Dragon Guardians

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Jumbled animated tale has positive message, some violence.
  • PG
  • 2013
  • 72 minutes

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Although they're pretty ham-handed, there are a lot of positive messages sprinkled throughout the film, such as "Being a father is one of the most courageous things in life and takes great bravery. Only one thing take more courage: being a mother." There also are a lot of underlying messages about taking care of the planet, since "in the 21st century, the humans almost destroyed the whole world because they made the climate change."

Positive Role Models & Representations

There are a few scenes that show characters being dismissive of each other, especially Gala, who belittles her husband for creating art and not being more helpful around the house. But most of the characters are positive role models who want to reach lofty goals, such as Elfy, who wants to "do extraordinary things to defend the weak from tyranny and oppression." 

Violence & Scariness

There's quite a bit of sword fighting and talks of battles and dragon hunting. There's also one scary sword fight that involves a character's death. Another character also dies from the flu, though he's not a main character.

Sexy Stuff

A married couple embraces and engages in some very mild flirting.

Language

Ken tells Igor Khan to "go to hell."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragon Guardians (El Corazon del Roble) is a Spanish animated kids' film that has been overdubbed in English. This adventure tale, which borrows heavily from the tales of King Arthur, has a lot of positive messages about protecting the weak, preserving nature, and defeating evil. Although it's fairly clean (only one use of the word "hell" and very little sexy stuff), there is quite a bit of sword fighting and an evil villain, which may be scary for young viewers.

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What's the story?

It's slowly getting colder and colder, threatening the inhabitants of Dragon Hill and the sacred forest. Dragon Elfy and his human friend, Kevin, must set off on an adventure to find Robin, the elf guardian of the forest, to help put a stop to the encroaching winter. While his son bravely sets off, Elfy's father Ken also must return to his former life as a dragon knight so he can challenge the evil Igor Khan and help his son save Dragon Hill.

Is it any good?

DRAGON GUARDIANS has a lot of ambition but unfortunately doesn't quite live up to its lofty goals. There are a lot of characters, many with names from the King Arthur stories, which young kids probably won't recognize. And those with less mythical names also are confusing, such as the dragon named Elfy and the elf named Robin. A lot of plot points also start to feel jumbled and confusing since many key aspects of the story are only revealed close to the end, making it difficult to know what's going on, if you ever actually figure it out.

Parents will like the many positive messages sprinkled throughout the film and the way that good conquers evil. Kids will probably like the fun, adventurous feel to the movie, though they may find themselves confused about some of the characters or plot points.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the characters' names in the movie, many of which come from the tales of King Arthur. Do they represent the same characters as in King Arthur stories? Or are they different?

  • Who do you think the space aliens are, and why did they come to help Robin?

  • Ken gives up his life of being a dragon knight to marry Gala and have a family. Do you think you have to give up a dangerous career or mission if you have a family? Why, or why not?

Movie details

For kids who love adventure

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