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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
Some healthy competition is good, but you should always play fair.
Positive Role Models
More about having fun than providing role models. There's some lying and cheating, but the cheaters are found out and lose their winning title.
Violence & Scariness
Vikings beat each other up out of boredom; Astrid breaks her arm; lots of slapstick fighting and accidents; a mildly suspenseful scene of characters playing chicken while racing the dragons.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character tells a sheep "No means no" when the sheep won't leave him alone.
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Some mild insults and name-calling, plus some gross-out humor (Team Snotnuts and other jokes involving snot).
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Products & Purchases
Released to promote the DVD of How to Train Your Dragon 2.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
In the dining hall characters drink from large mugs that may contain beer.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragons: Dawn of the Dragon Racers is a short film about the invention of dragon racing that takes place in between How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2. Kids who haven't seen the movies, other short films, or TV show in the series may be a little confused about who's who, but they should still be able to enjoy the action. There's quite a bit of cartoon violence, some mild name-calling and gross-out humor, and some moderately suspenseful scenes that may be a bit scary for very young kids. But with a positive message about playing fair and trying new things, this short and silly flick is a fun pick for grade-schoolers and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
DRAGONS: DAWN OF THE DRAGON RACERS is a short and silly romp that should be entertaining for fans of How to Train Your Dragon as well as those new to the series. It's goofy, lighthearted, and fast-paced. Although the kids from the dragon academy are very competitive with each other and not all of them always play fair, they show that people with different personalities and strengths can be the best of friends. It's certainly not the best of the How to Train Your Dragon series, but it adds some nice backstory for die-hard fans who can't get enough of dragon racing.
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