Thor: Tales of Asgard

  • Review Date: December 17, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Animated fantasy has violence, some drinking, and innuendo.
  • Review Date: December 17, 2013
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Release Year: 2011
  • Running Time: 77 minutes

Age(i)

2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17

Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although much of this animated feature is firmly in the fantasy realm, lessons of honesty are shown, and the difficulties of coming of age, even for gods, are discussed.

Positive role models

Thor is a young god who must learn to balance his youthful lack of experience with his desire to prove himself worthy to his father Odin.

Violence

Frequent fantasy-style violence. Sword fights, battles with axes, bows and arrows, and shooting flames. A tribe of female warriors is shown taking bow and arrow practice. They shoot at dummies designed to look like men; one of the women deliberately shoots one of these dummies in the groin region.

Sex

One of a group called "The Warriors Three" is constantly seen flirting with women. There's also some sexual innuendo: The leader of a tribe of all-female warriors tells a new recruit that "men are good for only one thing."

Language

"Wench."

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some characters are shown drinking inside a tavern. They also stand in the middle of a town square while hoisting steins filled with ale as they brag of their exploits.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Thor: Tales of Asgard is an animated feature from 2011 in which a young Thor goes on his first adventures and must learn to balance his desire to prove himself with his youthful inexperience. There is frequent fantasy-style violence in the form of sword fighting, bow-and-arrow use, as well as axes and fire. There's also some sexual innuendo: The leader of a tribe of all-female warriors tells a new recruit that "men are good for only one thing." This tribe also is shown shooting arrows at dummies made to look like men; one of these dummies gets hit in the crotch region with an arrow. There's some drinking, as "The Warriors Three" are constantly shown hoisting steins and guzzling ale. All these factors make this best for older tweens and up.

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

What's the story?

Young Thor (Matthew Wolf) is not allowed to go on adventures outside the village. He continually loses in sword fights and must constantly endure the bragging of The Warriors Three, who tell tall tales of their exploits to admiring women. All this changes when Thor and his brother Loki sneak onto The Warriors Three's boat in the hopes of proving their worth to their father Odin. Instead, they discover that The Warriors Three only take their boat to a tavern, but, when Thor insists on going on a quest, he gets much more than he ever bargained for, incurring the wrath of Odin's enemies and risking the destruction of his kingdom.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

THOR: TALES OF ASGARD is a decent-enough fantasy and coming-of-age story. There isn't much new in the over-the-top fantasy dialogue and the battle scenes. And yet, even with the cliches in the dialogue and action, the movie does carry a universal message about the desires of teens to grow up and prove themselves, even as their parents aren't ready to take that chance, even among gods.

This movie does flirt with some risque innuendo, as well as excessive drinking on the part of some of the characters -- none of which really adds much to the overall story. Such action makes this movie best for older tweens and teens, especially those interested in fantasy and Marvel comics.

Families can talk about...

  • How is this movie similar to and different from other movies involving Thor and other mythological gods?

  • How is this movie similar to and different from other fantasy movies?

  • How was the violence of fantasy battle conveyed in the film?

Movie details

DVD release date:May 17, 2011
Cast:Matthew Wolf, Rick Gomez, Tara Strong
Director:Sam Liu
Studio:Lionsgate
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy
Run time:77 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

This review of Thor: Tales of Asgard was written by

About our rating system

  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

Find out more

Quality

Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

Kid, 10 years old December 30, 2013
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

not the best.

its a little gory and has a lot of death and violence. Good guys actually died.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Teen, 14 years old Written byCeana December 30, 2013
AGE
11
QUALITY
 

ok, but possible confusing

The movie is overall OK, but my 10-year-old brother had trouble with the violence. I also thought that some references might confuse people who aren't familiar with Norse mythology.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Poll

Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Essential Apps Guide