Jester Till Movie Poster Image

Jester Till

(i)

 

Entertaining folk tale, with some cartoon violence.
  • Review Date: September 29, 2012
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 85 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

This film is intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

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.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

During the opening credits, a medieval man is shown drinking beer from a large stein.

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.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

What's the story?

Till Eulenspiegel is a jester trying to enter the village of Boomstadt. The kingdom is burdened by high taxes at the hands of a boy king who is being manipulated by his advisors. Meanwhile, Till falls in love with Princes Nele, who wants to redistribute the king's taxes towards the building of schools, libraries, and hospitals. Till's grandfather Marcus disappears, too. With the help of a magic mirror, Till must find his grandfather, win the love of the princess, and show the boy king how he is being manipulated at the hands of his advisors and thus causing great suffering throughout the land.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how Jester Till is a folk tale. What elements of the folk tale form do you see here? How does this similar and different to other folk tales?

  • Often in folk tales, things or events happen in threes. What are the moments of "threes" in this film?

  • How would this film be different had it been produced in America or other countries instead of Germany and Belgium?

Movie details

DVD release date:November 22, 2011
Cast:Benedict Weber, Mario Adorf, Veronica Feres
Director:Eberhard Junkersdorf
Studio:Vanguard Animation
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures
Run time:85 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

This review of Jester Till was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?