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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Good guy killed. Tense scenes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has no inappropriate content for kids but younger or more sensitive kids may be disturbed by a few tense scenes, and a scene in which a good guy is killed. 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 animation has some good moments, especially a sleepy ogre. The heroine and hero are spirited if a bit too generic. But with the exception of the dragon's cute duet, the songs add little and slow down the story. Themes worth discussing include the importance of cooperation, loyalty, and the strengths of those considered disabled.
This is the first attempt by Warner Brothers, home of Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck, to get into Disney territory with a full-length animated musical drama, and it is a step in the right direction, even if it does not match Disney or even non-Disney features like Anastasia. The movie's greatest strength is the first-class talent providing the voices: Cary Elwes as Garrett, Jane Seymour and Gabriel Byrne as Kayley's parents, Don Rickles and Monty Python's Eric Idle as the dragon, and (all too briefly) Sir John Gielgud as Merlin.
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