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The Princess Twins of Legendale
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The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that The Princess Twins of Legendale involves the loss of a parent early on in the film -- this is shown as a presumed death, referred to later, but not shown or discussed explicitly. It also involves the scary kidnapping of a child by a giant spider, and the child's long-term separation from her family. Elsewhere, the film has a few scary beasts -- some gargoyle-like trolls and dogs -- but these are more perilous than violent, and overall, the film has positive messages.
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What's the story?
Princess Dawn wants to know more about her past -- her mother's identity, the world outside of the castle walls -- but her father, King Solter, forbids it. When Dawn takes a trip to the other side anyway, she finds out she has a twin sister, Eve, and that an evil sorceress is responsible for the divided worlds and the suffering of many. Can she save her sister and reunite her family, or will the evil sorceress succeed in making the entire world dark forever?
Is it any good?
This likeable animated princess movie offers a positive message about family unity, overcoming obstacles, and learning to trust after being hurt. Viewers of THE PRINCESS TWINS OF LEGENDALE will feel some familiar vibes -- this movie feels a little bit Snow White, a little bit The Little Mermaid, and a little bit Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings. Though the animation and storytelling feels an obvious step down from all three of those films, there are some positive echoes here as princess-themed fairy tales go. Here, the girls are smart, kind, and brave. They enjoy a positive relationship that's interrupted when one of them is kidnapped. Their overprotective father is well-intentioned but has to learn the value of autonomous exploring.
Kids who like princess adventures ought to enjoy what's here, and aside from the issue of parental loss (which is handled as quickly and as hazily as can be), and some of the frightful beasts who present peril, overall, it's less violent and perilous than many films targeted at the same age. A good choice if your copy of Secret of the Wings is overplayed.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about exploring. In the film, Princess Dawn wants to explore to learn more about her past, while her father discourages it. Do you like exploring? Where? How can we explore to learn new things while staying safe?
In the film, Princess Dawn and her father, King Solter, disagree about the value of going off on your own, but in a way they are both right that it's worth doing, but not always safe. Have you ever had a disagreement with someone when you were both right? What happened? How did you resolve it?
In the movie, there is a lot of generalizing and stereotyping about what the people from the other world are like. Why is it bad to generalize or make assumptions about groups of people? How can we avoid doing that?
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