Dragons: Fire and Ice

Movie review by
Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
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Battles, nightmarish imagery in toy-inspired fantasy.
  • NR
  • 2004
  • 72 minutes

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

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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

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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Consumerism

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.

What 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.

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What's the story?

After dragons helped bring about a truce between two warring human kingdoms -- Draigar and Norvagen -- the dragons disappear to another realm when that truce is shattered after a mysterious attack on Prince Dev of the Norvagen and Princess Kyra of Draigar when they are 8-years-old. Now teens and highly trained warriors, Prince Dev and Princess Kyra decide to face off in a duel in order to try and end the war, but this only leads to more war when their respective armies join in the fight. When a third army joins in the fray and takes their kings hostage, Dev and Kyra must work together to rescue them, and learn the true source of their kingdoms' current hatred.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about marketing to kids. Why would the toy company Mega Bloks co-produce this movie?

  • As a movie from 2004, how does the computer animation compare to movies that use computer animation today?

  • What's the difference between realistic and fantasy violence? Does it affect you differently?

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