A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see the human and dragon characters help others in big and small ways, from daring rescues to performing small tasks around the village. Strong messages about teamwork and appreciating the differences that make each person (or creature) unique. Often stories show one or more of the characters learning an important lesson about being patient or taking more care in planning, for instance. The show includes both fair- and dark-skinned characters among the Vikings.
Positive Role Models
Dak and Leyla are always eager to help others, even when doing so is difficult and a little bit dangerous. The Vikings welcome the newcomers with open arms, adopting them as some of their own. Resident villain Magnus is motivated by greed and works hard to upend the rescuers' altruism.
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While there's no direct mention of the relationship, this show is part of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise and is visually reminiscent of the movies and TV shows.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragons: Rescue Riders is a Netflix series that's part of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise and is geared toward young kids. There's still some action and very mild peril that necessitates the human and dragon rescuers to do their thing, but the content is not scary, and the dragons are friendly and kind right from the start. The stories involve recurring themes about cooperation, helpfulness, and community, and the main characters -- two orphaned siblings -- learn the value of feeling at home among other people. Expect some scheming and plotting by the town's resident baddie (who's more comical than he is actually evil), but always heartwarming messages about extending kindness and working together.
Is It Any Good?
This sweet series brings a tamer, less intimidating dragon cast and action to a younger crowd than was ready for some of what the How to Train Your Dragon franchise offered previously. These dragons are altogether adorable and friendly and their persistent helpfulness endears them to everyone who gets to know them. Likewise there's very little friction among the people characters in the show, with stories focusing more on accidental trouble and subsequent rescues than on anything truly nefarious.
One factor that can be distracting to Dragons: Rescue Riders' otherwise smooth presentation is the matter of talking dragons whom only Dak and Leyla can understand. In scenes with additional characters around, it may be a bit confusing for young kids to hear the dragons speak for themselves and then be interpreted for the sake of the non-dragon-speaking people around. Overall the series does well to keep these instances to a minimum, but kids may wonder why it's happening some times and not others.
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