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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mike the Knight: Journey to Dragon Mountain is an animated DVD entry from the Mike the Knight franchise that's best for little kids and primary-school ages. The familiar characters from the television series -- including Mike, Evie, Sparkie, and Squirt -- embark on a new adventure that includes some mild suspense and cartoon action. No one is hurt; there are no evil characters, but the filmmakers do attempt to provide a few slightly scary moments (for example, portions of a dragon's silhouette roaring through the skies; the King dangling precariously from a mountain). Although the television series is noteworthy because of its strong messages about problem-solving and personal responsibility, the story takes center stage in this offering, and there are fewer opportunities for kids to learn "lessons." One of the newer marketable brands, Mike the Knight has developed a substantial line of products that go hand-in-hand with the television show and DVDs.
What's the story?
A crystal jewel has been stolen by three bumbling Vikings from an ominous dragon lair in MIKE THE KNIGHT: JOURNEY TO DRAGON MOUNTAIN. The jewel is recovered in Glendragon, home of Mike the Knight and his royal family. Mike's dad, the King, must make what may be a perilous journey to return the jewel to Dragon Mountain. He asks Mike to stay behind to take care of his mom and his little sister, Evie (who has some budding wizardly skills of her own). But Mike doesn't listen. He's on a mission to show his dad what a great knight he is and how he's developed his "knightly skills." When the king leaves, Mike and his faithful horse Galahad, along with Sparkie and Squirt, two sidekick dragons, take off after him, followed quickly by scooter-driving Evie, all in hot pursuit. Of course, by not following their dad's instructions, Mike and Evie make a mess of things; the mysterious crystal is lost and found and lost and found again. It takes teamwork to return the jewel safely to its rightful owner. And, once that happens, a major surprise awaits them all.
Is it any good?
The boastful, spirited little knight encounters funny villains, a fearsome dragon that isn't fearsome at all, and learns an important lesson about listening to his dad; fans won't be disappointed. It's also a nice introduction for those new to the brand. A highlight of this entry is the music; several Broadway-like production numbers are original, well-produced, and very entertaining. It's definitely best suited for little kids, though at just under an hour, it may be a bit long for very young viewers. Older children may find it simplistic, obvious, or juvenile.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how television shows and movies are connected to toys, games, and other products. Did watching this DVD boost your interest in buying Mike the Knight toys? What are some good ways parents can educate their kids about cross-promotion?
How did the filmmakers let you know that the Vikings were meant to be funny rather than scary? Describe some of the comic behavior that made this fact clear.
Were you surprised by the story's ending and Squirt's exciting news? Why would it be fun to see the new dragons in future Mike the Knight adventures?
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For kids who love preschool tales
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