A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Fantasy tale meant to entertain rather than educate.
A mother's love is powerful and endures, even if she's not with you. Fighting just leads to more fighting, and everyone loses. Try communicating, understanding, and compromising to end conflicts. You have a lot more in common than you think with people (and creatures) who might seem very different.
Positive Role Models
Hilda and her friends are very resourceful and loyal. Hilda models empathy, courage, and communication. Her friends and family model perseverance and teamwork. They speak up for what's right and never stop trying to make positive changes. The only villain is a troll bent on destruction. A warmongering human villain changes for the better.
Most of the main and secondary characters are White. One of Hilda's best friends is Black and identifies as a witch. Townsfolk and crowd scenes always show a range of skin colors and hair types. One crowd scene features a woman wearing a hijab-like head covering.
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Violence & Scariness
Lots of eerie music, dark locations, scary monster sounds, and characters showing fear. Some large-scale destruction of property from trolls throwing large boulders, but no one gets hurt. A human does get scratched by a troll, but it's not a serious wound. A character is transported to a scary, dream-like, alternative world. Trolls attack by biting and scratching. A punch is implied but not shown. Some fantasy and real-world guns are used to threaten people and trolls, and turn trolls to stone. A fantasy sequence shows a past troll battle in an abstract way with lots of flame and fire images. Trolls are shown physically suffering from the sound of bells ringing.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Brief mention of the fantasy drink "troll mead" as powerful stuff that keeps you running for days.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Hilda and the Mountain King is an animated fantasy based on the popular Hilda graphic novel series and TV show. There are lots of dark, eerie, scary locations and sounds, including in the opening sequence. Characters show fear and are in danger from real elements like falling off cliffs and fantasy elements like being stepped on or eaten by giant trolls. There's some sadness from parent-child separation, and the enduring power of a mother's love is a strong theme. Violence is mostly in the fantasy realm from trolls destroying property, attacking, and menacing people and other trolls. Fantasy and real-world guns are aimed at trolls and people. Except for one scratch that's not serious, no one gets hurt. Brief mention of the fantasy drink "troll mead" as powerful stuff that keeps you running. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This compelling fantasy-adventure has all the charm and whimsy fans of the graphic-novel series and TV show will expect, but be prepared for some scariness and real sadness, too. The biggest themes in Hilda and the Mountain King are mother-child separation, and the power of a mother's love even when you can't be together. The scary trolls in their dark world of gloomy gray colors are balanced and nicely contrasted by the bright colors of the town and its people. The sadness and anguish are also balanced with plenty of humor, furry friends, and the happiness that comes from being able to run wild and free. And it all comes to a safe resolution with the ending that tugs at the heartstrings.
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