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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Through the chaos of the intense battle scenes, characters who have been raised to be bitter rivals find common ground and shared purpose.
Positive Role Models
Prince Dev and Princess Norvagan learn to set aside their rivalries to see the good in the other, and to work together to fight a mutual foe.
Violence & Scariness
Frequent fantasy violence. Characters wield swords, spears, flaming spears, and battle axes as they fight. There is an extended battle sequence between two teenage warriors. Demonic-looking winged creatures join in the battles amidst nightmarishly orange backgrounds.
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Products & Purchases
This is a co-production of the toy company Mega Bloks, which sells a line of dragon and fantasy-themed toys.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters raise their chalices and make toasts before drinking unspecified liquids.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragons: Fire and Ice is a 2004 CGI fantasy movie with considerable fantasy violence as warring factions do battle with swords, flaming spears, battle axes, as well as magical uses of fire and ice. There are also battle scenes where flying, evil-looking gorgons appear amidst fiery demonic orange landscapes; these gorgons look like future nightmares for younger or more sensitive viewers. The movie is a co-production of the toy company Mega Bloks -- which has sold dragon toys that look similar to the dragons in the movie. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
For fantasy fans, Dragons: Fire and Ice will be entertaining, in spite of the primitive computer animation. There are plenty of battle scenes, unusual creatures and landscapes at every turn, and plot twists and turns as the movie primarily centers on the relationship between teenagers Prince Dev and Princess Kyra. There's a detailed backstory that combined with the events that transpire during the movie go far to show there is much at stake for the characters and the kingdoms they represent.
However, for parents and kids not as smitten with fantasy, the story might feel like a jumble of battle scenes and creatures with complicated names. Furthermore, for younger or more sensitive viewers, some of these demonic creatures look like nightmares waiting to happen, especially as they move and fight amidst fiery orange backgrounds. That being said, this movie is best for those who already enjoy the fantasy genre and are mature enough to not be overwhelmed by the scary stuff.
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