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Zog

By Danny Brogan, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Short animated adaptation is full of positive messages.

Movie NR 2019 26 minutes
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This adaptation of a book by Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo) is a fun bite-sized adventure for all the family. Zog boasts an array of voice talent -- including Tracey Ullman, Kit Harington, and Lenny Henry who narrates proceedings -- colorful, slick animation, and a great story to boot. The fact that it's packed full of positive messages about choosing your own path, never giving up, friendship, and teamwork are the icing on the cake.

The hostile relationship between dragons and humans is turned on its head in this story. Our two leads, Zog, a boisterous young almost fire-breathing dragon and Pearl, a princess who would rather swap her crown for a doctor's stethoscope, soon realize that they share far more in common as they join forces. Pearl's rejection of what others expect from her and defying gender stereotypes so often found in traditional fairytales is especially refreshing. With a runtime of just 26 minutes, this is a great way for all the family to sit down together and enjoy a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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