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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
An introduction to pupation (insects undergoing transformation).
Getting out of danger by helping oneself, being happy with who you are and, at the same time, making improvements to be the best you can possibly be. Cautions against wasting time playing video games.
Positive Role Models
Characters are loyal, determined, resourceful, willing to learn, and sometimes brave. They look out for one another even to the point of risking their own safety. Comic villains are humorously greedy.
Violence & Scariness
Cartoon violence, much of it comical, takes center stage. Lots of thrills and close calls: scary rides, teetering bridges, vehicles out of control; a volcano erupts, threatening a village; equipment malfunctions lead to perilous accidents; expect a bevy of chases, blasts, confrontations with predators, plummets, fire, spooky caves, and characters dangling from great heights.
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A bit of rude humor: "grubby dork," "buttload," and "my tushy fell asleep." A bickering couple of villains throw mild insults back and forth.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon is a full-length animated feature based on GoGoRiki, a television series made in Russia and aired on U.S. television beginning in 2008. The little round-ball animals (a pig, a ram, a bunny, a crow, an owl, and many more) move briskly through brightly colored backgrounds, with wry character-driven comedy as well as pratfalls to elicit laughs. This 2017 entry is filled with cartoon action. Characters are in danger from falls, careening flying vehicles, a gigantic volcanic eruption, scary rides, crashes, fire, roaring river rapids, an eager toothy shark, landslides, and chases. The story, which is set in motion by the accidental transfer of one character into the body of another, is easy to follow, capitalizes on the humor of the situation, and ends happily. The hero of this tale learns a lot about himself by the end of the story and about being happy with who you are and making the most of your own talents. It's recommended but not for little kids who can't yet discern the difference between real and imaginary violence. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Wonderfully bizarre characters, imaginative animation, and lots of laughs both for kids and grown-ups make this Russian film (well translated into English) a delight. The extensive cartoon action -- more funny than scary -- is as inventive as it is thrilling. And, like GoGoRiki, the TV series from which it originated, Kikoriki: Legend of the Golden Dragon peppers the fun with some relatable social messages about self-confidence, self-reliance, and teamwork. It's highly recommended, but only for kids who are comfortable with pretend violence.
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