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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Some lessons about social-emotional skills.
Positive messages around teamwork, kindness, courage, and doing the right thing.
Positive Role Models
Lead characters Dak and Leyla are good role models that are kind and do their best to help people. They are brave and model good problem-solving skills. The dragon characters are also very friendly and act in pro-social ways. There are occasional semi-villains, but even they turn out to be not so bad in the end.
Very positive gender representation with the Leyla character -- she is strong and brave and is the mastermind behind solving problems. No racial diversity -- all human characters are White (though Black actress Marsai Martin voices a young dragon).
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Violence & Scariness
Some action and adventure where characters show mild fear or are briefly in peril. Silly aggression between characters where they talk a big game but don't cause any actual harm. Viking characters that hold axes but never use them in a threatening way. Slapstick injuries that are not caused by others' aggression.
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Brief expressions of negative feelings between characters.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dragons Rescue Riders: Heroes of the Sky is a continuation of the series Dragons: Rescue Riders. It's part of the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, but is more friendly to younger kids than the original movie series. There's action and adventure where characters show fear but never seem to actually be in peril. Some slightly villainous characters might lie or engage in mild Viking aggression, but overall they're pretty silly. There are also some comic slapstick injuries. Overall, the characters are great role models and share positive messages, making Heroes of the Sky a great pick for kids who can handle a bit of (mostly tame) adventure.
Is It Any Good?
Heroes of the Sky is another charming and delightful entry into the How to Train Your Dragon franchise. Since the dragons are young and in training, the action and adventure is a lot more tame than the original Dragon movies. The animation and design are fantastic, and will draw younger kids into this enticing fantasy world.
Brother-sister team Dak and Leyla are both great role models but are still relatable to kids. Leyla in particular is a wonderful lead who faces problems fearlessly and takes the lead in solving them. The voice actors make each dragon's unique personality come to life. The dragons are all friendly and show by example that it's okay to make mistakes when learning something new.
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