A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
This film is intended to entertain, not educate.
A kingdom's resources should be used towards the building of better schools, libraries, and hospitals, and not to fatten the coffers of royalty.
Positive Role Models
Beyond his comical facade, Jester Till cares about those around him, and will do whatever it takes to rescue his grandfather from harm. Princess Nele cares about the people of her kingdom, and wants to use the taxes and resources at the king's disposal towards caring for the poor, providing hospitals, libraries, and better schools. Two secondary characters have stereotypical characteristics (Arabic man in the mirror and effeminate owl).
Violence & Scariness
Cartoonish violence. Jester Till gets thrown around from high places, but never gets hurt. Characters use swords to fight weapon-wielding skeletons.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
During the opening credits, a medieval man is shown drinking beer from a large stein.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jester Till is an animated feature from Germany and Belgium with some cartoon violence and potty humor. There are two instances where the main character passes gas in the faces of his antagonists, leaving a cartoon brown cloud trailing behind him. Till gets tossed and thrown around, but always manages to emerge unscathed, and at one point, the protagonists fight dozens of skeletons armed with swords and spears. The story includes some interesting metaphorical discussions about how the resources and taxes of a government should be allocated. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
JESTER TILL is an entertaining folk tale, even if the character Till isn't all that funny. While Till's jokes about cell phones and references to George H.W. Bush's line "Read my lips: No new taxes!" feel forced, if not confusing (especially to kids born long after the first Bush was president), the quest and adventure aspects of the story are enough to keep families engaged.
The story can be confusing at times, as Till is trying to do three things at once -- win the love of a princess, rescue his missing grandfather, and save a boy king from the machinations of his heartless and greedy advisors -- and some of the voices feel unnecessarily parodic (i.e. the wise owl who talks like an effeminate male, and the stereotypical voicings of the Arabic man in the mirror), but the story does move at an engaging pace, and as it is a folk tale, this should inspire discussions amongst families about other folk tales they've seen or read, the elements of folk tales, and how Jester Till matches up.
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