A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate, but viewers will learn some good life lessons. An adaptation of a popular children's book, kids may be inspired to seek at the original material.
Perseverance, hard work, helping others, and not giving up on your dreams are all key themes. How practice results in rewards. Overcoming setbacks. The importance of following your own path. Friendship and teamwork also prevail.
Positive Role Models
Zog is determined to be the best dragon in his class. He has a great imagination, and shows perseverance and hard work in trying to achieve his goals. But he also becomes frustrated when he can't do something, which at times results in him getting upset or fighting with his classmates. Princess Pearl rejects the idea that she must behave in a certain way. She is independent and driven by a desire to become a doctor. Although this leads to her breaking some rules -- such as sneaking out from her castle -- she shows kindness to others, helping Zog when he's hurt or needs something for a school assignment.
The story centers around a group of different colored dragons. However, there are some human characters, notably Princess Pearl. Pearl rejects the stereotypical expectations of how a princess should behave, saying she doesn't need a prince to rescue her and following her own dreams of becoming a doctor. Some diversity among the other human characters. The story is narrated by Lenny Henry, a Black British actor.
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Violence & Scariness
Some moments of fantasy violence but these are all playful with no serous peril. Dragons breathe fire and clash with knights and guards. Lances, spears, and fireballs are thrown. Characters fall from great heights with some injuries needing medical assistance such as bandages. A fight between a knight and a dragon has punching, kicking, biting, and throwing, but there's no serious injury and the issue is quickly resolved.
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Products & Purchases
The film is based on a popular children's book. Tie-in merchandise such as toys and clothes are available, although none of these items are specifically marketed in the film.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Zog is fun family-friendly adaptation from a popular children's book by the same author of The Gruffalo. The story centers around a young dragon called Zog (voiced by Hugh Skinner) and Princess Pearl (Patsy Ferran), who strike up an unlikely friendship when they set out to achieve their goals. There is some mild cartoon violence involving fire-breathing dragons and knights. But it's all very slapstick and issues are quickly resolved with positive outcomes. Zog shows great perseverance in trying to become the best dragon in his class. He keeps practicing what his teacher, Madam Dragon (Tracey Ullman), tells him. He does get frustrated at times, which occasionally results in him becoming upset and losing his temper. But he never gives up. Pearl also refuses to give up on her dreams of becoming a doctor. She refuses to act in accordance to how others say a princess should behave and rejects the idea that she needs a prince to save her. All of which contributes to an array of positive messages and themes for kids of all ages. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
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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