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Delgo

Shoddily animated adventure is too violent for young kids.
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2008
  • Running Time: 107 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The two groups of creatures can't seem to get along and frequently make "racist" remarks about each other. A character is so blinded by power and ambition that she's willing to sacrifice her family to rule, and characters are easily corrupted. But there are two strong young characters who fall in love despite coming from different backgrounds.

Positive role models
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

A few characters are killed -- one is poisoned, one is stabbed, others are slain off-screen -- but there's no blood. Brawls break out between the Lockni and the Nohrin that eventually escalate to war on two separate occasions. Sedessa leads a slaughter of the Lockni people. Characters are threatened, imprisoned, and kidnapped.

Sexy stuff

A couple shares one kiss; another couple flirts and hugs.

Language

Mostly disparaging remarks about the other race of creatures -- like "savages," "stupid," "inferior," "silly," "ignorant," etc.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adventure features some mature themes, including war, political corruption, armed occupation, race relations, and genocide -- not exactly what you expect from an animated fantasy film. While the language is mostly insults, and the sexuality is limited to flirting and one innocent kiss, the violence is rather prominent and frequent. The entire plot revolves around getting two races to declare war on each other, and some scenes portray atrocities that one army committed against innocent civilians. The protagonist creatures may be winged, but this is no fairy tale.

What's the story?

The winged Nohrin are a proud race of flying creatures. When their world becomes a wasteland, King Zahn (voiced by Louis Gossett Jr.) puts his sister Sedessa (the late Anne Bancroft, in her final screen performance) in charge of establishing a new home. The spiritual, terrestrial Lockni, who live in Jhamora, offer the Nohrin the skies above their homeland. But instead of making peace, Sedessa tries to wipe out the Lockni, so Zahn clips her wings and banishes her. Fifteen years later, Sedessa orchestrates a plot to kidnap the king's daughter Princess Kyla (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and blame it on the Lockni, so the king will be forced to declare war. Delgo (Freddie Prinze Jr.), a young Lockni adventurer who's smitten with Kyla, and his comic-relief sidekick Filo (Chris Kattan) team up with imprisoned Nohrin general Bogardus (Val Kilmer) to save the princess and stop the violence.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

It's difficult to follow DELGO's convoluted plot. Between the political intrigue, General Bogardus' gambling addiction, Sedessa and Raius' evil plot, and the tension between the occupying Nohrin and the occupied Lockni, the story gets way too bogged down; this is an animated fantasy film, not four seasons of Battlestar Galactica crammed into an hour and a half.

Even kids and their parents who can keep up wtih all of the political machinations may have trouble looking past the creepy, reptilian-like creatures (who would have been better off imagined as human-looking aliens). And the animation, although computer animated, is more 1988 than 2008. The one redeeming thing about this film is that viewers get to hear Bancroft's commanding contralto voice one last time. It's just a shame the project isn't worthy of her (or most of the cast's) considerable talent.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about whether animated violence is more or less upsetting than real-life violence. Why?

  • Is this movie more violent than most animated films?

  • What is the impact of seeing violent behavior in the media?

  • Families can also discuss the movie's social and political themes.

  • What can we learn about the way the Nohrin and Lockni interacted? What are some ways they discriminated against each other? Kids: Could you understand what was going on, or was the story too complicated?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 12, 2008
DVD/Streaming release date:August 4, 2009
Cast:Freddie Prinze Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, Val Kilmer
Directors:Jason Maurer, Marc F. Adler
Studio:Freestyle Releasing
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures
Run time:107 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:sequences of fantasy action violence

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Parent of a 8 year old Written byJusty7 January 18, 2011

For older than 7

My 8 year old and I liked it. It was a familiar theme but it would not be easy to predict all the events that happened in the story. I think that people can't review a movie without watching it first. I had never heard of this movie but will definitely tell all the parents I know to watch it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Great messages
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old December 16, 2008

i didnt watch this and i can tell how lame it was

okay delgo is the worst name for a movie ever.this is a waste of time to watch and makes me wanna type something so horrible it will make your computer crash.usually im against ranting but this is bad bad bad bad.this is fine if you wanna torture someone.its the new waterboarding!!!please think of the children before watching this it disgusts me,it makes me wanna vomit, i curse whoever made this movie and everyone that helped to hiccuping for the rest of their life!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Teen, 17 years old Written byNesterPester March 4, 2011

Terrible movie

Bloody awful film.