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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Knight Rusty is a German animated film about a bumbling but sweet knight who looks like a cash register and must reclaim his honor after being accused of cheating in a jousting tournament in a land made of scrap metal. It's a film that can be enjoyed for its animation as well as its story by younger and older kids alike. There is some very mild cartoon violence -- fire-breathing dragons, a battle to reclaim Scrapland in which cutlery is flung all over the place -- but on the whole, this is a sweet tale with very little for parents to worry about.
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What's the story?
Rusty is a knight who looks like an old cash register and lives in Scrapland, a kingdom made entirely of scrap metal. He acquires an engine for his horse Chopper that propels him into first place in a jousting competition but is shortly stripped of his victory and his knighthood when the evil Prince Novel reveals that the engine was stolen from him. With the help of Chopper, a dragon named Cole, and the princess Bo, Rusty must find a way to reclaim his honor and his knighthood. Meanwhile, Prince Novel has plans of his own: to take over Scrapland and place it under his tyrannical rule. Rusty and his friends must find a way to reclaim the kingdom and return it to its former glory.
Is it any good?
Although it drags at times, KNIGHT RUSTY is a movie that younger and older kids will enjoy for both the story and the quality of the animation. Overall the characters are likable, and the animation has its own unique style. The acting isn't over the top, and there's enough happening for younger viewers to root for Rusty as he tries to reclaim Scrapland from the wicked Prince Novel. Unlike so many foreign animated films, this isn't a Disney or Pixar rip-off with screechingly annoying voices. Parents wary of all the screaming in many contemporary animated movies will be happy to note that the characters have even-keeled English accents. This alone makes the film enjoyable.
For families looking for an above-average animated foreign film, Knight Rusty is worthwhile entertainment.
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Families can talk about the animation. How is this animation similar to and different from other animated movies?
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What are some of the lessons Knight Rusty and his friends learn as they go on their journey?
- On DVD or streaming: October 14, 2014
- Cast: David Holt, Ellie Griffith, Thomas Nelstrop
- Director: Thomas Bodenstein
- Studio: Universal Studios
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Princesses and Fairies, Adventures, Fairy Tales, Misfits and Underdogs, Robots
- Run time: 84 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
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