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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain, not educate.
Stresses values of teamwork and listening to parents.
Positive Role Models
Though the two young heroes make mistakes, they ultimately strive to do the right thing. The King, father of Mike the Knight and Evie, a wizard, is brave, strong, and a caring parent. The Queen waits on the sidelines and worries about her family. "Villains" are silly rather than mean or evil.
Violence & Scariness
Very mild conflict and scares. Cartoon action finds Mike, his family, and his friends falling into a crevasse, sliding down a long mountainside, and getting caught in an avalanche of rocks and crystals. The King dangles precariously from a cliff and falls further down several times. A dragon's silhouette is meant to provide some suspense as he roars and flies through the air.
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Products & Purchases
This DVD is part of the widely available Mike the Knight franchise, which includes a television series, DVDs, toys, games, and related products.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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