- but leave before anyone is seriously hurt. Some battles result in apparent deaths with a little blood, but nothing is lingered on or explicit. A couple monsters are pretty creepy and put beloved characters in peril. There is also some romantic kissing and a hint of infidelity.
- Families can talk about the characters' choices. Why did the queen want to kill the baby princess? Why was Willow reluctant to take the baby into his home? Why did Madmartigan help Willow and the baby? What do these choices say about the movie's messages?
- Talk about the humor in this movie. How do jokes and silly pratfalls lessen the intensity of violence or peril?
- What parts of the movie are created by actors, and what parts are created by computer effects? How can you tell?