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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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