Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword
By Tom Cassidy,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Animated Norse adventure has cartoon violence, stereotypes.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Kids will learn some Norse mythology stories and broad Viking history.
Differences are celebrated despite opposition from some. Ideas and creativity are also championed.
Positive Role Models
Vic is a young boy who is considered too small and not tough enough by his father, Halvar, the Viking chief. Halvar is sometimes petulant, picking on Vic, ignoring him, and comparing him to others. But Vic is clever and remains confident, saving the day many times through his quick thinking. Leif is a mysterious handsome hero who deceives his Viking companions. Ylvi, Vic's mom, nags Halvar and shows little respect but encourages Vic. Adult characters are often selfish or childish. There are only two other female characters, both of which play up to stereotypes -- a nagging mother-in-law and a fawning young girl.
Violence & Scariness
Some cartoon violence. Characters fight with arrows, swords, axes, and maces. But nobody is seriously injured. A character punches people in the face as they enter a village, sending them flying. Two Vikings squabble and slap each other. During scenes of minor threat, characters fall from heights and are trapped between giant waves. A parent is turned into gold.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Character performs a brief strip show dance routine and another is tricked into finding them attractive, kissing them on the cheek.
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Infrequent use of "shut up" and "idiot."
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Products & Purchases
Adults fight over gold items produced by a magic sword.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Viking pirates drink an unspecified liquid in a bar, one falls down as if drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword is an animated movie with some cartoon violence but none of which leads to any serious harm. It is based on the TV show of the same name and the Vicke Viking novels. Young Viking Vic (voiced by Declan Miele-Howell) has a strained relationship with his father, Havar (David Schaal) who considers Vic too small and weak to be a proper Viking. Despite this, Vic shows great resilience with his quick thinking frequently saving the day, leading to Havar eventually respecting him. This might give the message that a person's worth is down to their achievements. The movie does however celebrate brains over brute force and Vic is confident and assertive. The movie has mild threat and cartoon violence that fits the Viking theme, but remains suitable for young kids. Characters fight with axes, swords, arrows, and spiked maces but no one is seriously injured. There are only three female characters, all of which play to stereotypes -- a nagging wife, a nagging mother-in-law, and a young girl who fawns over a mysterious stranger. The movie is set within Norse mythology and features gods Loki and Thor. An unspecified liquid is drunk in a Viking pirate bar and a character falls down as if drunk. In the same bar, a male character performs a short, mild strip tease dance dressed as a woman and tricks his enemy into finding him attractive. His enemy dances with him and tries to kiss his cheek.
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What's the Story?
In VIC THE VIKING AND THE MAGIC SWORD, a young Viking's mom is turned to gold. With four days to travel to Asgard to find the Norse gods and turn her back, Vic (voiced by Declan Miele-Howell) stows away on the ship with the rescue party and a mysterious stranger in the hope of saving his mom, Ylvi (Violet Tucker Steel).
Is It Any Good?
This handsomely animated Viking adventure is a fun movie for young kids with gentle humor, a charming squirrel character to add some cuteness, and an easy introduction to the idea of plot twists. Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword also has some serious scale to some of its scenes. Particularly one which sees the Viking crew negotiating three giant waves on their way to find Asgard. On the surface, it's got a good heart. It delivers a well-meaning message of a father coming to love and respect his son who isn't what he expected -- the burly dad Halvar thinks Vic is just too small to be a decent Viking. So when Vic wows him by saving the day a few times with his quick wits, Halvar comes around to accepting his son.
While potentially heartwarming, scratching below the surface it suggests that if Vic wasn't a heroic genius, he'd still be unworthy or at least unnoticed. Paired with the fact that the three female characters are in the background and resemble negative stereotypes, a lack of consideration for its messaging and representation starts to come through. That said, there's nothing overtly negative, it's just not as thoughtful as it first appears. But for a fun adventure with a touch of magical mythology, Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword is a fun trip on the Nordic Seas.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Vic fits in with the Viking culture in Vic the Viking and the Magic Sword. Were his values the same as the adult Vikings? How did his style of solving problems differ from the traditional Viking way? Was it more or less effective than the other?
Talk about cartoon violence. How was it different from real life? Why is it OK to let my kid see some types of movie violence but not others?
Discuss the female characters in the movie. Did you think they were realistic characters? Why might they be described as stereotypes? Why are stereotypes problematic?
Have you learned anything about Vikings or seen any other movies with Vikings in? What do you know about them? Do you think they are a fun subject?
Have you seen the TV series of Vic the Viking? How did the movie compare? What other movies have you seen that began as TV shows?
- On DVD or streaming: July 5, 2020
- Cast: Declan Miele-Howell, David Schaal, Owen Frost
- Director: Éric Cazes
- Studio: Kaleidoscope Entertainment
- Genre: Family and Kids
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Adventures, Book Characters
- Run time: 77 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: October 8, 2022
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