Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing

Movie review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Courage, teamwork help save the day in feel-good movie.
  • NR
  • 2020
  • 46 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

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Educational Value

The story is meant to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

Viewers see Leyla struggle with insecurity about singing but overcome nerves to let her voice be heard when her friends are in trouble. Strong themes of teamwork, perseverance. Villain isn't necessarily ill-meaning, and as movie unfolds, viewers come to see she's motivated more by loneliness, sadness than by evil. Despite their experiences with her, Leyla and Dak are eager to help Melodia when they have the chance.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Leyla is a born leader whose forward thinking and determination benefit those around her. Though her solutions don't always work out, she remains positive and focused on the ultimate goal. She sees the best in people, even those rough around the edges. Although she is the villain, it's revealed that Melodia is more misunderstood and lonely than evil.

Violence & Scariness

Story involves a new dragon using her song skills to hypnotize the residents of Huttsgalor, and her control of them is shown in their eyes turning purple. Even so, she never influences them toward ill gain, rather just to keep their companionship.

Sexy Stuff

Adds to the plot of the Dragons: Rescue Riders series.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing is a movie special tied to the series Dragons: Rescue Riders in which a new dragon bewitches the dragon population of Huttsgalor by singing to them. The story involves an excellent soundtrack and follows the personal evolution of Leyla as she discovers her own voice and builds the confidence to share it in an effort to help her friends. There are no real scares here; the "villain" is a gorgeous, soft-spoken dragon who's eventually revealed to be more lonely than evil, and the extent to which her powers hypnotize other dragons is shown only in their eyes turning purple. Fans of the series definitely will want to watch this movie, but newcomers to the characters will have no trouble jumping into the storyline here and enjoying this feel-good pick as well. 

User Reviews

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  • Kids say
Adult Written byCc212 May 20, 2021

Fun music. Ends with a surprise appearance of same sex couple

The whole show is fun and catchy. It ends with the female dragon ending her loneliness by finding her songmate (soulmate), another female dragon that she clearl... Continue reading
Parent of a 3-year-old Written bySara M. August 15, 2020

My daughter and I both love this

This is a really wonderful short movie for little kids. My 3 year daughter loves the songs and has been singing them almost daily since she viewed the film. T... Continue reading

What's the story?

In DRAGONS: RESCUE RIDERS: SECRETS OF THE SONGWING, trouble befalls the dragon residents of Huttsgalor when a Songwing beckons them to a distant island and hypnotizes them with her tuneful voice. When Rescue Riders Leyla (voiced by Brennley Brown) and Dak (Nicolas Cantu) and their dragon friends realize what the beautiful Melodia (Renee Elise Goldsberry) is doing, they set out to break her spell over their friends and free them from her grasp, but it's more difficult than they imagined. Only by teaming up with an unlikely partner and overcoming one of her greatest fears can Leyla hope to help her friends and, possibly, Melodia herself. 

Is it any good?

As villains go, Melodia is a fairly benign presence in this feel-good series add-on. She's beautiful in a tropical-bird-dragon-combo kind of way, and her voice is so glorious that it's easy to imagine it could bewitch victims if she wanted it to. But she never comes across as even remotely evil, even when her true intentions are still in doubt, and as Leyla and Dak try everything to free their friends, viewers will find her increasingly sympathetic, which makes the heartwarming end that much sweeter. 

Secrets of the Songwing opens with lovely music, and it never really stops as the story unfolds. Despite the fact that the movie suggests the music is used as a weapon of sorts, the songs are very good, and music also proves to be the Huttsgalor community's saving grace in a way. As Leyla comes to find and share her own voice, youngsters will recognize the importance of overcoming fears and cultivating talent in this sweet tale of kindness and courage.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether or not Melodia is a villain in Dragons: Rescue Riders: Secrets of the Songwing. Does she mean to harm her subjects? Is she scary? What drives her desire to control them? When the truth is revealed, how does knowing it help Leyla and Dak help her?

  • In what ways does Leyla demonstrate courage in this story? Is it difficult to overcome your own fears? How does it feel to do so? How does overcoming your fears benefit you? 

  • Do you enjoy this story's music? Do you like to sing? How do different styles of music make you feel? How is music both a curse and a cure in this story?

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