Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday

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Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Feel-good story celebrates joy, inclusivity of the season.

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Educational Value

The story’s focus is on entertaining rather than educating, but it does expose viewers to the idea that different cultures have different traditions and means of celebrating holidays.

Positive Messages

Strong themes of courage and determination in the Dragon Riders' efforts to save the holiday by finding the source of the weather troubles. New friends help make a holiday even more special, and traditions evolve to meet new circumstances. Even so, holiday gifts of friendship, kindness, and joy remain consistent.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Leyla and Dak will do anything for their Huttsgalor family, and they demonstrate this by setting off to solve the problem that threatens Odinyule. They're resourceful, kind, and determined, and they bring out the best in others. A curmudgeonly character gets into the holiday spirit with a little encouragement from friends, and a new friend to Huttsgalor accepts help with gratitude. 

Violence & Scariness

A few worrisome moments play out in the characters' adventures, but nothing that’s scary or takes too long to resolve itself. 

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This holiday special is part of the Dragons: Rescue Riders series.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday sees the brave Dragons: Rescue Riders characters attempting to save their beloved holiday from certain ruin as a series of weather-related catastrophes befall the town. The story centers on a fictitious winter holiday with similarities to some Christmas traditions, but the generic nature of the celebration itself keeps the story's focus on seasonal gifts like kindness, generosity of spirit, inclusivity, and friendship rather than on the markings of any specific holiday. The story can inspire viewers to learn about other cultural celebrations aside from their own, which encourages respect for diversity. 

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Parent of a 3 and 5-year-old Written byMamaQ December 11, 2020

Great for something different to the usual Christmas movies

Both my kids ages 2 & 5 loved this movie. Are huge fans of the series also.
Adult Written byscarlettthedrag... December 9, 2020

happy holidays

this is was quite a good sweet special that has a few real life Christmas references It still can’t beat how to train your dragon for me but it a special that w... Continue reading

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What's the story?

For years, Odinyule has been the favorite holiday of the Viking residents of Huttsgalor. As it approaches this season, everyone looks forward to celebrating, and Leyla (voiced by Brennley Brown) and Dak (Nicolas Cantu) are filled with excitement as Chief Duggard (Carlos Alazraqui) teaches them about the town’s Odinyule traditions for the first time. But when some mysterious weather threatens to ruin the festivities before they even get started, the Rescue Riders set off to find the source and to help save the holiday celebration for Huttsgalor’s residents and some new friends. 

Is it any good?

No matter the holiday, it's common traditions of kindness, generosity, hospitality, and warmth of spirit that unite different celebrations. In Dragons: Rescue Riders: Huttsgalor Holiday, those elements play out in both the characters' interactions and in their determination to solve the mystery that presents itself. Leyla and Dak and their dragon friends refuse to sit idly by when a series of calamities puts their neighbors' cherished holiday in jeopardy, and when the culprits are found, they go the extra mile to help them as well. In true holiday spirit, the characters' efforts prove that kindness always warms even the chilliest of hearts. 

Huttsgalor's Odinyule traditions introduce the idea of cultural celebrations that are different from a family's own. As the story evolves, viewers will see elements of Christmas traditions work their way into the Vikings' revamped holiday as well, which is a fun twist. In that way, the story reminds us that while old traditions are wonderful to have and a means of familiarity with our family heritages, there's also joy in creating new ones together as families grow and friendships change.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the similarities and differences between Odinyule traditions and those of their own holiday celebrations. How do Odinyule traditions reflect the Viking culture and where they live? What are some of your family’s favorite traditions around the holiday season?

  • How are new friendships important to the Huttsgalor Holiday characters’ enjoyment of the holiday? In what ways do different characters demonstrate kindness and generosity to each other in this story? How does it make you feel to be kind to others? Is this especially important around the holidays?

  • What examples of courage and determination do you see in the characters of this story? How do those character strengths help save Huttsgalor’s holiday? How might things have been different if Leyla and Dak didn’t see their mission through to its end?

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